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Not Just a Cover-Up

“And say to the believing women (that) they should lower [of] their gaze and they should guard their chastity, and not (to) display their adornment except what is apparent of it. And let them their head covers over their bosoms, and not (to) display their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers or fathers (of) their husbands or their sons or sons (of) their husbands or their brothers or sons (of) their brothers or sons (of) their sisters, or their women or what possess their right hands or the attendants having no physical desire among [the] men or [the] children who (are) not aware of private aspects (of) the women. And not let them their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah altogether O believers! So that you may succeed.”

– The Holy Qur’an (Ayat-an-Nur 24:31)

Hijab, veil, headscarf, burqa, niqab - Whichever way you describe it, it is a form of modesty, dignity and covering.

There are many controversies surrounding the subject of hijab today. A number of people unknowingly see it as oppression, some see it as chauvinistic domination and some merely assume it is forced onto a woman.

These are just ignorant theories of the unknowing.

The hijab, in actual fact; is a form of modesty for women in Islam and is an expression of one's own value.

It represents concealing one's honour from the eyes of all strangers. In today's world, every human being has a right to dress, represent and express themselves in the way they wish; be it revealing or otherwise. In this same way, it is also a human beings right to be able to cover whatsoever they wish, as what they are covering is their own right.

A hijab is not limited to covering one's head, but when worn, a hijab is also used to cover the whole body; to conceal but not to wrap. Clothing that still accentuates the figure completely defeats the purpose of hijab. Hijab is also not just limited to one's physical appearance but also in one's voice, one's mannerisms, one's social etiquette and one's actions. It is a display of humility and modesty. Social hijab is not just the way for women in Islam, but also for men. Learn more about Islam and our charity today.

A man can demonstrate his hijab socially with his voice, his eyes, his dress and his actions. Hijab is not just limited to just concealing a woman's hair.

Today, fashion dominates the world and the media. People are judged first on appearance rather than their integrity and intellect. This idealistic misinterpretation of what one should look like is driven by society’s ignorant view of what a person should look like. However, physical appearances change over time and some refuse to be judged by their physical appearance and prefer to radiate their inner beauty as their primary attribute. Fashion is not needed to illustrate one's character.

On the other hand, as we immerse ourselves and debate our corner in the ignorant face of the world today; full of opinions and controversies, we also tend to forget that fashion is not a key element in some countries. Some people today are struggling to find the minimal clothing to keep them sufficiently warm through the winter. Let's remember them, so that they too can cover themselves with the dignity that they deserve.

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