Being a woman in this day and age is quite challenging especially if you want to be modest on social media.
My sense of fashion has always been simple and elegant, wearing the hijab at 16 has taught me that being modest is more than just clothing.
Sadly we live in a “visual” society where it seems that a woman’s value is in her beauty. Which is defined by some parts of her body. Due to that fact any woman in the Arab society who has a public account on social media is creating a “bad” image.
To some it is acceptable to share a picture on social media of your body “fully dress” (by that I mean that covering the parts that needs to be covered) but excluding the face. So in order not to be “critizied” they would post pictures only showing parts of their body such as the hand, eye etc as long as the face is covered.
So here is where I get confused?
If you agree/follow/do that then aren’t you agreeing to the fact that women are simply body parts?
I mean please clarify what are you doing that is so wrong that you need to hide your identity?
Think about it by sharing pictures of yourself but not revealing who you are for whatever reason (personal/religious) you are without realizing agreeing or promoting yourself to fit into that category.
I am in no way pointing fingers but just want these sisters to be weary of what they are promoting, you might have good intuitions by doing things in a certain way but just think of what you are promoting.
Dressing modestly is covering what needs to be covered to avoid encouraging sexual attraction from the opposite gender. We are all aware that some parts of the body are considered inappropriate to reveal either from a cultural aspect or a religious one.
I have no doubt in my mind that no woman wants to be referred to as parts because we were created to be much more than that, we are more than just our bodies, we are more than just our looks.
This is what I am about and what I aim to promote that you can be proud of who you are a muslim woman, because you are definitely more than just body parts. I personally feel that by dressing modestly I showcase the person I am versus the best parts of me in other words I promote “dignity”.
Let’s pause for a moment and talk about dignity..
The definition of the word means ” a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect.
Self-respect is being proud of who you are and having the confidence to own that. Now thats powerful!
At the end of the day we are in no position to judge one another as that is not our place.
I believe that we will be judged for our actions and the intentions behind that. However by sharing this post I simply wanted to clarify that not all women can be categorised and treated the same. So let us leaving the judging to our creator and if we should take action towards one another then it should be in a form of advise.
What are your view on this?
(Oh btw I just joined snapchat so if you are on there add me @thesewist)