Many non-Muslims would like this question to be answered. What do Muslim women wear on their head. I will be answering this question in detail so that you have a better understanding of what Muslim women wear on their head. We will also look at the different types of covering which Muslim women wear on their head. I will also try and explain the similarity between religions where women wear a covering on their head other than in Islam.
The cloth worn on a Muslims head is a scarf and is called a hijab. The purpose of the hijab is to cover the hair on your head. It is worn for modesty and to divert the attention from the opposite gender.
Whenever I’m asked a question about my religion and why we do certain things, I always try and find a similarity between my religion and the religion of the person asking the question. If you think about it, Muslim woman are not the only women who cover their head. In Christianity, the nuns cover their heads and necks too. In the Hindu religion, women cover their heads as well.
Let’s Learn More About What Muslim Women Wear on Their Head
Hijab is referred to by various names, some of the most common names are a veil or a headscarf. Most Muslims call it a hijab (حجاب), an Arabic word meaning “cover.” However, there are various forms of hijab that are referred to by different names. View the abaya and burqa(another form of hijab) collection for some inspiring ideas.
I would like to enlighten you on the different forms of hijab. I have come across this question before. Why don’t you wear pardah? In Cape Town, we refer to the Niqab as a Pardah. Only recently have I discovered that it’s actually called Niqab. My answer was, you don’t have to wear niqab. It is your choice, or the choice of your husband. If he instructs you to wear it, then you should.
Different types of hijabs which Muslim women wear on their head
Shayla: The shayla is a long, rectangular scarf that is wrapped loosely around the head and tucked or pinned at the shoulders. Like the hijab and al-amira, this form of hijab covers the head but often leaves the neck and face clear.
Khimar ( خمار): The khimar is a long, cape-like scarf that is wrapped around the head and hangs to the middle of the back. This type of hijab covers the head, neck, and shoulders, but leaves the face clear.
Chador ( تشادر): The chador is a long cloak that covers a woman’s entire body. Like the khimar, the chador wraps around the head, but instead of hanging just to the middle of back, the chador drapes to a woman’s feet.
Niqāb ( نقاب): The niqab is a face-covering that covers the mouth and nose, but leaves the eyes clear. It is worn with an accompanying khimar or other form of head scarf.
Burqa ( برقع ): The burqa covers the entire face and body, leaving a small mesh screen through which the woman can see through.
The most common form of hijab which I see daily is the normal hijab with the face open. The next common one is the chador and then the niqab. I, myself am a hijab wearer and haven’t worn any other different form of hijab. I have made a few niqab tutorials on request but have never worn them.
Besides covering your head. It is important to cover your body too. Hijab is not only about the correct headdress but the correct covering of the entire body. Your clothing should reflect modesty, just as the hijab represents modesty and purity of a Muslim woman.
Important things to take note of when a Muslim women wears a scarf on her head
Placing the scarf on your head is the easy part. But, wearing it correctly becomes tricky. The scarf you use should not be transparent. Try and buy a wide, maxi scarf so that you have proper coverage. Your neck in front and at the back should be covered. You should also have chest coverage. If your scarf is narrow, I have a tip for you to try. Use two scarves and do a double wrap. To view a tutorial on it, click here. Once everything on top is nicely covered, make sure your clothing is not tight. The purpose of hijab is to be modest, so you need to have a modest way of dressing too. Wear loose clothing which does not show the shape of your body.
Some misconceptions of what Muslim women wear on their head
Some non-Muslims think that Muslim women are never allowed to remove the hijab from their head. I can understand why they would think so, as Muslim women are always seen in hijab and you never see their hair. They would then come to the conclusion that we do everything in hijab. This is untrue, as we don’t have to wear it all the time. We may remove it when we are at home and in the company of females, any female, even non-Muslim females. The only exception is not to remove the hijab in front of non-Mahram males. A mahram is a person a Muslim woman is never allowed to marry. She can therefore remove her hijab in front of a Mahram. A Mahram would be her father, grandfather, brother, paternal and maternal uncles. It is then obvious that we carry out daily routine without hijab, such as showering and sleeping.
I hope you have a better understanding of what Muslim women wear on their head and the significance behind it.