Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cute Abayas for Girls

This abaya is so fun. I love it.
This one could be made soooooo retro. I'd rock a little tiara on top of my black shayla with it.

Um, don't show your belly when wearing your abaya

Do I have to say it? When you are wearing hijab I shouldn't have to see your hairline----or your belly button! Please, those marketing Islamic merchandise, get a hold on yourselves and remember your audience. This is a beautiful abaya, and a beautiful model. You have somehow made each of them kinda trashy.
I'd be okay if I saw Brittany Spears and Christina wearing this, but not a Muslimah or model for Muslimahs! Gahhhhhhhhh.
I still want this abaya. I'd just wear a jalibiyia under it.
And maybe it's lemon juice, but don't do an Islamic advertisement featuring what could be mistaken for a not-so-Islamic beverage.

Designer Abaya: make your own, the button edition

Isn't this Dubai-design abaya with gold trim and cute buttons details just so elegant and cute? Well, why not make your own. Purchase this gold trimmed butterfly abaya from http://www.sunnahstyle.com/product_info.php?pName=gold-satin-full-butterfly-abaya&cName=abayas-butterfly for $49.99 USD and spend ten dollars or less on some buttons (to get the same look as the above pic do it in reds, creams, whites, and yellows. And since none of of you can have the excuse that you are too untalented you can't even sew on a button, check out this vid for how-to-sew-on-a-button http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrSs_DiJ-ZA

Saturday, March 28, 2009

pretty jalibiyia

I like this jalibiyia.

NON MUSLIM Q: do you dress like that at home?

Non-muslim question, one I have heard from strangers on the street, to co-workers that I have worked with for over two years: do you dress like that at home? Meaning, do I cover head to toe in abaya, and do I shower and sleep in my hijab.

Answer is....... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! LOL. You guys are so cute.

For those who have known me in the staff room for over two years, of course not. You know I like to talk about your new highlights, and compliment your tank tops and nailpolish. If I lived in my abayas and hijabs I would never care about your cute capris or where you got your high-lights done, and how much it cost, ect ect. I only wear hijab and loose modest clothing in front of non-mahram men (men that theoretically it would be medically and morally permissable for me to marry). If the only male co-workers and bosses and clients we all had ladies was my milk-brother S, I would only wear my abaya to work, and then I would hang it up. When you see how I dress underneath my abayas (when I feel like it-with abaya you have a choice of what you want to do in terms of effort and ease) it would click on your heads that I read Vogue more than ya'll and the only thing I am interested in, in the gossip pages you love to buy, is whowhatwear page. I like fashion. I like art. I like beauty. (I THINK GOSSIP IS TRASHY and I know when ya'll are talking about me as if you feel sorry for because I dyed my hair red and ya'll can't see it---Tracey and Erin and others you are excused from this). LOL, I don't shower in it, and yes, my husband has seen my hair AND body. He is also well aware of my fashion sense, and encourages me to express myself however I see fit.

I am a bit more dressy than most, and eclectic, and I can get away with wearing pretty much anything because as all you co-workers are aware, I can eat and eat and eat and I am still in danger of losing more weight and fitting less size zeros than Kate Moss (health issues all, that have taught me to value food). Anyways, I am a dress-up girl, part explorer, part lady, part come what-ever-i-like little girl. My style before Islam was a little more modest than I like to dress now, because back then, I didn't have the sheild of the abaya, and I didn't want to expose my body or playful parts of my personality (and femininity) for the reality that people would focus on only one aspect of who I am, or misjudge me, or abuse my character in some way. I now have the freedom to determine where and when I am what and who I am to the fullest, safely, and with self-respect.

