Friday, July 9, 2010


Help Is Sought..
"Face-Vail" had been known among desert communities in India, china, Niger and Arabia; either for men or women..
"Niqab" has all Indian hallmarks, yet I have no solid data.. It had been used by Turkish belly dancers as well as Yemeni Jewish women..!! Its worldwide fame came by Muslim Arabs; who controversially attached it to their religious practice..
The fact tells that Face-cover, or Niqab in Arabic, is paradoxically used by Ninja, Anti riot police, Thieves, Terrorists, and other groups who either avoid to be identified, or protect their nose and mouth from dust.. From my flokloric research, I know it is related to some ancient preceptions on the woman's mouth in particular.. Yet, I do not know why..?
Does any one had any CULTURAL or HISTORICAL information on "Niqab"..??



  1. From the Quran.....(This tafseer is Agreed upon by Ibn Kathir, Al-Qurtabi and At-Tabari)

    The Noble Qur'an ........

    Surah Al-Ahzaab, Verse #59
    ‘O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks ("Jalabib") veils all over their bodies (screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way Tafseer Al-Qurtabi) that is most convenient that they should be known (as such) and not molested: and Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful."

    Surah An-Nur, Verses #30 and #31
    ‘And Say to the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head cover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)

  2. Dear One..
    I need to ignore your post, as my request is not for someone to remind me with Quran or Hadeeth, but to have specific cultural or historical information.. Should you read my words carefully, prior to post what is already known for everyone, Muslims or non-Muslims..!!
    In addition, should you avoid anonymity in a serious discussion..??

    This book will have the answers and covers historical and different cultural traditions. It's very thorough, and you can get it through Inter-library loan in the United states.
    or Arab dress: a short history from the dawn of Islam to modern times / Yedida Stillman
    Start at pg 139

  4. Although I need to wait till get both books, but they seems covering the subject matter..
    Thanks for sharing the information; while would love to read your views, as certainly had read both books..
    Thanks a lot..