(please be forewarned a lot of what I will say below is my own personal opinion, I have very strong feelings about hejab and the reasoning behind covering because I faced a lot of opposition when I started to cover…so to me it’s a touchy subject. I’m also in no way stating that ALL Egyptian women cover for superficial reasons, I am friends with several deeply religious Egyptian women, and their daughters and many of them I really look up too)
I stumbled across this on YouTube yesterday… It’s a special from Al Jazeera in English about the hejab in Egypt.
It’s interesting on one hand but on another it sort of reinforced my understanding that unfortunately the hejab just seems to be a trend in Egypt for *most* (not all, I said most) women and that their reasons behind covering are more superficial than anything else.
I was pretty surprised at seeing actual “veil designers” in Egypt and also learning that many of these girls apparently spend hours infront of the mirror to make their scarves look trendy because they dont want “veiled girls” to look uncool.
Um, yeah? Since WHEN was the hejab supposed to be trendy and cool ANYWAY?
Maybe I’m old fashioned…yeah I know I’m Old School…but c’mon!!! Who are they being trendy for? I dont think God is going to care whether their hejab is done up all cute and a lot of their supposedly “mohajebat” outfits leave a LOT to be desired.
Pardon the personal rant but it’s hard, really hard wearing hejab (the right way) and doing it for the right reasons and it’s even harder handling peoples criticisms and the looks and stares and you really have to be doing it for the right reasons, to please God in order to handle these obstacles…
At least here in the States…I dont know maybe in Egypt it’s different. Maybe there NOT wearing hejab is hard or wearing your hejab PROPERLY is a struggle…hey, who knows…
I really do NOT agree with much of what the women wearing a scarf (turban) at the beginning says about how without the scarf you have to go to great lengths to prove your not immoral and the scarf shows everyone your a decent person…um, really? As thats NOT the purpose of hejab and covering your hair isn’t hejab either. Hejab is how you dress from top to bottom and your behavior. YES one would hope a hejabi is religious but it’s no guarantee to religiosity and personally it seems like-from this show-that the trend of covering the hair in Egypt is sort of popular now because it’s just that…a trend, just to show the world your moral. Hmmm
Really I don’t agree… why should Joe Shmoo down the block care whether your this or that or the other thing? They should ONLY be trying to please God and God knows everyones intentions…a scarf doesn’t cover up silly or stupid behavior and it doesn’t make anyone an angel.
Reminds me how Ive seen girls in Iran…totally covered up, looking like really pious Mohajebat…in full maghneh, mantoo & chador yet they flirt with guys IN the parks, give them their numbers and even go home with them! Ive even seen some making out with their boyfriends in secluded areas…sure one could say…well they are forced to cover, but no this statement isn’t right because generally the girls who are religious themselves or come from religious or conservative families dress like that. Girls from liberal, non-religious families don’t dress like that-at all. You’d expect the girls from irreligious families to do that stuff not girls in maghnehs and chadors…
anyway…I have strong feelings about this stuff…It just saddens me how “cheap” hejab has become…it seems to be pretty worthless to a lot of women. And fyi, I actually agree w/ much of that the non-hejabi girl says in the 2nd part.
On a side note, Ive noticed that there are like three types of styles that Egyptian women tend to go for…The most covering being the Niqab, the second being the really long and wide khimaar that many of the Egyptian women at my mosque wear and then the trendier styles. I wonder if the first two styles are prefered more by the women who cover for religious reasons or a feeling of obligation to God whereas the trendier styles are worn by women trying to “fit in” and look chic. Any ideas?