Hijab For Modesty And As A Fashion

Yasmeen Qureshi

Hijab For Modesty And As A Fashion

Hijab doesn’t cover our beauty it just preserves it for the one who deserves it. Women veiling represents a women’s submission to her creator and her connection with the faith. Hijab is a symbol, but in reality, it is much more than that. Hijab or women veiling is a religious obligation, which a woman has to commence. When a Muslim woman wears the hijab she is obeying and submitting to Allah. Surah_Al_Ahzab 33:59 ” O Prophet (SAW)! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way).That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is ever oft_forgiving most merciful. From above the verse of the Quran, we can say that hijab or women veiling is important in Islam and all Muslim women should wear a hijab. One of the functions of hijab is to protect women from misdeed and harm. This particularly includes various forms of sexual abuses and harassment, which are common in societies nowadays. The hijab sends a signal to men that the wearer is modest and subdued women who should not be bothered. Islam has introduced hijab as a part of the decency and the modesty of Muslim women. Most Muslims who wear the covering call it a hijab, which is an Arabic word meaning “covering “. Women veiling or Hijab is an Islamic Dress Code for Muslims women. Covering the beauty of women is for honor and protection rather than abolishment. Virtues of Hijab can be judged by Quranic verses as women veiling is mentioned in the Quran clearly. Islam protects and safeguards the individuals and society from awkward situations. So while meaning Hijab, gives the women an air of authority, dignity, and respect.

Social Benefits Of Wearing Hijab:-

Women veiling has generally observed a modest Muslim style of dressing offers so many social benefits which we will discuss:

  1. Protects from male harassment: The women who wear hijab attracts less attention of lustful eyes than the women walking openly. Men view the hijab as a sign that says off limits and thus do not approach such women. Muslim women, by and large, have a low chance of being exploited for their femininity and beauty in contrast with other women who are wearing hijab. It shows that no other man has the right to seek pleasure from them as she is blessed for her husband only.


  1. Hijab Represent Purity: The women veiling is viewed as an indication of dignity and purity. It highlights Muslim women as subdued and pure women. Actually, the Hijab acts like a screen between modest Muslim women and the world’s evil.By wearing Hijab a woman feels safe and protected.


  1. Wearing Hijab Eliminates Competition amongst Women: The Hijab cuts down on competition among women. In Islam, women are appreciated for their knowledge, piety, and contribution to society. When women wear Hijab one finds that the most beautiful women are not necessarily the most popular. Rather, women as assessed for her mind, and not just superficial physical traits. By wearing the hijab, Muslim women can go about their normal duties without worrying about impressing other people.


  1. Women Veiling Places Focus or Intellect: Hijab benefits Muslim women by forcing people, particularly men, to focus on the women’s intellect. Comparatively assessing women for her mind, while the society usually appraises her biased on physical traits, not her intellect.


  1. Hijab Increased Self-esteem: Women veiling in Islam kind of prevents us from buying too heavily into fashion and placing too much importance on outer appearance. We just happily wear as we believe that Allah Almighty has instructed and get on with life.


  1. Hygienic Purposes: All public should wear Hijab or head covering, workers serving society to ensure cleanliness and purity. Workers in a number of professions wear “Veils”_ nurses, fast food workers, restaurant workers and servers, doctors, healthcare providers and many more. So we can say Hijab has so many social benefits that we can get with pleasing Allah Almighty we can earn blessings from Allah in both worlds in this life and hereafter too.

Scientific Benefits of Wearing Hijab:

  1. Wearing hijab protects the heat from the body being lost. Medical tests show that 40_60% heat is lost through the head so very important from the health perspective.


  1. A head covering is very important for hygienic purpose too as mentioned above all public should wear hijab or head covering, workers serving society to ensure cleanliness and purity. Workers in a number of professions wear “veil”, nurses, fast food workers, restaurant workers, and servers, doctors, healthcare providers and many more.


  1. Keep your hair pollution free when you cover your head. Hijab protects the hair from dust and direct exposure to sunlight that may damage the hair.


