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Stylish Hijabis

Wrapped up in style from head to toe. So sometimes I want to dress like this because she looks stylish, beautiful, is my little sister’s buddy and is all covered.

In Islam, hijab allows us to identify ourselves as being on a spiritual path, but we can also be on a spiritual path and have flair,” she said. “The terms are not incongruent. Hijab defines us not only as Muslim women but as women. We don’t want to look ugly. We just don’t want to be sexually provocative.

During the winter I, sometimes, don my collection of long coats instead of my jilbab. People are more accepting when they can relate to the outfit. Sometimes it is a brand or a style, an accessory. Then I read some pervert’s comment on the original article and say hey my abayas are better.

But then look at  the dude in this picture he is still staring at the niqabi sisters!! So you gotta do whatever you do to please Allah, forget men.

This week coast to coast there were two articles highlighting Muslim women fashion in two major newspaper the LA Times & the NYT. They were both fun to read. Maybe typical but refreshing because they were ordinary women, with personalities that shone through the words on paper. Thank you to the writers, fellow Los Angelenos Lorraine Ali and Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson for making their articles upbeat. So many journalists pretend to be building bridges but take off with a juicy tidbit and spin the original story into something ugly.

I do this because I want to be closer to God, I want to please him and I want to live a modest lifestyle,” said Ms. Ahmed, who asked that her appearance without a veil not be described. “I want to be tested in that way. The niqab is a constant reminder to do the right thing. It’s God-consciousness in my face.

That is what I think about hijab- constant state of readiness for salah, so a constant state of worship.  I do it for myself- yes, in the beginning it was absolutely about modesty and all the whys but on my tenth year anniversary of wearing hijab, I can say I do it selfishly, for my end with my Creator.

If I ever chose to wear niqab it would be to humble my ego for Allah, to squish my vanity. The sacrifice of facial expressions would be so huge because I am a really expressive person. Some people have poker faces; me, my emotion play out on my face pronto. I communicate with hand gestures and expression more than words-yeah one of those people. The sisters that do niqab are cheetis- to use a very Lahori term- strong, FIERCE ala project runway! May Allah accept their worship.

So with my iman I yo-yo between the two ends of the covering Muslimah spectrum. Admiring both, styling on the fence with my abaya and hijab.

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Fcode by Farah Alshamsi

Fcode by Farah Alshamsi

Fcode by Farah Alshamsi

If you have the trillion dirhams for them then find out where to get them on Khaleej Times Online.

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Summer is here and I am shopping for swimsuits  for  my girls- modest swimwear. After toddlerhood, I have tried to dress them modestly while swimming. I know a lot of people say they are only kids, its ok.  I  don’t think that I can let them wear skimpy bathing suits all their childhood and then expect them not to be rebellious when they turn 13.  That happened to me, I was allowed to wear swimsuits and shorts and then suddenly asked to stop; I was so upset with my mother for such a long time.  May Allah forgive me.  On the other hand I think children should be allowed to be kids and have fun. They should definitely know how to swim.

We have done soccer shirt and shorts over one pieces. Dance tights over one pieces with the cute skirts on them.  I would buy the one piece and the skirt from a two piece. The transition has been gradual.

Land’s End has these Rash guards on sale for $19.50 add some spandex tights and a skort:

The ideal rule would be if I would not like them to wear something out of the house then I would not like them to wear it in the water; being at the pool doesn’t mean you leave your values at home. So we pieced stuff together but always thought it shouldn’t be this hard. Alhamdulillah they now they have so many quality options:

I would also ask women of other faith to take the a look at these sites, they have great options for all body types: do you love swimming, the sun, the beach but are concerned about skin cancer, sensitive skin, sunburns, have a scar or have gained weight? May be you are a modest woman who doesn’t want to flaunt her body but wants to enjoy God’s favors, nature, water. I have no connection with any of these sites- just putting the links up to help my readers out- Veilkini, Bodykini, Burkini, Splashgear.

Modest swimsuits

This one is from modestkini.com for 29 pounds around $65 .

They are cute but I was hoping for ankle length for my older daughter.

Fabric : 190gr, 20% Dupont Lycra and 80% Nylon

Doesn’t have padding or lining to avoid unnecessary weight. It comes in 2 pieces; dress and short.

They deliver WORLDwide. Delivery is  FREE for U.K.  £6 for EU, £9 for other countries so for us in the U.S it would be $20

Primomoda makes these for girls for $65

I love the skirt on the one of the right it is a one piece that you zip up at the back- My girls love the blue/green color combination for the one left and you can get it in full length pants

A perfect solution for your little Muslimah! This two piece swimsuit is a babydoll, three-quarter sleeve dress with a pair of capri bottoms. The mid-thigh length top contains ties at the sleeves and a scoop neck.  Both the chest and crotch have extra lining.  The capris and the inside of the top tie together to keep the top from riding up.• Approved for use at all pools
• Ultraviolet protected and chlorine resistant
• Quick Drying Thermodry Technology
• 78% polyamide & 22% spandex
• Low water absorbency
• Also available in Long Sleeves and Full length pants

My friend owns the ladies version in purple from Primamoda and said this:

It is made from thicker material so not as clingy and I also bought one size up. However, the INSTANT you rise out of the water you have to pull it away and wear a towel briefly, until it dries. However, I think some muhajabe needs to design a little towel-bolero thing so we could throw that on just after getting out of the pool. Otherwise have had very good experiences and feedback. I like that is is two piece. This two piece suit contains a pair of pants and a top made of the same material. The straight leg pants have an elastic pull at the ankle to keep it in place. A swimming cap (hijab) is attached to the top for added comfort and practicality. The top and pants tie together to keep the top from riding up.

• Approved for use at all pools
• Ultraviolet protected and chlorine resistant
• Quick Drying Thermodry Technology
• 78% polyamide & 22% spandex
• Low water absorbency

This is ON SALE for $130- free shipping

Ruby’s enterprise which is based in Singapore has this absolutely cute print for one for $35 dollars and it has a scarf/head-covering too!

If you have an older daughter, 11 and older try the Burqini for girls/Burkini selection. They have great reviews the materials they use dries up super fast.

Sporty look

Burqini for girls

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I have fallen in love with Shalwar Kamees again- 2010 brings with it long sleeves and über long, flowing kamees. Gone are the horrid capris and short shirts – Alhamdulillah. Can only pray that covering witha duppata/hijab becomes fashion one day.

I wanted to share some of my favorites- This is by Karma, black and chunri what more could I ask for except the sleeves-

I adore the length and shape is taking me back t0 the early 90’s. It’s so feminine and NOT raunchy.

Karma at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion week

Here is another one that made my heart sings- I am still FASHION FABULOUS under my abaya

Nayna's Rust Bling Thing

I had never heard of this designer before- here is a link to  an interview with Saman Arif- the designer behind Naynas. The asymmetry in the shirt is an update on an old classic Mughal Princess (Anarkali) kurta , the kaam (hand embroidery) looks exquisite.

This a traditional peshwaas worn by Mughal era women-

The royal lines ran through Elan’s collection- I was suitably impressed by the following outfits- mostly whites. I noticed as I was looking through my cousin’s wedding pictures and the PFDC fashion show- the colors are really muted beiges, nudes and whites – very few bright fuchsias and turquoises- which I adore.  But jewel tones like garnet, amethyst and sapphire were still worn enthusiastically.

Elan was Elegant

Elan Regally White

Maria B Beige & blessed

Red, simple and elegant- this outfit was the showstopper for me.

Kamiar Rokni's show stopper

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