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Our Fashionable Hijabis

The Muslim community is proud of all our girls and women who observe the sacred Hijab of Lady Fatima (peace be upon her). Masha’Allah it takes a lot of bravery and determination to conceal our beauty and keep it concealed from age nine till death. However, there is an unfortunate trend that some of us are falling victim to. We are getting so caught up in “fashioning” our Hijabi outfits that with every step we take towards desperately trying to fit in and look “good”, we are taking ten steps away from maintaining “good Hijab”.

Confused? Don’t all Hijabis have “good Hijab”?

As Hijabis, we ourselves or someone we know have contacted our religious scholars at some point in time asking one or more of the following questions about the Hijab: is wearing “light” make-up in public permissible? Is it ok to wear bright make-up in public, because I don’t think it is attractive? Is it haram to get a nose ring and wear it in public? Can my teen aged daughter wear bright outfits, as long as she is covered? Is it ok to wear colored contact lenses? Is it permissible to wear rings and bracelets in public? Is wearing nail polish and henna in public halal? Am I allowed to wear shape-revealing pants if my blouse/jacket comes half way down my thigh? Is it permissible to wear expensive brand labels in public? Can I apply perfume knowing that a non-Mahram walking past me will smell it? If my intention is pure, can I do all of the above?

This is what we’ve become as 21st-century Hijabis. We are desperately trying to do anything and everything to look more “fashionable”, “hip”, and ultimately “attractive” while observing the Hijab. It has become common to spot Hijabis who thinks it is perfectly appropriate to dress in a “Hijabi outfit” alongside make-up, cluttering heels with a nose ring, distracting jewelry, a gorgeous hand bag, and heavenly perfume. So why are Hijabi girls trying to become more “trendy” day by day?

In an informal “survey”, it was found that the majority of Hijabis do some or all of the above fashion “innocently”. When asked why they felt the necessity of doing so much fashion in public, this is what we found, followed by our responses:

“Because I believe it’s halal, and it’s all about my intention.”

First of all, since when has our Hijab become a matter of borderline halal and haram? Just because it may “technically” be halal for us to apply kohl or eyeliner in public on the condition that we are “not trying to impress anyone”, does that change the fact that it makes me look 100 times more attractive? Because it’s the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) to apply perfume, does it change the fact that by wearing our Chanel, some non-mahram walking past will most probably think, “Wow, she smells nice”? It’s not always about our intention. Sometimes it’s about the consequences of our actions.

“I can’t leave my house without make-up.”

Insecurity, insecurity, insecurity. One of the purposes of Hijab is so that we may be known and appreciated by society for our internal character and not our external beauty. If we can’t leave the house without even “light” make up, are we not just like every other non-Hijabi woman who is a victim of female exploitation, but perhaps to a lesser degree?

“All my Hijabi friends do it.”

It completely baffles us when Hijabis pressure fellow Hijabis into “fashioning” up their Hijab. It’s one thing to give honest advice to help “improve” and “neaten” the Hijab of another girl, but it’s a no-go zone when we try to intervene and “loosen” or “hip up” their Hijab. As the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them) tell us, good friends are those who constantly remind us of Allah and do not take us further away from the Almighty. Let’s not give in to negative peer-pressure by compromising our Hijab for the sake of pleasing our friends at the cost of displeasing our Lord.

“My family says I should dress ‘more Western’ so I don’t attract too much attention to myself in public.”

We understand when parents and family members are concerned for the safety of their daughters and women, particularly when we live in predominantly non-Muslim areas or take public transport. Nobody is saying that “good Hijab” can’t be maintained while dressed in Western clothing. However, that doesn’t mean we need to go for tight jeans, figure revealing tops, and super attractive shoes. There’s a “good” Hijabi way of doing everything in life, and that includes dressing Western. So let’s not get too carried away with thinking that wearing tight outfits is for our own safety.

“I want to look neat!”

Lady Fatima (peace be upon her) had hands-down the most perfect Hijab in this world. We imagine her draped in multiple layers of dark cloth if she were ever to go in public. At the same time as having such magnificent physical Hijab, we do not dare imagine that Lady Fatima’s appearance was ever “messy”. Of course she was undoubtedly the most “neat” and “presentable” veiled woman to walk this Earth. So aren’t we just being stubborn and making ignorant excuses because we don’t want to better our Hijab? Obviously it is possible to look messy in a Hijabi outfit the same way it’s possible to look respectably elegant in a Hijabi outfit. It all depends on how we choose to wear it!

“When I dress up in public, I do it for myself and my family because I like it.”

Personally we find it hard to believe that Hijabis dress up so much for their own satisfaction and personal happiness. If this was the case, we wouldn’t be dressing up in public, and the minute we come home, we change into our hobo outfits.

If a girl ever wants to dress up for herself or for her relatives, we should do this in private so that only these special people see us in our absolute best. Many times we find ourselves dressing up for our mahrams, with one major catch. We do this when we pick them up from the airport, when we dine out with them, and when we go to mixed parties and other places where non-Mahrams also conveniently happen to be present.

Imam Ali (peace be upon him) narrates that our Prophet prohibited women from ornamenting ourselves for anyone other than our husbands (and related men). The Imam further relates, “Thus, if she does so, it is the right of Allah, Almighty and Glorious, to burn her in Hell.” (Man La YahduruhuI Faqih)

“At least we’re covered, so a bit of fashion can’t hurt!”

Honestly speaking, if a “bit” of fashion entails branded clothing and accessories which are not attractive enough to catch a second glimpse by most people, there doesn’t seem to be any major issues. If our fashion means wearing elegant but not stunning shoes, having the latest mobile phone but not showing off with it, and looking neat but not attractive to most people, that also seems fine. But when “a little” fashion means “light” makeup which makes us look relatively more attractive with than without it, alongside a Gucci bag with so much glitter and shine people on the other side of the street notice it, huge necklaces around our Hijabs, fancy bangles and bracelets which any non-mahram who looks at our wrists can see, and extremely well-fitted abayas, skirts, and pants, we have a major problem.

An author once described the Hijab as “the concealment of beauty and the beauty of concealment”. But for those of us who “innocently” partake in noticeable attractive fashion and “unintentionally” cause ourselves to be appealing to others, let’s think again. As Hijabis, we are supposed to be the heights of modesty in today’s society, a society which does not respect or honor women but rather one which degrades and exploits women. Beauty is beautiful. If we treasure it, let’s cover it – without letting fashion come in the way.

