Hijab is an Attitude, not a Fashion

By somayya | October 25, 2007
Young Muslim woman wearing JilbabNovember 2007

Hijab is an Attitude, not a Fashion

by Somayya Gefori

Hijab is not something we wear as a fashion statement, it is not merely a piece of clothing. Hijab is part of the Islamic way of life, hijab is an attitude, a way of thinking and behaving.

There is such a saying as a woman being clothed, yet naked. This means that she is wearing clothing, but it is so tight and transparent, that it could hardly be called clothing. Even if the clothing is long, if it is tight and figure-hugging, so that it reveals a woman’s shape, it is not hijab.

Hijab is not only wearing a scarf on your head, it also means to cover your awra.

A woman’s awra is her full body. She must cover her hair, torso, arms, legs and feet. The best way of covering everything is to wear a jilbaab/abaya and a scarf on the head. They must be baggy enough so as not to show the shape. They also must not be transparent. Some women choose to also wear niqaab which covers the face; gloves are often worn with it to cover the hands.

“And Say to the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head cover, apron), and to draw their veils all over (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms).” Surah an-Nur 30-31.

Women shouldn’t beautify themselves when they go out, such as wear make-up, perfumeShabina Begum wearing Jilbab or shoes that make a loud sound when they walk outside. Wearing make-up and perfume should be reserved only for her husband to see, not any strange man outside! Many Western women beautify themselves for men, going out caked in make-up, in a cloud of perfume and non-covering clothes so that they draw attention to themselves from the opposite sex.

Going back to what I mentioned above about the hijab being an attitude and a way of thinking, it means that when Muslim women go out, they must act like proper Muslim women. No flirting, talking to men casually, talking too loudly (the voice is also an awra! A man could find a woman’s voice attractive.) etc. We should conduct ourselves with dignity at all times; after all, whenever we go out in the world, we are representing Islam.

There will always be people out there who don’t understand the hijab and direct negative comments and stares towards us. But eventually, you won’t notice those people staring. You will be comfortable in your hijab, you will be strong. It should get to the point where you would feel naked without your covering over your clothes!

But hijab is not only for women, it is for men too. Men have an awra, from their navel to their knee (that is the absolute minimum; it is recommended that men should dress fully and modestly as well). They should also lower their gazes. Although in most Muslim countries, men do not usually walk around without a t-shirt on.

This means that men should not wear tight clothing, or revealing clothing. So, all those young men who insist on wearing their tight jeans so low that everybody can see their underwear should think again!

So, why do we wear hijab? For our husbands? To impress people at the mosque? No. We wear hijab to please Allah and no-one else.

45 Responses to “Hijab is an Attitude, not a Fashion”

  1. Mariam Says:
    August 15th, 2009 at 6:29 am

    im a muslim who once wore hijab and removed it..i wore it bcox every one ws wearing it but now again i want to wear it for myself and to be a better muslim.this is a very constructive articel.i totally loved reading it.i pray that all muslim women would cover up and still dont feel beautiful and confident.
    May allah bless muslim umah.
    salaam

  2. Hijab styles Says:
    October 6th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Hijab is a very good thing. i love my Hijab.

  3. Ziya Says:
    July 24th, 2010 at 3:19 am

    This is the exact essence of hijab, it has been well said and well described, this must be considered strongly by all believers, because if we miss our objective of doing something, it gets waste to do by missing objective in that, so please think about it as i did and take it so serious. . Its something to be most strongly considered. .

  4. zaYn Says:
    January 22nd, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    S.a Honestly your approach on the hijab is pretty amazing. Straight to the point with good reason and facts to support your statement. The fact that every girl wearing the hijab is put in a position where she’s going to have to represent islam in the best way possible. Ladies as long as you know your religion your not going to struggle on wearing the hijab. but if you say you know your religion but your to afraid to put it on then you are kidding yourselves. The more you gain knowledge of islam the more you begin to be afraid of your creator ALLAH SWT. Open your eyes ladies. Being covered will only make you more beautiful. your structures will show. its a shield for your body for your heart for your dignity. no one what so ever will have the guts to put you down or question your religion or what you wear. because the fact that you are covered proves your a believer.

  5. somayya Says:
    January 22nd, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you zaYn, your comments are much appreciated!

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