What do Muslim women wear to the beach? Muslim clothing guide


Muslim clothing is very contrasting to the way modern women dress. You may not be an expert on Islam, but you have definitely seen and know what the hijab is. Muslim girls cover their head, hands, feet, and sometimes even their eyes. But did you know that each of these stages of covering has its own name, as well as each element in their clothing.

Muslim swimwear

Burqin is the name of the bathing suit for Muslim women, which was designed by Lebanese designer Aheda Zanetti. It is made of polyester and its shape resembles pajamas. The Burqin has a hood and covers the arms and legs completely, leaving only the feet hands and face exposed. What is interesting is that there have been many conflicts around this seemingly innocuous piece of clothing. For example, in 2016 in France there was an attempt to ban the burkin on some beaches. Women wearing a burkin were even fined 38 euros. All this was explained by the fact that this type of clothing is contradictory to the values of the French Republic. Although the French Council of State attempted to ban the bathing suit, in 2017, the Marseille Court of Appeal brought the law back into force.

Another striking conflict with this element of clothing is Germany. The German government wanted to buy burkas for schools so that religiously exempt schoolgirls could attend swimming lessons with everyone else. But the government's migration secretary said: "When women in Saudi Arabia risk their lives for a drop of freedom, we in Germany should not be putting burkinis on girls."

Types of headwear:

  • Sheila: A long rectangular scarf that is wrapped around the head and placed on the shoulders. Sheila does not have a tight fit on the head or neck is very common in Persian countries.
  • Hijab: In a broad sense it is any clothing that complies with the Shariah, but traditionally hijab is a headscarf that completely covers the hair, neck, ears, leaving only the face open.
  • Amir's hijab: This element of clothing consists of two elements: a cap and a scarf that completely covers the head and shoulders.
  • Himar: A cape that does not cover the face, but its length reaches the waist. It is essentially an elongated version of the hijab amar.
  • Chador: It is basically an ordinary cloth that covers the whole body and is not fastened with anything. Women hold the veil themselves with their hands.
  • Niqab: The niqab covers the entire face and hair leaving only a slit for the eyes. Another feature is that it must be black.
  • Burqa: The veil covers the entire body and even the eyes. The eye slit is covered with a dense net.

Why wear the hijab

Why wear the hijab

Wearing a hijab in girls of the Muslim faith becomes mandatory already in the age range of 9-13 years. All because at this age falls at the beginning of puberty, that is, the girl begins to show feminine features. The reasons for wearing the hijab can be varied from pride in their ethnicity to religious beliefs. The hijab in Jewish culture is a symbol of a woman of God. Wearing the hijab shows the purity and purity of a woman. One of its main functions is to hide a woman's figure and not wearing the hijab is a sin, which is why especially religious Muslims are fiercely in favor of wearing the hijab.

Men's hijab

In Islam there are many regulations about the appearance of women and many people are aware of them and have even seen them with their own eyes, but what about men. They also have their own elements in clothing, they are not as common and most of them are not for everyday wear. One example is the izar. The izar covers the part of the body from the waist to the knees, it consists of two parts that are tied with knots and the upper part is called the rida. Izar is not a garment of everyday wear, but is worn on holidays symbolizing the equality of people before God.

Men's Headwear:

  • Kufiya: A man's headscarf that serves as protection from the sun or cold.
  • Skullcap: It is said that this piece of clothing is able to protect its owner from the evil eye and not good intentions in his direction. Visually it looks like a round lid from a box, often decorated with embroidery.
  • Turban: A headdress made of a piece of cloth that is wrapped around the head.

Muslim culture is incredibly diverse and is much debated around the world. For some, Islam is holy and wearing a hijab or other elements of Muslim paraphernalia is not something humiliating. On the contrary, there are those who proudly accept this religious tradition and feel full and happy. But one should not turn a blind eye to the situation in Saudi Arabia, where the issue of wearing the hijab has a violent character, so it is important to delve into the history and the Koran to have an accurate understanding of what is an indicator of true faith.


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