  1. Keeping most of your skin shielded from the sun’s harmful rays the most of the time, preserves your body’s largest, organ and keep it wrinkle free for much longer while wearing Hijab and covering the face.


  1. Wearing hijab has doesn’t have demerits and those who wear it have more strength and confidence.


Types OF Headscarves:-

Hijab: The hijab is one name for a variety of similar headscarves. It is the most popular veil worn in the west. These veils consist of one or two scarves that cover the head and neck. Outside the west, this traditional veil is worn by many Muslim women in the Arab world and beyond.

Niqab: The niqab covers the entire body, head and face, however, an opening is left for the eyes. The two main style of Niqab is the half_niqab that consists of a headscarf and facial veil that leaves the eyes and part of the forehead visible and full, or gulf, niqab that leaves only a narrow silt for the eyes. Although these veils are popular across the Muslim world, they are most common in the Gulf States. The niqab is responsible for creating much debate within.

Chador: The chador is full body length shawl held closed at the neck by hand or pin. It covers the head and the body but leaves the face completely visible. Chadors are most often black and are most common in the Middle East, specifically in Iran.

Burqa: The burqa is a full-body veil. The wearer’s entire face and body are covered and one sees through a mesh screen over the eyes. It is most commonly worn in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The most common form of Hijab is the abaya or headscarves, which covers some or all of the body parts. It should be noticed that the rules for head covering and modesty are only enforced by the law in a few countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran. Most other Islamic countries treat these customs as markers of group identity, so that differences between the coloring and fashion ability of the headscarf are used to identify regional differences, class and modernization. In Iran, for instance, it is becoming popular for young women to wear their headscarves a little off the front of the head so that their hair is showing. There are no hard stats on this but my impression is that; Among American Muslims; probably around 5_15%. In the Middle East; 60_70%, though some areas like Saudi Arabia are around 99%, while others are lower. South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh): 3_5% and is higher in the rural areas and some in Afghanistan. East Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia); 30_40%. In the west, many regard traditional Muslim dresses like the Hijab as a sign of oppression, How the Hijab Has Grown into Fashion? Some women choose to wear the hijab as a sign of faith, feminism or simply because they want to. Some Muslim women today are wearing Hijabs and other traditional dress to challenge the assumption that these are symbols of control. In fact, there are several releasing truths about Muslim dress that society must hear. Some women wear Hijab because it is a national tradition of their country of origin, or because it is the norm in their local area, city or country. Others wear it to demonstrate their commitment to dressing modestly and for religious reasons, like any item of clothing. Some women wear the Hijab for specific occasions, such as for family or community events. Some Hijab wearers have said that they wear to veil, not as a symbol of control by a man, but rather to promote their own feminist ideals. There are many different styles, colors and shapes of the Hijab including different ways of wearing it. There is also a rising transnational Muslim fashion trade focusing particularly on younger women. In many respects, the Hijab is similar to any other item of clothing with business marketing different style and brands in order to maximize sales. This global fashion trade transcends national and regional boundaries Muslim women wear the Hijab for many different reasons all of which can charge overtime. This applies if the wearer is a community activist, an Olympic athlete like Elghobashy, a PhD student, a mother of young children or some or all of these. Any assumption that society attaches to the veil will never be right for each individual wearer, and it is for that very reason that we need to start changing the way we view it. The marketing of Islamic fashionable clothing, however, is older than the sports Hijab. I found that it started in the 1980s.When ethnic grocery dealers in Western Europe and the United States began importing modest fashion clothing along with other items for the Muslim population. That proved to be a successful business prior to that, most Muslim women would put together their own styles. These small endeavors ultimately morphed into a competitive and lucrative Muslim fashion industry. Islamic fashion, in general, is understood as women wearing modest clothing with long sleeves, descending to the ankle and having a high neckline. The outfits are non_hugging, with some form of head covering that could be draped in a variety of styles. Over time, the national and international designers came to be involved in the sale of Islamic fashions. Today, Muslim fashion is a lucrative global industry with countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia. Turkey