There shall be no "jilboobs".
The latest fatwa by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) orders Muslim women not to wear snug tops with their jilbabs– a fashion practice dubbed "jilboobs" in Indonesia.
Explaining the latest fatwa issued August 7th, MUI leaders said it was better for women to dress comfortably and modestly.
"Women can dress up accordingly to keep them safe and comfortable. Tight clothing does not look comfortable," MUI chairman Din Syamsuddin told Khabar Southeast Asia.
Women have the responsibility to carry themselves according to good Islamic teachings, "including dressing up properly and not [being] vulgar", MUI vice chairman Maruf Amin said. "[This style of dress] is not in line with existing Islamic norms."
The MUI has become more active in recent years in attempting to shape what it considers proper Islamic behavior in Indonesian society. Earlier this year, it launched a "National Movement to Correct the Nation's Morals".
Last August, an MUI branch in Pamekasan, East Javaurged the government to require teenage girls to take virginity tests before admission to high school. MUI also suggested the government resist pressure to ban female circumcision .
"We like to dress up"
The new fatwa upset young women like Jakarta resident Dewi Santika.
"It has nothing to do with insulting religion. We [women who wear the style] are also Muslims," the 23-year-old told Khabar. "We do not want to insult religion.
"This model was very popular back in the 1970s and early 1990s. The main point is that it covers most of our body, and we are comfortable using it," she said. "Most Muslim women, like me, we value our religion as important, but we still like to dress up."
Fashion designer Anita Hasyim said women wearing the style don't necessarily disagree with Sharia law.
"The fact that Muslim women are committed to covering their entire body – it does show some respect for Islam," she told Khabar. But Muslim women should "take time and do some self-evaluation," now that the style has been tagged with crude terminology.
The controversial style of dress is embraced by young people "still in the process of learning and developing," said Syifa Fauziyah of the Hijabbers Community of Jakarta.
"It is our responsibility as parents and teachers to tell them the proper way to wear hijab," she told Khabar. "They will still look beautiful by wearing proper hijab."
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