Yay...we have a collective agreement...
Ah, somebody at last! W/salaam rahmara!
Mashallah...thats very good
Yes it is,
everyone seems to be online today
O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, that so they may be recognized and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
The Arabic the word Jilbab was translated into cloak. A jilbaab is known a cloth that covers that entire body except the hands and face.
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their brothers or their brothers' sons or sisters sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigor, or children who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed.
The word veil is donated with the word ‘Khimar’ in Arabic. A khimar is a piece of cloth used to cover the hair and Allah(swt) ordered women to use it to cover their adornments with it too. Many people argue that this word for a headscarf should be used instead of hijab. Interpreting hijab ONLY as a headscarf is incorrect.
From these references (and what Atif and rahmara posted), the vast majority of Muslim scholars and jurists, past and present, have determined the minimum requirements for Muslim women's dress: 1) Clothing must cover the entire body, with the exception of the face and the hands. 2) The attire should not be form fitting, sheer or so eye-catching as to attract undue attention or reveal the shape of the body.
Another thing I want to add, about covering the face is that, although it might not be compulsory, there are certain situations I feel it must be enforced. For example, walking around in some parts of Saudi Arabia with your faced uncovered will attract unwanted attention, in which case you as well as the admirer will get the sins for. But covering your face in say New York City will attract attention and in my opinion, should be avoided in that case.
One more thing, I have to agree, that some Muslims who don't were the headscarf (but dresses and acts modestly) can be better than some muslim women who do. It really depends on your connection with Allah and Allahu A’lam.