What is hijab ?

Hijab; just a scarf on the head? This is a common misunderstanding, whilst it is easier to refer to the headscarf as a hijab, simply as a name to refer to a type of garment, it is actually a concept rather than a single item of clothing.

Hijab is a means of modesty, to cover. When we refer to outter appearances, it would mean to cover ones “nakedness” (awrah). Awrah is specified for both males and females. For the men, this is specified as between the naval and the knee. For females it is the entire body, excluding hands & face. Behind this reasoning, it is important to understand the genetic difference between men and women and the male mind is more driven by visual stimulus and more easily subjected to lust and desire.

This is also for specific groups of people, between a husband and wife, there is no awrah to cover. Between women, there is a different set of rules for covering, and between women and strangers of the opposite gender.

For the sake of simplicity we will focus on the awrah for women infront of strangers and of mixed company as this is a female based guide.

Fun fact, Muslims are not the only faith group to practice wearing the hijab, other monotheistic religions also historically wear hijab as ordained by the prophets.

The hijab therefore is more than just a scarf on the head, but a way to remain modest, it would be easier to refer to the head covering as perhaps a hijab scarf. -hearthijab.com


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