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  • Umma

    Next time, you can write about how to do salaat the right way, I’m sure we all mess it up somehow too–but we don’t see many articles about that for some reason. It’s usually about how we mess up hijab. And make sure you make it as lecture style as this article is including a reference to being burned in Hell. Thanks.

  • Oh_the_irony

    ^ Since when did Hijab become an untouchable topic? Some people need to fix their hijab, simple as that. There have been plenty of articles on prayer, akhlaq etc. If you feel your Hijab is fine, why does this article bother you so much?

    • Re: Oh_the_irony

      Hahah that’s exactly what I thought. The only reasons the sisters are getting worked up is because they know they fall under one of the catergories in this article and they don’t have strong enough faith to let go of their insecurities and give up make up and other try hard things hijabis to do “unintentionally be attractive” loool

      • katniss

        Honestly, it’s pathetic for someone to pass judgment on another sister… and I promise you THE BIGGEST PROBLEM ON THIS EARTH ISN’T MAKE-UP. I promise you that. I don’t own make-up and frankly I could care less about how on earth I look like.

        Pointing out other peoples flaws and rarely your own is ignorant. I know I have years of work to do on my modesty, my akhlaq, my faith, etc. but at least I am not fooled into think I have achieved perfection in any one thing.

        • .R.

          So the problem here is that…the author is doing her duty towards her fellow Muslims by saving them from further (purposely or inadvertently) making mistakes? Encouraging others to do good and forbidding them from doing wrong is a part of Islam. If I do something wrong, I would certainly hope that others who notice would point it out to me. We’re fallible human beings…if we were only allowed to help others after becoming perfect, then we would go through life without helping anyone but ourselves!

          The article is polite, no doubt about it, and no one has been able to present a quote directly from the article that proves otherwise.

    • peeta

      Hijab shouldn’t be an untouchable subject but is that how you tell somebody they should fix it? If you’re an active sister in your community than I really feel bad for your community. Who are you to judge and assume that if someone is bothered by this article that they are not observing proper hijab? What an ignorant and shallow comment. If you had a dear sister that you truly cared about and she was misguided would you tell her she wears makeup because she is insecure? Or that by her wearing revealing clothes you know she is trying to get attention? “No of course not” should be the answer! And if that’s not your answer then we have a big problem and there is nothing to discuss. I feel utterly sorry for you because as followers of Ahlul Bayt(as) we don’t judge or demean others who are doing something wrong, we tell them lovingly. Unless you’re just here to read this and feel good about yourself than that’s an entirely different matter but I pray that is not the case from anyone here. May Allah guide us to engage in amr bil maroof and nahi anal munkar in the best way, the way our beautiful Prophets and Imams (as) showed us.

  • LuvsAhlulBayt

    This is good peice! Keep up the good work and keep on speaking the truth, though some people are scared of the truth you stay close with it and I admire you for it sister! Stay strong in the path of Allah s.w.t and Ahlul Bayt A.S. and if some people are scared of that path and decide to bring you down because they are insecure with themselves then let them deal with it bes again you stay strong! Good JOB!! and May Allah s.w.t reward you! 😆

  • Joobah

    Anyone genuinely in touch with the real world knows that there’s no way any non-mahram is going to look *twice* at a girl in hijab, when there are so many girls out there wearing much less. Our hijab puzzles most of them. Therefore, it’s wrong of you to simplistically assume that when people wear a bit of make-up, some pretty clothing or so on with their hijabs they’re doing so just to attract the opposite sex – yes, we change into our hobo outfits when we get home – but that’s because they’re doing it not for other men, but for the other *girls* that they see in public. Because it’s the other girls who will find you strange and ostracise you if you don’t fit in at least a little bit.

    I used to wear hijab and felt for years that I couldn’t do this whilst still looking nice. I stopped wearing it two years ago because I couldn’t take the way – in the institutions I attended, with few Muslims – it was so difficult to make friends with other girls. Maybe if people had been less judgmental about my wearing some make-up or a pretty top whilst wearing hijab, I’d still be wearing it.

    Finally, this seems to me to be one of those topics that doesn’t have a hard religious ruling – our ulema come up with rulings as best they can from the information available of what was the case at the time – for example, the quranic verse which refers to covering your ‘ornaments’, uses the word then used for a cloth covering the head, so they say we must cover our heads. But it seems to me that Allah really left it up to us all to judge for ourselves whether or not we were following the spirit of the ruling – it surprises me that given how *few* detailed and strict rules there are in the Quran and hadith, people still feel compelled to dish them out to others.

    • For Joobah

      As a hijabi I know that people look at me because they are curious. But non-mahrams do look at me twice or more at me, even when in hijab. When I was a teenager, I was into the whole “khol” thing and would always wear it in my eyes. Besides this I never wore any make up, and my clothes were never revealing or seductive. I always kept away from boys..(typical “OK” hijabi teen). When I was 13 I was asked out on a date by a boy from school. I couldn’t believe it. I eventually noticed at age 17 that whenever I’d wear khol, more boys would look at me in class..more than usual. When I’d go to the same malls I’ve always been to and was served by a familiar boy/man, they’d smile and look at me for longer than they would if I was without khol. So for me, that really made a difference. Was also a stage in life when I was a “fashionable hijabi” and trust me, although it took me a while to realise..the MAORITY of boys who would see me in jeans and high boots would actually check me out :S Where as when I was wearing neutral colored skirt and plain sweater, they would not run their eyes down my body. So I’m not sure if your point is valid sister about men not looking at us *twice*..because I know this happens to me and other hijabis I know. Maybe it depends on how we interpret their looks. I certainly know when I am being checked out, but another girl may just consider that as “a curious look”.

      I don’t think its good to think we HAVE TO “fit in” with other girls at work or school. As a hijabi, we never will fit in no matter what we do..no matter how much make up we put on or how many attractive accessories we wear. :sigh:

      • More for Joobah

        You said:

        [quote name=”Joobah”]Maybe if people had been less judgmental about my wearing some make-up or a pretty top whilst wearing hijab, I’d still be wearing it.[/quote]

        I think maybe that was a contributing factor if you say it effected you. But a girl who has the freedom of wearing the hijab safely in public (e.g us) and takes it off..can’t put the blame on others being “judgemental.” Because imagine what lady Fatima would think of us for on one hand wearing the hijab, and on the other doing fashion and making ourselves “looking good” when we can just look “neat and decent” instead. Sister you know at the end of the day the main reason we wear hijab is for God. So we shouldn’t take it off if someone comments “ur hijab is so bad u may as well take it off” or if you think u will make more friends at work by taking it off. Because you know..we are answerable to God in this world, in the grave and the next as to why we disobeyed Him. In Karbala the women were prepared to burn alive in their tents rather than being seen without hijab in public. We shouldn’t let people get to us and we shouldn’t be worried about making friends in this world and take off our hijab..otherwise what if then lady Fatima and the rest don’t want to be our friends on judgement day because we didn’t follow the laws of Islam? That would sooo sad 🙁 😥

        • Joobah, the end!

