A`udhu billahi min ash-shaytan ar-rajim. Bismillah, ar-Rahman, ar-Rahim.
Hijab is more than just the scarf we wear on our heads. It’s also the clothes we wear, the way we behave in public and our attitude towards people. This is something that it took a little while for me to learn. As I was so used to seeing girls with headscarf and fake eyelashes, or even girls with headscarf but parts of the body showing. This is something that took me a little while to understand and I’ve made plenty of mistakes with. So I put together this short guide to help other sisters with navigating how to dress to please our maker, Allah SWT.
Most scholars agree that clothing must cover the whole body apart from the face and hands. Some schools of thought say that the feet may be left bare but I personally avoid this one since foot fetishes became a thing. One thing that is worth noting from this is that neck and ears should be covered. This is a common mistake I see being made.
The clothing should be thick enough to conceal the colour of you skin. But this is a pretty obvious one. Alhamdulillah I havn’t witnessed a hijabi with see through clothes yet.
The clothes should be loose enough that you can’t see the shape of your body. This is quite a hard one especially if you are shopping in western shops. Plus it is really hard to know where to draw the line with this. As I’m quite lazy I tend to order most of my clothes from online and you don’t always know what you’re getting. Plus most dresses go tight when they blow in the wind, no matter how loose they are.
The clothes should not be perfumed. That’s a good one for me as i’m allergic to pretty much all perfumes. I go to lot’s of Islamic events and start coughing because of the perfumes. Then everyone thinks I have Corona and it’s just a huge disaster. Let’s just avoid the perfume ladies.
The last one I’m going to say here is that it shouldn’t be extravagant. Showing off wealth or social status. Expensive clothes that cost more than a family’s yearly salary, in the slums of Mumbai. After all we will be asked on the day of judgement how we spent our money.
Some schools of thought tell you to cover your face but that’s personally up to you. Most agree that it’s not a requirement. Plus it’s all down to which school of thought you follow. But ultimately this is the bare minimum.
To be honest, everyone’s on different steps in their journeys. Some are further down the road than others. But every step is huge. If you are reading this and you don’t wear a headscarf but you know deep down you want to, but you’re struggling with some confidence issues. Make dua to Allah. Make intention to change. You don’t have to wake up tomorrow and immediately start dressing modestly if you don’t dress modestly yet. But if you make dua, Allah will guide you and you never know, you might take that step and be the person you want to be. It’s not easy. But with Allah’s help you can achieve it.