Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Thanks to Dina for giving me much needed inspiration for my next blog post which will be, yes my fellow hijabis, on the do's and don'ts of fashion when in hijab...I know a lot of ladies may still be in that transitional period between just wearing hijab and yet still wanting to wear what they wore before which is not going to happen no matter how much you try to convince yourself that those spray-on jeans are not as tight as you might think...newsflash!!! they are that tight and you are not observing the rules of hijab and if you know enough to start wearing hijab then you should also know the rules of observing it and hopefully this will help you along the way insha'allah...xxxxxx

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim

“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear therof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons or their sisters' sons, or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31).

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim

“O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go abroad). That will be better, so that they may be recognised and not annoyed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.” (Quran 33:59)
Allah s.w.t loves us that much he has given us something to help protect us from being objectified and yet so many of us fail to recognise this...why, if Allah s.w.t. has expressly stated to draw your clothes over your bodies so as not to expose your beauty (shape of your body, curves, skin, etc.) do I see so many hijabis wearing skinny jeans with a three-quarter length sleeve top and hijab this defeats the whole purpose.
Hijab is to cover your body not display it...it should:
  • cover your skin completely (no three-quarter length sleeves, low-cut tops exposing part of the neck, no transparent tops i.e. chiffon tops, etc)
  • cover the shape of your body (no skinny jeans without at least a knee-length dress covering the bum area, shape of the hips and thighs, no knee-length skirts, etc.)
  • cover your hair of course and body so nothing is showing
Alternatively, an abaya is perfect and ticks every requirement however, for those who don't wear abaya then you must become familiar with covering yourself as much as you can so, if you are to wear jeans then either a long loose top or dress covering your chest, hip and bum area will suffice it must not be tight to expose the features of your body and when dressing, ask yourself this...would you be happy to go to mosque in your outfit? If the answer is no, then you need to rethink what you are wearing and why you are wearing hijab...

  • DO cover up in long and loose knee-length tops
  • DO wear long-sleeve t-shirts if you are wearing a short-sleeve style top
  • DO wear arm coverings if it too hot to wear a long-sleeve t-shirt and you are wearing a three-quarter length sleeve top
  • DO wear maxi dresses (provided they are not tight) and ladies if you are going to wear a belt then opt for a skinny belt so when you put it on you can pull part of the dress so it does not emphasise the shape of your breasts and remains loose.
  • DO wear maxi skirts either in cotton or denim they are perfect for spring/summer or work and can be dressed up or down
  • DO wear a longer than usual blazer if in a professional environment and ensure either your trousers are not tight and/or your skirt is long enough so as not to display any part of your body
  •  DON'T wear skinny jeans with at least some sort of covering from the area of your chest to at least your knees...this is NOT hijab!!!
  • DON'T wear low-cut tops to expose your chest
  • DON'T wear 'half-hijab'...you ladies know what I mean, where you wear hijab but you have your recently styled fringe on display for the world to see...again...NOT hijab!!!
  • DON'T wear tight dresses
  • DON'T wear tight tops especially ones that do not have full-length sleeves
  • DON'T wear tons of makeup...not classy
  • DON'T wear a litre of perfume

argh!!! enough said on this picture!!! NOT hijab!!! i repeat NOT, NOT, NOT hijab...phew glad we got thaty one cleared up...lol ; )

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Dina Toki-o

This sister is INCREDIBLY talented and oozes style and class like honey ; )
please check out some of her AMAZING designs but be warned I have first dibs on some of the dresses lol ; )
She manages to fuse hay'aa (modesty) with fashion with such ease and subtlety, it is fun and wearable and I  for one will be first in line to bag some of her gorgeous designs for myself when she begins to sell them insha'allah...and Dina, if you're reading this keep up the amazing work...u r truly an inspiration!!! xxx

Below are a few of her designs which I hope she doesn't mind me putting up here and of course full credit goes to her so likewise if you would like to use these pictures of her designs please, please credit and support this talented sister by crediting her designs please: Dina Toki-o

I have never noticed so many 'absent' hijabis by this I mean they are wearing hijab but completely oblivious that people can see them and of course are judging our beautiful religion by observing them and it saddens and disgusts me when I see hijabis acting improper and not in accordance with Islam now I know there may be some sisters who will say who am I to judge but I am not judging just merely commenting upon my own observations but also it is also up to sisters when we see a hijabi doing wrong NOT to lecture but gently whisper in their ear or take them to one side and explain the consequences of their actions and others' perception of Islam from what they are doing and if it is received well or not is irrelevant because Allah s.w.t knows you had the intention to do good and that is what gives you the barakah of Allah s.w.t!!!
e.g. hijabis smoking, hijabis publicly snogging guys on a bus, train, shopping centre, etc. (notice I mention 'snogging' not a quick peck on a husband's cheek and this is because quite often married couples never act like that and it is only the unmarried hijabis cavorting with boyfriends or fiances that act like this as they have not been made for each other yet through the act of marriage and so can't quite their desires in check...sad but very true!), hijabis browsing for alcohol (for whatever reason) in the middle of a supermarket in clear view of others, hijabis entering or leaving pubs...PUBS! for goodness sake get it together ladies!, hijabis in THE tightest spray-on jeans known to man with at least a litre bottle of perfume doused on their clothes and 5-inches of makeup cake onto their face...seriously ladies is this observing hijab???, hijabis swearing loudly on their phones in public (again...use of such profanity is NOT classy or islamic so leave it at home in fact you shouldn't even swear try reciting: 'Au'thu Billahi Min-Ash Shaytanir-Rajim' ('I Seek Refuge from the accursed Satan')

Well, those were just my observations ladies NOT to lecture but to keep you aware of what is happening within our sisterhood and to maybe make others think twice...please don't think of me as snobby for writing how I do I write this because I care and I want Heaven to be full of Muslims insha'allah...xxx

New Blog!!!

Hello Sisters,
                   Well this has been a long time coming and in between juggling final year at law school with family and everything else this has kinda taken a back seat but I have finished all the required reading and more and decided to take a break and finally set up this damn blog!
Hope you enjoy reading and browsing through it, this blog will basically be a platform for any important issues regarding Islam along with general chat for sisters and of course fashion for us hijabis (hence the title!)

Until next time...adios amigossssssssss!!!