Hijabi Styles

Features different hijabi styles for both everyday wear and special occasion.
You can find a variety of hijabs here:
Pashmina- http://www.uniquehijabs.com/product.php?catid=Nzk=

Square HIjab- http://www.mymodefa.com/products/armine-winter-2013-esin-silk-scarf?utm_source=google-product-search

Shawl- http://hijab411.com/multi-ruffle-shawl-hijab-p-1140.html

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Muslim Men React to Hijab

I’m really such a curious person. I always wonder about so much and often gaze into my thoughts asking myself all sorts of questions…like “what do Muslim men think of hijabies?”

What do they think as Muslims when they see a woman representing the same religion?

I don’t really like to distinguish Muslims who are “more religious” and the “not so practicing” Muslims because in the context of Islam, all those who believe in God are Muslim. But lets face it, some Muslims have higher Iman than others, and I got a mix of reaction from the Muslim men I spoke to.

Many of them had similar replies to the first question: ” It makes me happy to see a Muslim women with hijab because it is a sign of bravery in the American society.”

” I respect them a lot because they bypass the culture and social norm and prioritize their beliefs and that takes a lot of courage.”

“It makes me feel good to know there are more practicing Muslims representing our Islam.”

I was kind of surprised to hear these replies because I never thought that men would really understand how it feels to be a hijabi– to be pointed out from the crowd and judged based on appearance (I’m not talking about beauty here, I’m referring to the judgment of appearance in the sense of being categorized)–because for the Muslim men, there isn’t that obvious sign or garment that distinguishes them as Muslims. Having a beard no longer really identifies the men as Muslims because breads are trending now. I mean, there’s a whole website dedicated to beards–it’s not really like hijab (or so I personally think). So, yes, I was glad to know that they understood and were cheering us on.

I got curious again. I wondered how they thought of hijabies in the sense of being a female? Is she approachable?

This is where I got the mixed reactions. I know hijab is supposed to signify the meaning of modesty and representation of a Muslim, but I guess your actions and style also play a role in the way others perceive you.

Their reactions:

“Is she single?” he said jokingly. “I wonder if she is modest and reserved–if she abides by the Islamic rules.”

“They’re not as easily approached as other women because hijab gives this sense of virtue and, usually, when a man is trying to approach a women, he is doing so because he wants to get to know her for personal reasons…or to ask her on a date. So in a way, I keep my distance as a way of respecting her.”

“I’m more careful of how I look and talk with her. If I’m going to speak with her, it will be with limits. She is wearing hijab for a reason and you’re supposed to respect her,” he said. “It really depends on the person, but for me, when I talk to a hijabi, I have to be more careful–I give her more value,” he said.”It’s like talking to a regular person and then talking to someone with power. I wouldn’t try flirting with a hijabi because she is signaling to you that she wants to be approached with limits.”

He went on to give an example to try to make a deeper connection. “It’s like having the tendency of continuously using foul language -but you have this close friend who is disturbed by profanity and he prefers that you don’t curse in his presence -so you don’t because you care about that person’s feelings and you respect their wishes and you refrain from cursing when they are around.”

Printed Hijab – Business Casual

I paired the same printed hijab with a white collared blouse and a black
blazer for an edgy sophisticated look.Printed Hijab - Business Casual
Printed Hijab – Business Casual  featuring harem pants

Mango shirt
mango.com

Lanvin wool blazer
$2,770 – brownsfashion.com

Bardot harem pants
$73 – bardot.com.au

H M ballet flat
$23 – hm.com

Chanel watch
$2,795 – farfetch.com

Ben Amun gold necklace
couturecandy.com

Printed Hijab – Night Out

Who said you can’t get creative and mix and match your outfits while wearing
hijab?! Here’s a quick post to show how you can wear this printed leopard scarf
two different ways, while still maintaining a modest look:

Printed Hijab - Night Out

Printed Hijab – Night Out 

Warehouse
$88 – warehouse.co.uk

Ichi
$68 – nelly.com

Chanel bag
my-wardrobe.com
 I paired a red blazer with a long black sleek dress to bring out the
leopard scarf and heels for a girls night out.

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Q & A

Interview with graduate student, Lisa Jaradat. 

Q: What inspired you to start wearing hijab?

 A: My friend Sherry inspired me. One day she sat me down and told me that I was a good person and that I was doing a lot of good deeds but many were going to waste because I was like a candle that provides light for  others but burns itself. She told me to just try it for one day and I did. I never took it off since, I love it.
Islam advises its followers to have higher morals and values as compared to the degenerate levels of morality found in society today. As generations pass, it seems like our society is growing backwards. Cave men were barely clothed and strived to cover themselves with leaves. Now, civil humans are striving to be naked. So this is backwards. People who say hijab is something that is backwards or from the stone age or medieval, are wrong; it is an advancement for women and society. Modesty is progressive.
What inspired me to take this decision was to follow the Wajib. The simple question was why not ? Do I love my lord more than my hair? No. Why risk upsetting my lord and go against the Islamic teaching to simply fit in a society who truly will never accept me for who I am because women are objectified and characterized by looks. How could I advocate for Islam if I didn’t fit the description– being a hijabi, people know me for who I actually am; it’s empowering.
Q: How would you identify what hijab means to you?

A: Its my shield; this shield only reveals my heart & makes it visible to humans eyes.The hijab is my blessing and it’s the answer to my prayers.

