Hijab, Niqab, Burka


HijabWhat is a Hijab?

Hijab, when used in the general sense, refers to any headscarf worn by Muslim women and girls that covers the hair, ears, neck, and leaves the face exposed.

There are several types of hijab (above). Al-Amira is a two-piece hijab comprised of a tight-fitting cap that inserts through a tube-like piece. Shayla is a loose-fitting, one-piece hijab that wraps around the head before being pinned or tucked in at the shoulders. Khimar is a longer, one-piece hijab that drapes almost to the waist, while Hijab, in the narrow sense, is a shorter scarf that wraps around just the head and the neck.

Should any of these hijabs be banned?

All hijabs should be banned in order to protect non-Muslim women.

How would banning the hijab protect non-Muslim women?

In Arabic, hijab literally means "partition" or "curtain," as well as "obstructing" or "isolating." The hijab is the means by which Muslim girls and women are partitioned or isolated.

HijabFrom what?

From sexual assaults. The basis for the hijab in Sharia law is Quran 33:58-59, which states, "Those who harass believing men and believing women undeservedly, bear [on themselves] a calumny and a grievous sin. O Prophet! Enjoin your wives, your daughters, and the wives of true believers that they should cast their outer garments over their persons [when abroad]: That is more appropriate so that they may be known [as Muslim women] and thus not be harassed [or moIested].”

Muslims boys and men are taught to not touch "true" Muslim women and girls, identified as having "cast their outer garments over their persons... so that they may ... not be harassed [or moIested]." The flipside of this is that women and girls who don't wear the hijab are not "true" Muslims but loose females who if "harassed, [or moIested]" or raрed, "deserved" it.

How does this affect Muslim men and boys?

Below is a scene from Cairo, Egypt. Three boys chase down a woman and one of the boys touches her private parts. When she recoils in shock, the boys are nonchalant. Why? Since she isn't wearing the hijab, she must be a loose woman who deserves to be molested.



This took place in broad daylight on a busy street to a woman who was accompanied and is bigger than her assailant. Imagine what would have happened if she had been smaller and walking alone on a side street at night.

Actually, there is no need to imagine. The thousands of women in Europe who were and continue to be moIested, assaulted and raрed, including by Taharrush, had and have one thing in common: heads uncovered, which signals a sexual prey to Muslim men and boys.

Perhaps non-Muslim women should wear the hijab for protection?

NiqabThe hijab may pass with liberal Muslims but not conservative Muslims, for whom pious women need to be in a niqab, which covers the entire face except the eyes (right). To conservative Muslim men and boys, a woman who dares to reveal her face is still loose and a prey.

Does niqab then offer sufficient protection?

BurkaTo more conservative Muslim men and boys, showing the eyes still signals a loose woman and a sexual prey. To these men and boys, the only women and girls off limits are those in a burka (right).

Until the lovely burka catches on as a new fashion trend among non-Muslim women and girls, all hijab, niqab and burka must be banned in the West in order to eliminate the targeting mechanism that Muslim men and boys are using to choose and justify sexually assaulting non-Muslim girls and women (see Islamophobia and Taharrush).

Wouldn't such a ban make some Muslims leave or not want to move to the West?

See Muslim refugees.