Hold on to your hijabs because these Muslim fashionistas are taking the internet by storm! Modest fashion is making a comeback, with the infamous fashion brand H&M announcing its first hijab-clad model. Pioneers of modern hijab fashion are showcasing their unique style on social media outlets like Instagram… but not everyone approves of the rise of hijabi fashion.
The hijab is a Muslim practice of covering of one’s head and chest and dressing modestly. While most people associate such style with drab, black abayas, hijab is taking a somewhat daring step into the modern age with bright colors and stylish cuts… But this fashion revolution has ruffled a few more conservative feathers.
Some critics accuse hijabi fashionistas of misrepresenting the true Islamic legislation on dress and appearance. The Quran states that women should not “expose their adornment except that which (necessarily) appears,” suggesting that it is against Islamic doctrine to draw too much attention from one’s appearance. Thus, some critics believe the idea of a hijabi fashionista somewhat inherently contradicts Islamic teachings.
There are also unconventional and edgier forms of the hijab which has become both increasingly popular and controversial, such as the turban. The more conservative old school hijabers say that the turban fails to cover the neck and ears, so it can’t be considered modest. On the other hand, some supporters see the turban as a first step in the right direction for people new to wearing the hijab.
At the end of the day, hijab is a personal decision and it is in fact haram to judge the way that other women practice wearing it. So is it time to salute these style savvy hijabis and get with the times or keep it simple and cover up? Have a look and see!