All About the Veil
A woman’s hair, like beautiful flowers, makes the world a more attractive place and should not be covered by a symbol of backwardness.
Former Egyptian Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni
The Koran contains a revelation about women veiling their bosoms, not their faces. This injunction was revealed following Allah's anger that people would think His Messenger a cuckold after the Prophet's child bride, Aisha, got lost in the desert and was found by a young man, who brought her back ... the next day.
As to a woman veiling her face, according to Aisha, this had to do with women hiding their identity while answering the call of nature in the open.
Should you not be able to make out the caption next to the niqab, it reads:
Almost always black, it leaves nothing but a slit for the eyes showing, and is usually worn with a shapeless black robe and black gloves. Usually it's a sign that that the individual is a follower of the strict Sala school of Sunni is Islam.
The Sala School is the school of Islamic Jurisprudence followed by Islamic State. This school not only condones, but encourages the atrocities they commit against whom it considers heretics e.g. Shias, those who insult Allah by claiming He shares power with a son, and the Jews who would not accept the Prophet Muhammad as the legitimate and greatest and last spokesperson for the Almighty (with disastrous results); but that is not the point I want to make here.
There is a very common ceremony practiced throughout much of the Muslim world called Khatmi-Qur’an. It is the ceremony to recognize and celebrate a child’s first full reading of the Koranic text in Arabic at about seven years old. It is the mother's responsibility to get her children to the Khatmi-Qur’an.
If the women who are responsible for teaching children the Koran believe in a literal interpretation of Allah's constant reminder that unbelievers are not deserving of any mercy and to "kill them wherever you find them", revelation 4:89, then so will their children.
How a believing mother chooses to appear in public is usually a good indication of the type of Koranic education her children will receive: radical education = radical offsprings. That upbringing is probably more responsible for home grown terrorism than repeated visits to the mosque, making the child, now a teenager, more receptive to exhortations delivered there to do as the Koran demands and make our world that of Allah exclusively.
Health and Discrimination Concerns
As mentioned earlier, the veil is usually part of a full-body covering worn by believing women when, with the permission of their husband or male guardian, they leave the confines of his home. A home quarantine, combined with clothing that leaves no exposed skin when venturing outside, deprives the occupant of necessary sun exposure, especially in Canada if they don't take advantage of the warmer months to fill up on vitamin D. A lack or shortage of this essential vitamin can lead to a shorten lifespan; but not before experiencing weight gain, headaches, bladder issues, constipation, diarrhea etc.
This, of course, would not have been a problem in the nearly always sunny region of the Arabian Peninsula the Prophet called home, even if Allah had been aware of the dangers of not enough exposure to sunlight when He came up with the first prototype of a wearable tent for women when they ventured outside the big one.
There are health issues with the veil and the rest of the body covering that comes with the niqab version, and then there are mental health concerns e.g. anguish and paranoia as a result of people having a visceral reaction when encountering a veiled figure. Expect to be discriminated against:
If someone rang my door bell wearing a mask, I wouldn't open the door. Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Josée Verner, March 2010.