There is a thin line to be drawn when it comes to dressing fashionable and looking sexy. Some women could model a bin bag and make it look great lol this is true. But lets face it, it comes down to our own interpretaion as to what paraimeters we can visit when excersing our Hijaab, only you can find the answers.
Now due to my recent experience of working in schools, I had to hang my big black gown up and enter the world of fashion and hijaab. It was impossible for me to wear a big black gown as I often was in environments where I was the only Muslim. And I can imagine the secondary school children would love to hurl the list of Batman and ninja jokes. So here’s what I learnt.
Hijaab is a set of conditions, main ones been:
- not to show the shape of your body
- not to wear thin or see through material
- to cover everything except the hands and face
- not to dress like men
- not to stand out (no luminous green)
Once i’d established the conditions of hijaab, I had to then apply this to my wardrobe. Firstly I had to establish what was fashion and what was sexy, I noticed that when I was too fashionable I would get attention not only from females but males too, I believe the purpose of hijaab it to get from A to B and to be left alone, not to stand out.
Secondly I found that my presence with a touch of fashion or style was not only a confidence booster to the young muslims around me who seen a confident Muslim Woman, but it was also dawah (an invitation to Islam) for non Muslims, who would often start asking about the head covering and how necessary it was.
I hear so much about people recently being disgusted at the behaviour of niqaabi’s (women who cover their face) and young muslim girls (who wear make up and tight clothing). Its a shame because this reputation has tarnished the image of the Muslim women, and almost taken away her ability to use her style of dress to reflect her level of devotion for her Lord.