A Guide To Muslim Women’s Head Wear

Your guide to Islamic head covering.

The most common form of head coverage for Muslim women is the Hijab (left). It’s a square scarf covering head and neck.

The Burqa (right) is downright scary. It’s a heavy drapery that covers the entire body of the female, allowing only a mesh area around the eyes for seeing.

The Niqab (left) is not much better than the Burqa. It covers all of the head and neck, allowing only the eyes to be exposed.

The Chador (right), like the burqa, is a full body black cloak with a smaller headscarf worn underneath.

The Shayla and the Al-Amira are other kinds of veils, worn in the gulf region. The Shayla is a thin scarf that can be wrapped and pinned or tucked at the shoulders. The Al-Amira is a two-piece, which includes a close-fitting cap or a headband, with a tube-like scarf worn over it.

The Shayla (left) and the Hijab are the only Islamic veils that I think should be allowed in western nations. The burqa, the Nigab, and the chador should not be acceptable. They are obstructive, heavy and downright scary and militant. These types of wear deny individuality, personality and identity.

 People may legitimately ask why it’s my business and whether these women have a right to wear what they want.

The first question is irrelevant, since it’s an opinion that I am expressing. The second question is trickier to deal with. They do have a right to wear what they want, but like the issue surrounding Sharia Law, the cultures of these women don’t allow them any such rights.

It’s naive to assume that these women are wearing these because they want to, since it’s hard to determine if what these women say is their true feelings or if it’s influenced by the males in the families. A Muslim woman won’t say she’s being forced to wear a nigab if it means her husband will beat her when she goes home.

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One Response to A Guide To Muslim Women’s Head Wear

  1. I agree with you about most of this. I think the world would be a far better place is the niqab and burqa did not exist.

    When you say: “It's naive to assume that these women are wearing these because they want to, since it's hard to determine if what these women say is their true feelings or if it's influenced by the males in the families.”

    you miss an important nuance. For a lot of women, they do actually want to wear these garments, and are not being forced to. It is their true feelings. However, I would say that they make these choices because they are so completely brainwashed and indoctrinated that they don't know what is good for them. And while it is sort of arrogant for you or I to say that we know better, I cannot accept that any woman who was truly free-thinking would choose to wear either of those.

    I've been in a restaurant frequented by lots of Arab families, and while the men are wearing fashionable slacks, the woman are almost completely covered. They have a cloth covering the lower part of their face, and to eat they must lift it slighty with one hand while feeding themselves with the other hand. I'm sure it's none of my business, but I get angry watching this kind of thing.

    Like you, I have no problem at all with the other two garments which expose the face.

    Btw, the young girl wearing the shayla has such an adorable face!

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