LOL the outfit pictured above is an outfit I own than I am going to wear on wednesday (it could be tacky but on me it isn't soooo I am going with it till trends change:D). The items are a little different but the composition is the same. I have a pink plaid chiffon top (but mine has a tie-neck unlike the set one), and I am wearing it with white lace-trimmed capri tights and a white pouf mini from Jacobs. I am playing with white lace fingerless gloves, a black jewel bib necklace, a heart shaped bag, crystal cuffs and bracelets, suede chunky pumps, red lipstick, smoky eyeshadow and my hair braided to the side, with pink satin ribbon woven through it. It looks somewhat sexy, very playful, and more cute than all that. I wear and abaya over top and a coloured pashmina, and the same bag, and ya never know. I could also be wearing my pajamas under it all.Question: DO I RESENT that MUSLIM MEN (including my husband) can WEAR STORE CLOTHES in the HOME and ON THE STREET?

Not the way my husband dresses I don't. He always covers his awrah, and while he is less into sunnah dressing than me, he always covers what he's supposed to (shoulder, belly-button, sexy abbs). My husband is almost always in long sleeves, and he is always scented nice, and when he goes swimming, he covers his stomach and chest with a surf suit because that is more modest, and he doesn't want women checking out his physical beauty and more than I want men other than the love of my life seeing MY beauty and personality and sexuality. My husband likes fashion and shopping (more than most Canadian men I know), and he's a fan of graphic tees, vests, blazers, fedoras, scarves round the neck, and sneakers (he's got more shoes than I do but I am competing in purses). The two of us share my pink shemagh (and I'm happy that I got a man that isn't afraid to wear pink). I still would prefer him to wear a thobe and ghutra in the West, but I am not gonna pressure him, like he never pressured me to wear abaya or even hijab. After all, he is very stringent on the sunnah of using miswaak and rinsing the mouth and smelling all good. Alhamdulilah, he has always been more on with me to do the fard obligations than the sunnah of the fard but he couldn't care less if I wore a pink dishdasha over a black abaya in the West. He worries about my safety and wishes I'd wear less black and seems afraid that I might someday wear niqab here and get attacked by neo nazis, but he supports me when I feel strongly on an issue so long as I am doing everything more important than that particular idea in my head already. For example, before I wear niqab, he'd like to see me ALWAYS praying nafl. Muslim men have hijab too. Their hijab is to lower their gaze, and cover their awrah, and then fulfill their other obligations, and then do all the sunnah they can. I DO resent Muslim men who wear bathing suits that expose their awrah while their wives are in full niqab on the beach, or who dress like male models and leer at women while their sisters and mothers are well-behaved at home. THESE MEN I bare my TEETH for. And I DETEST. DETEST UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY. These fools and tools are the reason I appreciate one of the aspects of my hijab, although my hijab is more than an aspect of "sheild".LOL, and I had to include this, because inshaAllah the daughter I have will have my husband's curly hair (he says inshaAllah not) and his complexion (this he says sure but hopes she gets my weirdo eyes). I will teach my daughter that hijab is something that deserves respect and is a grown up thing. One that represents her freedom as a woman to move about in the world and make her own decisions. Underneath of that responsibility (and true freedom is at the same time the most dire responsibility) she can be safe to show every aspect that she is, and develop all facets of herself without impediment.

i love this sister's niqab

I love the ribbon detail on this sister's niqab. MashaAllah it's so pretty.

MY MUSLIMAH: moments

I had always considered Canadians very well informed about other cultures: until I, a Canadian, went overseas.

On my return I had a suitcase of souvenirs. I dressed up my friends in hijab and niqab and burqa and abaya and Omani hats and robes complete with curved khanjars and we posed for pictures and none of it touched me... I had heard the Azan and it was in the back of my head as the most beautiful sound I had ever heard...but it was in the back of my head as another language... words I could not understand.

The hijab was a cashmere pashmina that made me sweaty that I wore only to show off my pretty caftans when I was in Oman, and to visit the grand mosque there, until a friend here told me that someone had called him "a sand nigger". I didn't know how to wear a scarf but I immediately wrapped that bulky pashmina around my head until it choked me and I wore it to work the next day. A cab driver, who worked with Muslims, said "salaam alaykom". My manager told me to take it off.

