Whenever possible, I use pictures of covered Muslim women to illustrate my points. I have a couple of reasons for this.
First, I want to promote the idea of modesty as an ideal.
In addition, I also attempt to balance out the pictures I post so that not everyone is white and blond.
What I find interesting is how a woman's face changes when she takes the call. I see it on the streets here in Egypt. No matter how composed her features were before, they suddenly shift so she becomes an open book. You see the beautiful smile and the glint in her eyes. If you're close enough you'll hear her smooth voice as she talks to someone she cares about. She becomes very attractive and even desirable.
Here's the problem: there's got to be a difference between the public and the private. We women should not allow every person on the street to see our most open selves. We are warned to cover ourselves when we go out. Even if you aren't a hijabi, you still wear more when you go out than when you're in your bedroom. We protect our tenderness. We shield our softness from those who are coarse and rough.
Yet, when we hear a ring, we drop our guard and grab the phone. The caller can't see our smile but everyone else can. They don't deserve it! It's not a good idea to flash these private looks to the public masses.
Why? Because those moments someone is calling you actually calls attention to you. We don't want to be showing our bedroom face at the bus stop. We don't want to be flirting with our honey and unaware that a male passerby got interested in us as well. No matter what we put on our heads, if we put that phone up to our ear and start forgetting our modesty then it's a fitnah.
Let's limit our talk time to PUBLIC talk and not private talk while we are around others. Remember to keep your face from flashing love, lust and excitement. Stay composed. Hide your conversation from the masses. Make it so private that someone glancing over at you couldn't tell if it's your elderly aunt or your fiance on the phone.
Yes, there's a thrill to an incoming call but when you get that thrill----CHILL!