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Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier or partition. The most visible form of hijab is the head covering that many Muslim women wear when they are outside amidst men. This head covering symbolizes modesty, behaviour and femininity in public.
Telekung is a Malay word which translates to prayer gown. The root of such a question lies in the reason why the prayer gown is existed in the first place – to cover our aurat completely to the point where nothing is seen except for our face.
This is because our solat can only be accepted by Allah SWT if we completely cover all of our aurat amongst other things. We have to ensure that no other body part touches the air such as our feet, hair, hands, arms and torso. We must ensure that every inch of our skin is hidden from the eyes of mortals when we want to perform our prayers.
At times, a girl may choose to wear pants, trousers or jeans and they don’t really care whether or not these clothing items cover their bottoms well. Sometimes the fact that they are pants itself, it can’t be helped that the shape of their limbs is emphasised and this already throws their aurat off tangent.
Aside from that, some women may wear long-sleeved clothes but the sleeves tend to slip during takbir and this may reveal a certain amount of flesh. Hence, there are many reasons why simply praying with the clothes you have on your back is not sufficient and in comes the need for the ever-reliable telekung
To learn more on the prayer gown click here.