It was "a safety hazard"--- it could "get caught on something". I looked around me. One girl wore a bandana on her head, another guy a baseball cap. One guy called my arab friend "a terrorist" when we discussed the subject. I would put the hijab back on whenever the manager wasn't there. I would put it on when I left work. I would take it off when I walked home. One day, my manager, R, he caught me wearing it again. He knew that an Arab student I knew from school wanted to win me over (as this particlar Arab was quite good looking and it was all the silly girls at my work could talk about) so in front of everyone he said: "You know a muslim man can beat his wife and can have sex with her whenever he wants to." I nodded but was too shamed to explain to him everything that I did know. R was Jewish and a soldier in Israel a long time ago, so I understood his prejudice (and everyone- one of my best friends in the world who taught me the most about prejudice was a Jewish girl I'd die for---so don't post any Jew dissing comments here). He talked to me later, but I still put in my notice. I didn't want to work for a place that would not allow a hijab but would allow a baseball cap or bandana. I couldn't.

Hijab has taught me alot about Islam. It is one of the reasons I read the Qu'ran with a heart for understanding. It has taught me that race doesn't matter, physical form is not the most important thing (I know alot of girls who lose weight when they start to wear proper hijab because they are no longer stressing about an ideal body image and they look more to their families than their peers for emotional support so develop more vivid goals for themselves, and pursue the creative facets of themselves that more adolescent girls are losing every day, sadly). Wearing it means I can no longer go out clubbing with girlfriends---as thin a peice of fabric as it has been, it has been strainer through which I have sifted my personal relationships: I have learnt those who have loved me for me, and those who only loved me because of what I could do for them. Friends that missed the drinking party me may have abandoned me for the next buzz, the next high, the next handsome stranger, but I have gained the knowledge of friends who get high on my presence, on my ideas, on my private non-alcholic crazy Africano township jive wannabe belly dancer Canadian dancing. I also get a gift not many white girls with white skin get: I get to know who is really prejudiced and who is not, something that can take years of knowing someone in our politcally correct environment, I can know in minutes.

There are good times. There are bad: There is the man on Halloween who saw me in my abaya and asked me to sing O Canada, and when I did, commented "Good, it's just a costume"-or the women seeing me pushing a baby stroller who whisper very loudly "She's too young be married off to make babies" when there is a teen mother with no head scarf sitting next to me, with no wedding ring who they do not want to do anything to help obviously fifteen -the woman who challeged me "to live my life" when she sees me wearing a niqab and reading Hirsi Ali's "Infidel" in Chapters... There are also the amazing: the homeless man across from my house who defended me when a man was harassing me about my abaya with the words "Leave her alone-she's a middle-eastern Audrey Hepburn!" (so sweet, and when does being compared to Audrey Hepburn NOT make you feel good???)- the women that tell me my hijab looks beautiful- the little girl who wants her picture taken with me at my work because she thinks I'm a princess in my abaya and shayla- the fact that construction workers who normally whistle at women walking by fall silent at the sight of my niqab and I hear them say "she is still beautiful... A real lady." When I walk to Juma (I usually don't wear niqab but if I wanna wear sparkly earring to Juma I wear a niqab over them so that all the Muslim boys outside will be as silent as those construction workers)- the people who honestly want to know why I became I muslim (they are worth it all)... My personal favorites are though, of course, those moments that make me laugh: the man that asked me straight-faced if I was a ninja (hiiii-yahhh!-when I was in karate they called me the ballerina so you can see why this far-fetched country boy made me laugh), and this sweet little old lady client of mine. She came up to the counter, and gently patted my sleeve. It was hot out so I was wearing my lightest hijab, a white cotton pashmina, and she patted my arm so that I would lean close to hear what she had to say. "Dear," she said to me. "You really should be at home. You shouldn't be working." I was confused. "I feel fine," I told her. "I want to work." I said this, because some people have this prejudice that muslim women aren't allowed to work, and their husbands force them to stay at home. LOL. That was not her point though. Honestly concerned about health as most seniors are she said: "You shouldn't be working with a head injury." LOL. Isn't that the sweetest, funniest thing?

