Sunday, February 24, 2013

KHALEEJI ABAYA BRANDS: Harayer Al Khaleej

Another Omani abaya brand, this one from 19-year-old designer and Muscat-based boutique-owner (mashaAllah), Omani National Amna Al-Sabri. I don't know much about the background of the brand itself but some of the abayas are totally my style so I'll probably have to visit her chic looking little shop in the very near future.
 The boutique itself stocks more than just abayas:
IN case you happen to BE in Muscat, Oman, you can stop in her flagship store:
And if not, you may be able to order through the phone or facebook by inquery:
Phone: +96824604151

Mobile:+96892534245
Email: harayer.alkhaleej@gmail.com
Location: Sarooj complex (Alfair) 2nd floor, Shatti AlQurum, Muscat, Oman
Working Hours: Sat-Thu 8:00-13-00, 16:00-20:00
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Harayer-Al-Khaleej-%D8%AD%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AE%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%80%D8%AC/156335267761329?ref=ts&fref=ts

Happy shopping;)

Friday, February 22, 2013

JUMA THOUGHTS [credit the Salafi Feminist]: idealizing the Sahaba beyond reality

How quick Muslims are to judge one another: and those judgements are often made on a skewered-assumption, the overidealized-beyond-reality state of the original companions and Sahaba. 
I've heard alot of sad tales of late, of Muslim girls put down in Islam because of mistakes that they made or are making and of a faux-ummah or Masjid telling them they are lost from Islam or are disbelievers ect... So many get scared and give up hope that Allah loves them because they are screw-ups and we all know, Muslims can't be screw-ups---- can they?

This subject was shortly and sweetly summed up by one of the sisters I have on my blog roll http://thesalafifeminist.blogspot.com/ [and who is probably more practicing than I can hope to be and is one of those girls who has never been publically seen as a screw-up lol so it makes the words even sweeter coing form her mouth] and I hope isnhaallah it will lead to a post or a rant on her blog but if not, I stole it entirely off of something private and hope that's ok but I think it is important to be said and re-said [so take it away Anonymouse]:

Many Muslims like to idealize the stories of the Sahabah, especially the female Companions, and use them to impose an unrealistic definition of Muslim womanhood on the Ummah: an ideal that turns Muslimahs into paragons of piety, virtue, and docile submission, akin to Madonna on a pedestal.

What we forget are the stories of the Sahabiyaat who were *not* innocent, sheltered beings, but rather women... with dark pasts and hidden secrets. 

Hind bint Utbah was a villainess before the Conquest of Makkah; al-Ghaamidiyyah was a married woman who had an affair, became pregnant from it, and publicly confessed her sin to RasulAllah himself, so that she could be purified of her sin. Her repentance was so great that it would have been sufficient for 70 of the people of Madinah.

Before we go about preaching a false image of what a Muslim woman *should* be, let us honor the #ForgottenHeroines of Islamic history... those who proved that Muslim women need be only one thing: sincere, true believers in their Lord.

Decorating Muslim Children's Bedrooms and a cute Islamic craft idea for kids

I have the world's largest archive of girls &boys bedroom ideas, including nurseries, since I had my own daughter. She has almost outgrown her crib/playpen and I did buy her a wrought-iron hot pink four-poster princess bed I one of these days plan to take downstairs and outside and spray paint a creamy white and then sew a canopy out of mosquitoe netting and vintage linens. Haven't gotten around to it, to say the least. But anyways, today I was looking online for handmade toys from Muslim countries or made by Muslims and came across this cute little US-based site: http://muslimtoysanddolls.com/ which honestly I have never ordered from so can't guarantee or anything [but if you have let myself and my readers here know]. Anyways, I loved the handmade children's prayer rugs, and a few other products. I think alot of the posters suit more modern design compared the rather ugly Islamic posters we do have here in the MiddleEast [not all--- but the majority are ugly plastic embossed overly gilded monstrosities]. I could see myself designing some very inexpensive childrne's rooms around them. I could also see myself making them myself [if I had time for another DIY-project].
I particularily loved the idea behind this poster, also pictured below the paragraph. It is a tree that describes the five pillars of Islam. Seeing that I first thought to myself, wow, if I wanted a cute wall-hanging thingie for a bare nursery wall, I could make that into a sewing project witha little quilting and stuffing and sewing. But actually, I am not a quilter. But then I thought about one of my old friends from back in Canada, who turned a child's school project meant to teach children about the hibernation period of bears into a project to help children understand Surah al Kaf [the cave]. Then I thought, making this tree out of paper would be a pretty awesome and cute craft project for kids to do themselves to teach them about the five pillars of Islam. Just draw the tree, and then cut out five leaves, one for each pillar: shahada/testifying to the oneness of Allah, salat/prayer, sawm/fasting, zakat/paying a percentage of one's wealth in savings yearly, and Hajj/holy pilgrimage to Mecca. Cute no? 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

EVENTS: Layali Al Salah Perfume Launch and Fashion Show at Bait Zubair Museum

I am a fan of Museums. I love history, and that means I have pretty much exhausted every museum in Oman and my little sister and I, our fondest memories of transit here are stopovers in London and spending hours upon hours in the museums over there. But if you are not a Museum fan like me, maybe you are a fashion lover? Because then this event held at Bait Zubair museum here in Oman over last summer was it? might be more up your alley.

 The fashion show itself was a promotion for a new perfume launch but was held at the museum. The show consisted of jalabiyias and abayas. What do you think of them?:
The perfume, and the presenter after model giving the tiniest taste of Omani-hijabi [non-abaya] fashion in the Sultanate:

PURELY PIXIE: Silver Flowers

 This abaya is actually a hand-me-down. It was in-style here in Oman about 3 years ago now. I still wear it for work because I feel embroidered flowers in anything a-line with wide kimono sleeves is pretty standard still for casual wear. As stated, it is a-line with kimono sleeves which have an embroidered panel affixed and then a piece of courdinating dove-grey fabric at the sleeve. The abaya itself is saloona and the trim if poly-chiffon. The embroidered panels meant just for sewing onto abayas are sold in pretty much every tailoring goods supply store here so I believe this abaya was made at a tailor and not a brand. But the hand-beading and additional of real crystals [making the sleeve actually quite heavy] suggest that there was a possibility it was from a boutique and not just a higher quality tailor who can offer handwork.
To get one of these made without handwork is usually 35-40 OMR depending on how tall the sister is but can be made for less if a cheaper fabric (still decent but not the best quality) like black crystal is used instead. This abaya came with a matching shayla and you can see the bading and crystals [although it doesn't show the crystals nicely] below: