KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 ― The Muslim observance of modesty has reached a new level here with the introduction of maternity pants that ensure a woman’s aurat or intimate parts remain covered throughout childbirth.
The distributor “MamaPride”, an online store specialising in the pants advertised as the first of its kind in the world, describes the garment as one that “covers thighs, ankles and knees while in labour.”
The firm sells through Facebook, with the product, available in three sizes ― L, XL and XXL ― priced at RM119 each. The product is also available at select pharmacies, according to its Facebook page.
In the advertisement, the pants appear similar to an athletics track bottom, with only an opening at the crotch to enable delivery.
A check of the firm’s Facebook page also revealed lists of hospitals that are receptive or otherwise towards the product.
In a March 20 Facebook post promoting the product, one administrator wrote that Muslim women’s modesty was often disregarded during childbirth.
“How embarrassed would your wife be. How embarrassed would the mother of your child be.
“Are we to just ignore the honour and aurat of our wives just like that? Where is the honour of Muslim women?” the post read.
Aurat refers to the parts of a Muslim woman’s body that must be covered, but the extent of which varies in interpretation according to schools of Islam.
The promotion then described the pants as one that covers the aforementioned body parts, with enough space just for the “baby to make its way out.”
“For your information, this exclusive pants is limited to only those who are keen,” the post said, and asked Muslims who are concerned about their aurat and honour to help spread the message about the product.
Malay Mail Online’s attempts to contact the distributor for comment were not successful at the time of writing.