Posted on 05/19/2012 by __socrates

The shroud for the dead. It usually consists of three pieces of cloth for a man and five for a woman. Those for a man: 1, An izar, or piece of cloth, reaching from the navel to the knees or ankle joings; 2, A qamis, or shirt, from the neck to the knees; 3, A sheet to cover the whole corpse. For a woman there are also a breast band and head band. The whole being of white. [BURIAL.]

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam