“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms……” (Qur’an 24V 31).
Hi everybody, I hope ye are all doing well.
I thought of my blog yesterday and had my topic planned. However, after looking through my Instagram feed today, I felt the urge to write about something completely different.
Over the past couple of years, the hijab has become more and more popular alhamdulillah. This is mainly due to social media. Social media has made the world smaller. It has increased the length at which information travels and how fast it travels. Many young girls and women have taken to the internet to share their passion for hijab and fashion. We have several hijabi YouTubers, Instagrammers, bloggers, vloggers e.t.c. It’s great! These women give hijabis someone to relate to. They serve as reminders to young girls everywhere. They also serve as role models.
So, what’s the issue? Why did I feel the need to write about this? Well, my news feed reminded me of an issue that has been bothering me for quite a while. Each day I visit a social media site, I see a different ‘interpretation’ of the hijab. The ‘interpretation’ isn’t so much the problem, but the fact that the interpretation does not meet the requirements of the hijab. You cannot expect to pass a test where you do not fulfil the requirements. So, why should it be any different for the hijab?
‘…they should draw their veils over their bosoms…’
For the purpose of this post, I’m going to focus on this quote ‘…they should draw their veils over their bosoms…’. ‘They’ in this context is referring to the woman. God tells us to draw our ‘veils’, our scarves over our bosoms. Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of ‘hijabis’ not meeting this requirement.
I understand that we are all struggling and no one is perfect. I mean, my hijab is not where I want it to be or where it should be according to the teachings of the Qur’an. The above quote is at the back of my mind daily and I try each day to get my hijab to where it ought to be. This could be the case for many hijabi role models out there, but the titles of their videos and posts can be misleading. It is possible that they could be on their hijab journey and have not reached their final destination. That’s absolutely fine. Like I said, I’m in the same boat. However, wearing a version of the hijab and calling it hijab when it doesn’t meet the set conditions is rather misleading to people who do not know better. The requirements are quite clear.
Do whatever you want with your hijab, but just make sure you meet the requirements. If not for yourself, but for the thousands of young girls that are following you. I’m not judging, I’m worried.
The hijab is not a fashion statement, but a form of worship.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this.
Till next time