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Topic: Niqab

In the News (Fri 22 Mar 19)

  Guardian Unlimited | Comment is free | Veiled issue
His reference was exact, not to the hijab, or headscarf, worn by many (although not all) Muslim women, but to the covering of the face in a private meeting, something which he found troubled him and which he chose to discuss.
His concern about the niqab was partly practical: "I felt uncomfortable about talking to someone 'face to face' who I could not see." But more profound was his fear that the increasing use of the full veil was "a visible statement of separation and difference".
The niqab may bring benefits but for a wearer there may be costs too in terms of contributing to and advancing in society.
www.guardian.co.uk /commentisfree/story/0,,1889841,00.html   (688 words)

  BBC - Religion & Ethics - Beliefs: Niqab
Niqab is the term used to refer to the piece of cloth which covers the face and women who wear it usually cover their hands also.
However, those scholars who rule that niqab is not an obligation do not necessarily oppose those who choose to wear it.
Some of these scholars state that wearing the niqab as an act of extra piety, provided they do not believe it is an obligation, will be rewarded.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/islam/beliefs/niqab_1.shtml   (250 words)

The practice of niqab is hotly debated within Islam, where the majority of scholars and common Muslims consider it to be a highly voluntary custom, and perhaps even an non-Islamic custom.
The origins of the niqab is not clearly uncovered, but there are plenty of evidence showing that similar types of dressing were used in many circumstances and with many groups in Arabia (and elsewhere) prior to the emergence of Islam.
Whether the Muslim use of the niqab is a continuation or a fresh new tradition independent of prior traditions cannot be clarified with evidence.
i-cias.com /e.o/niqab.htm   (468 words)

The niqab is a variation of the less conservative hijab.
The origins of the niqab is not clearly uncovered, but there are plenty of evidence showing that similar types of dressing were used in many circumstances and with many groups in Arabia (and elsewhere) prior to the emergence of Islam.
Whether the Muslim use of the niqab is a continuation or a fresh new tradition independent of prior traditions cannot be clarified with evidence.
www.lexicorient.com /e.o/niqab.htm   (439 words)

 Niqab - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A niqab is a veil which covers the face, worn by some Muslim women as a part of sartorial hijab.
Depending on the Madhab or Islamic school of jurisprudence followed the Niqab is considered either Fard (obligatory) or Sunna (good thing to do) or even something that is disliked and shouldn't be worn if the wearer might possibly face danger due to it.
The "half" Niqab is a simple length of fabric with elastic or ties and is worn around the head.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Niqab   (457 words)

 Indigo Jo Blogs: An insider's view on niqab
An insider’s view on niqab Article taken from this Blog What follows is an account of the experiences of a young sister in Canada who has been wearing the niqab since she was 17 and at school.
Niqab before that was rare sight for me and the only women i ever knew who wore niqab were either wives of shieks (aka 'holy women'), islamic women teachers/alimahs or foriegn born women, who came to the U.K at adult age.
ulama consensus is that niqab is not mandatory.
www.blogistan.co.uk /blog/mt.php/2006/10/14/an_insiders_view_on_niqab   (7005 words)

 How to Hijab Part III: How to Niqab
I personally feel the only way to buy a niqab is after trying it on, but many women buy their niqabs online, and don't seem to have too many problems with them.
You may find that a niqab is snug or just right when you have the glasses on, but too tight when you remove the glasses (thus, forcing you to retie it everytime you remove your glasses).
If you are wearing a "half niqab" style, that is, one simple panel of cloth with elastic, you should put it on underneath your khimar or hijab.
www.modernmuslima.com /niqabhow.htm   (886 words)

 Al Hannah Islamic Clothing
Niqab is made with an adjustable tie closure, as opposed to the usual elastic styles from Syria and Jordan.
Niqab is light weight and breathable, yet not see through.
This abaya is good for those looking for serious coverage, and works well with a niqab (not included.) Since this is intended as an overgarment, clothing and a hijab must be worn underneath (not included.) If you have never worn a traditional abaya and would like assistance making your choice please call customer service.
www.alhannah.com /niqab.html   (1004 words)

 The Niqab and Burqa as Security Threats [Weblog] - Daniel Pipes
Turns out, security personnel at London's Heathrow Airport made no attempt to match his face with her passport picture, even though the airport was on a heightened state of alert after the 7/7 terrorist attack.
Somalia: The niqab presents a whole different level of threat in Somalia, reports Reuters' Guled Mohamed in "Somali forces ban, burn Muslim women's veils," where the Western-backed government has cracked down on women's coverings in the capital, Mogadishu, to prevent the Islamist Courts insurgents from disguising themselves and then attacking.
Kenyan prostitutes hide under niqabs: Now for the niqab hiding an altogether different sort of crime: Prostitution is illegal in Kenya's coastal port of Mombasa but, John Nene reports for the BBC, streetwalkers there have a history of donning the buibui (a niqab that shows more of the face).
www.danielpipes.org /blog/685   (3053 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Egypt | Out in the open
But the decision was heatedly contested by the students who wear the niqab and their supporters.
Tantawi said that as long as the university is forcing students to take off the niqab -- not the veil -- then they are not committing any sin.
Two sisters from Al-Wadi Al-Gadid -- one wearing the hijab and the other the niqab -- complained to him that the niqab- donning sister was banned from the hostel.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2006/816/eg4.htm   (498 words)

