A New Jersey teen is receiving attention because she was selected by her senior class as the best dressed. It was unusual because she wears a Muslim head covering.
The word used to indicate this type of garment is hijab, which means cover, but Muslim women interpret hijab in different ways. Here’s a look at the different types of coverings the women wear.
HIJAB: In the West, this is commonly a square scarf that covers the head and neck, but leaves the face clear.
SHAYLA: A long, rectangular scarf wrapped loosely around the head and tucked or pinned at the shoulders. Al-amira is similar but has a straight edge on the back instead of a point. Both leave the neck and face clear.
KHIMAR: A long, cape-like scarf wrapped around the head and hanging to the middle of the back. Leaves the face clear.
CHADOR: This is a long cloak, similar to the khimar, but it covers a woman’s entire body. It wraps around the head and drapes to the feet.
NIQAB: The is a separate piece that covers the mouth and nose. Some women add it to the other head coverings for more modesty.
BURQA: This garment covers the entire body. A small mesh screen allows sight.
To see all these garments, visit www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/beliefs/niqab_1.shtml.
What is proper?
Many sites list these stricter rules for the hijab.
The hijab covers all the body.
The hijab must not be a display.
The hijab must not be transparent.
The hijab must be not be tight.
The hijab must not be perfumed.
The hijab shouldn’t resemble man’s clothing.
The hijab must not resemble garments of the kuffar (unbelievers).
The hijab should not be for fame. It shouldn’t draw attention.
SOURCES: arabsinamerica.unc.edu/identity/veiling/hijab/; islam102.wordpress.