• Some Muslim women cover their faces because they are commanded to do so according to their belief system. These Islamic women wear what is known as a niqab in order to fulfill this command that the Koran gives to them.


    The Koran is the Islamic holy book. Muslims adhere to the commandments outlined in this guide. Islam means submission to the will of Allah, and the Koran is the divine final revelation of Allah revealed to mankind by Muhammad, Allah's final Prophet. One of the moral principals in the Koran is modesty and chasteness.


    Niqab means "full of veil" in Arabic, which many Muslim women use to cover their faces, except their eyes, although there may be see-though mesh across the eyes. Women normally wear this veil from puberty as a part of awrah, or the regulations for covering parts of the body that should not be exposed.


    This long scarf covers the head, except the face. Hijab is a part of the arwah of covering. Many Islamic women wear this type of garb, because not all Muslim women believe that their faces should be covered.

    Cultural Expression

    Muslim women in many societies throughout the world wear the niqab, or the full veil covering, to identify them as adherents of the Islamic religion. They often wear a niqab that has various colors and styles, including the traditional black covering.

    Islamic Law

    Chasteness and modesty are important virtues in Muslim society and part of the law in Islam. There are different interpretations about how to carry out this law, since not all Muslim believe the same thing about arwah. In some Islamic societies breaking laws of modesty might result in serious consequences.


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