The Muslim Women's League of California comments on the meaning of the term "hijab" in the Qur'an and Hadith

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The Muslim Women's League of California comments on the meaning of the term "hijab" in the Qur'an and Hadith

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The Term "Hijab":
Literally, the word hijab means "curtain". In the Qur