Q: Was the transition difficult for you, especially because you started wearing it at an older age?

A: Of course it was difficult, it’s my hair.  I love my hair. Hair is the best accessory a lady has. I started wearing the hijab at 22 and I am 26 now. Had I waited longer, I probably would have never worn it. I got attached to my reflection in the mirror with my hair out. It may sound silly but I had to let go of the idea of my hair making me beautiful because it’s me who is beautiful. So, regardless of what I am wearing, my inner beauty always shines and is radiant because my glow comes from deep with in.

Casual

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My very first outfit post!

This is usually how I dress on a daily basis: jeans, shirt/blouse, jacket, boots, and ,of course, a hijab. I don’t often wear my hijab like that unless I’m just throwing it on like a shawl (my lazy days). I actually got this navy blue Chanel hijab as a gift from Egypt, and I fell in love with the material! It’s super soft, but I can’t figure out the exact material of it because it’s written in scripted Arabic (I can read Arabic, but the writing is super small and I can’t exactly see what is says). I think it feels kind of like rayon material.

So, I looked all over the internet to try and find what I’m wearing here, and I couldn’t find the exact items but found very similar styles:

1- Jessica Simpson trench coat; it’s really light and good for Spring.

2- Navy blue Matelot skinny jeans.

3- Slip-on mid-calf beige boot.

4- Bow Blouse.

 

Everyday Hijabi

This piece of cloth on my head always attracts people’s attention. It’s always noticed in the crowd. So, I try to dress in a fashionable manner. I don’t often wear printed hijabs because I like wearing my scarf plain and simple. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t try to incorporate everyday style with it.

I wear different colored hijabs. In the summer, I usually wear brighter colors, and in the winter, I often wear neutral colors.

Neutral Hijabs :

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Bright Hijabs:yoyo and iIMG_0489

My hijab doesn’t prevent me or limit me from doing things I want to do. We are still able to go on cruises, jet-ski, sky dive, and parasail. 34184_10150208939240254_865090253_13608547_3601729_nIMG_0521parasail

Does this look like oppression to you?

Reasons and Reactions

I’ve always wondered what people’s initial reactions are when they see a hijabi. I wonder how it would feel as an outsider looking at a hijabi, especially if I wasn’t sure why she covers the most beautiful and exotic part of her beauty. So, my curiosity got the best of me. I went and asked a few non-Muslims what their reactions are when they see a covered girl. Here’s one girl’s perspective: “I see it as mark because it identifies a girl as a Muslim. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to wear it. There’s so many pressures and stereotypes that can come with wearing it. We’ve become so sensitized to the media’s portrayal of Muslims that we don’t realize that we’re prejudiced against them until you see them in front of you.”

And then I thought about it. The same way I see other people cover for religious purposes, like the Sikhs, is probably the same way people see me. But, maybe because the Muslims are more targeted in the media, it makes all the wonders more evident.

Every girl has her reason to wearing hijab. Not everyone thinks it’s okay to practice your belief; islamaphobics still exist.

But not everyone is judgmental. Not everyone is going to treat you any different for wearing hijab. I was curious to ask a male of what he thought. He said, “I didn’t think anything of your hijab. I wondered why you wore it and I wondered if it was your choice or if it was your family’s. I wondered what you were hiding and why you wore it the way you did. At some point, I thought most religious women who practice their faith more than most wouldn’t speak to a guy.”

I’m not here to speak on behalf of every hijabi, because no two people are alike, and just because we practice the same religion, it doesn’t mean that every one of us are the same. So, for me, I speak to men as I would to anyone, with sincerity and respect, because that’s what I’m hoping to receive from them.  I don’t want to come off as an intimidating person who makes people feel like I can’t be approached because I can. And I hope that I can always communicate this to everyone who I interact with.

A Hijabi’s Podcast

Her Struggle

fatmaAt age 14, Fatma Ismail, decided to start wearing hijab. Now 17 years old, and a current senior attending New Dorp high school, she “had quite an experience” wearing a veil, but doesn’t “regret one bit of it.” Both her best friend and mom were the reason why she was motivated to wear hijab. “They are the closest people to me and they showed me the right way to my religion,” she said smiling.

Fatma wore her hijab because she chose to and because it is part of her religion. “This is a way of me pleasing Allah because it’s mandated in our religion to be dressed modestly.”

Everyone can chose what they decide to wear every day for modesty, but Muslim women who decide to wear hijab follow what God has commanded them to wear for modesty. When people asked Fatma why she wears hijab, her response to them was, “my love for my religion means everything to me.”

Those responses were not enough for some people. She faced negativity in her past for wearing hijab. “During my freshmen year of high school, I felt like people weren’t accepting me with my hijab,” she said. “People tried to bring me down by trying to take off my scarf.” She explains how at one point she struggled so hard to keep her faith, but eventually learned to accept that there will always be “some people in life that will try to bring you down and there is nothing you can do about it.” Her four years of experience made her stronger because she no longer cares about the negativity that people have to say about hijab.

“I have more positive feedback from people now because I wear it with more confidence.” Fatma’s peers at my school are more accepting towards her wearing hijab. More people are fascinated with her hijab and continuously compliment her style and hijabi look. “It makes me so happy to know that people accept me for who I am and for my religion.”

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