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A Request for Modest Clothing

The Muslim Women's League applauds Ella Gunderson (an 11 year old girl) from Washington state for her courageous efforts to influence the current clothing trend.  She wrote a letter to Nordstrom executives to provide more modest alternative clothing for young girls.  The letter was well received by Nordstrom and they intend to act on the request.  As Muslims, modesty is an important part of our faith - both modesty in behavior and dress.  The Quranic verse addresses this issue:  "Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity....And tell the believing women to (also) lower their gaze, avoiding its concentration of and to be mindful of their chastity, and not to display the charms of their bodies in public beyond what may (decently) be apparent thereof... (Surah 24, verse 29-31)

June 2, 2004

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