Islamic Fashion: Modesty Is Always In.

Hijab and Grace

After five days I shall rip off the page from my calendar which says February and welcome the crisp smooth page saying March. Mother Nature has her own ways of showing signs when winter is coming to a close.  The sun graces us more often and the silence of the early morning air is broken with a chirp of a bird. You take a look at the sweaters that kept you warm all winter. The sight of them makes you scorch a little and you know that it is time to start putting them away.

Along with spring comes spring fashion. Looking at the latest catalogues I feel sad that no matter what style is in season modesty never seems to make the list. It is important for me to evaluate each year whether or not my clothes are modest.

For me modesty stands for a preserve of culture and freedom, a freedom from vanity and pretentiousness. It is not hiding or being ashamed of being a woman but respecting and having confidence in one’s femininity.

In Islam modesty is not only restricted to one’s clothes. Modesty is decency in one’s mannerism and attitude towards life. And yes, it is meant for both men and women.

It is difficult to follow rules written in age old scriptures when it comes to dressing up. Many people choose to follow MTV and their favorite celebrities instead. What I remind myself while dressing is how modesty evokes inspiration for elegance and grace within me. That in turn reflects in what I wear.

The secret to being well dressed is to take time and think about what you wear. I have become more fashion conscious since I have started wearing the hijab.  That is not because I feel I should compensate the covering of my head. It is because I am very aware of what I wear and make an effort to shop for the right dresses.

JLO WEARING HIJABBy the way, many of you must have seen Jennifer Lopez donning a headscarf. I don’t know how far in the mainstream this hijab trend goes but I personally think JLO never looked better!

The myth is that you cannot mix faith with fashion. I say you can. You just need to be a little more creative than the rest. Someone who dresses modestly is someone who is mature and has immense self-respect for themselves.

Arhama Feb 24th 2008 11:58 am Culture,Fashion,Islam,Religion 27 Comments Trackback URI Comments RSS

27 Responses to “Islamic Fashion: Modesty Is Always In.”

  1. szkhanon 26 Feb 2008 at 12:39 pm link comment

    You look at me and call me oppressed,
    Simply because of the way I’m dressed,
    You know me not for what’s inside,
    You judge the clothing I wear with pride
    My body’s not for your eyes to hold,
    You must speak to my mind, not my feminine mold,
    I’m an individual, I’m no mans slave,
    It’s Allahs pleasure that I only crave
    I have a voice so I will be heard,
    For in my heart I carry His word,
    “O ye women, wrap close your cloak,
    So you won’t be bothered by ignorant folk”
    Man doesn’t tell me to dress this way,
    It’s a Law from God that I obey,
    Oppressed is something I’m truly NOT,
    For liberation is what I’ve got
    It was given to me many years ago,
    With the right to prosper, the right to grow
    I can climb moutains or cross the seas,
    Expand my mind in all degrees
    For God Himself gave us LIB-ER-TY
    When He sent Islam,
    To You and Me…

  2. Arhamaon 26 Feb 2008 at 2:39 pm link comment

    That is a very beautiful and inspiring poem by Izdehar Albowyha.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Hayahon 01 Mar 2008 at 1:14 pm link comment

    I couldn’t agree more 😉

  4. naziaon 15 Apr 2008 at 10:05 am link comment

    its a brilliant article… really appreciate ur effort… uv beautifully voiced the views of so many of us….great job.!!!

  5. naziaHon 15 Apr 2008 at 10:09 am link comment

    This is a thought provokoing article…..uv certainly done a great job!!

  6. Basbousaon 24 Jul 2008 at 3:04 am link comment

    Great article! Check out my website for more islamic fashion

  7. Arhamaon 24 Jul 2008 at 5:00 am link comment

    Salams everyone!

    Thank you for reading my article. This one in particular is a subject very close to our hearts and minds.