Share your funny hijab moments here, please.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Jum'aa (Friday) Thoughts: a dua for getting dressed

The Qu'ran says that Allah subhanhu wa ta'ala likes to see the signs of His subhanhu wa ta'ala kindness on His servants. He is beautiful, and loves beauty.

The Qu'ran also says that the best garment we can wear is one of God-consciousness (which is, to dress in awareness of the Creator, and to dress with the soul aim of pleasing Allah subhanhu wa ta ala).

When I used to pray at home, I would forget this, and throw on a beat up old sheet and cover my body with it, but I would never think of doing da'wah work at my workplace in that same sheet. Yes, my goal in dressing well in hijab in my daily routine, is to make Islam a more approachable subject for non-muslims. If we can start a subect that leads to Islam on the grounds of, "I love your ring" or "that's pretty embroidery on your head-scarf" or "I didn't know Muslims could wear colour" than alhamdulilah!!!!!!!! I got to tell them about Aisha R.A wearings rings and more important conduct of the Sahabiyat than that one issue. I got to explain how I became a Muslim and how hijab is freedom. I get to tell them how Muslims themselves often confuse culture for Islam.

These are all good things, but I shouldn't forget to dress well when praising Allah subhanhu wa ta'ala (when I can, I mean, between scrubbing the bathroom with bleach and doing the dishes I'm sure my Creator is fine with a clean modest sheet), but when I have the time, why don't I dress in my prettiest jalibiyia and hijab? At home, why don't I put on my glittery caftan, and line my eyes with kohl, (AFTER WUDU ALL) and do my hair under my hijab, and put that hijab on neatly styled, and spend a bit of time on my salat. It isn't a condition upon women, that we do sunnah and nafl salat and dress in beautiful modest clothes in the process, but why not? There is reward for dressing beautifully for our husbands. There is the MOST reward for dressing beautiful and modestly and praising Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala during salat.

If I am praying at home, I try to put away ten minutes for dressing for salat in the evening (which is when I have the most time). I put on my jalibiyia (if I were going out in front of non-maharam men I would choose clean modesty over brilliant beauty), I make wudu, I put on make-up (if I were going in front of non-maharam I wouldn't do defined makeup), do my hair, style my hijab, and then I try and spend at least the same ammount of time or x3 in salat. We would put this much effort in for visiting our friends, so I see it important for me to call on my Creator.

The Qu'ran says "... Say: 'What has My Lord to do with you if you do not call on Him?'" (Surat al-Furqan: 77) I really feel that if I call upon My Lord, the Compassionate, the Merciful, the One, with as much effort or hundred times more so, then put forward for people. I never, never want to be asked if I cared for the opinion of a person more than I did for Allah`s.

Here is a dua that is good to recite whenever getting dressed, but is very specific to the puting on of new clothes. It may be recited in English, but the sunnah is to do so in Arabic. Both are good and valid:

Allaahumma lakal-hamdu Anta kasawtaneehi, asàluka min khayrihi wa khayri maa suni`a lahu, wa a`oothu bika min sharrihi wa sharri maa suni`a lahu.

Oh Allah, Praise be to You. You have clothed me. I ask You for its goodness and the goodness of what it has been made for and I seek Your protection from the evil of it and the evil of what it has been made for.

