Hijab is not a superhero cape; it does not confer on to us the magical ability to become perfect muslims nor does it render us incapable of making mistakes.
For a muslim woman, wearing the hijab is a manifestation of her faith and an obligation to the wills and commands of her Creator. When the ayah about hijab was revealed: “And let them draw their head coverings (khimar) over their neck and bossoms (juyub).” [An-Nur: 31] it showed the world that women wern’t mere objects of desires or for mens pleasure. They were to be treated with honour, respect and dignity.
We have developed this attitude that if we see a sister make a mistake and shes wearing hijab we instantly condemn her as a bad person. But its not because she may have committed a sin, we come to this conclusion due to the fact that shes wearing a hijab! This needs to stop! Just because she wears hijab does not make her immune from making mistakes. It is a hijab not a halo. It also doesnt make it any less sinful for a sister without hijab to do the same thing. Yet it is not seen as something as serious if she isnt wearing a hijab. What is wrong is wrong, regardless of whether she wears a hijab or not. People then slander, backbite and spread rumours about how “awful” this sister is. But is this not a sin too? It may be that she repents from that sin so is forgiven but what about us who slandered her? If you are sincerly concerned for the sister than go and advise her directly and in private. And some advice for all my sisters, remember that we all commit sins and we should focus on correcting our own and repenting rather than looking for the sins others commit. May Allah forgive all our sins and guide us to the straight path. Ameen.