Fashion Hijabs?


This has always confused me. Muslim women are apparently supposed to cover their hair to show humility and, as some Imams I know tell me, to not excite the sexual passions of men (for hair is the sexiest part of the female, apparently). Yet, women who wear the hijab often have the most elaborate make-up — and the most beautiful, luxurious hijabs! Indeed, the more covered up, the more tarted up; I commonly see women in Niqab with the most outrageous eye make-up.

Now I love a beautiful hijab as much as the next guy. Seriously: the hijabs above are a joy to behold. But surely it defeats the object of the humility exercise. Let’s cover our plume up with an even more beautiful plume cover(!)

Anyway, Dolce & Gabbana have got on board with their luxurious hijabs. So all Muslims (just the women, though; men don’t have to cover their hair for some reason) can now be extra pretty whilst being extra holy and modest.

Fashion Hijabs

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8 thoughts on “Fashion Hijabs?

  1. Islam is oppressive.
    Husbands are a degree above their wives?

    The Quran in Sura 2:228 says:

    . . . Wives have the same rights as the husbands have on them in accordance with the generally known principles. Of course, men are a degree above them in status . . . (Sayyid Abul A’La Maududi, The Meaning of the Qur’an, vol. 1, p. 165)

    Gender inequality shows up in a theological context. This hadith shows that the majority of the inhabitants of hell are women.

    The Prophet said, “I looked at Paradise and found poor people forming the majority of its inhabitants; and I looked at Hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were women.” 

      1. Indeed, 1 Corinthians 11 does indeed state some sexist nonsense that men need not cover their heads as they are the image and glory of God, but women do for they are the image and glory of men. So the Bible has similar statements. The key is how these are interpreted within Christianity.

      2. I’ve read that. Have you read Paul’s letter to the Galatians?

        “26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

        27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

        28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

        By saying “you are all sons” Paul shows the same inheritance for male and female.
        Nothing like that in Islam. Not even close.

      3. You’d be surprised, though I appreciate the depth and breadth of our tradition is not well known beyond the narrow readings popularised online. Our fault, not yours.

  2. Everyone has their own reason for wearing or not wearing hijab. Some do indeed wear it to cover up their beauty, but the world is vast, opinions are diverse, each of us in an individual. And of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One person may find attractive what another person does not. Sometimes an apparently modest black abaya presents itself as an elegant evening gown to the fashionable observer. To each their tastes and views and biases.

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