Modest Essentials is a how-to guide on living a modest lifestyle. Everything from clothing, to budget, and good manners will be covered in this monthly guide. Join us every month for tips and guidance on living a modest lifestyle.
Modesty, what does it mean and how do we obtain it? I’ve dealt with this issue a couple of times in this magazine and now I’d like to culminate it in to a column. Though we talk about it separately modestly is really a combination of many things minimalistic lifestyle, have good character, wearing certain types of clothing, being careful what we put in to our body, mind and soul they can all be accounted for under modesty. Modesty is a goal we can strive for in every aspect of our lives and this column will show you just how to do that. Modesty is about more than arguments over what is and isn’t hijab, censorship vs free speech, or a “woman’s place” in society it’s a more heightened and deeply philosophical discussion. To piecemeal it or to think it applies to one aspect of our lives and not another is to disadvantage ourselves in seeing the full beauty of a modest life. So what will this column cover?
Clothing: I have a philosophy about modest dress that I would like to share with you dear reader. I want to give you basic tools to be modest. Taking the guesswork out of shopping and getting dressed, if you’re looking for a guide to modest dressing you need not look and further.
Food: A modest eating philosophy is not simply about what you put in your body but what you make of your life. What does eating and food mean to you? What should it mean? And how can you relate modesty principles to a healthy relationship with food? Stay tuned and you’ll find out.
Relationships: This is when we lose it most. The principles of modesty can guide us in our relationships from dealing with annoying taxi driver, speaking with loved ones or chatting with friends. Modesty is often not only lost in times of difficulty but in times of ease. Let’s discuss ways to maintain our modesty in relation to others.
Entertainment: We live in a world where shock value is king, violence is norm and pornography is the pastime of a generation but how did we get to this point? The extent of indecency in our entertainment is not a virtue of our freedom but a lost of our modesty and a harm to our souls (and minds).
Minimalism: Minimalism is a part of modesty. In being minimalist we allow ourselves to utilize what we have as well as tap in to wells our own resources to create the best outcome. Instead of using others and our environment unnecessarily we’re forced to be modest and make the most of what we have.
So there you have it dear reader. Stay tuned every month for the Modest Essentials column, let’s go on a journey through the beauty that is modesty. The Prophet Muhammad peace to him said “Modesty is a part of faith” by renewing our modesty we can also renew our relationship with God and with ourselves. Let’s talk more soon…