Fashion and clothing have always been of utmost interest for any girl , some girls are more concerned with their appearance than others and the constant dilemma of ” what will I wear today ” is something we have all gone through . Over the years veiled women from across the world have portrayed different styles of how a veiled women should dress. We have seen the conservative , the tight , the short , the colored and the black forms of clothing and having been raised in different cultures I have had the opportunity of observing them all which has tremendously shaped the way I see and understand Islamic clothing.
The most important question I have to ask my self when going shopping is whether the garment I am purchasing is among Islamic standards or not . By Islamic standards the clothes need to be of certain length ( below the knee ) , they can’t be tight and most importantly they cant be all glittery and shiny and they need to cover all of the body of course. Now this may seem like an impossible list of conditions for some and a lot of veiled girls have decided to create their own style that ignores some of these rules. I have to confess that I have disobeyed the rules from time to time especially in my teenage years but since then I have tried my best to abide by what is considered Islamic attire.
I am writing this post not to judge anyone but to showcase that the veil is much more than a piece of cloth on our heads . If I am veiled with full make-up and tight clothes am I really veiled ? Being veiled means that you have taken a decision between you and your self to fully submit and the entire purpose of the veil is to provide a woman with ” 7ishma” decency and ignoring the way we dress contradicts the veil on our heads . A few years ago when Islamic fashion was still young it was frustrating to see girls dressing up and wearing nice clothes when we the veiled ones had limited choices . But today this scene has changed dramatically and there are specialized shops to meet our everlasting fashion desires and we now have more choices than unveiled women. Never the less it is not an easy decision to abide by Islamic clothing standards and doing so requires a lot strength and discipline . We need to be conscious of the decisions we make , we need to understand why is it we do things the way we do and most importantly we need to argue and ask questions to fully understand the decisions we make.
When I was young I fought with my mom so many times because I wanted to wear something which she thought was not Islamic enough . I once decided to go against her will and went out wearing a pair of jeans and a tight shirt ( I was 12) I remember that she did not scream at me instead she told me that If I walked out of the house I was not going to be veiled even if the veil was on my head . I went out and I felt horrible and on that day I realized what a ” Complete Veil ” is .
Veiled woman can be elegant and decent , it is only a matter of choice and over the years I have learned that the question” What will I wear today ” is much deeper than choosing a piece of clothes , it is choosing a piece of who we are as veiled woman as a whole.