Over the weekend, as the opportunities arose, my sister-in-law, Karla, asked me about the types of clothing and head coverings I wore, when I wore them, etc. She was genuinely curious about my choices and how they were affecting my life. One question I could not adequately answer:
“Do you think the growing numbers of modestly dressed Muslim women in the U.S. are encouraging or influencing Christian women to seek out traditional modesty standards?”
I couldn’t say no or positively yes. I know I feel encouraged when I see a woman wearing hijab, as one modest woman to another. Since there are perhaps a handful of observant muslimas here in Oklahoma, I do not have the daily reinforcement. Perhaps in major cities where more interfaith interaction might occur, the modesty aura, if you will, might be greater.
What do you all think? Have you experienced encouragement, even just through visual contact with Muslim women, to move towards modesty in your dress and behavior?