By : Mohammed Jehan Khan
Modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to babies. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of Maturity. One of the great lessons that we must learn about modesty is the fact that modesty is a mark of maturity, while nakedness and semi nakedness, (Semi nakedness here stands for wearing inappropriate clothes such as mini skirts etc) is a mark of immaturity and foolishness.
Barbarians and savages run naked in the jungle, This is because of the direct creational connection between modesty and maturity. This idea may be often overridden in our neo-pagan culture, but it is rooted deep in our psyche and we cannot escape it. The return of our culture to casual, thoughtless public nudity is an indication of our decline back into slavish barbarity not an indication of our advance into liberated enlightenment. Modesty reveals a respect for who we are and for others around us. This self- respect comes as we grow in a mature awareness of others around us.
True wearing Hijab islamic style has nothing really to do with just culture or just delicate laced modesty. Wearing the Hijab for some is a big deal. For some it’s very hard to tolerate, for some it’s a backward style. However, Seeing sports as an empowering experience, veiled Muslim athletes managed to shatter western stereotypes about Islam and hijab. Going through different competitions, many sports icons were celebrated as a role model for young Muslim athletes. Those models include Fatima Al- Nabhani, an Omani tennis player and Bahraini sprinter Roqaya Al- Ghasara, who was fully covered and wearing a hijab when she ran and won at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations. Hijab shined during Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012 when many Muslim women athletes broke Western stereotypes, proving that donning the hijab is not an obstacle to excelling in life and sports.