The 'Puffed' Hijab Style

Recently, Hijab Style publish a post about the popular 'puffed' hijab on The Media Line. If you don't read it yet, you can read it here. It's an interesting topic for me, especially because few of my friends and my blog's readers once ever ask me about it: it's permissible or not, and the Media often blow up this issue. So, I was wondering about that.

The 'discussion' that came up at the comment section of the post also draw my attention. One of the readers left an interesting comment (and I agree with it), which reads:

"I can't believe people make such a fuss over nothing! As a muslim woman, it annoys me that every small decision we make such as our hair UNDER our hijabs is blown totally out of proportion. It's totally our choice what we decide to do regarding hijab." - Jaz.

At the first time when people ask me about this 'puffed' hijab. I'm not really sure it's allowed or not. I just think logically... When we have a long thick hair, where should we hide it underneath our hijab? We need to tying our hair up in a bun. It's also give some air circulation around our neck, and it's a bonus if people find it gives a beautiful shape to the hijab. I think this is natural. As long as we just put the bun normally and naturally, not extremely high on the top of our head, I think it's okay.

Few people use this hadith to prohibit the 'puffed' hijab:

Abû Hurayrah relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There are two categories among the inhabitants of Hell whom I have not encountered. The first are people who carry whips like the tails of cows and beat the people with them. The second are women, clothed yet naked, drawn to licentiousness and enticing others to it, their heads like the swaying humps of camels – they will neither enter Paradise nor even smell its fragrance, though its fragrance can be found to a great distance.” [Sahîh Muslim (2127)]

Based on the link of explanation that Jana has given to us, that hadith is very frequently mis-interpreted. Here's the link to read a thorough explanation about that. It shows no real proof to prohibit simply tying your hair up in a bun.

Perhaps the problem here is if we use a big abnormal imitation bun/hair clips to make a 'look' that seemingly we have a long thick hair, but the fact is not.

And I agreed with what Jana said to The Media Line:
Jana said she noticed the emergence of this style mostly among the younger generation.
“Young women are always eager to try out new trends, especially those that come out of the Gulf, as they are often associated with luxury and high fashion”. 

She continued:
“Religious authorities always seem to be trying to control women’s expression of fashion, perhaps for fear that trying unconventional styles is somewhat a rejection of religious values. However, I believe it should be treated like any other fashion trend that will probably die out with time.”

Hope this article can give an answer to all of the doubts about 'puffed' hijab style, and stop us for making judgement on other people before seek for the truth.

And Allah knows best.

What's your opinion?

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  1. Very interesting topic indeed, thanks for bringing this up in your blog.
    As you've concluded, I'm sure there's nothing against tying your long hair in a bun which shape shown under the hijab.
    The thing is that there are so many muslimah wearing faux bun under their hijab to get the puffed style. Apart from the big hair clips used to imitate the bun shape, in Indonesia alone (which has the most muslim population in the world) I've seen some stores cater for muslimah offer inner hijab that comes attached with a 'bun' made of cotton. Not to mention some beauty guide books for muslimah that recommend it. I wonder if that's against the rule too. I also wonder why haven't the MUI give any explanation about it..

  2. I've read about this at Hijab Style.. but really, I don't quite understand.
    I don't know what kind of so called "puffed hijab" means.. and don't know what does it look like.. so I can't comment
    I then interpret it as a bun under hijab, but what so wrong about this and what makes it so buzzing?
    So really, if you have any pictures showing this puff hijab thing, please share

  3. I figure a puffy fake bun under hijab is like wearing a padded bra under a thick sweater - you may look like you have the goods, but it's not like you can keep up the fakery once naked. ;)

    I've never faked a bump under hijab, but I remember being relieved when my hair was long enough to pile up on top. I think my head looked a little more balanced with the extra volume, and longer hair meant that my veil wasn't sliding around all over the place.

    Aren't Turkish hijabs usually worn over a rather high bun? I'm not sure it's particularly attractive, unless you are trying to catch the eye of an X-Files fan or something.

  4. @designer, dsy, and Ann:
    Thank for visiting my blog & for sharing your opinion :)

    In this context, 'puffed' hijab/swollen hijab means a big bun under hijab (your interpretation is right, dsy), and sometimes few people place the 'bun' so high on the top of the head.

    Here are few pictures of it:

    According to the thorough explanation from the link that Jana's given about that hadith, this style is permissible (Allah knows best)- as long as she strictly adheres to the well-known dictates of Islamic Law in her dress and her conduct -.

    Here's the quote:

    "We must also note that the hadîth does not refer to the hair itself but refers in more general terms to the head. This means that the hadîth is not just talking about the swaying of the woman’s hair, but rather to the way the woman holds and tosses her head in a provocative manner.

    On the basis of this realization, we come to the conclusion – and Allah knows best – that the text is not actually prohibiting any particular hairstyle on its own. It is permissible for a woman to bind her hair in any way she wishes – even to pile her hair up and secure it atop her head – as long as she strictly adheres to the well-known dictates of Islamic Law in her dress and her conduct."

    If you have any other opinion, please share with us...


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