Wearing the Ramadan Hijab

Originally Posted on Ramadan.co.za

Ramadan is usually met with drastic changes from some individuals. The sudden excessive amounts of prayer after not praying for the last 11 months or praying irregularly, wearing the headscarf and dressing in hijab appropriate manner ONLY for the month of ramadan and the headscarf pulls a houdini disappearance for eid – Don’t get me wrong, its good that people take initiative but we’re also muslims for the other 11 months of the year.

There is much stirring over scarf and hijabstyle fashion every Ramadan. The scarf finds its way onto the heads of muslimahs with less excuses that are adopted for not wearing the scarf. For those unable to identify, see 30 Excuses for not wearing a scarf featured on Muslimah(Life)Style with the top excuse being

‘my hair is too beautiful to cover’.

Ramadan sees the scarf being worn with conviction for the period of 3o days for some sisters, while alot of others decide to don it from Ramadan onwards. Some sisters feel the 30 day window is manageable as a small goal, and also everyone is doing it so wearing the scarf becomes ‘fashionable’

I’ve been chuckling over the concept of Ramadan Hijab, that transforms the sisters like the picture below.

and to much hilarity this Ramadan Toon has done its rounds

The little red riding hijaabi says: “I thought I’d wear the Hijab for Ramadan!!” , much to the shock of the regularly hijabi. Clearly the scarf isn’t the element of complete hijab, even for ramadan. The most hilarious part of this toon is the man emerging into view with a tasbeeh in his hand making thikr (zikr).

Humour aside muslimah’s need to conceal their beauty to be in obedience to Allah’s commands. By all means don the scarf for Ramadan… with the intention to wear it beyond Ramadan. We are muslims beyond the month of Ramadan.

May Almighty Allah SWT keep up steadfast in our attempts to be better muslims.

Back to Basics: Convictions of being Muslim

What’s eating the ummah? Ramadan does not equate starving, it is a means feed your soul and ground yourself back to Islam.
There are so many social, moral and psychological issues plaguing the ummah, yet by the mercy of Allah SWT we find ourselves blessed with another Ramadan, a chance to repent, to ground ourselves in deen and aspirations to be better muslims. On a day to day level, as people, we are afflicted with so many challenges. Everyone is at a different point in their imaan actualization. Some individuals are very strong and steadfast. Some individuals are struggling to establish their salah, some are struggling with hijab, and some are finding Ramadan to be a huge challenge and unable to annihilate ones nafs. Sometimes we need to shed our issues and confusion and go back to basics, by internalizing the fundamentals of Islam.

For Ramadan and beyond we need to with conviction, attempt to fulfill the rights of being Muslim.

Fasting is a pillar of faith, but being Muslim is more than just fasting.
The 5 pillars of islam are the fundamentals. These points of obligation cannot be stressed on enough.

  1. Kalimah
  2. Salah
  3. Zakah
  4. Fasting (in Ramadan)
  5. Hajj

Daily we should recite our shahada and pray our 5 salah.
Most people opt to give out their zakah during the month of ramadan.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is obligatory unless one is exempted from it,

Also a large point of focus, for the sisters mostly, is dressing – Muslimahs should dress in accordance to the shariah, and not only cover themselves in ramadan but for the other 11 months as well, Insha-Allah. Alot of sisters struggle with the hijab. This ramadan, put it on with conviction to gain the full blessings of Allah (SWT) and it will be a step in the right direction insha-Allah. Alot of sisters make a cocerted effort to wear the scarf from Ramadan onwards to reap the full blessings of living in obedience to Allah SWT.

In addition to fasting, try to maximize ones ibaadah, control ones anger as well as partake in as many good deeds as possible. There are many guidelines available on Ramadan.co.za

For more ideas and inspiration see also:

 

Originally posted on Ramadan.co.za

Niqaab Files: You should be wearing black!

Ibn ‘Abbaas (R.A) says that Rasulullah (S.A.W) used to say: ” Choose white clothing, as it is the best clothing. White clothing should be worn whilst living, and the dead should be buried in white.”

Shumael Tirmizi Jild: 1 Hadith Number 63

Should we be wearing black?  i’m a non-conformist in my perceptions – i don’t like the black abaya. I wear it out of convenience most times. i’m stil in the process of finding a balance with the hijaab dressing and niqaab.

Initially i wanted to wear black abayas that were as plain as plain can get, then i wanted the pretty ones with stones. I moved away from this and wore colorful flimsy scarves, now i’ve found my signature drape style to suit my personality and my dressing, done in under 5 minutes, no choking hazard. I’ve explored with teal, white, purple abayas, white long dress style abayas… still doesn’t feel quite right. It doesn’t suit/fit my personality. i can put together a well co-ordinated outfit and i dont end up dressed like a collage :P

Recently attending an islamic event/course left me (literally) cornered by a lady requesting my nationality as i did not fit the stereotype of black abayas.
In hindsight i should have just told her i’m South African and excused myself.  FAIL!

