More than just a garment
Hijaab is more than just a garment.. ❤
The arabic word (حجاب) ‘Hijaab’ has an ocean of depth in the Islaamic sharee’ah.
It can broadly be divided into (HOB’s) two parts:
Hijaab of Body
Hijaab of Behaviour
The ‘Hijaab of Body’ consists of Jilbaab and Khimaar.
Jilbaab is a long cloak which goes from top and down to your heels while touching the floor and Khimaar is a head covering which does not describe the shape of the head, hair or shoulders, rather it directly goes down from head flowing down to bosoms.
‘Hijaab’ does not mean as they say “a head covering worn in public by some Muslim women,” you must be a foolish person to argue on that, rather its a much bigger concept.
Moreover the ‘Hijaab of Body’ can further be divided into (HOS’s) two parts:
Hijaab of Skin
Hijaab of Shape
‘Hijaab of Body’ consists of not exposing the shape of the body, not just the skin of the body which is the conception of the majority of the Muslims.
It is wrong to say that ‘Hijaab of Body’ means that “a woman should be cover from head to feet,” because any dress whether its the Asian culture or the Western culture, a woman is wearing something at the top and something at the bottom.
Rather ‘Hijaab of Body’ means that even though she is wearing clothes, she is wearing a Jilbaab and a Khimaar which will cover her all of the clothes she is wearing including her feet, hands and face.
The modern “Hijaab” which women are wearing does not fit the conditions and it does not exist in the Islaamic sharee’ah, rather it came from the Caltholics and from the Iranian culture; Islaam has nothing to do with it.
The Hijaab of ‘Awrah (the extent of body which must be covered) for men and women differs in the Islaamic sharee’ah obviously because men are unlike women.
There is no particular dress-code or uniform prescribed by the Islaamic sharee’ah for men and women who are Muslims, however there are several conditions and criterias which ‘Jilbaab and Khimaar’ must fulfil.
The scholars of Islaam has pointed down the conditions of Hijaab for women’s ‘Hijaab of Body’ simply Jilbaab and Khimaar in a very easy and elaborated fashion.
You can refer to the book written by a Muhaddith entitled as ‘Hijaab al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah’ by Imaam Naasir al-Deen al-Albaanee (may Allaah have Rahmah upon him and raise his rank) where Imaam has described the conditions of ‘Hijaab of Body’.