What do Islam and the Qur’an exactly say about modest clothing for women? Why do some Muslim women cover up while others don’t? Check out our Muslim clothing FAQs for the answers to your burning questions. The word "hijab" comes from the Arabic "hajaba," which means to conceal or hide from view.
In general terms, it refers to Islamic modest dressing for women.
Or they feel covering up will identify them to the world as a Muslim woman.
But it has come to signify the headscarf, which is the covering many Muslim women use to hide their hair, neck, and often bosom. Islam has no fixed uniform of dress for Muslim women.
But there are two requirements, which come from the Qur’an and (verified sayings of the Prophet Muhammad): First, a woman’s body should be covered such that only her face, hands, and feet are revealed.
It is important to remember that Islam teaches Muslims that the concept of modest dress doesn’t just mean covering the body, but it also has to do with behaviors, manners, speech, and public appearance.
Modesty is a total package, with dress being one part of it. Strictly speaking, covering the hair is just one part of a Muslim woman’s dress.
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Some who don’t cover their hair or expose other parts of their body (or wear tight clothing) argue that modesty is an inner quality that has nothing to do with clothes.
Other women argue that the requirements of Islamic dress as stated in the Qur’an and hadith must be adapted for modern times.
Some adapt these rules to modern times (like wearing a headscarf over Western-style clothing that still covers the body).