          You know there might not be too many details about the hijab in the quran as you said. But I know that I learnt a lot about hijab from the story of when Prophet brought a blind man to his house. And lady Fatima knew he was blind but still she only came in front of him draped in full hijab. She is our example and our role model. So even if it’s up to me and my intention if I wear make up that makes me look good but isn’t extreme either..I know that even if a man was blind I shouldn’t go in front of that man dressed in this manner..because I know even though it may be allowed (as the man cant see me anyway)…I still know that lady Fatima wouldn’t want me to do that. I guess it comes down to how close we feel to God and the infallibles. You know..they said if we truly love them we will be ready to sit in a burning furnace for them if they asked us to..! Hehehe inshaallah we all can be that goodddddddd 🙂 😀 😆

          (sorry it didnt let me post all this in 1 comment so had to do it in 3)

        • Joobah

          Sorry – when I made that comment I was making a cheap dig at the article. In fact, I did wear western clothing as part of my hijab, though never make up – and being judged for it had nothing to do with my decision to stop wearing it. I certainly don’t blame anyone else for my decision!

          I often wonder what lady Fatima would look like if she lived in 21st century Britain. The first thing that comes to mind is how those women, the daughter of the prophet and his wives, were women set apart, not like other women as I seem to remember one Quranic verse saying. That said, they are there for us to follow their example, and I think a *perfect* hijabi woman, in my mind, would not wear make up & so on. So I accept your point in this sense.

          But I think the hijabis who judge others who do wear make-up tend to be, (though not all are) the Muslims who segregate themselves from the rest of society – those who aren’t trying to get jobs, to give something back to their families and to the country, and who can afford to remain within largely Muslim or Asian spheres. 95% of the people I know are non-Muslims. It wasn’t a question of taking my hijab off to have more friends, it was taking it off to have *any* friends.

          • Ms. R

            I think we need to be careful when using the word “juding”. What exactly does it mean to “judge”?

            If an Islamic speaker delivers a speech on the topic of hijab and says how in that certain community, women are wearing half sleeved shirts, make-up, sandals revleaing the feet etc and how this is not in line with the hijab of Lady Fatimah Zahra…does this mean the speaker is “judging” the community? Or does this mean the speaker is highlighting what is incorrect for the Muslim community to be doing and either a) informing those who are unaware that their actions are wrong as they may be unaware and/or b) reminding the community of what they already know. I can not agree with the former and that we are being “judged” simply because the speaker is trying to rectify the faults of the community.

            I think EVERY hijabi is able to differentiate between what may be “a good idea to wear in hijab” and what is a “bad idea to wear in hijab”. I strongly disagree that if one hijabi is trying to correct another (or “judging” as you say), that this hijabi must be one who is incapable of being an intelligent member of society. In my commutniy we have hijab discussions and lectures where girls try to point out to others what is good and bad to do whilst in hijab. None of these girls wear the niqab or abayas full time. They dress in very modest western clothes and ALL of the girls who help preach to the younger ones..are working undergraduates(or soon to be!)

          • Joobah

            You judge someone when you tell they that what they do is unequivocally wrong, without trying to understand their point of view, or trying to empathise with them at all. In the example you give – which sounds like a really nice group actually – of working undergraduate girls who advise each other, obviously that’s not judging because they’re in the same situation, they are of a similar age, the older ones have been in the position the younger ones are in. There is a basis of empathy there.

            This article had no basis of empathy with me, which is why I felt it judged. It also talked about how Lady Fatima was ideal because she went out swathed in layers of black – the article is implicitly judging your young working undergraduates who wear western clothes for not wearing similar layers of black.

            I think what it would be helpful for Islamic speakers of the sort you mention, addressing a community where people aren’t doing Lady-Fatimah-style-hijab, is to try to understand why this is by speaking to people, and then to address *these* issues. Maybe they could also try to understand how it might be difficult for some, who don’t live as Lady Fatima Zahra did, with no secular position, surrounded by a Muslim community, to wear the layers of black hijab. Bullying, feeling a need to fit in, feeling a need to get a job – all of these are issues that Lady Fatimah did not face. All too often Islamic speakers do *not* live in the same positions as the rest of us – they often don’t have secular jobs or roles. They have no *empathy* with the rest of us. That was what I meant when I said ‘judging’.

        • Second part of my last comment

          I’m not saying that my decision to stop wearing it was correct – it was cowardly – which is why I admire the women who have taken a similar path and education to me – but who wear make-up and western clothes are part of their hijab in order to be able to integrate as well as possible in an environment of non-Muslims, who put up with all the judgment, with the loneliness at times, and become amazing professionals, who still stand firm to strong religious principles and ideals.

          Until you know how hard it is to do that whilst trying to become a barrister, or a surgeon, or a civil servant or so on – it’s incredibly unfair of you to judge them for wearing some professional-looking makeup, (interviewers will not take you if you don’t look groomed), or wearing a trouser suit rather than an abaya.

          • age issue?

            I wonder if some of these issues are age-related. I ask because I am a hijabi in a community where I’m pretty much the only one, and only Muslim at that. I wear abaya or jilbab or Western clothes depending on mood and circumstance. I work as a public school teacher and am constantly in the public view interacting with both genders, teenagers and adults, in a professional way. I don’t wear make-up or name brands or what-have-you. I don’t claim to have perfect hijab; Allah swt knows best. However, I just cannot relate to these issues people claim of feeling isolated or segregated because of hijab, but I am also now in my 30’s. Yes, I do think it has prevented some men from having marital interest, but those men are ones that I couldn’t marry per religious law anyway, so isn’t that just fine? Aside from that, it has not prevented me in the least from any normal interaction with coworkers or others. I think some of this is in the insecurities these women feel affecting their own behaviors and thus how people respond to them or how they interact with others. I wonder if the big issue here is in how to get young women to feel secure about their appearance and themselves without feeling that they have to “fit-in” or be a certain way. I’m not saying that a woman needs to or should avoid Western clothing – not at all – I think that can be a smart and acceptable move – but she shouldn’t feel that she must wear x or y or z – be that make-up, or tight clothes, or short-sleeves, or skinny jeans or name-brands or whatever – to me, that feeling indicates a problem with the psyche may be at work.

