asalaamu alaikum wr wb.
Unfortunately I have started to see more and more of this trend of Muslim women with a perfect scarf yet entirely exposed lower legs. First it was skinny jeans/leggings which cover the skin yet show the shape and has moved now to skirts and dresses which cover to the calves but not further south! There is also another trend of wearing the now widely popular wide legged “skirt pants” yet exposing the awrah by not wearing a shirt or over garment which covers fully.
For example…In Turkey this is apparently quite a popular look!
This sisters outfit to the hem of her skirt is quite modest and covering yet, she has her lower legs exposed…this negates her hejab!
I do hope sisters realize that according to all of the scholars of Islam…a womans awrah is her entire body and she must cover everything with loose, opaque clothing from the head to the feet with only her face, hands and feet exposed. Granted the hands, feet and face exposure varies between scholar/madhab with some scholars deeming a womans feet as awrah and some do not! Sister Pixie of I Love Hishma did a great post about this Here.
There are many hadeeths regarding what hejab entails for Muslim men and women and one of the hadeeths used to show the necessity for a long garment which covers the body and yes even the lower legs is this one;
The Prophet sallalahu alahi wa salaam said (of a woman’s public clothing, which was the jilbab): “They should lower their garments a hand span,” (half their shins down). Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) further said, “Women’s feet would still be uncovered.” Allah’s Messenger sallalhu alahi wa salaam replied: “Let them lower them a forearm’s length, but not longer.” (At-Tirmidhi).
As I mentioned in a previous post “What Does Hijab Entail” I gave proofs for the need for covering the awrah with ones attire and that the majority of scholars have ruled that an overgarment is required or atleast highly recommended (or attire which looks like an overgarment and covers like one). Ofcourse…we should always err on the side of caution…right?
Now, for those sisters above in those pictures, if their hems covered to to their feet or they wore baggy, loose pants then their curves/awrah would be covered!
Another common style which is far from hejab is wearing pants-even wide-legged pants with a short shirt which also exposed the awrah! Just because you are around non-Muslim (or even Muslim) women who do not cover…you should never weaken your hejab to appease them because they will never accept your hejab anyway and who do you cover for anyway? I hope you say your Lord (Allah subhana wa ta’ala)!
Such as the sister below…the only thing that tells the world shes probably a Muslim is the perfect headscarf…but thats about it! Otherwise shes dressed just like her companions who are not in hejab.
I love both of these types of pants, I own several pairs myself and I wear them constantly as they are very comfortable and are very modest. But, for them to fullfill the requirements of hejab, they should be worn with a longer length shirt, jilbab, abaya, manteau or overgarment which would ensure the awrah is full covered.
Or like this…