It's an Abaya – Not a Burkha!
December 14, 2008 § 40 Comments
This is a little personal irk of mine. I always get slightly irritated when someone refers to what I’m wearing as a ‘Burkha’ and not an ‘Abaya’ in Pakistan.
When I say Abaya I mean this: [This design is a favourite of mine :P]
And when I mean burkha, this is what I mean:
There is a difference! However, I think this has to do with linguistics. Pakistanis tend to call all outer-garments as burkhas, [Including the Hijab/Niqab sometimes] and Arabs differentiate between an Abaya and a Burkha. Usually the ‘burkha’ is an outer-garment worn from the head, for eg. in Afghanistan OR the golden face-covering worn only by old bedouin Women. And Abayas come from the shoulders and well, are slightly more ‘fashionable’.
I’ve realised, over here, people tend to think you’re a jahil if you’re in Hijab, I have a little personal satisfaction when I see their jaws drop when they hear me speak in English. 😉
“O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outer garments close around themselves; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And God is ever Forgiving, Gentle.”
(Surah al-Ahzab: 59)