Traditionally, Muslim women wear a cloth, called a hajib, to cover the head and neck and a cloak that loosely covers the body. The Quran, the word of Allah, and the Hadith, or traditions that have been passed down from the prophet Muhammad, provide guidelines for women's clothing.Continue Reading
According to the Quran and the Hadith, Muslim clothing should follow some specific rules. Certain body parts must be covered. Clothing must be loose, modest and a certain thickness so as not to be revealing. Clothing should express individuality, and no one should copy anyone else's style.
The hijab, which literally translates as "screen" or curtain” in Arabic, is meant to hide or separate the Muslim woman from men, non-Muslim people and the world in general outside the woman's home. Women are supposed to don full Muslim dress after puberty.
In some Muslim countries, women must wear a burqa, which is a combination of hijab and cloak in the same piece. The upper part that covers the face is usually a rectangular piece of semi-transparent cloth that allows for breathing and talking. The rectangular cloth can be turned up when the woman wants to reveal her face at home or to another woman. The niqab is another type of veil that covers the nose and mouth so the woman's eyes are revealed.Learn more about Dress Codes
Muslim women cover their faces in order to follow God's rules as it states in the Muslim religious book, the Qur'an, that women should "draw their head-coverings over the neck opening, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands, their fathers ..." The Qur'an is considered to be the word of God, and therefore, Muslims must follow the rules stated in the book.Full Answer >
To become Muslim, observe the Five Pillars of Islam. Start by bearing witness, thus converting to Islam. Pray five times a day, fast during the month of Ramadan, give to charity, and make the pilgrimage to Mecca, if possible.Full Answer >
A bandanna is a square piece of cloth worn on the head or sometimes around the neck. Bandannas are most commonly used to keep sweat and hair out of the eyes. They are sometimes tied around the neck for use as a cloth to wipe the face during work. Traditionally, bandannas come in paisley prints.Full Answer >
For women, semi-formal attire usually consists of a cocktail dress or a skirt and blouse, though trousers are also acceptable. Semi-formal attire for men generally consists of a dark suit or odd trousers and a blazer. Men are also usually expected to wear a tie.Full Answer >