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Updated on Monday, May 12

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QUESTION: Why do some girls who wear hijabs also wear super tight skinny jeans? Doesn't that defeat the point of modesty....? Or is hair more scandalous in Islam?
Same thing with makeup. I have seen girls in hijabs with pounds and pounds of makeup on. Like major cakeface. You hide your hair, but attract attention to your face.... I'm so confused....

I'm asking because I really don't know and would like to learn since it seems like a contradiction to me. I'm admitting that this may sound ignorant, but I don't want to be ignorant forever, so please educate me.

No trolling here. I'm very curious and am worried about asking my muslim friend for fear of insulting her.

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  1. (I'm not Muslim for the record) I wondered that too back in high school, so I asked a close friend and she said something along the lines of "God told us to be modest, not ugly."

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  2. Because most are forced due to cultural. As women they still want to attract guys without getting in trouble with their parents. The hijab in no way means a girl is pure; its just a cloth.

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  3. 10/5 great post

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    1. That's a 2.

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    2. OP here.

      Thanks 3. I tried my hardest not to be offensive and make sure the mods would post it.

      @3a. lol, nice.

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  4. For many people, the hijab has turned into a cultural, rather than religious symbol.

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  5. To piggyback on #4, I'm not muslim myself but I find they look extremely fashionable. It's not hard for me to imagine that some hijabi girls feel the same way - it's another part of their fashion.

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  6. You aren't suppose to do that, and it DOES defeat the purpose.
    See girls that do that usually don't wear the Hijab for religious reasons, they wear it because their parents told them to, and they'll get in a lot of trouble if they don't. Or they have grown up with women wearing it and think... I guess I have to wear it now. OR now since most of them are not living with their parents now and there is no one to put restrictions on them they. So they decide to go against the boundaries set by their parents.
    But if you wear a hijab you should wear loose clothing, but you can still accessorize and wear minimal make up. The whole point is not to show off your body.

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    1. No. That is not the point. Why not ask someone who wears a hijab instead of assuming and projecting your feelings over a culture you have no experience with?

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    2. 6 Here , 6b care to enlighten us then, as to what is the point of it then? And please don't make the assumption I don't know the culture.

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    3. I am a former Muslim. I know the culture. 6 is right; that is indeed the point.

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  7. Yes 6 is correct hijab is of the whole body. If they are wearing it for religious reasons they are doing it wrong. In the end it's their choice. But they should understand that what they are doing is not hijab.

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  8. The point of the headscarf is to contribute towards a modest look overall. Ideal hijab means also wearing loose clothing, little/no makeup, etc. But some people choose to take the headscarf aspect and not follow the rest as strictly. So they're still covering up part of their body, just not all of it. Ultimately it's their choice to wear whatever they want.

    If someone wearing skinny jeans, lots of makeup and no headscarf, is compared to someone dressed the same but with the headscarf, the second person is still following Islam at least a little better than the first in terms of dress. But if the first person is wearing loose clothing, no makeup and no headscarf, compared to the same other person, who's more modest? I'd say the first.

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  9. There are a lot of cultures that consider covering your head as a form of reverence to god. I don't know if that's the case here, but it's very possible because traditionally the men do it as well.

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  10. I am a muslim, and I thought the whole point of wearing a headscarf was so you are treated equally as a man and not based on your appearance. But I'm not sure if this is true can someone please tell me if this is true, because I'm pretty sure i read that in a hadeath.

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    1. Dude if you wore a headscarf day in and day out. You would know its all about oppression. :/

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    2. Eh, men should be taught to treat women as equals simply because they are. If anything, the assumption that all men are superficial pigs (hence, the need for women to be especially covered up) should be offensive to men too.

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    3. As a Muslim, would you say that the faith has resulted in women being treated like equals thanks to the headscarf? How something is MEANT to work doesn't always matter, not when the result is the opposite.

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