          • Joobah

            You may be right – perhaps it is an age issue. And I think you’re completely right when you say the issue is how to help young Muslim women feel secure about their appearance without feeling like they have to fit in. I remember, for example, when I’d meet a new group of girls, the conversation would eventually get around to sex – and they’d start asking you what you had done and with who (not realising at first that Muslim girls didn’t do that), and once they’d found out you were chaste – they’d ask whether you wore the hijab in front of men for that reason, and you’d say yes. And then they’d pick the name of an old male teacher and start asking whether you wore it in front of him because you thought he’d be sexually attracted to you, (a disgusting thought obviously) and the whole thing would become a running joke. Even girls who aren’t that explicit and cruel can often judge you silently or behind your back – and obviously not everyone does this. But I went to a school like that for seven years wearing hijab. In the end, I took it off because I couldn’t take the comments.

            Trouble is, I’ve found that this doesn’t help much either – some girls, (including people who are good friends of mine), will still get onto the subject of sex, and though they don’t realise they’re being cruel, they’ll still make fun of you, (though less so than when you wear the hijab, because there’s less of a juxtaposition). There’s no one to turn to for help or support.

            Which is why I think those hijabis who judge women, (and especially teenage girls etc) who wear a bit of make up or so on, are really missing the much bigger context we have to live in and struggle with.

          • Ms. R

            My sister. If you know the act of removing the hijab is cowardly..why don’t you start to wear it again? It is possible to look neat in hijab and you do have freinds now that you are without hijab so if you start the hijab again..they should still be your friends. Everyone is mature so it is not as though by you stepping closer to Allah and filling that gap which has been created between you two that you will lose friends as this was your main reason for removing your hijab. Also sis, there are a lot of other implications of not wearing the hijab. For example, it’s a sin. And as we know from Imam Ali’s Dua Kumayl and numerous other hadith on the topic..sins are a blockage of our duas to God.. just some food for thought . Please don’t take any offensive from what I’ve said. Mashallah you seem to be a very intelligent woman who wishes to become closer to Allah and prepare better for the next duniya..this I can tell from the insights you have shared in commenting. Inshallah you will reply my sister. take care 🙂

          • Joobah

            Because I’m worried that if I did, I’d become the awkward, embarrassed, self-loathing person I was when I wore hijab, and that I’d give in after a year and stop wearing it again. Read what I wrote above – I know I am cowardly to compromise this far, but I never, ever want to be the girl who is made fun of in that way ever again. And though people still do it sometimes now, it isn’t as bad as when I wore hijab. I would still rather be a coward than go back to being the person who was humiliated. Until I’m strong enough to take all the jibes, I can’t wear it again.

            I don’t take offence at all – it’s actually very nice to be able to talk about this! And to be honest, since I stopped wearing hijab, I’ve found the rest of my faith growing – I stopped resenting Allah for putting me in a position where I had to be so humiliated and alone every day and began to see the wisdom in Islam. I started waking up for Fajr, and reading the Quran. Salaat, after all, is the pillar of our religion. Inshallah, one day, I’ll feel comfortable enough that I’ll know I can wear the hijab again and be strong enough not to ever take it off. I take your point about not wearing it blocking duas – but I still dress modestly, (just with my hair uncovered), and if anything, the fact that Allah has been so kind to me in helping me to come closer to him, by going from the point where I was doubting my faith because of the hijab, to understanding it and practising it so much more now, tells me it was the right decision to make at the time, though a cowardly one. So please, if you see someone, especially a teenager, who’s wearing a bit of make-up with their hijab, try to understand them and support them, not lecture them.

      • Joobah

        Hey – thanks for answering, I find this really interesting but am also surprised. When I wore hijab boys were generally civil and polite, but quite obviously a bit uncomfortable and puzzled by me – but I guess this speaks to the circle of people I knew at the time. I think with Asian and Muslim boys, more used to girls wearing hijab, it could perhaps be different? But I take your point – clearly, though the boys I came across never looked at a hijabi twice, there are men who would.

        But I disagree about the question of ‘fitting in’. If we accept that we can never fit in, we’re essentially segregating ourselves. When I was at school, I was the only hijabi who wore normal clothes – jeans and dresses over them, to be covered up properly, (and I didn’t wear any make-up at all – I just made my hijab work with western clothes). And there were a couple of other hijabis who would wear abayas on field trips and when arriving at and leaving school. They coped by entirely segregating themselves – and when you differentiate yourself by dress, you’re often doing it by culture too. They would talk to each other in urdu, and so on. I’m proud of my ethnic and religious culture and practice both, but I also accept that I’m British, and that I have a duty to that society as well, which I’ve taken so much from. And that involves bringing the two identities together, not insisting on remaining entirely separate from the society which we all take so much from.

        I was wrong in taking the step from my compromise – wearing hijab using western clothes – to not wearing hijab at all. But that was a separate decision – and I still think that those wearing hijab have a *duty* to try to fit in – though this doesn’t have to involve make up & so on.

        • Ms. R

          Sister I think when we accept we will never fit in with the non muslim communities we live in..that is only in the sense that we are Muslim and everyone else is non muslim. We shouldn’t have to fit in and stop practicing our beliefs publicy just so we can fit in as a non muslim to be more like them.

          You are right we should not segregate ourselves. We do need to fit in socially and intelletually in the work place and around friends. That is also halal for us to do as long as we dont do nothing haram or compromise our faith. this is where we draw the line between fitting in and maintaing our religion. So i think we should all fit in with the socities we live in as much as we can..but at the end of the day we cant fit in 100% as every other non muslim does..because we are muslim. and we cant change this at all it is just reality. Allahu alaam

          • Joobah

            Of course, there are limits to how far we can fit in – I agree completely with what you say, we should not stop practising our faith, but we should also not segregate ourselves. But, for example, I know two female Muslim barristers, (there are less than ten in the UK, these are amazing women). The two I know wear incredibly good hijab – trouser suits with long jackets. But they also wear a bit of makeup, just enough to look professional, and not like they just rolled out of bed. There’s no way any man in the workplace would ever look at them and think they were doing to attract someone.

            Yet this article says they shouldn’t be doing that. If these women were to practice Lady-Fatimah style hijab, they would not be barristers.

          • make-up is professional?

