Monday, March 2, 2009

Salam aleikum

I decided to make this blog for the sisters who are struggling with Hijab here in the West .It is not easy for many of us to fit to the society . We all know that in every society we are judged first by the way we look ...

Its hard for many of us ,especially for converts /reverts ,because sometimes we feel like our style is still somewhere in the Middle, between East and West .

One thing to remember, is that we have to always first look at the Quran and Sunnah ..
This is where we should look for guidance and for answer to our questions ...

We should stop wearing what people tell us to wear .We need to look at the Quran and at the Sunnah of the Prophet peace be upon him ..

I been wearing skirt and tops and mixing and matching, until recently I started thinking about this verse in the Quran .It made me convienced ,that Quran tells us to wear an outer garment ,called Jilbab..Please read this and think about it ...
I know there are differences in opinion about this verse..

In the Quran, Surah al-Ahzab ayah 59 (33:59) says:

Ya ayyuha an-Nabiyy qul li azwajika wa banatika wa nisa al-mu'minin yudnina
alayhinna min jalabib hinna; dhalika adna an yu'rafna fa laa yu'dhayn. Wa
kana Allahu Ghafur Rahim

O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the
faithful to draw their JALABIB close around them; that is better that they
will be recognized and not annoyed. And God is ever Forgiving, Gentle.

The word "jalabib" is the plural of "jilbab". Clearly, this ayah states a
command for Muslim women to wear a garment which Allah SWT has called

Beyond this, the hadiths record how the sahabiyat (rAa) went about obeying
Surah al-Ahzab ayah 59 when it was revealed:

Sunan Abu Dawud Book 32 #4090. Narrated Umm Salama, Umm al-Mu'minin: When
the verse, "That they should draw their jalabib close around them" was
revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads
by wearing jalabib.

In case there is any confusion about how the Muslim sister is supposed to go
about obeying Surah al-Ahzab ayah 59, this hadith shows that the correct way
to obey it is to wear the garment called "jilbab", since that is what the
sahabiyat (rAa) did. Note that they did not hesitate or delay or make
excuses: when they were told by Allah SWT to wear the garment called
"jilbab", they did, right away.

And there is more even than this. Some of the women remained in seclusion
and never went out so that they did not own the garment called "jilbab".

The hadiths record that the Prophet (sAas) commanded the women to come out for
the Eid gathering, and what he said about the issue of the garment called

Sahih Bukhari Book 8 #347. Narrated Umm Atiyya: We were ordered to bring out
our menstruating women and screened women to the religious gatherings and
invocation of the Muslims on the two Eid festivals. These menstruating women
were to keep away from the musalla. A woman asked, "O Messenger of Allah!
What about one who does not have a jilbab?". He said, "Let her borrow the
jilbab of her companion".

Please sisters note that some of the women even stayed home and did not go out because they did not have a jilbab ..

SubhanAllah !!...Now look at us .....We are running around in jeans and even tight clothing and not even ashamed of it ...

I'm not trying to dictate anyone what to wear , its between person and Allah ,but this is my sincere advice to all ,to look at what Quran and Sunnah tells us to wear and not what Hijabi Fashion blogs or our friends tell us to wear ...

Remember that all what we do is for Allah only , to please Him only ..

By the way , it makes life so much easier and stress free ,when you just beautify yourself ,wear whatever you like and then just throw abaya or jilbab over it ,when you going out ...
Trust me it saves you so much time and money .
How much time do you spend in front of the mirror and trying to match Hijab with the shirt ,then undershirt ,then skirt or jeans .How much time do you spend running around the Malls and looking for the tops to match with this and that ...How much money and time do you spend on this ? And how stressful you are after that?
Islam is easy , it is we who make it difficult ...

We also have to remember to show our Islamic Identity, not only through clothes , but through our manners , our behavior towards others.We , as Muslims in West have to represent Islam in the best way we can ....
And Remember

"That one of the best means of da’wah is to be a good example yourself, and adhere to the rulings of Islam, and to its noble morals."


Endless-Amani said...

Good job on the blog ; )

I agree, during the summer is the hardest time for me to find clothes...Tis is why I will start making my own

Aisha said...

salam aleikum sister
I found the best idea for the summer ,wear a nice light abaya ,made from crepe material and wear maxi dress or tank top and skirt under it ..I never feel hot in my abaya ,coz its loose and material is very comfy...
I wear silk hijabs ,that are very light...
If you make clothes you should make a blog and share your ideas :)

waaleikum salam

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