Hijaab: The Cover Girl or The Covered Girl?

Cover girls or covered girls?

The Beloved Messenger of Allah( S.A.W ) said:

“There are two types of people who will be punished in hell and whom I’ve not seen: ……and women will be dressed but appear to be naked, they will attract others to themselves, and they themselves will be  attracted to others. Their heads will appear like the humps of the camels, they will not enter Paradise and they will not smell its fragrance which can be smelt from such and such a distance.”

Shaytaan’s ambition is to mislead. When a muslimah makes a niyyah to wear the hijaab he jumps into action.

Plot 1: He tries to stop her. If he fails,

Plot 2: Misleads her in donning hijaab. She thinks she is covering, but chooses a figure hugging abayah or she lifts the jalabeeb instead of lowering.

So lets ask ourselves, are our sisters really covered girls or they want to be “cover girls?”

There is an inspiring parable of a flower and a pearl both striking in their beauty, lets ponder and take a lesson, which one do we want to be?

….Suddenly, a tinge of distress appeared on the flower. “Nothing accounts for sorrow in your talk; so why are u depressed?” The pearl asked the flower.

“Human beings deal with us (flowers) carelessly; they slight us. They don’t grow us for our sake but to get pleasure from our fragrance and beautiful appearance. They throw us on the street or in the garbage can after we are dispossessed of the most valuable properties; brilliance and fragrance.” the flower sighed.

And then  the flower said to the pearl: “Speak to me about your life! How do you live? How do you feel it? You are buried in the bottom of the sea?”

The pearl answered: “Although I have none of your distinctive colours and sweet scents, humans think I am precious. They do the impossible to procure me. They go on long journeys, dive deep in the seas searching for me. You might be astounded to know that the further I lay, the more beautiful and brilliant I become. That’s what upraises my value in their thought. I live in a thick shell isolated in the dark seas. However, I’m happy and proud to be in a safe zone far from wanton and mischievous hands and still the humans consider me highly valuable.”

Are we able to discern what the flower and the pearl symbolize?

We will find that the flower is the woman who shows her charms (people get you, use you and abandons you) and the pearl is the veiled woman who conceals her beauties (people value you and go at great lengths to preserve you).

With the globalisation effect that is ‘mordenizing’ our societies, one cannot walk a long distance down the road without spotting a Muslim sister with the latest handbag, designer shoes and the trendiest figure-hugging abaayah. But does these new abaayah styles, especially the ones with the designs on the waist really fitting into the description of the Shariah sanctioned hijaab?

When it is worn it is actually a figure-hugging , beautiful and elegant dress which far defeats the purpose of wearing an abaaya which is in actual intents, to hide the curves and shape of all Muslim women in the presence of non-mahram males.

Let’s all ponder about this!

“O Prophet (pbuh)! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outer garments (jilbabs) close around themselves; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful. (Al Quran Al-Ahzab:59).


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