Satr

Posted on 07/06/2012 by marina

SATR. ستر
A curtain or veil. A term used for the seclusion of women, called also Hijab. In the Traditions it is used for necessary and decent attire, babu ‘a-satr being a special chapter in the Mishkatu ‘l-Masabih (book iv. ch. ix.). The satr for a man being from the waist to the knee, and for a free woman from the neck to the feet; but for a slave girl from the waist to the knee as in the case of a man. That part of the body which must be so covered is called ‘aurah or ‘aurat, “shame or modesty,” from which the Hindstani word, ‘aurat, “a woman,” is derived. [HARIM, WOMEN.]

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam