My understanding of what constitutes the
obligations of modesty of men and women towards each other when they are
interacting is that they should abide by the following rules of interaction:
1. Muslim men and women are not to gaze at each other in
suggestive ways in mixed gatherings.
2. Muslim men and women must cover their private parts
3. Women, in addition, should cover their bosoms with an
extra piece of cloth.
4. Also, in case if they are wearing ornaments or are
otherwise have beautified themselves, women should conceal their beautification
from non-mahram relatives, except in the case of their faces, hands, and feet.
Other than that, according to my understanding, their is
no obligation for both men and women, except that they should very clearly know
that the Almighty has asked us not “to come near obscenity, both hidden and
Given this understanding, I believe that covering of the
head is an additional measure which good Muslim ladies have always adopted but
has never been a necessary part of the shari‘ah for them. However, if in a
situation where you find yourself getting teased by men or else feel
uncomfortable in their presence, the Qur’an has asked you to cover yourself as
much as you can to stay away from their evil. “O prophet, tell your wives, your
daughters, and the women of believers, that [in case of danger of being teased]
they should lower their outer part of garments on themselves. That is more
likely to ensure that they would be recognized and would not be teased” (33:59).
Given the above understanding, I think what you are
intending to do in this regard is well within the limits of Islam. May the
Almighty enable us all to follow the right path.