Hijabi Spotlight #1!

Alhamdulillah, it’s becoming so common nowadays to see young women dressed modestly and wearing hijab. Everywhere I look, in the malls, on the beach, at family functions, it’s awesome to see so many young women embrace the Hijab.

With the influx of young women wearing the Hijab, I’m also presented with lots of opportunity for inspiration when it comes to hijabi fashion! Many young women are trying to dress modestly, yet still stay on top of the current season trends. And achieving this very successfully!

So I’ve created Hijabi Spotlights as a means to showcase some of these inspiring women that I see, bump into, and now occasionally stalk to get a picture! Just kidding 🙂

These new cuffed pants (I think that’s what you call them?) are stunning! Very comfy for weekend wear, and loose-fitting enoughthat you can get away with a shorter top. They can also be dressed up quite nicely, as seen above. Can be found en-masse in nearly every shop in ChinaTown Sable Square.

The white lace undertop is also a great basic. Something different from the normal undertop, these can be found in different colours at Jay Jays in CanalWalk or at China Town. It’s a little bit tight though, so be sure to buy one or two sizes bigger.

So, do you love these pants? 🙂

If you would like to contribute to Hijabi Spotlight, you are welcome to email me. I will make sure all contributions are anonymous (as above)

 

Must have item: Black and white maxi dress

I love these new maxi dresses that are in stores! There are so many of them in different styles and prints and fabrics! They are very versatile, you can dress them up or down, heels or flats, with something over or under, and with a variety of colours!

Woolworths currently have about 5 different styles on sale, and I’ve seen some in Exact and in Foschini as well.

Below are a few examples of the different types of dresses; these arent the exact ones in the stores, but very very very similar.

I bought the lycra one from Woolies, it’s really nice but a little bit tight over the chest area so I usually wear a cropped cardi over. This doesn’t suit all body shapes so if you have lots of curves I suggest buying one of the cotton ones, which are a lot more flattering.

You can wear these dresses lots of ways, try the basic Black and White look below, and accesorise by adding some chunky gold jewellery:

Hijab: crushed fabric found in China Town or at Edgars
Accesories: found at Woolworths

Or bring some colour into your wardrobe! Below is an example that can easily be done by adding basic cardis and some every day jewellery. You can also check out one of my previous posts for a another outfit idea.

Either way, this has been one of my best buys this summer, and I’ve worn it as a work outfit, casual and dress up weekend wear! Let me know what you think, and how you’ve worn your black and white maxi dress!

Sunday Blues

Royal Blue is a great trendy colour at the moment! (I think hehe, else I’ve just discovered it and it’s on its way out?)

I’ve been going a bit crazy with this colour at the moment, from scarves, to shoes to accesories! I was invited to a friend’s son’s  name-giving on Sunday, and the dress below was perfect to wear in this 36degrees celsius weather!

I wore it with the black cardi and black heels, but you can also wear it with the grey undertop and blue heels as shown!

Sorry about the quality of the pics.. I’m such an amateur with this!

So my friends suggested I tell you where to get the clothes, or similar ones. So here goes:

Basics: Blue/grey floral dress from Sable Square China Town; Black cropped cardi from ChinaTown as well (you will see a trend soon hehe) OR grey undertop from Ottery Hyper. Of course with the cardi you need to wear a cami/tanktop to cover your chest in front, black or grey will do)

Hijab: Plain blue scarf from Vangate Souk

Accessories: Black strappy heels from HQ shoes; blue necklace I wear as a bracelet from some random flea market. Blue heels (pic off the net, sorry sisters!)

Wow, a lot of bargain buys in the look above! Let me know what you all think!

The journey of an enquiring mind

I have a close non-muslim friend who, for lots of different reasons, has over time become quite interested in understanding and learning more about Islam.

It started off as an interest or a hobby, researching things and then talking about them with Muslim friends, but as the days have gone on I’ve noticed her becoming more and more interested, and really liking what she is learning.

It’s been an eye-opening experience watching someone else ‘discover’ Islam. Our regular chats about religion started off being a basic QnA session with me having most of the answers, but as time wentand she continued researching, the chats changed and now she is the one teaching me!

How many of us don’t know the answers to ‘why?’ we follow certain guidelines in Islam? Or why certain rules are in place? Or why some things are forbidden? Or why some things are loved? As many of you, I was blessed to have been born in a Muslim family, so I grew up knowing and believing the pillars of Islam. A lot of what I believe in is so much a part of me, that I don’t question and understand the real reasons behind much of the wisdom of Islam any more.

Watching my friend on this path, I see her thirst for knowledge, I witness her understanding and growing love for Islam, and I’m inspired. She has inspired me to learn more about my religion, to have more answers to the ‘why’s’, and to increase the love I have for my Islam.

Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. The more you learn and know about Islam, the more you will increase your love, as it is indeed the most beautiful religion. Seeking knowledge is also spoken about in the Quran and in Hadith:

Allah says: “But say: “O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge”.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever seeks a way to acquire knowledge Allah will make easy his way to Paradise.” [Sahîh Muslim (2699)]

It was also related by Anas b. Malik that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” [Sunan Ibn Mâjah (224) and others]

I’m not sure where my friend’s journey will take her, but may Allah open her heart to Islam Inshallah, Ameen.

How to respond to common reactions/questions from non-Muslims

So.. I think almost all muslim sisters who blog about hijab have written a post on weird questions from non-muslims so I will not do the same.. I rather want to focus on how to react to one or two common questions, in a positive manner that will help in educating and inspiring the non-muslims around you.

The weeks before I started wearing hijab, I was already anticipating the questions and trying to figure out what my response would be. The obvious question: “Why are you wearing it?” I thought the answer would be just as obvious, but it is quite difficult to verbalise in a few minutes what was a journey of months or even years for some people.

So, how do you answer this question in a ‘one-liner’, as most of the time the question is not an invitation to jump into 20minutes of Da’wah! Here are some good (in my opinion) answers:

  • It makes me feel closer to my God
  • It’s a constant reminder of my Faith (I can feel it on my head all the time).
  • I do it to please my God
  • My beauty is only for my husband
  • I want people to love, respect and judge me for who I am, not for how I look
  • A lot of the key principles of my religion are based on modesty, and my Hijab is one way of being modest.

The second most common question I’m asked, which was one I was not prepared for, is: “Who is forcing you to wear it? Are you oppressed?”

For this one, I didn’t really have an answer. The first few times I just stared in shock! After that I started laughing it off and went back to my “Why are you wearing it” responses.

Now I still get those questions, but what I always try to do is to show people how much I love my hijab, by enjoying wearing it! I think this is why it is almost important for me to have fun with it, to play with colours and styles, not to be fashionable and/or attractive, but just to make people understand and believe that I am doing this out of choice, I am embracng it and I love it 100%

More interesting colour combos

Remember my coral scarf from day 1? Well this week I found a new way to wear it!

Take a look, what do you think?  These shoes were the first pair of ‘çolour’ shoes I’ve ever bought! I’ve only ever owned black, white or brown, boy have I  been missing out!

Basics: Wide leg black pants; grey viscose top

Hijab: My favourite coral floral 🙂

Accessories: Coral bracelet (The top is too busy for a necklace I think); coral shoes!

The top is longer than it looks, and the pants leg is super wide, so it is a nice modest, non-form fitting, stylish look. Both the pants and the top are very versatile, and once you get the hang of, and the confidence, to do the colour mixing you could wear this often with different colours every time; purple, yellow, red, pink all good look with this top-pants combo. You could also use this top with some cardis, but I’ll show you that another time. So far, do you like what you see? 🙂 Comments, feedback, criticisms welcome 🙂

Note: I forgot to mention that almost all my wardrobe looks are work wear; as I work in a corporate environment, I need to look quite formalish every day. Let me know if you would like me to show you some casual looks also; for me, the casual look has been really easy, it is more the work wear that has been stressing me out!

Playing with colours… I don’t have to match?!

So, this is week 4 of wearing my hijab and I’m proud to say that i’m getting  good at it 🙂 So it’s easy to put the hijab on now (I don’t prick my head anymore, and once I tie it in the morning, it stays whole day. Compared to week one when I had to re-adjust twice during the day hehe..

So of course I don’t have enough clothes to go through a month cycle, so I’ve worn most things twice or maybe thrice, but as the days go on I’ve been getting bolder with my hijab choices, and finally this week I didn’t match – twice! Hehe take a look at the pic, and you’ll see what I mean.

Week 1: I wore this dress with a black long sleeve tee underneath, black heels, black necklace, black scarf. It looked – OK.

Week 3:

Basics: Black and white dress; white long sleeve undertop

Hijab: Plain blue scarf

Accessories: Long blue bead necklace; white wedge sandals.

I’m so proud of myself! Would never have been so brave before! (Like I said I am a fashion newbie). What do you think? Can I/you pull this off?

Disclaimer: I’m too shy to take pics of myself, so I’m either taking pics of my clothes, or trying to find the best match on the net; I’m building up an online replica of my wardrobe lol.

Disclaimer 2: Sorry the pics are so fuzzy. Does anyone know how I can make better quality pics? Is there a program I can use to do this? (I’m using MS paint to copy and paste my pics)