(Reported by Abu Dawood and at-Tirmidhee)

Cream abaya from http://www.aabuk.com/product_details.php?id=161&picid=3&PHPSESSID=70c1502fba8679242740c7d7fc167f26 for $44.99 GBP

Cream Niqab and Hijab set from http://www.hijabgirl.com/sn1002.html for $7.95 USD

Thursday, March 26, 2009

California Casual: an abaya look for Melissa

This is completely how my bestfriends dressed when we were growing up (non abaya version 'course). Shout out Amanda and Brittany, and Leigh-Anne and crew, and Carlie, LOL. It's a Westcoast thaaaang.
This set was hard for me to create actually, because I have never worn this look (I have a European style but with a relaxed African vibe and for I am picking up some Arab glamour here on in to my later years LOL), even though the casual girlie flirty style was TOTALLY the rage of my highschool, before the ooompha looompha tramp of my little sister's generation took over in thongs (oooompha looompha is a reference to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" characters that had orange skin and green hair and that's exactly how the Ooompha Loooompha tramps in my highschool looked with their fake tanner orange skin and green-blonde high-lighted hair:D). Anyways, surfer shorts and cool tees with a pretty grown up Marc Jacobs bag and thongs (the sandal kind) or little girlish flats is all the thing. Layer a long beaded necklace under the hijab, and do it in Gingham, like Gidget. (Gidget was a movie surfer, for those who might not get the reference).

i like this shemagh abaya (not the chica's non-hijab head of hair!)

LOL I love red and white checked shemaghs (but usually not on me) because they remind me of my husband!!!!!!!!!! My mother says they remind her of table cloths...
Pics taken off of an interview show filmed in the Emirates.

Suitcase Stylings: Los Angeles (an abaya look)

I went to L.A when I was fourteen and walked down sunset boulevard and stood outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre and pressed my hands into the cement to see what movie actress had the same size hands and feet as me. I came up with Rita Hayworth. Marilyn Munroe's hands were genormous!!!!!! LOL, funny how places like these are pilgrimages for non-muslims. Would WAAAAAAAAAAAY rather run around the Kaba in Hajj:D

Well, I was asked to come up with a couple California looks, and we'll start with L.A.: stars in this abaya conjure Hollywood nights. Abaya http://www.desertstore.com/abaya/balloon-sleeves-abaya-1785.html for $62.72 USD. I'd totally style this Roxy print scarf http://www.buckle.com/product/product_detail.jsp;jsessionid=JMlfyjTGzB1wFkkQmk14Lhkb20JnyTyHyttNVGvF5vHHtbkWs3mn!-1392185229?prd=74910454C13MU&cm_mmc=LinkShare*Women%27s%2520Accessories*Roxy%2520Providence%2520Scarf&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-feLAp3hPdyGD5ue4uRGMYw&sku=7487490000&bmUID=1238115711268 for $22.00 USD into a niqab (were I famous, like if they ever want to add a Muslimah character on the Desperate Housewives cast). I like it with vintage style accessories (shades of course) in retro shapes. Does it work for you Melissa?

LOOK ALIKES: Alyshamac abaya from Desertstore.com?!

Alyshamac is a UAE based design chain that sells pretty jalibiyias and glam Dubai-style abayas. Here is a 2008 Alyshamac abaya in blue, and I found that in 2009 Desertstore.com is selling the same style but are stocked in pink. To buy it go here http://www.desertstore.com/abaya/black-abaya-with-ribbon-1749.html and it costs $41.04 USD.

Work Safe set: black abaya with gold satin diamond applique

Black abaya with gold satin diamond applique from http://www.2hijab.com/proddetail.asp?prod=abaya-126&PARTNER=nor for $59.90 USD. It is perfect for work, with beige, cream or black flats and flowy way of wearing a black or cream shayla. Buy a long chain of faux-pearls that reaches to your belly-button, and wear so this hangs out from underneath your hijab (or niqab). It is a very business-like look, good for university interviews and taking the lead at work in a corporate setting. LOL and I love my trenchcoats to play a bit before work.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

