I really wish khateebs would address the issues facing the community today. For example, hijaab. I don’t think women really understand what it is sometimes. Nothing irritates me more than seeing a woman pairing a scarf on her head with a shirt so tight I can make out every curve and jeans so low that I can see her underwear in sujood. Do they really believe that those things conform to hijaab? You’d do better wearing loose clothes and no headscarf. Hijaab isn’t just in the hood.
Then there’s the eyebrow plucking and overly sprayed perfume, but that’s another issue….
Those kind of things seem pretty obvious to me, so I’m going to address an issue that even a lot of sisters who wear hijaab – in terms of clothing – think is ok.
The vast majority of Muslim girls seem to wear it. It most often comes in the form of eyeliner/kohl (from what I’ve seen anyway). But make up is make up. We wear make-up to beautify ourselves.
We shouldn’t beautify ourselves for anyone except our husbands. Allah tells the believing women:
And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed. (24:31)
I was reading this up on Islam Q&A, and there was actually a question froma woman who wanted to wear make-up in front of a suitor (or prospective spouse/rishta).
We should and are encouraged to beautify ourselves in front of our husbands. Wear it at home all you want – and even more in front of the hubby, but just not in public. 🙂