Islam and clothing
The Arabic word hijab literally translates into English as ""veil"". Adherents of Islam believe that it was originally implemented by Allah in order to secure Muhammad's privacy and create a distinction between the public and private spheres of his life. The word hijab applied to both men and women in terms of protecting both their private lives from outsiders and to protect one's own honor, not in specific relation to one's sexual activity or desires.Muslims are concerned with clothing in two contexts: clothing for everyday wear, inside and outside the house; and clothing required in specifically religious contexts.Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.And say that the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them. That will be better, so that they may be recognized and not harassed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.The Qur'an admonishes Muslim women to dress modestly and cover their breasts and genitals. The Qur'an explicitly states that ""O wives of the Prophet, you are not like anyone among women"" and as such has separate rules specifically for the wives of the Prophet. Wearing hijab, or al-khimar, is obligatory in Islam, as the quote states ""Tell the believing women to put their khimar over their bosoms"", all the major Arab translations and dictionaries agree that ""al-khimar"" means a veil or scarf that a woman uses to cover her head, and ""over their bosoms"" implies women should cover their breasts, necks etc. The veil re-emerged as a topic of conversation in the 1990s when there was concern regarding potential western infiltration of Muslim practices in Islamic countries. The veil had a new purpose of shielding Muslim women from western influence. There were several religious leaders that reinforced that an additional purpose of the hijab was to protect the Islamic people and customs.