requirement is looseness. The clothing must be loose enough
so as not to describe the shape of the womanís body. One
desirable way to hide the shape of the body is to wear
a cloak over other clothes. However, if the clothing is
loose enough, an outer garment is not necessary.
is the third requirement. The clothing must be thick enough
so as not to show the color of the skin it covers or the
shape of the body.
requirement is an over-all dignified appearance. The clothing
should not attract menís attention to the woman. It should
not be shiny and flashy so that everyone notices the dress
and the woman.
there are other requirements:
- Women must not dress
so as to appear as men.
- Women should not dress
in imitation of the unbelievers.
- The clothing should be
modest, not excessively fancy and also not excessively
ragged to gain others admiration or sympathy.
is the fact that modern Western dress is a new invention.
Looking at the clothing of women as recently as seventy
years ago, we see clothing similar to hijab. These active
and hard-working women of the West were not inhibited
by their clothing which consisted of long, full dresses
and various types of head covering. Muslim women who wear
hijab do not find it impractical or interfering with their
activities in all levels and walks of life.
not merely a covering dress but more importantly, it is
behavior, manners, speech and appearance in public. Dress
is only one facet of the total being.
requirement of the Muslim womanís dress apply to the Muslim
manís clothing with the difference being manly in degree.
Modesty requires that the area between the navel and the
knee be covered in front of all people except the wife.
The clothing of men should not be like the dress of women,
nor should it be tight or provocative. A Muslim should
dress to show his identity as a Muslim. Men are not allowed
to wear gold or silk. However, both are allowed for women.
men and women, clothing requirements are not meant to
be a restriction but rather a way in which society will
function in a proper, Islamic manner.
Because it gives me freedom.
taught from early childhood that their worth is proportional
to their attractiveness. We feel compelled to pursue abstract
notions of beauty, half-realizing that such a pursuit
reject this form of oppression, they face ridicule and
contempt. Whether itís women who refuse to wear makeup
or to shave their legs, or to expose their bodies, society,
both men and women, have trouble dealing with them.
In the Western
world, the hijab has come to symbolize either forced silence
or radical, unconscionable militancy. Actually, itís neither.
It is simply a womanís assertion that judgment of her
physical person is to play no role whatsoever in social
the hijab has given me freedom from constant attention
to my physical self. Because my appearance is not subjected
to public scrutiny, my beauty, or perhaps lack of it,
has been removed from the realm of what can legitimately
No one knows
whether my hair looks as if I just stepped out of a salon,
whether or not I can pinch an inch, or even if I have
unsightly stretch marks. And because no one knows, no
that one has to meet the impossible male standards of
beauty is tiring and often humiliating. I should know,
I spent my entire teenage years trying to do it. It was
a borderline bulimic and spent a lot of money I didnít
have on potions and lotions in hopes of becoming the next
of beauty is ever changing; waifish is good, waifish is
bad, athletic is good -- sorry, athletic is bad. Narrow
hips? Great. Narrow hips? Too bad.
not going to achieve equality with the right to bear their
breasts in public, as some people would like to have you
believe. That would only make us party to our own objectification.
True equality will be had only when women donít need to
display themselves to get attention and wonít need to
defend their decision to keep their bodies to themselves