What’s wrong with hot shorts? Tweens and Summer Fashion Trends | About Islam

During the last days of school, my daughter came home to tell me that some non-Muslim girls were wearing hot shorts for school. Then came the dreaded question; “Why can’t I wear them? »

My daughter is a 9 year old pre-teen and is starting to take an interest in fashion. She understands that as Muslim women we wear modest clothes and as she gets older the clothes she wears should cover her entire body except for her hands and face.

However, when she sees her non-Muslim friends wearing such clothes, she is sure to ask, “Why can’t she?”

Whether you like it or not, you need to be prepared for these questions, even if you know you’ve educated your daughters about the importance of modesty in clothing. They are inquisitive, inquisitive and at an age where they want to challenge everything.

I explained to my daughter that one of the greatest factors in our religion is modesty. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“Each religion has its distinct characteristic, and the distinct characteristic of Islam is modesty.” Sunan ibn Majah, 4181.

This means that Muslim men and Muslim women should be modest in their character as well as in their clothing. It is very important to explain this to our children, especially when they reach the preteen age.

I gradually introduce my daughter to modest clothing. I don’t want her to start wearing hijab and change her clothes to low key at the same time. It will be too big a change for her.

Therefore, I think in her early pre-teens, it’s important to make subtle changes to her wardrobe so that when she starts to cover up, it comes very naturally.

Some would say that the hijab and modest clothing is not about fashion. However, this is a very unrealistic and naïve view to have these days. We need to understand the role that fashion plays in the lives of tweens, teens and young women, whether Muslim or not. They like fashion, they want to be elegant, they want to be beautiful.

If you can introduce the idea that modest clothes can look fashionable and chic, then you will help your girls adopt hijab much easier.

This is extremely important when you live in the West. Our girls see their non-Muslim friends wearing the current trends of hot shorts and crop tops, and they want to copy them. This is the case even if they understand why, as Muslims, we should dress modestly. So how can we get around this?

Strengthen modest clothing

We need to reinforce modest clothing and hijab in a positive way. We understand that Allah has ordered us to wear the hijab. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t wear fashionable and fashionable styles. We can.

Although my daughter doesn’t wear the hijab yet, I want her to feel confident and good in the clothes she likes. Recently when we were picking out her outfit for Eid, we sat down together and looked at some modest and pretty dresses that suited my daughter’s personal style. I told her that her style was beautiful and that it had boosted her confidence.

We can’t tell our girls that their hijab shouldn’t be fashionable. A hijab can be both elegant and modest.

In order to give your daughters self-confidence and a strong, confident image of their Muslim identity, praise them and tell them how beautiful they look when dressed modestly and, possibly, with the hijab.

What's wrong with hot shorts?  Tweens and Summer Fashion Trends - About Islam

Make sure they know they’re handsome and elegant, low-key and respectful. Most girls love fashion, and just because they’re Muslim doesn’t mean they have to wear old-fashioned clothes.

When you make your girls feel good about how they look, you also give them the confidence to proudly show off their Muslim identity.

Ultimately, it’s about empowering our girls to be strong, confident women ready to take on the world, because there’s nothing they can’t do as lowly Muslim women.

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