Usamah ibn Zayd, may Allah be pleased with them both, said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Sha'ban.’ He (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: ‘That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.’” (Reported by an-Nasai, see Sahih al-Targhib wa’l-Tarhib, page 425).


Linguistically, he word ‘Khimar’ or ‘Khumur’ (it's plural) comes from the root 'خ م ر' which means something which veils or conceals.

Nowadays Khimar typically refers to a very long piece of cloth, tailored in a specific manner, with or without headbands, that falls from the head to cover the neck, chest, elbows and hands. Depending wearer's preference, it may extend to the knees or even the feet. Unlike a Hijab or a Headscarf, a Khimar usually doesn't require tying around the neck, which is convenient and comfortable for the user.


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