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Monday, August 3, 2009

Funny article about hijab

I found this in my inbox from back in 2005. It's an article someone whipped up about their observances regarding hijab. I can't remember where I found it or why I even saved it by emailing it to myself, but I thought I'd share!

Article: The Observations of the Muslimah wearing Hijab

It has been my personal observation that some Muslim girls and women do not realize the significance of hijab. Hijab is Arabic for protection and cover. Some people put a lot effort into their hijab, yet it serves no purpose. I am referring to the pointless hijab that some girls wear.

The first pointless hijab is referred to as the headband hijab. It is a band of fabric approximately 4 inches wide. It covers the back of the head and allows all the hair to be exposed. It doesn't serve much in terms of modesty, but at least it comes in handy in case of an unexpected tennis match.

The second pointless hijab is the dupatta, also known as the Saran wrap hijab. It covers all the hair, but it is totally transparent. Again it doesn't serve much in terms of modesty, but it keeps the hair nice and fresh.

The third type of hijab is known as the Mickey Mouse Hijab. It is when a girl wears a black scarf and tucks it behind her ear, so that her ears stick out.

-We now move to my favorites: - The yo-yo hijabs. The first yo-yo hijab, is the scarf that keeps falling down and needs to be constantly pulled back up....up, down, up, down, just like a yo-yo.

The second yo-yo hijab is also referred to as the convertible hijab. This type of hijab is predominant at any type of social event, i.e. an Aqeeqah, Bismillah party, Ameen party, wedding, etc. This is when an Imam or Qari comes up to the microphone and starts to recite Qur'an. At this point, all the convertible hijabs come up...until he says "Sadaqallahul adheem" (saying Sadaqullahul adheem has NO basis in the Quran or Sunnah and should NOT be said after reciting a surah). I'm not sure, but apparently in some cultures that translates to "ok sisters, you may now take off your scarves".

I'm sure this may seem odd, but what's even funnier is when people do not anticipate the recitation of Qur'an at a social event, and are forced to be creative and use accessories such as a purse to cover one's hair. I was surprised to see a women hold her purse over her head as "hijab"...as if the multitudes of men surrounding her are not a good enough reason to wear hijab, but some guy reciting du'aa compels her to hold a purse over her head. Her friends were more creative...one friend used her dinner napkin. I was also laughing when I saw the communal hijab -- two or more girls draped under one dinner napkin during the recitation of Qur'an. Her other friend was still more creative. She used her coffee saucer on the back of her head. I wasn't sure if it was hijab or a yamaka.....

And, people should remember that hijab is not just a protection from guys, but from a girl's nafs (ego) as well. It should prevent girls from having to spend hours in front of the mirror doing her hair. But, unfortunately, you see girls in front of the mirror for hours doing their hijab as they would do their hair, with all sorts of elaborate braids and the like. I wanted to go up to a sister and say "Is your hijab naturally curly?” I also felt compelled to go up to another girl and say "pardon me, but is your hijab naturally that color, or did you dye it?"

Well, the point to remember is that some people make an effort to wear hijab, but it is futile, because it is not fulfilling its purpose. It's like using an umbrella with holes in it. Hijab is used for protection from guys as well as from the girl herself, and should not be used as an accessory or for beautifying one's self.

12 comments:

Haleemah said...

LOL I like it! I like how it isn't overly harsh and opens your eyes to the reality of things. I hope people gain something from this!

ModestJustice said...

I remember reading that somewhere! LOL hilarious article, it really does remind us about what 'not' to do with our scarves :D

*~Ange~* said...

love the tennis match one! lol.

Ms.Unique said...

LOOOOL yup I've read that b4 too ... yo-yo hijab ;)

CooL MuslimaH said...


Assalamualaikum..

hahahaa...that wasa good one..i love it!

who's its author?/

man i admire people with humour and wit.

This happens all the time in my college..when a girl recites a surah all girls cover their heads iwth dupatta and the moment it ends the dupatta disappears from the head...also when the athan is heard womenfolk quickly cover thier heads but as soon as it finishes they are back to their old self..but atleast they have they cover their head for a while..showing some respect to deen.

~Cool Muslimah~

Al-Ghariba - The Stranger said...

yeah i remember this article. I had it in my inbox too. I would like to add a few more styles - the butterfly (extremely bright and colourful, the wearer usually wearing makeup too)and the cupcake (it is hard to describe that one).

Candice said...

I read this before too! So refreshing to hear something funny like this instead of all the "that aint hijab" posts. She has a good sense of humour!

Safyiah said...

hahahaha xD trying to cover the head only when reciting Qur'an, that's hillarious!! and the napkin one is even funnier LOL

Umm Ismail said...

Lol @ Mickey Mouse Hijab yeah I wore that Style but i was in a Work Setting at the nursing home and after Work i covered my Ears , I remember this Style of imporper hijab. Lol good one
Yo--yo hijab is the one I see in the Masjid Regularly but some do try no to put a Smaller hijab under the Shayla

Lazeena Umm Yusuf said...

I don't remember seeing the authors name when I first read it, and it wasn't in the email I kept either. But I know there is another article like this that went around too, with other hijabi styles haha

misspecs said...

hahahaha, reminds me of Baba Ali's videos about the Hijab. :D

muslimaah4life said...

Salams, very funny and inspiring aricle, i know alot of people who are like that. i just wanted to ask, did you write this yourself?

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