Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Dear Hijabista

I came across this entry in one of the blog. The fact that this was posted in BeautifulNara which is known for its juicy gossips and talks on local entertainment has caught me by surprise. Well, it is something that worth the share.

I personnaly think it is brutally honest and she got a very good point on how image has mislead most women in term of aurah. Happy reading.

Dear Hijabista ( @hijabistamag) , Hijabister

I am writing to express my concern over the portrayal of ‘hijab’ women inyour magazine. I believe in the concept of modesty accompanying themuslimah attire (the hijab included) is a fundamental core one mustembrace. The Hijab is not a replacement of the ‘hair’ we cover. The hijabisn’t just a cloth or layers of cloth on your head. It comes with apackage. Of intellect, manners and adab. It is a symbol of the believingwomen, her ‘modesty’- A sign of dignity and pride. Your magazine bears nosign of ‘modesty’ and I say this clearly, this is definitely very WRONG!

Portraying hijab women and “doll-ing” them up like models in Vogue but thenonly to cover her hair is an absolute disgrace and mockery to us the believing women. What more the women and cover girls who allow themselves to be exploited as an object and fool themselves into thinking they are ontheir ‘Deen’ and pleasing Allah by just covering their hair… How can you even think you are pleasing Allah with all that make up, ridiculous styleswhilst purposely showing off your beauty and body.

Your magazine just as the likes of vogue and cosmopolitan has NO intellectual nor spiritual dimensions to it except to brainwash and createan unnecessary desire to the ‘hijabisters’ to own more and more stuff. Inreality, a real, true believing women DOES not need to display heradornments to entice others. The believing woman has self confidence thatwhat is INSIDE her heart and MIND will indeed be of much more value thanall the silly bangles, sunglasses, shoes and handbags you bombard thepages of your magazine with.

Your magazine corrupts young, sincere minds into foolishly thinking thatthey are more beautiful with more shoes, accessories or ridiculous tudungstyles they do not need.

The best garments as the Quran states is Taqwa. And tell me where, in whichpage of your magazine do you propagate this message? None, not one I’mafraid. It is clearly a consumer driven magazine casting a spell withwomen, where one will then start to wish on owning and buying or to ‘copy’the ‘Photoshop-ed’ girls you portray.

I am afraid you are only destroying the hijab sisters filling their mindswith superficial beauty. Please take a sincere step back and help many lost sisters out there to care more about diseases of their hearts instead ofmerely emphasizing a message of “what is important is how you look and tie your tudung’

A worried Muslimah

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