The conversational opportunity took a turn of her trying to brainwash me – attempting to convince me that i should be wearing BLACK with my niqaab. My earthy toned flowing skirt, according to her, can be found in black. *dramatic eye-roll*
After much going in circles, i looked her square in the eyes and said: ‘was nice meeting you’ accompanied by a BIG smile and i walked off. She was startled to say the least. VERY uncomfortable!
For one, it was an older woman and I didn’t want to be disrespectful.
Secondly, where on earth do people come up with these viewpoints?

Needless to say, and i’m certain, this will not be the first or the last time this happens.

Just a Girl

My boyfriend/husband/fiance doesn’t want me to wear a scarf

Disclaimer: Islam forbids dating and cross gender mixing. This post is NOT to encourage dating or haraam cross gender associations.Please understand that these are valid concerns expressed by sisters and there needs to be a platform in order to address it.

Since the conceptualization of this blog as a platform to encourage and help sisters with the various issues encountered day to day we’re adhering to offering support to wear the hijab. It is a given that islam prohibits dating, and cross gender mixing. Beyond that, our site stats indicate alot of searches with the words (search string) ‘My boyfriend/husband doesn’t want me to wear the scarf’. Our recent post on 30 excuses for not wearing the scarf featured popularity amongst the readers by means of contribution as well as sharing of their own personal struggles.

So… Your Fiance/ boyfriend / husband does not want you to wear the scarf.
Maybe your family does not want you to wear the scarf.
How do you deal with it? How do you react?
What do you say?
How do you avoid quarrels over the scarf?
How do you work passed this hiccup and wear your hijab to represent the esteemed identity of a Muslim Woman? HOW?

At the outset you need to identify and realise that a woman’s hair is her beauty. Allah has ordained for women to conceal their beauty for many reasons. Your face, hands and feet are allowed to be exposed. In the case of the Shafi’ee madhab, feet need to be covered. You can attempt to dress appropriately by covering these parts and still maintain a fashionable appearance.

The next aspect you need to consider is that: you are covering yourself to obey Allah SWT. As a Muslims we have to accept that we have been created to worship Allah and all other aspects of our lives come secondary to this.

By this point you have understood and accepted the reasons for doing this. It may not be easy for some. It may be very simple for others. We’re all different in our reactions and for some it is a struggle. We need to know we’re not alone in this. Other sisters are experiencing it too. Some sisters across the world are being ostracized for wearing the scarf but for many the resistance is closer to home.

Sit your partner down and explain to them that you are a Muslim, and you want to obey your creator. Encourage them to support you in your choices and to respect the decision that you have made to wear the scarf.

If they are still unhappy, ask ‘Why are you unhappy about this?’
Do not get upset or yell in anger. Explain that you really want to uphold the identity of being a Muslim woman, you want the blessings of Allah’s mercy. We’re not saying that Allah does not bless sisters who are not yet wearing the scarf, but to benefit fully from Allah’s mercy one should endeavour to fulfill the basic requirements of the shariah.

A very popular reason for being discouraged from wearing the scarf is that it’s frown upon as being old fashioned, or you’re told that it doesn’t suit you. There are many scarf styles, and a variety of beautiful types of scarves. You can experiment with a few and find one that compliments you. We’re not restricted to wearing only black or tying it with a knot under the chin.

Ask your husband/partner/family to help you select a style that appeals to them. They will eventually get used to the idea. If its really difficult, perhaps start with afew hats or barrets and work your way toward wearing proper hijab. Sometimes people need time to come to terms with your spiritual evolution and the identity you want to portray as a Muslimah. Live the Muslimah(Life)Style

The Muslimah Fashion Show – Cape Town

Disclaimer: All pictures are property of (c) Wimsy, featured on Muslimah(Life)Style.

June events featured a newsworthy Muslimah Fashion show that stirred much enthusiasm amongst the sisters.  The Cape Town venue brimmed with much excitement over the designs, scarves, jewelry and daywear.

Featuring 7 designers showcasing their talent forte covering a variety of lifestyle settings from casual wear, formal wear as well as evening wear. The appreciative sounds of the crowd made it difficult to choose favourites. Scarves are always a popular buy (at a wallet friendly ZAR50)

All pictures are credited to Wimsy, a Cape Towns designer who specialises in bridal beading and accessories. Wimsy now has a new line of chic scarf accessories.

Muslimah(Life)Style encountered Wimsy’s designer to share her experience with us.

“I enjoyed interacting with clients and getting feedback about my work. I am very passionate about my beading and love the creativity of creating a beaded design. Showcasing the different beading on the wedding dresses and having people stop me and say ‘masha-allah’ made me feel like I was on the right track.”

The Muslimah Fashion Show was a hit with much encouragement for designers and requests for more.