            I just really do not believe that make-up is necessary to look professional. I work in a professional environment without make-up just fine. It is more about how you carry yourself and the quality of the work you do than how you look. Seriously, I am not lying, I know this from experience and observation. Women and girls just need to stop being so ridiculously insecure! I’m not meaning that as a slam. But honestly, it seems so many ladies are so worried about what other people think – and people whose opinions do not matter in the least, at that. If the girls were talking in the manner you mentioned earlier, what they did was to show themselves to be of low quality and not worthy of your true friendship. You do not need their approval or friendship – you need your own self-respect and you need God. If you spent your energies being true to yourself and God the rest works itself out in the long run – that is the honest truth – AND, you’d be much happier, also.

          • what is Islamic Modest Dress

            A second note: Please be careful not to mix issues here re: Lady Fatima (as) hijab for a barrister vs. wearing make-up. To my knowledge, no one has said that every Muslimah MUST wear overhead chador, for example. It was said that “Western” is fine, if it meets the basic constraints of Islamic modest dress. These are as follows: he basic requirements for female dress in public are four:
            1. Extent
            Everything but your hands and face must be covered. Feet should be covered according to many but not all scholars, as should hair, neck, ears, and arms.
            2. Looseness
            The garments should be loose enough so that the shape of your body from at least the shoulders to the mid-thighs is not apparent. Even for the legs, clothes should not be skin-tight. If the fabric follows your curves, it is too tight. In my observation, many of us need to watch out for this one.
            3. Thickness
            The clothing should be thick enough that the color of your skin and hair underneath cannot be discerned through the fabric.
            4. Style
            The clothes should not be of a color, style, or decoration so as to serve the purpose of drawing attention, being adornment, or showing off. This is a matter of intention and may have some contextual/cultural variation. Also, it is improper to be a slave to fashion, spending wastefully for the latest trend, judging and being judged based on style, etc. Simplicity is better for your soul, mind and body.

  • Razia

    :-* Oooooooo truth sure does step on nerves.Ouch!
    It is very true and sad that the so called believers are becoming slaves to society rather than their Master, I’m sure something on Salaat will come up too, but first things first i think we need to develop on Aqaaid and self building..so this topic makes sense to society pleasers.

    • katniss

      I don’t think it’s proper to pass judgment on people ..

    • Umm Ibrahim

      [quote name=”Razia”]:-* Oooooooo truth sure does step on nerves.Ouch!
      It is very true and sad that the so called believers are becoming slaves to society rather than their Master, I’m sure something on Salaat will come up too, but first things first i think we need to develop on Aqaaid and self building..so this topic makes sense to society pleasers.[/quote]

      Exactly! I think the reason why this article has offended so many Muslimaat is that they recognize themselves in it and they want to pretend to themselves that what they are doing-which is basically making a mockery of themselves, their hejab abd their faith is OK…because after all, being a slave to fashion and other peoples whims is MORE important than being a slave to their creator and their deen!.


  • Re: Muslima

    Muslima, don’t hate. We know that Allah[swt] has created hell and heaven for a reason. If you plan on going to heaven, pretending that punishment and hell doens’t exist will NOT HELP. It’s so sad when we all get worked up the minute someone does Amir Bil Maroof or Nahi Anal Munkaar. Yet our Imams have told us this is obligatory! If you don’t follow our religion, go read the Non-Islamic Insights magazine. 😉

    • Muslima

      This is definitely NOT Amr bil Maroof or Nahi Anal Munkar- this is an article written to put down the covered girls who might not know what they are doing is wrong. Ive read all your articles about ‘hijabis’ before, each one more disgustingly self-righteous then the next. Maybe you feel the need to raise your own selves by attacking others, but i most certainly do not.

      would sayeda fatima[a] write an article like this?- most definitely not!

      • peeta

        I’m going to agree with you that Sayeda Fatima(as) would never right an article like this. She,with her impeccable hijab, would be much more understanding, compassionate and kind in helping girls improve their weaknesses. We all need to look to this perfect role model not just for her hijab but also for her akhlaq(manners) which some people commenting (Oh the irony) and writing such articles are lacking.

      • sukayna

        —Muslima, I don’t believe there is any sort of attack on anyone. Hijabis who didn’t know they were doing something wrong in the first place wouldn’t consider such an article as a put-down. It is simply guidance. Also, we all know that truth hurts sometimes because we may not like how it sounds and the changes we might be faced with. But as believers, we make every action for the sake of Allah and it is His pleasure we are seeking, not anyone else.

  • oh the self-righteousness

    Coming from someone who is content with her Hijab and does not commit any of the above “offenses” mentioned in this article, I must say that I am very disappointed to say the least. Talking about hijab is fine but demeaning others in a judgmental way is not. This is not an academic or enlightening article. All the articles ever written about hijab in Islamic “Insights” are just some power rant to satisfy self-righteous egos. What purpose does this serve? Caring about our fellow sisters and wanting them to better themselves should not be subject to our feelings in the sense that females who observe hijab and wear leggings irritate us. If that’s the position you’re writing from and clearly from the sound of it, that is then you are not doing this for the right reasons and you need to check yourself. Ask yourself this, does this article make those who are struggling with their hijab want to fix it or does it turn them further away? It has nothing to do with “it’s the truth” or “someone needs to say it” it’s all about how you say it and this is a very arrogant article. I find it very sad that people are posting congratulatory remarks as if this is some gladiator arena and we are enjoying the view of someone weak being destroyed. It’s sad that this is what our community has come to.

    On a side note as an Islamic Publication you should take more care to check grammatical errors and vocabulary. “Hijabi” is not a term that should ever be used in an article, nor should “scarfie.” Keep it professional please.

  • oh the self-righteousness

    Coming from someone who is content with her Hijab and does not commit any of the above “offenses” mentioned in this article, I must say that I am very disappointed to say the least. Talking about hijab is fine but demeaning others in a judgmental way is not. This is not an academic or enlightening article. All the articles ever written about hijab in Islamic “Insights” are just some power rant to satisfy self-righteous egos. What purpose does this serve? Caring about our fellow sisters and wanting them to better themselves should not be subject to our feelings in the sense that females who observe hijab and wear leggings irritate us. If that’s the position you’re writing from and clearly from the sound of it, that is then you are not doing this for the right reasons and you need to check yourself. Ask yourself this, does this article make those who are struggling with their hijab want to fix it or does it turn them further away? It has nothing to do with “it’s the truth” or “someone needs to say it” it’s all about how you say it and this is a very arrogant article. I find it very sad that people are posting congratulatory remarks as if this is some gladiator arena and we are enjoying the view of someone weak being destroyed. It’s sad that this is what our community has come to.

    On a side note as an Islamic Publication you should take more care to check grammatical errors and vocabulary. “Hijabi” is not a term that should ever be used in an article, nor should “scarfie.” Keep it professional please.

