Muslim women are allowed to wear tights

Muslim woman with a headscarf and mini skirt

Why headscarves and figure-hugging clothing are not a contradiction in terms.

VIENNA. Mine Özgül wears a knee-length, body-hugging skirt with transparent tights. In addition, a tight-fitting shirt that emphasizes your feminine curves. So far, so common. Many young girls and young women are dressed like this. Özgül, on the other hand, combines a headscarf with her outfit. A contradiction? Not for the 20-year-old sociology student. She made a conscious decision to wear the headscarf, and she stands by it. But, says the young Austrian with Turkish roots: "I don't want to go without fashion."

"They make us bad"

But not everyone likes this style of clothing, and it is even controversial among conservative Muslims. “It just doesn't go together,” says 15-year-old high school student Sarah Mohamad. She also decided to wear a headscarf. In contrast to Özgül, however, she would never wear tight-fitting clothing. Mohamad thinks that these girls are “not yet ready” for the headscarf and “better not to wear one. Because they make us bad in front of others. "

Ednan Aslan, professor at the Institute for Islamic Religious Education, cannot find anything wrong with this style of clothing: "Muslim women are in the process of religious maturity and have begun to question a certain culture and misunderstood religion." Contradictions and conflicts are "natural". He interprets this as a sign that Muslim women “no longer let men determine their religiosity”. This also has "consequences for traditional religious authority".

Not a word about tight skirts

In fact, there is nothing in the Koran about how long or how tight a skirt or T-shirt should be. Notes on headgear, on the other hand, can be found in chapter 24, verse 33: "Say to the believing women that they should pull their handkerchiefs over their breasts and reveal their charms to no one but their husbands, their fathers and their sons."

However, not every devout Muslim see this as an invitation to cover up. Samira Aghazadeh (32): "I am no less religious than women who wear a headscarf." The Iranian-born designer sees no contradiction between the headscarf and modern clothing, but suspects that for many girls this type of clothing is "a compromise with the parents and the Austrian society is ". And: The girls are attractive and have a good figure - so why should they hide in dark, bag-like coats, asks Aghazadeh, almost horrified. There seems to be a consensus on at least one point: girls and women should decide independently for or against the headscarf.

The headscarf, however, always leads to controversy - this is also evident in the case of Sarah Mohamad. When she started wearing a headscarf, there were always difficulties at school. Her headscarf was torn off repeatedly.

("Die Presse", print edition, May 20, 2009)