(Nono’s Note) : Jilboobs, Do Not Blame Them

This is my first opinion after months I’ve never written anything longer but photo sharing and following various wondrous challenges.

Recently, particularly in social media, there is a trending topic called ‘jilboobs’ or ‘jilbabes’. At first, I didn’t know what it is, what is jilboobs? what is jilbabes? Everywhere now we can easily meet and see headscarved women. At home, on the street, at work, at school, at parliament, and wherever you go particularly Indonesia. I emphasized on Indonesia, because I live in Indonesia and I will tell about Indonesia than other countries. Headscarve or hijab or jilbab, as we call, has been part of Islamic dresscodes, besides following Allah’s obligation to cover bodies, it has also been part of fashion. You can see various styles of hijab and numerous Islamic dress designers with their own boutiques, they always introduce new styles for many ocassions.

In Indonesia you can also see various hijabs from partially covered until totally covered. So covered that you cannot even see her eyes (burqa or niqab), celebrities also introduce their hijab styles and followed by their fans. But for the last several days, I heard the new term about ‘jilboobs’ or jilbabes. Jilboos is a portmanteau of jilbab (headscarve) + boobs. It describes about a headscarved woman but their dress up tightly till showing up their body parts particularly-sorry-breasts. Their hijab mostly just cover up their upper chests, not cover their breasts as required by sharia law.

Many of them cover their heads, but still wear tight dress and even legging pants. For me, it is nakedly covered, because they still show up their other body parts, and even emphasize on what they should hide from public. Most of them think it is fashionable and trendy, while others said they still learning to wear hijab and many more reasons. You can see them everywhere along with properly covered and uncovered women. This phenomena has actually been well-known since early millenium when we call them as ‘kudung gaul’ or ‘fashionable veil’ when they only cover their head, but tightly dressed in other parts. Sexy? for me it’s not.

There are various reactions about the ‘jilboobs’ term. Many disagree because it’s considered as pejorative and discourage their motivations to cover up more, but some of them use it as joke by sharing the jilboobers photos in various social media as facebook, twitter, instagram and so much more, and it is unethical as you share other persons without permission. Many also said jilboobers embarrass other real hijabers (and hijabistas).

In my humble thinking, the jilboobs still break sharia rules, though I am not a good Muslim. For me, hijab should cover breasts as well and the dress is not too tight or at least little bit loosely worn that the body won’t be shown up and they should be told about the ideal hijab, but once more without mocking and persuasive approaches. I think and believe, the jilbabes (jilbab + babes) are still learning to cover their bodies, because in their deepest heart, their recent styles are not good example for others.

What should we do? just motivate them by many ways. The ulemas have also encouraged the ladies to cover up more their bodies, and Islamic fashion designers as well as celebrities have responsibilities to boost up the correct hijab styles for commoners. Indonesia is not Islamic country, and headcovering is personal matters (except in some parts), burqa and niqab are also worn by tiny minorities, but it’s free…along with the proper hijabers, jilbabes and uncovered.

I hope there will be an improvement, and the term jilboobs or jilbabes is about to be disappeared in the future as they will dress up better. Better..not too extreme.

Don’t blame them
Don’t mock at them
Just tell them
And pray for them

I am still trying to write more and more in English. Sorry if my English is not really perfect.


Bambang Priantono a.k.a Nono

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Martina Nofra Panai says:

    Yeah.. I Agree… dont blame them…

  2. Jean says:

    You write very well in English. I had no idea about this latest Muslim fad in Indonesia. Another reason why you should try to write in English often…to educate others in a broader international audience.

    I guess Muslim believers have different interpretations. But the latest sounds distracting….and you know, a waste of energy.

    I’m probably the wrong person in this dialogue …since I’m not Muslim and I bicycle and am car-free for last few decades. While I do wear shorts for practical reasons, you won’t find me even wearing a tank top when I bike. Nope not even the cropped short tops that show belly button.

    1. That’s okay.
      I just try to explain the fad here..but I think this phenomenon also occurs in other countries, in different ways. Yes, for me it’s so distracting and most of them just follow the fashion, not the obligation though maybe initially they wanted to cover their bodies, but they misinterpreted it as many of them also lack of religious knowledge.

      But I appreciate them, though it should be corrected-surely- by persuasive approaches.

      Thanks for dropping by and giving the comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Wow, there’s also trend to bike to work here. Particularly in large cities, there’re also various BTW communities in all parts of Indonesia.

  3. Jean says:

    Cool, I had no idea about cycling in the large Indonesian cities. Hopefully it’s not just primarily men and boys cycling. Seriously. For the health of the girls and women as well as having personal mobility freedom…

    1. Yes, but it’s still hard because most Indonesians still prefer to ride motorcycles and cars. Many women also do cycling to work and I know some girl friends who do it.

      1. Jean says:

        Fantastic that some people are cycling to work! I realize it’s not easy..smelly motorycles, heat, etc.

      2. One day you should try it by yourself

      3. Jean says:

        Not motorcycles. Sorry.

        I bike to work daily..and have been for over last 23 yrs.

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Thank you for your insight into life in Indonesia. What you have to say is always interesting. And right/write on with the English!

    1. Thank you Tish. I hope you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. You just Damn right about in for me,
    who the hell we think we are judging other faith preverence and motivation through out their cloths, only God who know our faith qualities

    1. Great…respect and tolerate as far as it doesn’t destruct surroundings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. a person says:

    religion is a personal matter between you and your beliefs. nobody has any business telling others how to dress and what to do with their bodies which were created by god. don’t be ashamed of god’s creation.

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