    Basbousa and Hayah, you both have interesting websites!! We all can take a few fashion pointers from them.
    Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  8. smallon 14 Aug 2008 at 1:01 pm link comment

    What Jlo is wearing is not a hijab or islamic in any way. Arabs/Muslims are not the only people who cover their heads. Americans have been covering their hair for hundreds of years this is an African style head scarf from it came other head covers like durag and jaimaican hat

  9. Arhamaon 14 Aug 2008 at 5:49 pm link comment

    That is a valid point. It just shows how different cultures in the world are so much alike.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    I wanted to write this article not so much to boast about the popularity of the Muslim hijab but more for rupturing the view held by many that hijab is something you cannot look modern or fashionable in. That it is the garb of the under privileged or suppressed.

    What struck me about Jlo’s pic was how a glamorous star can be fully covered and still look great. I guess you don’t have to show skin to assert your brilliance. That is what Hijab is all about.

  10. Džana Mirkovićon 12 Oct 2008 at 11:05 am link comment

    Great big salam to everyone!
    the last comment was brilliant! I’m from Bosnia- student in the academy of fine arts-product design. so I’m into fashion. a lot. I do wear hijab – and I do it my way – in style! you just need to be more creative… :)

  11. fdfsgfgon 20 Oct 2008 at 5:43 pm link comment

    i love the first pic shes sooooooooo pretty but u still didnt explain

  12. Arhamaon 21 Oct 2008 at 3:09 am link comment

    What exactly did you want me to explain??:)

  13. ali ahmadon 26 Jan 2009 at 1:37 am link comment

    Its really beautiful and expressive article that i have ever read, its beautifully expressed, its the opinion of many of us , i really want to know more if u write more such articles, keep writing, best of luck, take care and kip smiling. Allah hafiz

  14. Zeebaon 28 Feb 2009 at 11:56 am link comment

    Brilliant!! The poetry definitely shows how passionate you are about the topic.
    Looking forward to your next poetry…

  15. Azadehon 02 Mar 2009 at 8:15 pm link comment

    WOW! ITS SUCH A GOOD POEM! I really couldnt go without leaving this comment and saying I really LOVE it i wish everyone in the world got a chance like i did to read this poem ! mwah

  16. Rukhsaaron 16 Aug 2009 at 8:12 am link comment

    mashallah! strong message in a beuatiful poetic stlye.. love it ^_^

  17. AbdulAakhiron 09 Jan 2010 at 9:56 pm link comment

    Salaam all. Beautiful is the poem, amazing and sublime is the concept of hijaab. I want to help my partner find a new way of wearing her hijaab, this site helped slightly. Thanks. Inshallah your strengths and struggles will be rewarded sisters.
    Wsalaam

  18. Wilson Mustinon 19 Mar 2010 at 4:11 pm link comment

    I am new to blogging, so I feel like I am in the “just taking notes” phase. But when I do find a blog topic I like, I do comment because I genuinely like what has been said or the information was helpful to me. I am officially linked to your blog now, so I will be checking in often! Thanks for all the great advice.

  19. facebook chipson 20 Mar 2010 at 3:04 pm link comment

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  20. samiraon 01 Apr 2011 at 1:26 pm link comment

    wowww, the poem is amaziiiiiiiinnnnnggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Golnazon 05 Apr 2011 at 9:24 am link comment

    MashaAllah,
    I loved the poem. and it’s beautiful message.
    I wish a day when every one knows how beautiful is Hijab and other Islamic Laws.

  22. Christine lingon 28 Apr 2011 at 8:10 pm link comment

    I am Christian but I really have a deep love and respect for the Muslim religion. Thi poem is very inspirational so thank you for sharing it.

  23. aminaon 03 Sep 2011 at 7:39 am link comment

    this is not the authentic hijab

  24. aminaon 03 Sep 2011 at 7:40 am link comment

    this isn’t the authentic hijab that we must wear

  25. marwa sherifon 05 Oct 2011 at 3:03 am link comment

    i love polite ladies that relax dress

  26. --on 05 Mar 2012 at 3:31 pm link comment

    masha’Allah true about the modesty!!

  27. Njiheamon 05 Jan 2013 at 8:09 pm link comment

    I love this post so much, and the poem of course! I’m a Muslim girl with hijab. May I copy the poem and paste into my blog for other Muslims to see as well. Mashallah~

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