Difference between Niqab and Burqa ?

Difference between Niqab and Burqa ?

What is the difference between a Burqa and a Niqab ?

Non muslims and people who mix the two words often use both terms to describe a single piece of clothing covering the face of a woman.

However, we will see how the two veils are different when it comes to what they do and how different they are in their styles.

What is a Niqab ?

A Niqab is a piece of clothing, known as a face veil, that can be tied around the head to cover the face also leaving two small openings for the eyes. You can find many different styles with one, two or three layers, different lengths and shapes, with or without a nose string. It is not limited to black, and can be found in various colours. In terms of fabrics, the most popular is the the Chiffon Fabric as it is breathable and lightweight, very convenient as it covers the face.

The Niqab has been very well known in the history of Islam and was worn by the women at the time of The Prophet peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

You can find the proofs in our previous article : Proof of Niqab

It is usually paired to complete a full coverage in addition to the Jilbab, and it’s also used with the Hijab and the Khimar as they don’t usually cover the face. Even though nowadays, some techniques have been developed with a two-in-one design with straps integrated.  When worn with a Abaya, it is better to wear the widest styles to cover the shoulders.

You can read our article about : Differences between Jilbab, Hijab, Khimar and Abaya

What is a Burqa/Burka ?

A Burqa is a specific style of Hijab, which can be as long as the full body, with a mesh like grid for the eyes to allow visibility. So the Burqa also fulfils the conditions of the Niqab and is like a two-in-one design as it covers the whole body and the face with one piece of clothing.

The Burqa/Burka is a more of a traditional Hijab worn by Muslim Women in Central Asia like Afghanistan and West Pakistan.

The Burqa/Burka and Niqab are two different styles, often associated because they both have one thing in common which is covering the face. The Burqa is more traditional and found in particular cultures, and does more than only covering the face. In opposition to that the Niqab serves only one purpose which is to cover the face and is not restricted to some cultures but widespread.

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Comments (8)

  1. السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
    جزاك الله خيرا
    ما شاء الله تبارك الله
    So precise and explicit beautifully explained article.
    May الله shower His Blessings.امين
    جزاك الله خيرا

    February 14, 2021 Reply
  2. jazakum Allahu khayran

    February 14, 2021 Reply
  3. Hi. Where can i find Afghan Burqa? The Original the Blue. I find only Niqab :'(

    Svetlana Stoyanova
    February 17, 2021 Reply
    • As new to modest clothing and not Muslim, but one who wishes to have complete modesty in dress. I truly appreciate this. It helps clear up questions I have had. I love my jilbabs, khimars and niqabs. Thank you for this necessary information.

      March 7, 2021 Reply
    • I have seen some on Etsy. This is their burqua listings:


      Also, I tend to get my burquas from ScarfTurbanHijab since they do excellent work and generally quick shipping.
      Also she welcomes inquiries and cusrom jobs, so I would check with this seller. She is very willing to work with customers to get what they need. Here is an examle of one of her burquas:

      If you live in Russia it should be fast shipping as she’s based in Ukraine. I hope this helps.

      March 7, 2021 Reply
    • Salaam Aleikum! See my Reply below, please.

      March 7, 2021 Reply
    • I always see them on Etsy

      September 5, 2021 Reply

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