Does the niqaab make you pious?


i’ve seen some sisters fagging it, some sisters wearing the pretiest hijaabs with shiny jeggins.  Some sisters who don’t cover their hair reading more Quran then I do. Some  Sisters speak with foul language and hanging out with the lads.  My point is we can no longer look at a woman who looks muslim and assess her level of eemaan.  Islam is a personal spiritual journey.  And the way some sisters dress reflect that, or the way sisters are dressed is meant to be strong indicator to those around her about who she is and to demonstrate to the world her level of devotion for her lord.

But that aint the reality.  Some sisters wear hijaab because they are told to.  But they have no firm understanding of why they wear it.  Its a cultural thing to most, and due to this some have stolen the true essence of what hijaab truly is.

Someone asked me recently, ‘are you a revert, because you said in an article when I reverted 5 years back’.  I explained to the sister that I said this because although I was born into a Muslim family, I had no idea what a muslim was.  I went to madrasah and learnt how to read the Quran as a child, but didn’t know you had to pray five times a day.  If you’d have asked me what i was i’d say a Muslim.

It was only years later that I embarked on Islam through dawah, and may Allah reward those who persisted in teaching me about this beautiful religion and did not judge me by my behaviour or clothing at the time.  And a collection these very expereinces came down on me like an avalanche one day, and Allah put in my heart certainty that Islam was the truth.  

So alhamdulilah I started learning about islam, and in the process i learnt what pleased my lord, and how my lord commanded me to dress.  It wasn’t very long before i was covered from head to toe.

I never forget the first day I stepped out with my face covered, it was a sprirtually heightening experience to walk down the road and be identified to be part of something so beautiful that i read about regarding Islam. 

Then reality set in when people started calling me ninja and batman.  I had to make a choice. And Allah knows best how I dealt with that

My final point is, don’t look down on the sister who dont cover her hair, or the one who covers her hair and don’t behave appropriately.  They are travelling souls on a journey, and maybe they just haven’t emabarked on the knowledge that tells them what to do. 


About iamshalina Shalina Litt was in the music business from the age of 15 years old and it wasn't until around 2006 that life took a big turn for her. She graduated with a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies eager to do right by my son. Around 2006 she embraced Islam and took on a calmer lifestyle getting married and focusing on being a mother alongside a business woman. Her marriage dissolved due to domestic Violence in 2009 and she retook a different path learning how to rebuild my self esteem and confidence. This journey allowed Shalina to share her growth via blogs and vlogs building a large following around the topic of abuse. Around 2011 her career as a Radio Presenter at Unity FM began. As her confidence grew, she decided to speak out in international media defending the rights of Women and Hijab. This lead her to successfully be present in Media covering newspaper, TV, Radio and Magazines in addition to have been in a successful documentary done about 6 Muslim women from around the world by a TV Production Team (NRL) from the Netherlands. This public platform allowed her to be vocal about various heart felt topics through Social media and other broadcasting opportunities. As a result Shalina now coaches women around the topic of Abuse Resolution. She continues to appear in mainstream media discussing various topics around Islam and women. She also runs her own business providing Inclusive Islamic Education for SEND Children. She is currently recording an album and writing a book, both due to be released in 2017 God Willing. For more details or to contact Shalina Litt email

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  1. Subhanallah 🙂
    “Some sisters who don’t cover their hair reading more Quran then I do.” I agree…and also I think the niqab is better than the hijab. But niqabis are not necessarily better than the hijabis. Because religion is not only about covering ourselves. Well, that’s ‘one part’ of it 😉

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