 Niqab and Hijab - Prayer Shawls - Islamic clothing
Niqab and Hijab by DesertStore - Hijab comes from the Arabic word "hajaba" meaning to hide from view or conceal.
Also called Islamic veils or prayer shawls, hijabs are used to cover the head of Muslim women in compliance to the modesty standard set by the Quran.
Niqab or Burka, on the other hand is the piece of cloth that is worn to cover the face.
www.desertstore.com /For-Sale-Directory/Islamic-Clothing-hijab-niqab.html   (136 words)

 Reject niqab
At times there are dire consequences for those who see the niqab as a major obstacle in the path of women’s economic and social empowerment.
Yet the practice of covering one’s face as an expression of Islamic religiosity is not diminishing.
In fact, the niqab makes the position of Muslim women worse.
www.muslimcanadiancongress.org /20061108.html   (1160 words)

 Some Questions and Answers on Niqab
The case you mentioned may be a reason to remove the niqab if the police officer is in need to do so, and there is a legal requirement by the law to show the face, regardless of the faith and this applies to all faiths.
Wearing niqab is good in some aspects, but it gives wrong message to women in the West and wearing it makes them feel that Islam is very difficult to practice as lots of them think that it is very difficult to change from the American or Bristish life styles and wear the niqab.
Niqab will not allow me to do this and as far as your husband is concerned - let him get over himself - the situation with Islam in the world today is far too important compared with petty jealousy.
www.islamawareness.net /Hijab/Niqab/questions.html   (1658 words)

 Enjoying My Space: The Niqab.. the controversy
Taking the Niqab issue outside the incident of the UK, the Niqab seems to be one of the most controversial issues regarding women and Islam, while the majority of Muslim scholars, including Al Azhar, find it not compulsive to wear, a minority of scholars find it pretty much mandatory.
The complication of ‘niqab’ in the West manifests itself in the fact that although freedom of expression is one of the positive aspects of the western culture, the ‘niqab’is yet one of the most debatable and stigmatized issues in the West.
The ‘niqab’ woman then should compensate for this by being, for example, extra expressive and friendly in her every day communication particularly with people who do not understand why she wears ‘niqab’ or those who are afraid and feel uncomfortable to talk to ‘a pair of eyes’.
me-in-jordan.blogspot.com /2006/10/niqab-controversy.html   (2615 words)

 The big cover-up | Review | The Observer
Where once the sight of a fully hidden woman was restricted to a few traditionalist communities, nowadays it is not unusual to see the niqab on high streets throughout the major cities of England and in a number of smaller towns.
The main aim of the niqab is to deter contact between women and men who are not married or related.
Both Chowdhury and Robert thought a niqab was a large undertaking for a young teenager, mostly because of the teasing she would be likely to suffer, but both felt that she should have the right to go veiled if she so chose.
observer.guardian.co.uk /review/story/0,6903,1646389,00.html   (4110 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | Why Muslim women wear the veil
Niqab consists of covering up completely, including gloves and a veil for the face - leaving just a slit for the eyes, or covering them too with transparent material.
But it may also be left to the Muslim woman to decide for herself, whether she wants to cover up fully with the niqab, as an expression of her faith and Islamic identity, or not.
But at the same time the niqab is such a powerful statement that more liberal Muslims sometimes can be heard objecting to it, especially in more developed societies, where women have fought long and hard to shake off restrictions seen as outdated and imposed by men.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/5411320.stm   (621 words)

 Indigo Jo Blogs: Khadija Ravat and the niqab's good name
This is a huge generalisation, particularly since niqab is not the norm "all across the Arab countries" and acid attacks, beatings and rape are not always linked to niqab, or a woman's refusal to wear it.
She alleges that the niqab's growing popularity "represents the terrifying march of Wahhabism, which aims to expunge the female Muslim presence from the public space".
The fact remains that the niqab is a choice for many women, a tradition for others; it has no connection with domestic abuse, and it has been politicised mostly from outside the community rather than from within.
www.blogistan.co.uk /blog/mt.php/2006/12/07/khadija_ravat_and_the_niqabs_g   (1810 words)

