Jan 16, 2011

Why I said "This is not hijab."

Assalamualaikum and good afternoon to all my dear friends, readers and visitors.

I keep thinking about a comment that was left under one of my latest Polyvore's style creation. It was quite long but the message is clear, the writer wants me to explain my reason for stating so boldly that this kind of fashion is not hijab.

Let's read her message once again. Shall we?
is it ok if u explain why some of the sets are not hijab? this will make people understand why it is not hijab. and i agree with you on this set. i remember seeing a girl and her mom at the mall and they are both wearing hijab. the mother was dressed fine, but the girl was wearing tights and a mini skirt. i got so mad. i know i don't wear a hijab, but i would never wear anything that short in public. only in front of my husband. i respect the women who wear the hijab right. and practice islam everyday. and they do good things with their attitude and their actions. some muslim women who wear a hijab smoke argilla and/or have boyfreinds, they go out at night with their friends. some women just have a bad attitude and are mean to everybody. that is not islam. anwayz, nice set, just please explain in each set why the sets you made are not hijab so that people can understand.

Firstly I'd like to thank the owner of the message who called herself by the name rollout4490 in Polyvore.com and I haven't written any reply to her yet.

Actually I created 3 sets which have the 'This is not hijab' wording on them. My intention for those sets are to include them in my entry in Keluargaku Sayang on the Aurah topic. I do not want to insert a real model photo so I made a few sets to portray the real thing. As I was in a hurry, I do not write any explanation in Polyvore because immediately after the sets were ready, I posted them in this (Cerita Pasal Tudung) entry. 

Okay, I'm going to explain my reason for saying they are not hijab. First, let's read this 3 translations of ayah 31 from Surah Nisa' in our holy Qur'an,
YUSUFALI: And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss. 
PICKTHAL: And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands' fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their brothers or their brothers' sons or sisters' sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigour, or children who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed. 
SHAKIR: And say to the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof, and let them wear their head-coverings over their bosoms, and not display their ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or those whom their right hands possess, or the male servants not having need (of women), or the children who have not attained knowledge of what is hidden of women; and let them not strike their feet so that what they hide of their ornaments may be known; and turn to Allah all of you, O believers! so that you may be successful.

And let's also read the Islamic dress code, 

Conditions of Muslim Dress Code

  1. Clothing must cover the entire body, only the hands and face may remain visible (According to some Fiqh Schools).
  2. The material must not be so thin that one can see through it.
  3. The clothing must hang loose so that the shape of the body is not apparent.
  4. The female clothing must not resemble the man's clothing.
  5. The design of the clothing must not resemble the clothing of the non-believing women.
  6. The design must not consist of bold designs which attract attention.
  7. Clothing should not be worn for the sole purpose of gaining reputation or increasing one's status in society.

The reason for this strictness is so that the woman is protected from the lustful gaze of men. She should not attract attention to herself in any way. It is permissible for a man to catch the eye of a woman, however it is haram (unlawful) for a man to look twice as this encourages lustful thoughts. 

Islam protects the woman; it is for this reason that Allah gave these laws. In today's society womankind is being exploited, female sexuality is being openly used in advertising, mainly to attract the desires of men and therefore sell the product. Is the woman really free in today's society? The answer is obviously no. The constant bombardment by the media as to how the ideal woman should look and dress testifies to this.

So... do you think I need to explain more? I think this is enough explanation for my claimed on those sets. I can make more but those 3 are some examples of what some of our sisters out there are wearing. It's rather difficult to advice others especially on their attire more so when they claimed it as hijab.

I hope this post manage to answer th friend's comment on my Polyvore set.

1. http://www.islamicboutique.com/dresscode.asp
2. http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/quran/024.qmt.html#024.031


hannah said...

Salam alaikum sister,

I think with all the blogs out there discussing "hijab fashion", it is very difficult for new hijab-wearers to understand what is and what isn't okay to wear in front of non-mahrams. Many of the blogs show outfits (such as the ones you point out in this post) which really *don't* meet the conditions of hijab!

When I first started wearing hijab, I didn't understand what I could wear, and now when I look back at what I *did* wear, I am so ashamed!! :p Alhamdulillah I have improved my hijab a lot since then, and I am still trying to improve it even more.

Zee said...

Great post! I understand when new reverts do not fully meet the hijab requirements. But it is so very confusing(as hannah mentioned above) when born Muslims advertise these outfits as "hijabi fashion", "hijabi fashionista", "modern hijabi", etc. And there are so many of these blogs, complete with tutorials and such. As I mentioned before they can post as they like but it would be better if they referred to it as personal style and not HIJAB. Allah Kareem.

Riha NCL said...

Kak Chik, riha nk mintak izin untuk copy gmbr2 n riha akan link kan entri ni daripada blog riha...boleh x, kak chik?

Riha nak share dgn kwn2 riha.

Hannah Muminah Abdullah said...

Assalamualaikum KakChik

You're superb right!
I would try my best on hijab
I would leave more comment but I have a little time would you don't mind if I'm becoming your big follower. ^ ^

Allah bless my sister.

BuLaN said...

i feel the same as hannah felt whenever i remember my kindda of "hijab" before i fully understood the real meaning of hijab.

alhamdulillah..after more than 2 decades i finally aware my mistake and feeling all grateful not to be a fashion victim with the uprising "what-ever" muslimah style.

shufshuf68 said...

Asalaamu aleikum-

I completely agree with you sister! That's one of the reasons I have left off following alot of the "hijab fashion" blogs that encourage muslimas to follow their nafs rather than their Lord. And it's no use leaving comments as reminders of our duty to follow the Islamic dress code and have proper adhab- they just brush it off and carry on. May Allah SWT guide them- and all of us- Halima

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