leading the way outside the western countries. In 2010 the Turkish newspaper Milliyet estimated the global Islamic clothing market to be worth around US$2.9 billion. The global Islamic economy report for 2014_2015 indicated Muslim consumer spending on clothing and footwear had increased to $266 billion in 2013.This represents a growth of 11.9% of the global spending over a period of three years. The report predicted this market to reach $488 billion by 2019.In establishing a nominally Islamic brand, marketers make every effort to align their products with the core value of Islam. So, even when following the trendy fashionable seasonal colors and materials, clothing styles would include some sort of head covering. Now, with a growing Muslim population, there is an increased demand for modest but also fashionable clothing for the youth, who have significant spending power. At the same time, traditional elite and wealthy Middle Eastern consumers who used to shop for fashionable clothing from European nations now prefer to shop from homegrown Muslim fashion designers. The more valid question is how fashion has influenced the way Muslim women dress. Looking at women wearing Hijab in different countries, you will see that the form that the Hijab takes is more influenced by culture than anything. You will find women who wear it very long and who wear it shorter. You will find women who layer different scarves together to achieve a certain look. What Muslim women do now is try to fit in as many different styles and combinations within set parameters and guidelines through color, fabrics, and style of wearing the Hijab. You will even find that during some seasons certain colors will be in fashion while in other seasons different colors will be more “in”. Nowadays, fashion friendly Hijab is in fashion. There are many examples of fashion friendly hijab in Muslim countries, where women try out different styles of hijab on an individual level, or where hijab fashion shows are held for women only. From close-fitting lyera hoods to carefully draped scarves and knitted snoods, head coverings of various styles were seen off the runway of major brands including Alexander wang, Calvin Klein, Vercase, Lanvin, Dior, Balenciaga, and Marc Jacobs. They were also at Gucci, where a number of looks were finished with scarves pinned under the chin. In Paris, LVMH prize winner Marine Serre sent out hooded looks and bodysuits featuring the crescent moon emblem which she is making her signature _a graphic which is strongly associated with Islam, and which she has been subject to criticism for using. (By putting a blue-eyed, while women in the first look, I thought it was actually saying, why should we actually be afraid of dressing in hijab? Modest fashion has been a raising conversation, point over the last few years. In 2016, Dolce & Gabbana released a line of Hijabs and abayas (which are loose-fitting, full-length robes worn over an outfit), while Anniesa Hasibuan was the first designer to present on all Hijab collection at NYFW. Women are not as afraid to wear their headscarf anymore. On the contrary, they proudly wear it and are determined to express themselves,” explains Hasibuan in Unapologetically Muslim. In November based on the feedback of Olympic weightlifter Amna Al Haddad, Nike created the pro_hijab, which was later awarded the Beazley fashion designer of the year. When high street brands like marks & Spencer and Debenhams released modest fashion lines last year, Muslim women contemplated the ethics of this visibility. Head covering is becoming a hot trend; As the Hijab begins to appear more in the mainstream western fashion industry and as modest fashion is gradually capitalized, In high fashion, Dolce & Gabbana launched a collection that included Hijabs and Abayas ( full length cloak garments customary in the Muslim world and predominantly worn in the Arabian Peninsula countries) last year. People go through high and lows. Sometimes they will wear it to follow Allah’s commandment. Sometimes they will wear it as a fashion statement. Sometimes we will run into non_muslim wearing half a Hijab. Sometimes we will see a good Muslim wearing a quarter of a Hijab. Hijab is not a matter of choice because it is a command by Allah that Muslim women should dress modestly from their head to foot, covering their entire body except for their hands and faces so in a way, Allah has not left it up to us to decide whether Hijab is an obligation or not. He has set down the commandment very clearly. At the same time, in another way, Hijab is really a matter of choice, just as believing in Allah is a matter of choice for all human, and praying to him is a matter of choice. Allah will not force anyone to believe in him or pray to him, and likewise, Allah will not force anyone to wear it. We will obey him or not up to us. Hijab is an essential and important Muslimah item for humility and modesty. Attraction is not only the reason for Hijab, but it also meant to reserve your beauty. Why should you show yourself?

One thought on “Hijab For Modesty And As A Fashion

  • October 15, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    So while meaning Hijab, gives the women an air of authority, dignity, and respect


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