In this way each person is judged for their piety, honesty, hard work and values, not mere outward beauty and fashion.Many Muslim women completely conceal themselves in a ‘jilbāb’ (outer garment covering them from head to toe), along with gloves, and a face veil (niqāb) that allows only the eyes to be seen.
Both men and women are expected to show modesty in the clothes they wear.
Women are expected to dress in a way that shows they are believing women.
Families from both sides must be involved from the outset for a marriage to be correct.
In the case of women who have converted to Islam and have no Muslim relatives, then their guardianship for marriage becomes the responsibility of the head of a mosque or Islamic centre.
Hijāb: A term often used to mean scarf or outer garment that Muslim women wear, but in Arabic it means a ‘cover’ or ‘screen’.
Khimār: A scarf that covers the head, shoulders and chest of a woman.
Evidence shows that the vast majority of Muslim women choose to wear the hijāb and are not at all forced.
They also ask that society respects their decision to choose their own way of life.
Other Muslims, males and females, decide that regardless of the occasional Islamophobic attitudes, they will not allow the practice of their faith to be compromised, and their love of Allah and love of adherence to his laws outweighs any hardship they face from a minority of unfriendly and Islamophobic people in society.
There is yet another group who believe that the hijāb and the Islamic dress code is outdated and not fit for our times, and regardless of the Quranic and Prophetic law obligating it, Muslims must abandon these ancient religious practices – and some go as far as to say that the hijāb should be banned altogether.
Practicing Muslims find this attitude scary because it seeks to stop them from the practicing their religion freely, to alienate them, and their religion.