The concept of Hijab fashion is one that has become so widespread that all you need to do is type hijab fashion in the Google search bar and you will get tons of results of blogs, websites, articles, photos and pages dedicated to making Hijabis look ‘cool’, ‘hip’ and ‘fashionable’. Which makes me wonder to what length hijabis would go to prove them worthy of the title ‘fashionable’?
I marvel at the irony showcased by a lot of muslimahs in the name of fashion, being dolled up with their faces an array of radiant colors, their hijabs layers upon layers pinned with brooches shining so bright you would notice it from miles away, they wear heels so loud you’d feel sorry for the floor and fragrance so strong you can perceive them long after they’re gone. I know you’re thinking: “Now what could be wrong with adding a little ‘touch’ here and there to beautify the ordinarily drab hijab and showing the world that you’re as cool and fashionable as non hijabis?” Well the answer is very simple “The little ‘touch’ forfeits the purpose of the hijab”.
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), … and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head cover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigor, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful (An Nur 24:31)
So am I saying that it is wrong for a muslimah to be beautiful? Absolutely not! What I am saying is that there is a margin between being attractive and being beautiful. Being beautiful doesn’t require one to become an artist but to be beautiful one need to have a beautiful attitude, dress beautifully, take extra care of oneself and smile a lot, (Remember not to display adornments publicly). You should also know that there’s beauty in simplicity, the natural you is much more beautiful than any artist can ever make you, for you were designed by the best of all artists.
The fashion introduced by Islam doesn’t change according to the year or generation. It is the best of fashions and Allah has taken upon himself to protect this fashion that is introduced by our prophet till the end of this world. May Allah give us a taste of this fashion, (Amin)