Is The Turban Proper Hijab?

03 March, 2017
Q I'm a new Muslim and I know that hijab has its rules and conditions which I know about. However, I see many Muslim women/ladies wearing the turban style and I'm confused. What is this or why are they doing this? It is against what I read or understood about the nature and purpose of hijab. This is just a trend right? It is not in accordance with Islam, or is it? Could you clarify for me pleaseā€¦?


Salam (peace) dear reader,

Thank you so much for asking this question and for your commendable earnest pursuit to learn the proper teachings of Islam and follow them.

May Allah reward you and grant you guidance and grant you the best rewards here and in the hereafter.

With regards to your question on the turban as you mentioned, it is not in line with the requirements of hijab.

Allah Almighty says:

{And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their head-covers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.} (Quran 24: 31)

The turban uncovers more of the woman’s adornment than what she is allowed or instructed to reveal in public among non-mahrams (close relative).

While the conditions of the veil would allow only the face and hands to be revealed at most, the turban further exposes the neck and ears and chest; and so it is not in line with what was described in the Quran and Sunnah of the Messenger as the most pure and noble garment befitting to believing women.

Mind you, a Muslim woman is instructed to observe the hijab and modesty only in public among non-mahrams. So, she is not deprived of showcasing her beauty, she can freely reveal them in the right time and place as this is the way Allah chose for her to honor her and guard her and elevate her.

Showcasing the adornments in public and among non-mahrams often result in the woman receiving inappropriate/unacceptable glances and comments from those who are strange to her. Allah wants to protect and honor women from being exposed to men’s inappropriate glances, words, or actions.  

Of course, the woman has to do her part, abiding by what The Most Knowing Creator revealed and instructed for her for her own honor and purity. And men have to do their part, abiding also by the laws of modesty, lowering their gaze, and wearing their own hijab that Allah instructed for them.

Each has a part, and each will be accountable before Allah regarding their part.

You can read further on this discussion in this answer.  

So, if any of our sisters are wearing this kind of turban out of lack of knowledge, temptations, or weakness of faith … etc, then we ask Allah to aid her and support her and shower her with His Mercy and Wisdom and guide her and all of us to the purest and best paths in this life and the next.

May Allah forgive all our shortcomings and grant us the ability to advise one another with mercy, accept advice without arrogance, and hold on to Allah’s pure commands above our egos and desires.  

With regards to the conditions of hijab, the scholars have agreed to the below requirements as per the Quran and Sunnah.

  1. It should cover all the body apart from what has been exempted (face and hands at most).
  2. It should not be an adornment in and of itself.
  3. It should be thick and not transparent.
  4. It should be loose and doesn’t describe any part of the body.
  5. It should not be perfumed.
  6. It should not resemble men’s clothing.
  7. It should not resemble the dress of disbelieving women.
  8. It should not be a garment of fame and vanity.

This is all for the woman to carry her soul with modesty and nobility in public and draw attention to who she is not how she looks.

May Allah forgive us and show us the way that is most pleasing to Him and most rewarding for us with peace in this world and eternal rewards in the next life.


Hope this answers your question.

Please continue feeding your curiosity, and find more info in the following links:

How is a Muslim Supposed to Dress?