    • .R.

      Oh-the-self-righteousness and others, I find it hard to understand your argument that the article is arrogant and condescending.

      [quote]The Muslim community is proud of all our girls and women who observe the sacred Hijab of Lady Fatima (peace be upon her). Masha’Allah it takes a lot of bravery and determination to conceal our beauty and keep it concealed from age nine till death. However, there is an unfortunate trend that some of us are falling victim to. We are getting so caught up in “fashioning” our Hijabi outfits that with every step we take towards desperately trying to fit in and look “good”, we are taking ten steps away from maintaining “good Hijab.[/quote]

      The opening of the article shows that it’s anything but rude! The author could have said, “Some terrible hijabis don’t know anything about the rules of proper hijab.” 😮 But she didn’t, so I don’t know how any of the commentators feel like this article attacks and looks down upon others…

      The article could have gone on to shoot down everyone in each category, but it doesn’t. Instead, each section explains the reasons that hijabis themselves give for why they do what they do, and then the author politely, logically shows us why those explanations are flawed.

      Anyways here’s a request: please, everyone, read the article from beginning to end! 🙂

  • Lala Jee


    For those who seem to be in an uptight mood after reading this article; can any one of you care to show me a religious ruling from any of the well known mujtahids, who allow women to wear make up out in public? Light or heavy. Make up is seen as a source of zeenat (beautification) and is considered so in the society and to endorse yourself with it in public is a sin for a woman.


  • Katniss

    I personally do not have a problem with helping others perfect themselves, be it dress, manners, backbitting, etc. What I have a problem with is deflecting our own mishaps and shortcomings and pointing the finger at others and pointing out their faults.

    If anything, Islam is a beautiful religion which constantly reminds us that we need to strive towards perfection. With that being said I believe that we all have something to work on in terms of modesty and dress. If we can honestly, without a doubt, say that you or I have perfected the Hijab than we are at fault because our religion consists of constant growth. If we have perfected any one thing that we become stagnant, and we do not grow.

    With that being said we need to continue striving to become better. We should not point fingers at one sister or brother for doing something we do not agree with. The Imam Hussein and Imam Hassan (as) taught by example, not through words. When a man was doing wudu incorrectly they modeled wudu properly without telling the man he was doing it wrong. That is what we need to do, we need to set examples. We do not need to constantly remind people that they are doomed or doing anything wrong.

    We need to instill hope and a sense of forgiveness from Allah (swt) so people know they are not doomed and that they have the opportunity to perfect themselves.

    Articles in terms of bringing people towards Islam are vital – not articles that bring down the very few who own Gucci or Prada.

  • Magic_Hijabi

    We’ ve seen and heard many scholars repeat the same thing in lectures, but we didn’t witness this type of reaction. Honest to goodness, did anyone read the article? Because the stuff it’s speaking of, are BASIC Islamic guidelines. No, makeup isn’t okay, no, you can’t dress like you’re from jersey shore with a hijab.

    And yes, I want Sayyida Fatima to be proud of my hijab and akhlaq…remember our akhlaq sisters…

    • katniss

      When scholars make ignorant statements they don’t receive feedback like this because there isn’t a section you can comment on that says “your lecture displeased me” .. under an article you can.

      It’s not that nobody read the article, it’s that the article was arrogant, it generalized, and it made people feel damned – yet again. The end.

    • oh the self-righteousness

      In case you didn’t notice the title of the article is not “Basic Islamic Guidelines for Hijab” it’s called “Our Fashionable Hijabis” implying they are some separate subcategory of “hijabis.” I read the article clearly and I am not arguing against the points though some of them may be debatable. My issue is the tone, the implications, the ignorance and insensitivity that drips from it. I’m not sure what scholars speak like that about hijab but in my community they take a much kinder approach. And even if they do they have an excuse because they are learned. With all do respect what background merits this author to dispense her bitter opinion as Islamic fact? such Is hijab an issue? Yes! Is this how we address it? No!

      • katniss

        and for that very reason i think many people are not attracted to the religion… because it comes off with people telling it how it is rather than showing how it is… and making everyone else feel horrible for not being “perfect”

  • Gale

    Hamdillah, our Muslim Ummah has come so far in writing such beneficial articles like this one. I commend you, beloved sister, for choosing a topic so life-altering such as this one. Frankly, our community needs nothing more than to discuss this in the most condescending manner in order to propel forward as a united religion with educated believers.

  • Arsalan.Rizvi

    Assalam Alaikum

    Thank you for all your comments. There are different ways of doing Amr Bil Maroof and Nahi Anil Munkar — by appealing to reason, to emotion, and to sense of humor. There have been several articles in Islamic Insights by this author and others which discuss the Hijab. Some appeal to reason, some do to emotions, and others which are lighthearted. See, for example:


    Therefore, I am quite astounded that people are accusing this article of being condescending or self-righteous. It is anything but! The tone of the author is extremely serious, polite, and to-the-point, and if you think it is putting people down, then either you have mistaken her seriousness for sarcasm (which it is not), or you actually need to read the article from beginning to end. The author is offering serious advice and dispelling some common misconceptions in a polite and helpful tone, and I fail to see any of the accusations that some have made about it being rude in any way.

    If you believe that the tone of this article was misguided, you are welcome to hold that opinion, but please desist from spamming the Comments section in an nonconstructive manner which simply detracts from the message of the article. I also find it ironic that some commenters have accused the article of being rude, when in fact their own comments reflect an astounding lack of akhlaq! Also, please note that the website records your IP address when you post a comment, so it is quite obvious to us when the same person is using multiple names to make the same attacks over and over again.

    If you believe that there is a different or better way of convening this message, Islamic Insights always welcomes outside contributions. Feel free to submit an article if you feel it will impart the message in a better manner. We eagerly await your contributions.

    Wassalam Alaikum,

    Syed Arsalan Rizvi
    Editor, Islamic Insights
    editor [at] islamicinsights.com

    • katniss

      I feel that constructive criticism is vital in pointing out positives and negatives in an individuals writing. I felt, from many of the comments made, that many of the individuals who supported the writing were bashing, if not accusing – the individuals who opposed the writing of not being true muslimah.


      ” If you don’t follow our religion, go read the Non-Islamic Insights magazine. ;)”

      ” The only reasons the sisters are getting worked up is because they know they fall under one of the catergories in this article and they don’t have strong enough faith to let go of their insecurities and give up make up and other try hard things hijabis to do “unintentionally be attractive”

      I am not opposed to speaking further about this topic with you – Syed Rizvi .. I just wanted to make it apparent where I was coming from with my comments.

