I’ve recently had to read up on the jilbaab and have found supposed consensus on it being obligatory. The consensus derives from Quranic verses and various hadith. The jilbaab is meant to cover the clothes which are normally worn by women in the confines of their home or in private spheres.

The other condition of the jilbaab according to the definition and description deriven from hadith and verses is that it should drape and be a one piece garment of at least of ankle length, preferably longer (for those who view feet as awrah). The one piece condition of it draping from head to foot changes if a khimaar (headscarf) is worn, then it can be a piece of garment that drapes from the shoulders down.

The categorisation of clothing into outer wear and inner wear becomes blurry when you may have clothes that you only exclusively wear out doors and not indoors (such as jackets, coats or even skirts, jeans or trousers jilbab is similar to a long winter coat. So would a winter coat be deemed suitable and be seen as a jilbaab? If the jilbab is an outer garment then its purpose would be negated if a jacket or coat is worn on top, would it not? Does it have to be a one piece garment or would several pieces of garments not be sufficient? The jilbab commonly known and recognised to most as being a long tunic/kaftan supposedly fulfills the requirements – so would a chador as worn by women in Iran and the Indian Subcontinent not be sufficient?

Whats the purpose of wearing loose baggy clothes that do not show your shape if you are to meant to wear a jilbaab on top? Is a khimaar worn with clothing that conforms to the requirements of hijaab -loose, thick – incomplete without the long outergarment/cloak? Where does that leave your cultural attire? Is the long tunic/kaftan – commonly referred to as jilbaab – not Arab clothing as opposed to Islamic?

Is the jilbaab the only acceptable garment that can be worn when in public?

(3rd time im typing this out since it didnt save the edited version for some odd reason!)