Other designers featured were:

Pic of the Day: Muslimahs #1

(c) All rights reserved – Nahida Esmail

Rekindling Hijab Awareness


Often it is difficult to wrap ones mind around the concept of hijab. Beyond it being one of the laws for muslimahs to follow, there are personal reactions that influence our mental construct of hijab. P
art of what draws a woman to hijab and allows to her to take that step into donning it, is the increasing awareness and desire for modesty. Her spirituality is heightened and as a result she seeks out all the ways in which she can declare love for the Creator.
Women have undoubtedly been gifted with one of the most beautiful forms amongst creation. We are exquisite and enchanting, from the roots of our hair to the ends of our feet. Allah SWT has created us in a way that is more than pleasing so it is no surprise that given the nature of human beings, we are attracted to things of beauty and given the nature of men, they are attracted to women. The world today is highly sexualised. The female form is brazenly on display. They’ are portrayed in bold, colourful images. Wherever you go, you’re likely to encounter either a lusciously tinted pair of pouting lips, shapely legs in stiletto heels or a lowcut clothing revealing some bosom.  During this era human interest has become so tunnel-visioned, disregards that which is important. Individuals have become desensitized to nudity and sexuality that they  disregard that it’s better for them to conceal their bodies and be recognised as a peopler  rather than objects of  fantasy. When we clad ourselves in loose clothing, we send out the message, not that we’re dowdy or boring but rather that “Allah has given me this gift, this treasure. He’s entrusted it to me. I want to honour Allah’s laws of hijab”
Sometimes a person would be inclined to show off their beauty due to pride or in order to elicit appreciation from the opposite gender. The human ego loves to be fed but exhibitionism can and will invite the wrong attention, which may end up in unpleasant or awkward situations. This is when you, as a Muslim woman, perceive the reason we’re commanded by Allah to conceal our beauty. Islam does not oppress women but is structured to ensure our protection and to maintain the respect, dignity and safety.

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Hijab on the Runway

Guest post by Hasina Gori

1400 years and still going strong… this piece of cloth has evolved in terms of fashion yet still is a symbol of peace!

Hijab, a simple cloth to cover up her femininity is the prerogative of modesty that a Muslim woman adheres to. It’s a symbol of purity to many, an agent of liberation to me, whilst to others, it is synonym of oppression and terrorism. However, like everything around us, the hijab has also evolved. It has grown up…changed…and even been through something as huge as a revolution.

From the simple black three corner scarf, the hijab has undergone a makeover by the top dogs. From Dolce&Gabbana to Yves St Laurent, the modern day Muslim woman now showcases these brands on her head. The hijab has been painted in every hue of the rainbow and created from every fabric you could desire. Accessorising has even reached the head, with scarf pins and slides in imaginative shapes and adorned with crystals and beads to match perfectly with every outfit.

Say good bye to the age old way of tying the hijab as your mom did and say a warm hello to styles from the deserts of the middle East,to Turkish and even pure African inspired styles.

But hijab is not just the scarf one wears to cover the hair and her chastity, it also refers to the actual dressing of a female. When one think of Islamic clothing, they tend to picture dark, uninspiring cloth that drapes from ones head to her feet, boring and totally depressing garments that don’t look appealing. But Islamic wear can be as modern and fashionable as any other – as long as it stays within the Islamic guidelines of modest dress.

Muslim girls have shown their imaginative and creative sides by creating new wardrobe ideas that mix fashion must-haves with a little something more to look modestly modern. South African girls have been experimenting for years with this style and can be spotted with their skinny jeans, sleeveless dresses and little boleros or jackets to cover their shoulders. The mini-skirt-and-jeans look seems to be visiting the scene again. This time with tights substituting the jeans. Another fashion piece that is loved is the longer length tops, the kaftan style tops and the shirt dresses that provide style and still look decent, Mini dresses teamed with many different bottoms (trousers or pants) can be seen visiting the malls. And the scarves are funkier, brighter and more pronounced.

One can choose from the long horizontal scarf either draped around the neck or tied inthe Arabian style “dupatta”, if you’re less conservative, the bandana gives u coverage while still looking cool. A new entry on the scene is the kuffiyeh – the Palestinian scarf that took mainstream fashion by storm – seen around the necks of fashion models and big stars. It’s now worming its way around the necks and heads of the hijabi fashionistas.

With mainstream fashion houses painting their names on hijabs, Muslim fashion designers felt it was time to make their styles be worn too…and who better than someone who knows what the twenty first century Muslim women wants?

Around the globe one finds different designers launching their collection of modestly modern Islamic wear that aims at breaking away from the stale traditional styles and introducing a fresh take on what hijab clothing can look like.

Saouli is one of the first in this new breed of modestly modern designer wear. Based in Brussels, this company launched its first collection in 2000, ambitiously going door-to-door to introduce its trendy yet modest designs to the growing population of Muslim women. From this humble inception they have now grown into a flourishing company that have their designs featured on the catwalks of Paris, Belgium and the UK.

Another designer that is leading the hijab revolution with her fusion of western and Islamic garments is Sophie Kara with her Imaan Collection, a Leicester designer who sought to transform the traditional black jilbab (long outer garment) from black and drab to a canvas with personality and sass while still holding firm to Islamic heritage.

With more designers trying their hand at Muslim inspired garments, the Islamic fashion scene is shifting from garments that were home sewn to cater for one’s own family to fashionable designer garments that can be found at different boutiques and stores. From fashion shows to magazines aimed for the hijabi fashionista this new comer to the scene is growing world wide… This one’s for the liberated yet fashionable female!!

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