      Thank you.

      • Kantiss read ALL the comments

        Your comment is misleading. You pick on these comments of individuals who support this article saying they are being “bashing if not accusing”. You have clearly failed to realise the comments you quoted were in response to prevoius comments.

        E.g “I particularly liked that bit about burning in hell as well. you guys never seize to bash hijabis of this community. Whatever religion you guys follow, i definitely do nottt follow it.”
        Accusing “you guys” (everyone who likes this article) that they are not Muslim is what was said.

        THEN the next commentor (The one you quoted) suggested that this particular person should read a magazine that is not Islamic if she thikns she is not a Muslim and following the religion of this OBVIOUSLY Muslim magazine!

        Please don’t be deceptive.

  • zeinab

    salaam to all,

    i haven’t been able to muddle through all the comments, so forgive me if this is redundant!

    one of the most important (and under-discussed) issues we run into is amr bil-ma3roof/nahi 3anil-munkar. how do we do it? when should we do it? there are all sorts of conditions and responsibilities that go along with it, and i know i’m a bit confused!

    when i think of this concept, though, i think of that beautiful story that most of us have heard about imams hassan and hussain (as) as children seeing an elderly man performing wudhu incorrectly. in order to maintain the man’s dignity, one of the imams intentionally made the same mistake as the man so that his brother could correct him aloud in a gentle way. subhan’Allah, even as children, their wisdom and understanding of humanity was beyond what we will ever have!!

    the point is, this isn’t an issue about whether or not we should correct and help each other; the qur’an is clear on that. rather, it seems to be an issue of *method.* how we interact with one another–how we approach our sisters and brothers who are making mistakes (which means all of us need to be approached, no?) is so very important.

    i don’t know about anyone else, but i don’t want to be the reason someone feels alienated from her/his community. sometimes people don’t have the strongest of faith, but it takes work to get there, and we should be supportive, always. we often don’t realize how one interaction with someone deemed “religious” can affect a person… what a responsibility!!

    when it comes to issues like this, speak up, but speak gently. that’s what i’ve learned from ahlul bayt (as).

    • A sister

      ws zeinab,

      you are right to say that we need amr bil-ma3roof & nahi 3anil -munkar.

      but u do not have any authority to imply that those who do amr bil-ma3roof & nahi 3anil-munkar who r deemed “religious” and preach this way are possibly the “reason someone feels alientated from her/his community. sometimes people dont have the strongest faith “.

      you have a valid point, then when we know someone has weak faith then we should be extra extra extra gentle. but doesnt everyone realize this article(like others) is targeting the Muslim community at large. now whether or not this publication and its staff believe the majority of readers have “weak faith” that they will b put off from such preaching styles is a good question. the answer is that if this publication THOUGHT majority of its readership will b easily turned away from islam then they would not have published this article and other similar pieces which r very um..to the point when it comes to mr bil-ma3roof & nahi 3anil -munkar?

      i have read here that some sisters have said Sayyidah Fatimah would hate to read this article. clearly the people who wrote these comments are absolutly unaware of the character of Imam Ali and his upfrontness and too the pointness.

      • A sister prt 2

        we all remember the nice story when imam Hassan and HUssain kindly taught the old man how to do wudhu properly.

        did we forget the story of how when our imam was an adult and went to the market and saw a person selling haaraam fish? the fish seller said he didnt know it was haram…the imam said: now i have to punish you TWICE. once because u sold haram meat and secondly because u didnt even know that its haraaam and u dont even bother to learn OUR laws/religion properly!

        both of these are examples of mr bil-ma3roof & nahi 3anil -munkar as done by the ahlul bayt. i know the lady sayidah Fatimah wouldnt be annoyed at this article because her own family preached this way.

        one more thing that a few ppl have asked in the comments: where exactly does this article show any sign of being rude or mean or judgmental? can someone show me pls? all i see is “we we we we” the islamic community…muslim girls..hijabis..etc etc. if she was judgmental..i dont think she would say “WE” have a big fat hijab problem!

        even the most pious sisters i know do commit these “offences” – make up / nose ring / tight pants. thts why ppl are so mean while commenting…as it applies to ALL of us. not just 1 group of sisters..the MAJORITY (who we wud assume have faith far from weak so they shud be able to look at this and take something from it rather than dissing it all together)


  • zainab s

    (PART 1)
    just a few questions to the author:

    if women living in america did everything the way YOU have deemed appropriate, then they would actually be receiving MORE ATTENTION (which ultimately defeats the purpose you’re trying to make). people would LITERALLY STOP AND STARE. i’ve witnessed women wearing the burqa being gawked at, and i’m almost positive that kind of attention is not warranted according to the foundation of the argument presented above. i commend every woman who covers herself from head to toe in a burqa or anything of the like, however, I,,,, LIKE YOU, am not god. I am no where near the perfect state necessary to point and make judgment of others. and i’m positive you are not either.
    i am muslim. i pray. i fast. i believe in ALLAH in every sense of the matter. the love i have in my heart for the prophet and his family is something so complex that an explanation would not do it justice. who are you to judge based on appearance alone?

    you have taken the QURAN out of context, for focusing on a sect and COMPLETELY disregarding the remainder of this religious text. rather than focusing on WHAT hijabi’s should or should not wear, lets focus on how MUSLIMS should act. we, as muslims and as stated in the Quran NUMEROUS times, are not to judge others. we are to only speak WELL (or hold our silence), we are never to criticize. EVEN SCHOLARS (people who are RELIGIOUSLY PERMITTED) have not criticized muslim girls in the condescending manner that you have exhibited.

    • Umm Ibrahim

      asalaamu alaikum wr wb
      Yes I could see how gthe “burqa” would indeed stand out considering its the traditional garment of Pashtoon women in Afghanistan and North western Pakistan. I have YET to see any sisters here in the USA wearing a burqa…


      Only a Muslim who feels extremely self-conscious and very weak would ACTUALLY CARE! So let them stare…people will stare for the scarf you have on your head…SO WHAT!!! atleast GIVE them something to stare at and ponder over by wearing PROPER HEJAB…and if you think watering down your hejab, wearing booty-liscious pants, hootchie tops with a perfect scarf will make people happy, make them accept you and heck even give a postive light to islam than…auzhoobillah…shame on you…cuz they arent your Creator!!!! Your fearing society- a society which will never accept you anyway over your deen and your Rabb!!

