Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Niqab Styles from the Khaleej: not to be confused with how to style your niqab

I just finished pt. 1 showcasing different (the most common) niqab styles in the part of the Gulf where I am here

So check it out if you are interested in knowing the different styles and what they're called or want some construction tips if you are sewing your own.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Where you'll find me these days... to what I keep in my closet (or WISH I kept there)

Asalaam alaykom ramatullahi wa barakto sisters,

I hope you're all in the best of health and imaan. Just wanted to let you know I am still working on getting ILH & BM together and cleaned up. In the meantime, please follow along at where I'll be blogging more regularily. I am working on featuring what's in my closet in the way hijab, different abaya cuts and trends in Oman and other Khaleeji/Gulf countries, and basics on fabric types and costs.
I will also constantly be posting on places to shop in Oman or other faves. Just random stuff you know I like, as well as the occasional hijab tip (based around the hijab don't's I encounter more in the Khaleej) and styling advice. Follow along and stay tuned because I am working on a pretty decent post on niqab styles (as well as styling).

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Some UGLY Khaleeji Abayas

"Telatubby"---people, no big shiny patch on your stomache looks good. Ever

"I am a crow-I am a bird-I am a plane. A winged insect?"
More shiny stomach appliques. Ughh.
The an orc from Lord of the Rings would wear if they were a hijabi.

Battle Star Gallactica look. Sorry Effa, but your shoulder pad designs fail even though the abaya cut itself IS lovely.

Just because the abaya came from the Khaleej or even a famous designer (I have seen ugly abayas from every design house, including Hanayen and Al Motahajaba) doesn't necessarily make it tasteful, the way that just because it is an abaya, won't guarantee that it is hijab. I've seen butt-tight abayas. I've seen UFO landing light bright crystalized abayas. I have seen tassels in places only strippers put tassels---- on abayas.

And somehow, writing a bit of design over your butt on an abaya, reminds me of those sweat pants that say "juicy". Kind of trailer trash. No body does that unless they want a give a guy an excuse ( he IS ALLOWED to look just once in the Qu'ran----and where are you leading his eyes, hmmm, your butt?). Well, excuse me, but don't complain about it later then.

Ugly is still ugly, no matter where it comes from. The examples I  have shown are NOWHERE as near to the horrors I have seen live and walking about in UAE and in Oman.

Now what would you do if, say, you knew that world was going to be taken over by evil robots?

This is a serrious Islamic post. And then, well it's also not. Because I am going to make a silly comparison. That scared me.

I was just sitting around watching the TV series "Terminator: The Sara Connor Chronicles", a. because I am a geek, b. TV in English in Oman is very, very limited so you take what you can to avoid, say "the bold and the beautiful", and c. I find the premise of the show somewhat interesting.

If you are not a geek like me, and have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER what this show is about, or even the original "Terminator" film, the premise is this, someone was sent back from the future where evil robots of mankind's own making have taken over the Earth, to warn a single woman and to protect her whose son will be the leader of the future resistance against such an ill fate for humanity. At the same time, evil future robots have followed future man back, to try and kill said woman and anyone who might try to stop the future from happening as it has.

The TV series, takes off from there, with what the mother tries to do, knowing what she knows is coming. Some call her a criminal. Some call her a terrorist. Others call her crazy. Most go on unawares.

My question is this, what if I knew the world was going to be taken over by evil terminator robots, what would I do?

Would I do what the mother in the series does, having heard such a vital message? Would I do everything I could to protect myself and those I love most, forgoing a 'normal' life for training myself for the life to come, doing everything I can just to survive to make that journey?

Would I be even braver, and risk telling others about what is to come as I know it, even if I know that some will label me a terrorist, or call my crazy, and deny the truth in my words because I don't have the proof that their faithless hearts need?

Or would I just say, to hell with it, live life before it all goes away.

What would you do, if you knew the world's future, the future of humanity was at a loss?

I know for one, I wouldn't sit around thinking about who I was going to marry, about what house I will buy, or what would I wear if I had the means... I wouldn't care about my job unless it could give me the skills needed to survive.

I would RUSH to try and get my family, my friends, those dearest to me, to safety. I would warn the kind stranger, never fear if they thought me insane or then disliked me because, well, at least I tried.

In my normal life, without killer robots after me, I DO think and HAVE thought about these things. Qu'ran tells us that's ok. That's normal to do.

I haven't always told someone who was kind to me about Islam because I didn't want them to feel I was one of those "religious people who are nuts enough to preach" or something.

But then, watching this show and randomly thinking this couch potatoe scenario (I certainly wouldn't be watching TV if killer robots were after me) I realized, Shaytaan is worse than any killer robots. He's cloaked in ourselves with whisperings and distractions so that we don't even know that he's there do His best to see us done for.

And the Qu'ran does tell us the future of man is at a loss, except for those who do good works, and urge others to good.

We've, as Muslims, have been warned even more plainly than if a single man had come back from the future to tell us what is coming. Allah subhanhu wa ta ala has sent MANY Prophets to us. We have been told what is coming. And more than that, what we can do to be one of those who are spared and rewarded with the mercy of Jannah.

So why would I think that I would change more about myself if killer robots were after me, than I am doing now, I wondered tonight.