The Hijab (head scarf)

The Hijab (head scarf):

The hijab is a part of the Muslim woman’s identity and a personal act of worship.


The Qur’an and the Hadith state that Muslim women should cover their hair and wear outer garments outside their home

and in the presence of men they would be eligible to marry.




The Niqab (face covering:)

How a woman fulfills the requirements of the hijab varies from culture to culture, but historically, the face covering was practised by many cultures before Islam and scholars say the adoption of its practice by Muslims was part of fitting into these societies (which goes against the progress brought to women by Islam).


The niqab (face covering) has brought a lot of negative attention to Islam and what it represents in Western societies.

Unfortunately, in a lot of cases what non-Muslims know most about Islam is the niqab, terrorism, and the Middle East conflict.


For these reasons, some scholars have asked Muslim women to refrain from wearing the niqab in the west because it can lead to harassment for them and act as a barrier to inviting people into the true Islam (not the one portrayed by the media). Muslim women who refuse to hear the call of the scholars and choose to wear the niqab should keep in mind that they are the ambassadors of Islam in the west.


If you are woman and you are still not convinced, please try to come up with a logical answer to the following question: If the Niqab was mandatory, why is it forbidden “Haram” for a woman to cover her face and her hands during Hadj?