Originally Posted by smeisnotapirate
Faliciagayle, I believe Muslim girls start covering at puberty - as opposed to us delineating at marriage.
Liquesce, am I right?
Basically ... around puberty, or whenever a girl really feels that it's right for her.
There's a lot of room for interpretation, culture, and personal preferences, since there's no clearly defined rule like "cover after X birthday or Y event." Some people will include headscarves in their little girls' wardrobes just because they like them and think they're cute, some will out of a perception that it reflects on their own piety, some religious schools will make it a part of their standard all-ages dress codes and uniforms, and almost everyone regardless of age and regardless of whether they cover otherwise covers to pray. (Which is what the girls in that picture are wearing ... typical skirt and headcover sets made for prayer; I have similar myself, albeit a wee bit upsized.
I think the rectangular scarves that are among the most popular at the moment as hijabs and the scarves sold as tichels are basically the same thing, no?
Originally Posted by lil_earthmomma
So here's a question, do you feel compelled to cover your bfing in public?
I (a) carry a semi-opaque lightweight scarf in my diaper bag, or (b) tie my headscarf so it comes across my chest anyway, or (c) wear an overgarment that wraps across the front to close just at the shoulder, so it's easy to tuck the baby inside. I know that's all kind of against the MDC breastfeeding activism ideal, but I look at it more like demonstrating that women who really prefer to absolutely ensure that their chest remain covered in public do not have a choice just between bottlefeeding and hiding in the bathroom.