Comments on: France may ban burqas, but chic abayas for export are fine Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: khadijah1212 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 23:29:04 +0000 QUOTE “…abayas (long, baggy gowns some Arab women usually worn with a veil) and other luxury versions of traditional outfits for their Middle Eastern clients.”

I am a white American born former Christian who converted to Islam 9 years ago. “I” wear abayas and jilbabs(very similar) as well as the hijab (Head scarf) and niqab(some call non-Muslims consider a burqa(a burqa is 1 piece garment that covers from head to foot) I don’t.

I know many non-Arab women who wear an abaya or jilbab with hijab and a few, like myself, also CHOOSE to wear niqab.. It certainly is NOT an “Arab thing,” it is an Islamic teaching.