 Desicritics.org: Dr. Niqab - Comedy or Tragedy?
A fl niqab, where even the two tiny holes where the eyes would be were covered in fl gauze, entered the room.
Her bigotry towards Black Niqab is no different to the bigotry in some western countries to fl faces.
So the use of niqab was an indication that the woman was "respected." On the other hand, there is NO evidence that the prophet's wife Khadija ever wore the veil.
desicritics.org /2006/11/13/171520.php   (5346 words)

 Niqab? Why Niqab?
If I can, it should be a refutation of those people who claim that the Niqab is an expression of Arabian culture and that it is not from Islam, and that it is even a hindrance to the our Da'wah efforts in Western nations.
The Hadith is warning against affixing a Niqab, however the 'Ulama allow for a woman to cover her face with non-affixed material.
After having come to see that the Niqab is indeed an authentic part of Islam, I must then conclude that to hide it would be counterproductive to Da'wah.
members.tripod.com /niqab/5.htm   (1761 words)

 Al Jazeera English - News   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Niqabs are already illegal to wear on public transport or in schools.
The Netherlands would be the first European country to impose a complete ban on the niqab in public.
Because niqabs were worn for religious reasons, Verdonk had feared new legislation could come into conflict with religious freedom laws.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/31FC41DA-9441-4D37-98B3-4956A62BEF78.htm   (604 words)

 The Qatar Diary: Muslim Veil: My day in the niqab   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Finally the niqab, which is a square of synthetic material with adjustable straps, a slit of about 15cm for my eyes and a tiny heart-shaped bit of netting, which I assume is to let some air in.
As a niqabi in america i don't go through the same things you do, infact i remember the first day i wore the niqab i felt self concsious to everyone around me: i couldn't breath i was extremely uncomfortable, i was....
So next time you decide to wear the niqab maybe you should feel less unsure of yourself, be proud: and this pride should stem from your love for Allah and all His command which have the ultimate hikmat in them.
qatardiary.blogspot.com /2006/10/muslim-veil-my-day-in-niqab.html   (2310 words)

 AGORAVOX - The Citizen Media
Niqab is not onlystirring a controversy in the UK, it is also doing so here.
Niqab is still not that popular here even though it is increasing exponentially.
The majority of religious leaders insist that even though the niqab is not forbidden, it is not an obligation on Muslim women.
www.agoravox.com /article.php3?id_article=5266   (554 words)

 Dervish » Blog Archive » Niqab Dream   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Until recently I have also held the opinion that niqab is just too scary for non-Muslims in Australia, and is a barrier to social cohesion and integration.
I’ve always believed the niqab can be a form of resistance to the panopticon of the male gaze, and that the purpose of Islamic dress is to de-sexualise the public sphere while indicating Muslim identity.
I’m still not sure, as a part of me also thinks that niqabs are for people who are really strong in their faith, pious, practising lots and lots of recommended sunnat etc. I’m also not quite sure how it should/would affect my interraction with men that I know already.
www.maryams.net /dervish/2006/11/05/niqab-dream   (906 words)

 Niqab Debate - MyBindi
Azmi is the latest casualty in the niqab debate, which was ignited in early October by former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw who said the veil was a disturbing sign of the divisions in British society.
But some conservative Muslims argue the Prophet's wives wore the niqab, which is reason enough for all Muslim women to wear it.
But she added "if women choose to [wear the niqab], its fine because we do live in a democracy and they should be allowed…it's their individual choice but don't associate it with the Quran or Islam."
www.mybindi.com /lifestyle/perspectives/niqab.html   (616 words)

 Hijab or Niqab
Furthermore, Straw’s comment about niqab and the controversy that surrounds it is not new to the Islamic scene.
This led to a prominent member of the Egyptian People’s Assembly, known for his strict views to launch a campaign against her, declaring that killing her would be legal.
There are hundreds of others who would agree with Souad Saleh’s views on niqab, but the problem is that within the Islamic world itself, there is a state of anger, inflexibility and adherence to one view and the opinions of particular scholars.
www.irfi.org /articles/articles_701_750/hijab_or_niqab.htm   (608 words)

 Islam: Niqab
Hoping to be helpful for those searching the absolute truth,I am ready for answering all questions in any topic regarding Islam, opening the gate for deep discussion with the christians about the true GOD and the reality about their doctorines.All the time I will do my best to document my point of view.
Salamu alaikom sister,muslims should do what is right regardless of the surrounding invironment,my answer to you is;if you consider the niqab as fardh then you have to wear it immediately but if you consider it as sunnah then you have the choice to wear it or not.
to me niqab is fardh and my wife is wearing niqab,yes sometimes we face problems but the Garden is dear and we should pay much to win it.
en.allexperts.com /q/Islam-947/Niqab.htm   (300 words)

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