…So, Ive decided to not allow any new comments on this post. Frankly, I’m shocked and appalled at the number of nasty comments Ive gotten over this post. It seems that in this time, if you make any comment about how some muslim women are choosing to dress even though it goes against Islamic principles…its like a bunch of angry crazies come at you with sticks…”how dare you say such a thing”…actually, its not ME saying it, every islamic scholar is saying it…infact the scholar that my husband and I follow (but shall remain nameless as I dont want to get sectarian) does indeed say that skirts or pants which show the curves of the body around non-mahrams is indeed not permissible. So as far as “how dare I” goes…um…thats how dare I. Fashion does NOT trump faith! sorry.
And, I am dismayed at the woman from HH requesting me to remove the pictures, As my usage of them would probably fall under the terms of Fair Use. According to my understanding of its terms. But, c’est le vie. I suggest she start looking around on other blogs and forums as I see HH pictures everywhere and most people have zero understanding of US Copyright Law..
Leggings/jeggings/skin-tight-peg leggers…please, its time for them to go away and go back to where they belong…UNDER skirts, jilbabs, abayaat or kept for around the house wear when Mahrams are around!
Please no more of this! It looks gross, tacky and all kinds of wrong!
Really, they bring new meaning to the term “clothed but naked”…while clothing might be covering her limbs you can still see her figure…thank you western trends which slightly misguided hejab-wearing women adopt and wear in a manner which makes them look ridiculous but which they think makes them look cool, trendy and heavens forbid…definetly NOT of school/FOB-ish.
Ive been gritting my teeth over this trend for awhile, but since they really only became like “uber cool” for the covering sister within the past year, my being here in KSA has sort of tempered my exposure to hejab and jegging wearing women like the above. I do love leggings and esp denim leggings they are exteremely comfortable under an overgarment and many, many Saudi women wear them with funky colored flats and their abayaat. Somtimes you can see the edges of them peep out from the abaya as they walk, sometimes not…but generally, their full effect is tempered and except for the occasional “ho-qabi” who likes to parade around the mall with a perfectly poised niqab, jeggings and abaya wide open showing all their glory or like one I saw yesterday, was sitting on a bench in the mall with her abaya wide open and her jegging covered legs crossed with her high, high heels out for all to see complete with red nail polish while the adjusted her niqab (aka, slipping it up and down for 5 minutes).
But, thats another rant. LOL.
I havent really seen *inrl* too many hejabis running around with such pants as their predominant form of lower body covering. Unfortunately though, from what I see online the trend is EVERYWHERE! I have yet to fully fathom why or even how this trend even started as one would assume that any semi-sane muhajabah woman would realize that, they…uh, DUH do NOT fullfill the requirements for HEJAB! Looking at any Islamic ruling relating to islamically appropriate clothing and modesty will show this! And yet…if one actually mentions this, on such sites, then they are shot down for being mean or old or uncool.
Um, since when was hejab about being “cool”…Oh wait, I know…when hejab stopped being about showing ones modesty and religious affiliations and respect for God and his laws and instead trying to look like a “good girl” for “baba” and well, cuz all the Egyptian models in some crazy magazines are doing it…and oh, because my friend Samiyah is now wearing it to show the world that shes “proud” of her “background”. Geeze, no wonder such stupid items of attire are so popular now…because hey, it doesnt matter what one is covering their skin with…all that matters is that the hair is perfectyly covered…THAT is hejab.
Um, yaaaaaaaaaaaah…no…those are really stupid reasons to wear hejab! And yet, should anyone dare to mention that such items of clothing do NOT fullfill the requirements for hejab, they are quickly ignored and told basically to sit down, shuttup and move back into the dark.
I understand that maybe some women do not like the idea of wearing a long gown like a jilbab, abaya or manteau…but there are also plents of places which sell long-skirts and wide-legged pants and if one cries “but, I’m poor, all I can afford is Walmart and Rue21” then I say…you can easily find pieces in those stores which will be long and loose and should things really be bad…there is always the mens department of your nearest Goodwill…back in the late 90’s when I was still a teenager and had no income of my own…I loved my extra-tall, old as heck, mens oxford shirts from Goodwill, sure, they were baggy and looked kinda crazy…but I wore them with mens skater jeans and the 2-3 scarves I owned and was well covered and it costed me almost nothing! I also would scoop up anything which was moderatly long and modest…um, maternity tunics, old style denim jumpers…dare I go on…things arent nearly so bad now adays…with just maybe $100-$200 you can get yourself set up with a decent, proper wardrobe from any local H&M, Walmart, Kmart…really anywhere.
I’m kind of going off on a tangent…but bear with me.
It just really makes me sad to see such a blatant disregard for the hejab and what it entails. Okay, maybe some would say, I’m making too much out of it…but, coming from where I’m coming from and the issues and hassles and problems I had in my younger years over my desire to wear it and wear it right, along with being a practicing Muslima..I think I’m 100% justified.
I was recently privy to a rather insane thread on an Islamic discussion board which shall remain nameless…a younger sister inquired whether its OK wear such pants as shown above. I and several other members told her, no…not outside, and the reasoning behind it…but frustratingly…the original poster did NOT believe us, and said she would continue to wear them, regardless of the fact that two of us showed proofs from scholars stating its not allowed.
but, anyway, I’m just really praying for this trend to pass away…I just see it sooo far off the tangent of what is acceptable as far as Islamic dress goes…I donno, maybe I’m too rational…
I wish more of the jegging-is-okay crowd would really sit back and think about what their wearing, why they are wearing it and en’shallah go for something much more appropriate, or heck…just abandon the hejab all together! Why wear it, if you can’t wear it right. (and no, im not aiming this at those who are new to Islam or new to covering and just need guidance…but thats another post)
p.s. did anyone notice my use of “peg-leggers”…dang, i feel old now!