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The meaning of modesty

By: Source: Modesty, or haya in Arabic, is a widely used term nowadays. It is often misinterpreted as just the feelings of shyness or shame one has. Everyone has their own opinion of what being modest is, and they try to brag about their levels of modesty while looking down upon others. Let us look what Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) have to say. The term modesty is referred to in the Quran in the following verses: ‘‘Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.” (Surah...

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UN: French ‘burqa ban’ violates human rights

By: Deutsche Welle Source: Deutsche Welle In a landmark decision on Tuesday, the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that a French law banning full-face veils in public violates the religious freedom rights of Muslim women. It is the first time the UN has ruled on full-face veil bans and could have implications for several other European countries that have implemented similar legislation. How the committee ruled: The UN body concerned itself with two cases brought by French women who were fined for wearing the niqab — which is a full-body veil that has an opening for the eyes. They found that the ban violated the religious freedom of Muslim women who wear such veils. The UN body...

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Is modest fashion about modesty?

By: Nadda Osman Source: Middle East Eye We are coming to the end of September. The fashion houses, designers, models and bloggers who spent early autumn at the fashion weeks in Paris and New York, London and Milan, have almost packed up and gone. New collections have been shown and analysed, their offerings seeping into the industry, introducing new trends or building on existing ones. This year, the modest movement continued to exert its influence both on and off the catwalk, as show attendees found evermore creative ways to cover up. Modest fashion is a loosely defined look derived from the clothing and style worn by Muslim women. It’s a concept with no strict rules beyond the...

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