The fitan (trials and tribulations) upon the Ummah continue to rise and almost every time new ideas are being put forward with the backing of the seculars and liberals.
The recent furore of a Muslim woman, Noor Tagouri, decision to feature herself in ‘hijab’ in the controversial Playboy magazine has brought with it a variety of opinions from fractions of the society, Muslims and Non-Muslims included.
Here are five pointers for Muslims to ponder over:
1) Yes, Playboy has changed it’s content from covering nudity to some other topics, but the company is still viewed as being from that which promotes immorality in society. It will be a long time, maybe never, to have the name of Playboy being associated with something other than sexual enticement.
2) Yes, in history, men like Malcolm X have given interviews to the magazine, but again two wrongs don’t make a right. Just because others have done something, doesn’t suddenly make it right. Also, just to clear the honour of Malcolm X (r) from those who are shamelessly using his name in defence of the defenceless, Malcom X did his interview with Playboy before he became a Muslim and when he was with the Nation of Kufr. So please get your facts right.
3) Yes, she is covered, but she’s definitely not in the right concept of what Hijab means from the Qur’ān and the Sunnah. We all know of the famous saying of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) when he said women will be clothed yet naked. This being due to the fact that the clothing will be tight or revealing.
4) Yes, if she wants to promote modesty, then there’s a better way to do it. The righteous Muslim women of the past and the present wouldn’t dream of using a platform like such to advocate a stance like such. It’s like choosing the platform of a gambling company to promote charity.
5) Yes, we all need to be wise in determining what is the productive way of spreading Islam and what is counter-productive. Seculars and liberals will keep digging themselves in dangerous holes whilst the orthodox will know they have the best three earliest generations of Muslims’ support behind them. What is important for everyone in such events also is to remain civil and debate with that which is good in speech and wise.