i took these abayaat pics off of a UAE women's forum: DUBAI DESIGNER ABAYAS

I really do love this one, and following this image is how I found this UAE woman's forum forum.uaewomen.net/showthread.php?t=394780 . The abaya costs $204.00 USd after one does the the conversion from UAE dirhams.
I admit, I totally forgot to look up the price on this one, but gold embroidery is such a Gulf classic.
Plaid twist. Lindsay, when we get our hands on cheap plain black abayas I am making you this one, and puting Arabic eyemake-up on you:D. This one costs $136.00 USD.
Chain and beads. Sooooooooo easy to sew yourself girls. From this label it'll cost you $136.00 USD (Sakeenah that's what you could be charging for what you made for Ange:D sweet girl you are, alhamdulilah for all of us).
Barbie girl abaya. I am totally going to make this abaya. It is sooo easy. Just sew on some ribbon. But to have someone else make it in Dubai it'll cost you $217.00 USD.
Sparkle abaya. Me like LOL. I can see Aalia wearing this for some special occasion, like a non-muslim wedding. Costs too much though:D $409.00 USD!
Purple crochet flowers. This is fun. Reminds me of something at my grandmas house too and that could be scary as well as fun:D for $204 USD.
Crazy cameo sleeve. I do like, but want an imageless cameo for Islamic reasons:D This one costs $204.00 USD.
Blizzard abaya with fur trim (Ange would not be happy) for $258.00 USD.
Vintage abaya for $408 USD. Ughhh, I could totally sew this for sixty bucks. Cream lace over sleeves. Cheaps pre-embroidered flowers. Pearl beads. Done.
French rosette and a white stitching. I like this one. For $176.00 USD. I could definately make this. Buy the ribbon, make the rossette, bead a big white stone on top, and then embroider a normal sewing stich up the side of the abaya with white embroidery thread only knot from the inside, unlike when you are doing a simple stitch when hand sewing.

Amna beads abaya for $259.00 USD (you could TOTALLY make this at home and the reason this one costs so much is the beading is all handwork). I know Sakeenah over at Abaya Chic made Ange from ﷲӇҿɡɑɓ~Ṙҿɧɑɓﷲ a similar one and it was sooooooooo pretty!!!!!
Champagne silk a bead buttonaires abaya for $240.00 USD (I am estimating the convered from dirhams).

Victorian blossom abaya for $217.99 USD---that's 800 UAE dollars. I like this abaya. Again, I'd be sure to get a flower brooch instead of one with a woman's face on it to complate the look cuz that'd be more Islamic to me.
Pink keffiyah fabric abaya with crochet flowers for $203.00 USD (roughly---I am estimating the exchange in my head). K, so everybody who knows me I already did this, I cut up one of my man's keffiyahs and then sewed squares of it on the sleeves with a very basics stitch. To make this style at home you ladies can go to a craft to like Michaels and buy iron on patches and iron them over the keffiyah, and viola, you've made you own "Dubai designer girlie abaya" for under 70 bucks (that's including the plain black abaya you got of of ebay or from Sunnahstyle.com:D).

Party Outfit Inspiration: purple party frock

I looooooooooooove this purple Egyptian farasha frock. I'd want to wear it for my great non-muslim friend Tracey's going away party (hey Ange, she moving to an Australia near you!:D).

Here is my take. Gold sandals from le Chateau (I can't buy Jimmy Choo). Cute bronze lipgloss and natural brown eyeshadows (there will be men there besides my milk brother---hey, this is a question for the other converts---do any of you have a milk brother or am I like the only one?). Gold cuff bracelets also from le chateau worn over the sleeves of this abaya from http://www.al-ikhlas.com/items/abaya/a7601-8c-detail.htm for $56.00 USD. And a big splurge that I don't think I'll ever do (I can make my own) but... purple frilled scarf from http://www.forzieri.com/usa/product_view.asp?l=usa&c=usa&pf_id=bs04017-002&id_valore1=&id_valore2=&id_valore3=&id_valore4=183&id_valore5=&dept_id=3 for $87.00 USD.

