A young lady came in to greet her mother in the morning after subhi prayer (morning prayer).
Nabila:- Assalamu alaikum. Good morning mum.
Mama (Hajiya jamila):- wa alaikis salam, dear antashi lafiya ( a form enquiry about ones health).
Nabila:- I’am fine, Alhamdulilah ( All praises is due Allah). Mama i just came to remind you about our graduation dinner to night. (She said while in a begging manner)
Mama:- what time is it? And where is it taking place?
Nabila:- mama its sokoto road A.B event center, its just an award night which will not take more than 2 hours ma.
Mama:- alright Allah ya kaimu..
Later in the evening, Nabila and Hafsat were busy applying make up and preparing for the dinner.
Hafsat:- Sis am gonna kill the show with this my gown..
Nabila:- hmmm look at you, mine just looked like a bridal gown keep quite and watch me wear this..
Hafsat:- woww, you look gorgeous.. Alright lets go. Since we have observed our magrib prayer i don’t want us to be late.
Nabila:- See this girl we won’t go in there very early lets be 30 minutes late, so that we can draw the the attention of them. (She winked).
Hajiya Jamila (Nabila’s Mum):– Nabila !! Hafsa !!(she called their names from down stairs.)
They answered Na’am at thesame time.
Hajiya Jamila:- Are you girls not going out for that dinner or what do you called it? You told me it was scheduled 7pm and now its past 7.
Nabila:- Mama we are coming down right away.
They went down stairs, where mama is sitting on a praying mat with her rosary (a string of beads used in counting the prayers).
Hajiya Jamila:– She Looked at them angrily, where do you think you are going like this, with paintings like masquerade? Are you girls crazy? what do you take me for?? A useless mother sitting with her eyes closed and folded arms watching you do what u like??
Nabila: No mama with a sorry face..
An elderly woman came out from the next door in the sitting room, shes a bit old but not as old as hajiya jamila.
Aunty saudah: Yaya lafia?; (means are you o.k? She enquired) i heard your voice whilst i was ready for isha prayer.
Hajiya Jamila:- Lafiya (all is well) its just this useless kids that made me angry wai they are going out for a so called graduation dinner and award night, just take a look at how they were dressed. They are not going anywhere you better go back to your room.
Aunty saudah:- Haba yaya, (elder sister), attending a graduation party is nothing bad, its just a sendforth event organized or to say it’s a farewell event organized by graduands. It serves as a platform for saying goodbyes and forgiving each other, sometimes their lecturers also grace the occasions and award are presented to some personalities among them in form of appreciation and adding more grease to their elbows..
Hajiya Jamila:- Haba saudatu, is that what gave them the license to wear what they like in form of fashion or what??
Aunty saudah: Thats the point sister, they are not suppose to dress like this to a gathering of both men and women.
She turned to the girls with a smile and then became serious. (Aunty saudah).
Aunty Saudah:– My daughters you see everything you do should be in conformity with the teachings and rulings of islam.. Allah SWT said in the Qur’an:-*O prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) over their body (i.e) is screen themselves completely except the eyes (Face) to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known ( as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful”* Ahzab(59).
You see Allah has commanded that we women must cover our bodies.
Hajiya Jamila:- tell them she said furiously.
Aunty Saudah:- You can be fashionable and good looking but avoid tabbarooj which is the display, an act showing off your beauty body outdoors.. Now kneel down and plead to your mother.
– They squat down; Mama we are sorry and we promised to cover ourselves.
Hajiya jamila:- you better do that, because you will never attract a good man, and no responsible man will approach you, any man that come your way will try to conceal their bad intention, so pls try to safeguard and protect your dignity as a woman.
Hafsa and Nabila: Insha allah mama; they went up stairs, Nabila got a fine veil and wrapped it round her neck with pins while Hafsat removed the crazy gown, wear her black Abaya and cleaned up the heavy make up and just applied a nude lipstick..
Aunty Saudah:– you look fine and gorgeous in your outfit, pls take care of your selves and come back early, Your brother Farid will escort you girls for safety and his your Mahram.
Thank you. They said and went out hurriedly before maama change her mind.