A recent incident in Germany reflects the scale of the problem internationally: “An administrative court in the southern German city of Munich banned a Muslim schoolgirl from wearing a face veil in class.”  Although Germany does not have an official ban on the hijab, according to the country`s highest courts, federal states are allowed to ban Muslim employees from wearing clothing they deem inappropriate. This regulation gives German legislators the flexibility to essentially adopt their own clothing rules in the country. A 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center asked women from different Muslim countries to choose which of several dresses they thought was best for their country. Among Saudi women, 11% of women said that a full-headed burqa is the most appropriate, 63% of women said that the niqab that exposes only the eyes is appropriate, only 8% said that a black hijab covering the hair and ears is appropriate, 10% said that a less conservative white hijab that covers the hair and ears, A small 5% said an even less conservative hijab that is brown and shows that some hair is appropriate and only 3% said it was appropriate not to wear a face covering. The niqab is the dress that the highest percentage of Saudi women perceived as an appropriate garment for women in Saudi Arabia. In accordance with these statistics, the Saudi woman used in the video cited above to show the popular opinion of Saudi women wore this niqab, which exposed only her eyes.  • “I am a convert to Islam and can therefore compare experiences of living with and without modest Islamic clothing. I am aware of Western society`s attitude that the hijab is repressive or hinders a woman`s freedom. My experience with the hijab and my study of Islam allow me to understand that this is not the case.
Non-Muslims can sometimes watch, but in hijab, I am always treated with respect. I`ve never had trouble finding or keeping a job, I`m no longer faced with unwanted advances or suggestive comments from the opposite sex, and I feel more dignified than without a hijab. I now realize that I can be accepted and interact with others as my true self if my appearance is not allowed to be the controlling factor. Even in bad neighborhoods, men who are usually obscene get out of my way. The general concept of Islamic dress of maintaining proper respect, and my experience that this actually increases respectful interaction, creates an added sense of security when I go out in public. Since I know what the hijab gives me, I would never live without it again. I go out in public as a recognized Muslim woman – a reminder to myself and everyone who sees me that I try to live in a decent and pure way. I am someone who strives to obey God in all areas. People know it from the nuns when they see them, and they know the same about me. Even if they can`t understand my reasons for an unusual style of dress here in the United States, they express their admiration for someone who is not afraid to live by their principles. Ms. Diana Beatty, Teacher This is a summary of the Islamic dress code requirements for women according to Islamic Sharia.
Therefore, the broader philosophy behind the hijab is that of maintaining dignity and purity and applies to all facets of life and not exclusively to clothing. We must be careful not to look lustfully at the opposite sex, and we must dress in such a way that we are regarded with respect. • “In today`s modern society, a woman has always been considered a sexual object like any other for men. Why show your beauty to unwanted eyes to feast? The hijab protects a woman`s honor and does not arouse unwanted passion from the opposite sex. I think that if women universally adopted the Islamic dress code, the rate of teasing, harassment, rape, etc. would be negligible. Wearing the hijab gives me more confidence as a woman and does not hinder me in any way in my profession. Ms. Salva I Rasool, graphic designer • First, men need to take the lead when it comes to respecting women. They should not engage in activities that objectify or demean a woman. You must also humbly lower your gaze and observe the general philosophy of modesty of heart and clothing. They should wear decent clothing and avoid activities and places that make them want to see what they shouldn`t see.
Islam encourages people to be proud of who they are. Muslims should look like Muslims and not mere imitations of people of other religions around them. Women should be proud of their femininity and not dress like men. And men should be proud of their masculinity and not try to imitate women in their clothes. For this reason, Muslim men are forbidden to wear gold or silk, as these are considered feminine accessories. Islam gives advice on all aspects of life, including matters of public decency. Although Islam does not have a set standard regarding the style of dress or type of clothing that Muslims must wear, there are certain minimum requirements that must be met. The philosophy behind what is commonly referred to as the hijab – modest Islamic clothing – is rooted in the concept of protecting the senses from anything that might diminish innocence. Imam Ali, cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his family), said: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against an aberrant dress policy that prohibited candidate Samantha Elauf from wearing a hijab.
 Turkish women who want to wear the hijab—the traditional Islamic headscarf that covers the head and hair but not the face—in the civil service and government offices can do so after the Turkish government eased its decades-long restriction on wearing headscarves in state institutions.  The new rules, which do not apply to military or judicial workers, went into effect in 2013 and were introduced to address concerns that restrictions on the hijab discourage conservative women from seeking government employment or higher education.  “A dark period is coming to an end,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to parliament. “Women who wear the headscarf are full members of the Republic, as are those who do not.  Allah commanded men: “To stop looking at women who have a desire other than their wives, and to protect themselves from fornication. It`s purer for them. (An-Nūr 24:30) Men are ordered to dress modestly in loose dresses that do not show what lies between the navel and the knees. All lower robes such as trousers or long shirts (e.g. Thawb) should be above the ankles, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded: “That which is under the ankles of a lower garment shall be in the fire.” (Narrated by Al-Bukhārī, No. 793) And he says, “The believer`s lower garment must come in the middle of the calf, but there is no sin on him if he is between this point and the ankle. But what is deeper than the ankle is in the fire. And he said three times: “Allah will not look at him who has his lower garment dragged to the ground out of vanity. (Narrated by Ibn Mājah, no.
3704) Prophet Muhammad once warned that in future generations there would be people “clothed and yet naked.” Transparent clothing is not modest for men or women. Clothing should be thick enough so that neither the colour of the skin covering it nor the shape of the body underneath it is visible. The way Muslims dress has attracted a lot of attention in recent years, with some groups suggesting that restrictions on clothing are degrading or controlling, especially for women. Some European countries have even tried to ban aspects of Islamic dress customs, such as covering one`s face in public. This controversy is largely based on a misunderstanding of the reasons for Islamic dress codes. In reality, the way Muslims dress is really motivated by simple modesty and the desire not to attract individual attention in any way. Muslims generally do not resent the restrictions their religion places on their clothing, and most consider them a profession proud of their faith. It should also be noted that codes of conduct regarding clothing are very flexible when individuals are at home and with their families. The following requirements are followed by Muslims when they appear in public, not in the privacy of their own home. • Contrary to some beliefs, the hijab is not a sign of inferiority of women, nor is it imposed by the opposite sex. Before God, man and woman differ from each other only in individual piety.
When they observe modest clothing in front of each other, they are characterized by non-physical characteristics such as intellect and integrity. In the modern world, our senses are bombarded from all directions with an abundance of sights, sounds and smells. Islam teaches us to control what our senses are exposed to, as our experiences affect us both externally and spiritually. A smell of perfume can bring back a distant memory of the grandmother; the sound of fireworks can frighten and produce an image of war; The sight of a beautiful woman in a revealing dress can cause unwanted and inappropriate feelings of excitement. Many foreigners mistakenly believe that Muslim women are forced by men to wear the hijab. This is clearly not the way the vast majority of Muslim women see it. They are proud to wear the hijab as an outward sign of their faith and humility.