The Hijab has slowly become a symbol of strong assertion of an Islamic identity for women in the Muslim community worldwide. So much has been discussed and debated about this dress from it being a symbol of oppression subjugating them to will of a male dominated world view right down to restricting participation of women in society.
Since, it is a much debated topic in the media the question that comes to mind, what is the Jilbab? This requires a whole article to just answer that so here is a very short attempt to answer the question. The Jilbab is a long cloak dress according to the verses of the Holy Qur’an verse (333:59) instructed to Muslim women. It is symbol of modesty, Islamic status and a defensive measure against unwarranted sexual advances by promoting self respect, dignity and honour for women.
As this debate has taken place from east to the west there has been some strong hostility for Muslim women. Hijab ban in France, Turkey and Tunisia are just a few examples that come to mind. This has not hindered the determination of Muslim women to come out more resilient. Just a simple search of Jilbab on Google will display results showing that women in the Muslim community have a lot of creativity in inventing very chic and elegant designs of Jilbab.
They have answered all the critics by coming out with funky designs of Jilbab range from sportswear, casual wear, smart and elegant Jilbab designs. The latest introduction to this range has been a burkini which is a swimwear costume for women to wear in swimming pools and beaches. The evidence is clear to suggest that Jilbab is not a hindrance but required a creative approach to re-style it to suit the needs of the Muslim women of today. This allows her to fulfil the moral Islamic obligations as well as feel comfortable that she is not betraying her religion to play a positive role in society.