The Cover Girl

There is a parable of a flower and a pearl both striking in their beauty, lets ponder and take a lesson, which one do we want to be?
Suddenly, a tinge of distress appeared on the flower. “Nothing accounts for sorrow in your talk; so why are u depressed?” The pearl asked.”Human beings deal with us carelessly; they slight us. They don’t grow us for our sake but to get pleasure from our fragrance and beautiful appearance. They throw us on the street or in the garbage can after we are dispossessed of the most valuable properties; brilliance and fragrance”
The flower sighed. And then the flower said to the pearl: “Speak to me about your life! How do you live? How do you feel it? You are buried in the bottom of the sea. ” The pearl answered: “Although I have none of your distinctive colours and sweet scents, humans think I am precious. They do the impossible to procure me. They go on long journeys, dive deep in the seas searching for me. You might be astounded to know that the further I lay, the more beautiful and brilliant I become. That’s what upraises my value in their thought. I live in a thick shell isolated in the dark seas. However, I’m happy and proud to be in a safe zone far from wanton and mischievous hands and still the humans consider me highly valuable” Do you know what the flower and the pearl symbolize?
Think ..Think..
You will find that The flower is the woman who shows her charms and the pearl is the veiled woman who conceals her beauties.
Walking down the road, sporting the latest hand bag, designer shoes and the trendiest figure hugging Abayah…Wow is she turning heads around here! Is this our new cover girl? The Beloved Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: There are two types of people who will be punished in hell and whom I’ve not seen: (The second type) Women will be dressed but appear to be naked, they will attract others to themselves, and they themselves will be attracted to others. Their heads will appear like the humps of the camels, they will not enter Paradise and they will not smell its fragrance which can be smelt from such and such a distance. Shayatan’s ambition is to mislead. When a Muslimah makes a niyyah (Decision) to wear the hijaab he jumps into action.
Plot 1: He tries to stop her. If he fails…
Plot 2: Misleads her in offering hijaab. She thinks she is covering, but chooses a figure hugging abayah or she only wears scarf instead of complete abayyah.
So let’s ask ourselves, are we really covered girls or do we want to be “Cover Girls?”
“O Prophet(pbuh)! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the faithful to draw their outer garments (When they go outside) close around themselves; that is better that they will be recognized and not annoyed. And Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful. (Surah Al-Ahzab:59)