The Niqab and burqa

Are Women Obliged To Cover Their Whole Bodies?

A few days ago Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, said that he supported the headteachers and principals who tried to ban Muslim students and teachers from wearing a niqab or a burqa to school. He went on to say that school inspectors should downgrade schools where students or teachers wear a niqab if they feel that it affects “communication and effective teaching”. We look at whether it is compulsory in Islam for a woman to cover her face or whole body. Whether it is or it is not is however besides the point because it is a matter of individual choice.