      I wear overgarments 100% of the time and usually also overhead overgarments-alhamdullah and I live in a regular city here in the USA…no NOT Dearborn and frankly I get more inquiries and questions about my attire and yes more respect…because I am wearing hejab the way its suposed to be worn according to the deen…not fashion and peoples whims…

      I say, toughen up, be a stronger Muslim and try to please your Lord NOT that dude down the block who is happy cuz now he can check you out.

      Again I say…WAKE UP SISTERS! atleast if your going to wear a scarf on your head wear the entire package…wear real hejab…not this faux hejab thats just stupid looking and makes you out a joke!

      Allahu alim.

  • zainab


    like stated above, i am muslim and i wear the hijab. and according to you, i’m a BIG sinner – the perfume i wear and the pretty scarves i buy have granted me a ticket to hell. i’d just like to say one more thing.

    everytime i have ever been approached by a non-muslim, they came up to me in awe. they were so interested in my religion and felt that the way i portrayed myself as a liberated muslim american made me seem inviting. they wanted to learn more. non-muslims are intrigued by the beautiful colors i wear and they no longer have a negative connotation attached to Islam. they no longer view my religion as the filled with THOU SHALL NOT. they see it as an avenue for truth, open to all people of different religions.

    so when writing articles like this, keep in mind those millions who are out there searching for God. and keep in mind that cynical articles like the one presented above are only DETERRING the from choosing islam. if you can sleep with that on your conscience,

    and with that said,”TO EACH, THEIR OWN”
    (maybe you should apply the former quotation in your everyday life and leave the judging up to God)


  • huh


  • Very sad indeed

    What a sad grouping of comments. Coming from a Christian background, non-Muslims DO notice when the hiajb is very strange or against the norm as known. Yet in the end, haram is haram and no amount of excuses will causes it to become halal. Sisters do need to take a good look at their hijab and consider whether their hijab is purely for Allah (swt) or for people. If it’s for Allah (swt) no amount of pressure or feelings of not fitting in should surface. I get embarrassed when my husband bring colleagues to Dearborn for halal business lunches only to have Muslims walking in with bras on the outside of their pj.s This desciption was noted by a non-Muslim. Then, they turn around and ask us why we don’t cover like that. When we explain that it’s not allowed, they get confused as to who is really telling the truth. Come on sisters. I’m an American Muslim–ex-Christian. This society has programmed us to get defensive at every little remark or comment and that in itself is haram. Imam Ali (a.s.) said the best of our friends is the one who can point out our shortcomings. Maybe some people do it better but we should take the instruction and work on it rather than get all defensive and hyped up. (Continued in next comment)

  • Very sad indeed

    Although it’s not in English, Salam TV airs a scholar, Mohammad Ali Ansari from Mashhad who descriptively and accurately describes the meaning of hijab in Quran–and it’s not just a little scarf on the head–or a covering for the chest. Sisters, if you want to wear hijab–then at least do it correctly. In the past, I’ve had my days of trying to fashionize hijab–but in the end, I knew I was wrong and corrected it. Even the khohl–which is allowed for medicinal purposes–is haram once it’s used as zeenat. Listen to the scholars–they are not out there to make life miserable. They spend their entire lives to learn to extract the truth from the authentic hadiths to verify and substantiate the commands in the Qur’an. Don’t be like other Muslim sects that take words literally–even the English translations–without knowing the actual Arabic meaning and the history behind those verses. I pray that Allah (swt) guides us all. This type of clothing mentioned in the meaning is only a part of the signs of the end times. There are many hadith that describe the punishment for a woman who leaves the house with perfume or makeup. Men will also get punished for allowing their Mehram to do so. It’s not a self-judgement–it’s the orders from Allah (swt) himself. That in itself should cause us to stand back and take heed.

  • sukayna

    Salam Alaikum,
    I appreciate the article and agree that this topic is definately something that shouldn’t be ignored or neglected. It serves as a reminder and most importantly another mulsim is reminding another believer towards something good, inshallah the rewards are worth it ! I recall a hadith stating a believer who reminds another believer from doing some action that is haram will gain a righteous deed that is equivalent to completing Hajj 70 times. So inshallah khair.

  • believers

    For those who are maligning and condemning the article as rude and condescending, here is a simple request: show me ONE example from the article which appears as such. 🙂

  • CaliMuslimah

    I loved the article but it was black and white. And somtimes we need to hear that, I dont think hijabis need to have their hand held 24/7 when telling them certain aspects arent hijab. Sometimes it needs to be clear. And yes burning in hell is a serious matter, but I would like to know what Im doing that could land me there instead of no one telling me because they dont want to hurt my feelings. I will definantly watch out about my hijab more often, no click clak shoes, and definantly no neon hijabs and make up.

    JazakAllah Khair Zara

    p.s this article is for practicing hijabis, if you dont wear hijab then it is definantly strict sounding, non hijabis first have to learn the necessity of modesty as do hijabis. this article is for girls that are forgetting proper hijab. Thats what i got from it.

  • Sabz

    For sisters like Muslima & Peeta…. guess what this article that you find offensive actually helped me check myself. I didnt see any disrespect in it… there was right hearted sarcasm & the author did a good job of mainting what’s in the ahadith book & what the author’s opinion is by writing ‘we think’…etc… I have already applied a few thing pointed out in this article to myself which i was doing subconsciously so i thank the authors v much.

  • sadiqabbas hirani


    this awareness should be brought to our community

  • me

    The author has some good points, but I am not comfortable with the idea of “imagining” the hijab of Fatima al-Zahra (A) and “imagining” how the masoumeen lived their lives does not give us concrete information about what precisely they did.

  • Lost Memory of Talon

    Imam Abu Jafar Tabari: “The strongest and most accurate view is that which says that the exemption refers to the face and the hands. Also included are kohl, rings, bracelets, and makeup. We say that this is the strongest and most accurate opinion because all scholars are unanimous that everyone who needs to pray must cover the awra in his or her salat. A woman may reveal the face and the hands in her salat, while she must cover the rest of her body. What is not awra is not haram to be revealed”
    from his tafsir of Surah an-Nur ayah 31, this is in Volume 18, pages 118-119 of Jami Bayan Ta’wil al-Qur’an

    Hijab is not to make us less beautiful, it is to make us less sensual. We should refrain from criticizing sisters who choose to wear makeup and jewelry in public, because as you can see above there is legitimate ikhtilaf (difference of opinion) about it. Whether or not it attracts men is irrelevant, because they are responsible for lowering their gaze.

    Also, it is well known that there is no limitation on what colors, prints, or styles of clothing a women wear so as long the clothes are not overtly form-revealing.