Monday, December 11, 2006

Thoughts on Hijab/Niqab and Its Relationship with Modesty


The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard further than the roar of a lion.
[Arabic Proverb]

So I came across this discussion between two Muslims online about hijab. I wont comment on them but let you read what they said first.

Muslim X says:
Girls without hijab are like unwrapped hard candy...I won't touch that. If you saw a jollyrancher that has been opened and licked on, would you want to suck on it? Metephorically speaking: that is what a non hijabi is like!

Muslim Y responds:
THis is funny ..it reminds of my kid brother back home in Jordan..He would play pranks on his friends.. HE would take a jolly rancher candy ,unwrap it ,lick it ,Wrap it back and give it to his friends…and they would suck on it like champs!!

IT IS AS EASY AS THAT, 7ABIBI!

I have respect to all women ( in hijab or no hijab/ muslim-non muslim) . APPEARANCE don’t mean NOTHING! ITS ALL ABOUT MORALS!

YOU LIKE HIJABI GIRLS, GREAT!

BUT DON’T YOU EVER TRY TO DISRESPECT OR JUDGE OTHERS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW YOUR IDEOLOGY!

You would not touch unwrapped candy! I don’t think you can get any candy in the 1st place! PEOPLE LIKE YOU GIVE 3ARABS A BAD NAME! I wish we had a face to face conversation; there would have been a lot more interaction!

SO, when the big day comes , and you get your wrapped candy bar, remember my brothers pranks, ENJOY!



I was thinking about what I think this can be best analyzed through the principle of what hijab is, not the reality of people practicing it.

Hence, in Principle: Hijab functions as the phsyical dress form of modesty.

Modesty is the larger principle that hijab functions to serve. Modesty is principle that both Muslim men and women are encouraged by Islam to follow.

Thus, a sister wearing hijab is simply fulfilling one of the duties towards achieving modesty.

There are other duties commanded upon us, such lowering one's gaze (men and women), not shaking the opposite gender's hands (i know its hard), not being alone with a person of the opposite gender, etc., that as a whole function to create modesty.

In sum, people tend to be simplistic in their understanding of modesty by just associating modesty with dress. In reality, modesty is very difficult thing to achieve because it requires many things more than just hijab/niqab.

4 Comments:

At 3:46 PM, Blogger mizazeez said...

assalaamu 'alaykum: subhanAllah i posted today about something very similar. stop by and take a look insha'Allah...

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger zanjabil said...

Great story!

Indeed. Sincere modesty is a state of mind (and heart), not an item of clothing.

Wa salam

 
At 5:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that I've stopped laughing at the brother's prank, I must say the meat/candy analogies always turn my stomach. Even worse was one sister talking about her husband got an unopened can of soda of her wedding night (hopefully her soda can was untainted too). He further humilated his wife by going around and showing the bloody sheets - SMH! It degrades women to such a low point (you're only an object, here for a man's pleasure), it's not even funny.

Your last sentence made my day brighter. I can't tell you how often I see sisters with "hijab" acting worse than the ones w/out. Or the hijab and tight pants, shirts - what's the point? Or niqab and terrible attitudes.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger pinkgingerale said...

Wow, I've only recently heard this analogy and didn't know what to think of it. I love what Muslim Y said, and your post in general, very true. It all comes down to faith and morals.

 

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