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As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم)

I want to strat this topic as a poll if so be it.  To all of my brothers and sisters of Islam in Indonesia. I want to start to say that I am a REvert to Islam for more than 20 years, and I have moved to Indonesia to live as I was led to believe that it is a very Islamic country (we will talk that later) but I see that there is a piece of clothing here only worn by the Musliminah of Indonesia woman called a "mukena" and at first was confused, but later came to realize that in my opinion it is a cultural thing and not an Islamic thing.


Now my question that I pose here is what do you think of this garment, as far as I am concerned I have told my wife she does not have to wear this if she is wearing the appropriate attire that is required of a Musliminah.  If a woman is true to her hijjab then she is ok to pray in front of Allah.       


I find that the "mukena" allows a woman to feel she does not have to wear the hijjab as she will go to the masjid to pray then dawn the "mukena" and be safe to pray.  Then go outside in her western attire and be ok with that.  It is a sad state that the people here feel this way.  


Indonesia might have the QUANTITY Muslim population, but they have the QUALITY of Muslims.


Again I am sorry, but if I am wrong please tell me I am wrong.


Abdulah Mohamed

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Wa alaikum assalam brother

I'm not from beautiful Indonesia, but I'll try to give you my 2 cents.
Hijab is worn around the world in many different shapes and names

Any dress that has the woman loosely cover her body, except her face and hands, is a proper Islamic dress.
Where I live, women keep something close to that mukena in their homes, to wear while praying. They call it tarha or khemar. Some women go outdoors with it, as they feel its more decent to cover not just their hair and neck but also their chests to the waist line, over their clothes as a second more lose cover.

Of course Muslim women should wear hijab at all times outdoors. Its regretable that some wear it only in masjids, not to mention those who pay casually or don't pray at all. May Allah guide us all to the right path.

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