Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Reader Request: Casual Cool

One of my readers recently asked me to put together an outfit using this grey tunic from La Redoute. It's a really versatile piece that could be worn with many different colours. This time, I've chosen varying shades of blue. Hope you like it Mais!

Grey tunic £12.50, La Redoute; striped hijab £6.95, The Hijab Shop; teal cardigan £22; navy shopper £30; wide leg jeans £25, all Dorothy Perkins; patent ankle boots £35, Barratts.


Anonymous said...

Far be it for me to rain on anyone's parade, but the idea of using hijab (a symbol of islamic faith) as a vehicle to express yourself in any way other than islamically defeats the entire object of the hijab. Let me explain: The hijab is an outward signal that you have devoted yourself to Allah (swt), or at the very least, have accepted islamic teachings that to draw sexual attention from MEN should be frowned upon. By beautifying the hijab, you are beautifying yourself, and so you may as well dye your hair and cut it into sexy styles, because by beautifying yourself using the hijab, you are accomplishing the same goal: a pretty hijab can make you look as cute and sexy to a man as any pretty hairstyle- arguably more so, as there is a hypocritical air of chastity associated with it. In short, muslim women of today have succumbed to the western view that to be "drably" dressed is undesirable. Let me tell you, it is not..Instead of trying to become the next barbie doll with the latest cute/ sophisticated style of hijab, why don't you remember what it is that gives you the right to wear the hijab in the first place: your FAITH. Read the qur'an, pray, but don't worry bout how pretty you look in front of western men and women- you are all better than that. If it is too much of a burden to you to wear a "drab" hijab, then maybe you should ask yourselves the question "why do I even bother with the hijab?". I fear that many of you will not ask yourselves this queston, because deep down, you know your answer will be: "because it takes to long to get my hair as pretty as the blonde girls in the morning".

Assalamu Aleikum, Fashionistas *rolls eyes*

Jana said...

Anon, I don't know why you felt the need to post your rude, sarcastic and ignorant diatribe on two seperate posts here, but I'll reply to this one here. Honestly, I am tired of arguing with people who insist on telling us how/what/why to wear hijab. What amazes me most of all is that you try to use Islam to justify this. Your assertions that not wanting to look drab is a 'Western' notion is totally misplaced. These ahadith should provide food for thought:

"No one who has even an atom's-weight of pride in his heart will enter Paradise." A man asked him, "What if he likes his clothes and shoes to look good?" The Prophet (saas) said: "Allah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on other people."

Sahih Muslim

According to the hadith narrated by one of the companions of the Prophet (saas), the Prophet (saas) told his Companions, when they were travelling to meet some brothers in faith:
"You are going to visit your brothers, so repair your saddles and make sure that you are dressed well, so that you will stand out among people like an adornment, for Allah does not love ugliness."

Sunan Abu Dawud, Volume 4, Number 83

Umar (ra) relates:
"I saw the Messenger of Allah (saas) ask for a new garment. He put it on, and when it reached his knees he said, 'Praise be to Allah, Who has given me clothes with which to cover myself and make myself look beautiful in this life.'"

Al-Targhib wa'l-Tarhib, Volume 3, Number 93

As for your claims that "a pretty hijab can make you look as cute and sexy to a man as any pretty hairstyle", er sure thing mate. Because pieces of cloth are more sexually attractive than a woman's body aren't they?

Poor understanding of the deen AND human psychology, yet you feel the need to tell the rest of us what to do....

Anonymous said...

First of all... you are judginf and only Allah (SWT) has that right. It is not about looking good to men it is about feeling good about ones self. And for the record it does not matter what a woman wears, females are attractive to men. if a woman wears a burka a man may still see the way she walks and find it attractive. Also in hte west there are half naked women walking around, if a lustful man has the option of looking at a woman who is wearing short shorts and a bra or a woman who is completly covered which one is he going to look at? Men need to control their eyes as we guard our modesty we should not have to go around dressed in burkas and all black just for thier sake, Hijab is for the sake of Allah (SWT) and we as believeing Muslim women have the right to wear it beautifully with pride.

Anonymous said...

Mashallah Jana, great points! Eurgh, I hate it when people feel the need to attack us for wanting to wear hijab! It almost sounds like anon 1 wants us to give up the hijab?! Get a life, and leave us alone!!

nihad said...

Assalam alaikum,
Masha Allah! Jana u have replied very well.. as for the anonymous writer i can only repeat wat u said and what rightly applies to the tongue dripping with sarcasm and pride.
"No one who has even an atom's-weight of pride in his heart will enter Paradise."
I guess just wearing the "right clothes" and having so much pride makes the anon writer a "perfect muslim"... as for me, i wud rather be someone who is trying to follow all concepts of islam and not just judge people by their clothes.

Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaikum Jana,

You made some very good points there. I wish that people like the Anon that started this mess would just not go to this website in the first place. They she wouldn't be upset, and neither would we.

To go back to the outfit, however, I really like it. I'm probably somewhat older than most of your readers, and sometimes the styles you show are definitely a bit young for me, but this would work for any age and/or figure type.

Thanks for putting together such a great resource.

sayma said...

anon: 1 get a life!!!!!! If you dont like what you see, and then don't go on the website you fool! There is nothing wrong in Jana giving ideas on fellow muslims sisters how to dress modestly...

Anonymous said...

I think we've all been a little harsh to anon 1..I think anon 2 struck the right balance. Girlies, when did we become so rude? Lol, gud work tho sisterssss! ;D

Jana said...

Anon 2, exactly! I wish people spent an equal amount of time telling brothers to lower their gaze, rather than forcing us to bend over backwards to try not to 'tempt' men into looking. Please. Have some respect for women AND men.

Anon 4, thanks, I'm glad you like it! Admittedly, most of the outfits probably appeal to my own age group, so some might fidn thema bit young. I'll try to post more 'grown-up' outfits inshallah!

Sayma, lets not get carried away and start name-calling please.

Anon 5, personally, I am sick and tired of constantly getting these complaints. Although you are right of course, we shouldn't be rude even if people are rude to us.

Anyway, I hope we can let go of this now, and just get back to the original post topic!

Anonymous said...

This is Anon 4: you don't need to start thinking of anything for my age group, I see that sometimes and I'm still enjoying your fashion sense regardless if I would wear everything or not. My daughter and I discuss your outfits (she's closer to your age) and have fun looking. Keep up the GREAT work!

Maisastic said...

i love the outfit!

thank u jana


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