So I was raised Seventh Day Adventist...went to SDA schools etc. I was pretty sheltered from the secular world when I was younger. We practiced sabbath, were vegetarian, were not allowed to have piercings, makeup, hair color, tattoos, no jewelry (my parents didnt even have wedding bands) basically nothing that woudl direct attention to ourselves. We were not allowed to listen to worldly music or watch secular TV. It was pretty strict.
Later down the road my parents divorced and the rules started to relax...we did begin eating meat but only "clean" meats, no pork, bottom feeders etc. and needless to say when I hit my teens I became extremely rebellious. Pierced my ears, colored my hair, wore a lot of black, listened to music my parents thought was satanic. Just basically didn't follow those rules anymore.
I know many muslim women wear hijabs and are not forced to (at least not in the states and I guess that might be hit and miss in the middle east, correct me if I'm wrong) My question is, if they don't wear them are they looked down upon by the rest of the community? Is it a sign of being very devoted, much like what I grew up with?
I hope I am making sense. I know one thing I admire is that muslim women cover up and I think its a sign of respect towards their husbands and their faith. I have absolutely no problem with it at all.