Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hijab Should Not Make Us Stand Out---from other Muslims

One of the big misunderstandings people have about Islamic Modesty is that hijab (including niqab, jilbab, and a headscarf) is that it isn't supposed to make us stand out.

The garments we are commanded by Allah to wear in the Qu'ran are supposed to make us stand out: from non muslims. We ARE SUPPOSED to were garments that dstinguish us/make us stand out from the NON MUSLIMS and the purpose of this is worship of Allah as One and Alone. When we were jilbab, khimar, and or niqab we are obeying Allah's clear commands that we are not to resemble to disbelievers, and His instructions for doing so : to wear certain garments in a certain manner.

The not-standing-out part of hijab is not to try and make ourselves seem more important (in social standing or religious status) with our hijabs than another sister who is dressed in proper hijab. This is from back in the Prophet's day when people used to wear their wealth in ostentatious and unnecessary manners to show of their worldly station (rich merchant, princess, ect) or who wore clothes in disrepair or didn't wear shoes when they could afford shoes ect. (to make a show of their humblness). THAT's what not what standing out in hijab means. It doesn't mean that we are to dress as the non-muslims dress and disregard the clear commands in the Qu'ran. It means we are not supposed to use our hijab to gain reputation among the Muslims (TO MAKE US ABOVE THEM IN POWER, WEALTH, OR of the lack thereof.)

5 comments:

Nawal said...

Good point!

Sarah Plain & Short said...

Salam Aleikom,

sadly many sisters get carried away with their 'bling bling' and $500 juicy couture and coach bags, sometimes at my old masjid i felt like i was walking into the mall because of all the showing off.

Pixie said...

Wa alaykom e salaam ramatullah wa barakto Sarah!

Anonymous said...

..So then educate them. So many young girls don't even know that it's wrong to buy handbags, clothes, high heeled shoes etc that make them stand out. Myself included when I was a kid. All I wanted to do was follow fashion (not blindly, but all the same...) all I wanted was the latest bags, shoes etc and all my friends were non-muslims so I had no one to tell me that it was wrong...

xxx

SOPHIES CHOICE said...

Sorry, I forgot to identify myself. My name is Hairanah Ahmad from Singapore. I have retired from corporate life and leading a very quiet and peaceful life, travelling, reading and soul-searching...Salam