How to Wear Pants: in some semblance of hijab

An overgarment (jilbab) is a fard obligation of hijab as agreed upon by the scholars of the four Sunni madhabs (and pretty much all the Shia ones as well and Ibadhi)  http://ilovehishmatheblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/not-imitating-disbelievers-and-what.html. A jilbab(in the least strict opinion) must comprise of pieces of clothing or fabric that are loose enough to cover an inner layer clothing when you leave the home. Pants are not a true overgarment in the opinion of any of the scholars but if they worn out of necessity for your safety in an endeavor, there is evidence to say this is permissable. I am gonna state, I don't wear this, because I don't believe pants can BE a jilbab, and the Prophet (S.A.W) forbid women from leaving the home without a jilbab, but if you are of the opinion from your research that pants can be worn as jilbab or you need to have mobility of the legs for an urgent endeavor that cannot be avoided and there is more benefit for you to do this thing than there is if you do not, you need to know how to wear pants in the manner closest resembling jilbab as possible. Unlike some scholars, I personally do not think pants count a resembling men's clothing because many cultures have women wearing very feminine pants so I have no problem doing this post. As a new hijabi, with no other means out there, I totally used to wear pants, and I think they can be modest clothing if worn in the manner to be described, but in my own opinion they, for the most part, fail to meet the conditions of jilbab (mainly the first one, that it be an overgarment).
To wear pants so that they resemble jilbab step #1: wear wide leg pants/trouser. Skinny jeans or tights count as clothed but naked and are not hijab in the slightest. If you could not confortably fit a pair of boot-cut jeans or a mid-thigh mini skirt into these pants they are not loose enough to wear in front of non-maharam men. To wear pants so that they resemble jilbab step #2: wear a tunic top that covers at least to the knee, else the necessary parts of your body won't be covered. Since (as you can see from the pic of the purple shukr pants above) the pants will still show the V of the private area and the shape of your butt, and this must be covered by an additional garment that falls at least to the knee to have all the necessary areas covered. With your top worn correctly, and your legs somewhat close together, it should appear that you are wearing a skirt and modest top over your regular clothing.
To wear pants so that they resemble jilbab step #3: if your pants are tighter, cover with top at least to mid thigh though the ankles are best. This way the top is acting as the jilbab, and this is closer to what the respected scholars' opinions about what jilbab is than pants acting as the jilbab anyway. This is the only cicumstance in which pants may be worn a Islamically-correct jilbab!
A good place to buy wide leg pants is http://www.shukronline.com/womens-pants.html and a good post about why wearing pants if so often bad hijab http://hegab-rehab.blogspot.com/2009/02/pants-i-dont-hate-them-100.html BTW, I am not copying Ange's post in anyway, since I posted these pictures that she has also used on BM a long time ago (not that I think Ange would mind at all) stating what was hijab about them, and what wasn't. I love all my sisters for the sake of Allah (S.W.T), and I wish for none of us to miss out on the scent of Jannah, because we were clothed, but still appeared as if naked.
BTW, I did also want to point out in my post, that the hijab worn by the beautiful pants models in my set does not cover the chest, and is thus not Islamic hijab. The Qu'ran was quite clear on how the headress (khimar) should be worn, and it should be styled to that the head in its entirety, including the neck, ears, and chest (and in some lesser held opinions the chin--- but this one I disagree with) are covered, or else, in the words of Baba Ali http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6AvYJih8A4----IT'S NOT HIJAB.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

COLOUR GUIDE: Purple Abaya, Hijab, and Niqab

Mauve abaya from http://www.al-hijaab.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=1401 $35.00 GBP
Mauve abaya from http://www.al-hijaab.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=1400 for $75.00 GBP. Mauve abaya http://www.salamhijab.com/Clearance-7.htm for $64.99 USD.

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