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#1) Hijab No No's:
This week for our Top 10 we've decided to write about hijab no no's. Different cultures have changed their opinion of the way hijab should be worn, whether it was knowingly or unknowingly. Sometimes, the strive for being modern can go wrong. So to give you an idea of what is a no no, we've written the top 10 ways a hijab should not be worn:
1) The Convertible Hijab (half on the head and half off, like a convertible, it slides up and down)
2) The Mickey Mouse Hijab (Sometimes you see a sister with hijab, but her two ears stick out)
3) The Cone head Hijab (the bun on the back of their heads doesnt look like a bun, but rather a cone.
4) The T-Shirt Hijab (This is when they wear a proper hijab with t-shirts or kapris)
5) The Neck Hijab (This is when their heads are covered, but their necks are not)
6) Tight hijab (This is when the Hijabi's clothes look like they have been painted on)
7) Short Hijab (If you lift your arms and your belly can show, thats not hijab)
8) Peek a Boo Hijab (If your hijab is transparent, its not hijab)
9) Hairstyle Hijab (The point is to cover your hair, sorry girls, no bangs allowed to show)
10) Perfume Hijab (Dont spray yourself with as much perfume as possible, it doesnt smell good and its disliked)
The Hijab is not limited to the scarf on your head. It includes the clothes you wear from head to toe, here are some hadiths and ayats on how you should wear the hijab.
And say to the beleiving women that they should lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms (24:31) [only of that which is apparent...refers to face and hands]
Abu Huraira reported that Allah (swt) messenger (pbuh) said:
There are two types of the denizens of hell whom I did not see: people having flogs like the tails of ox with them and they would be beating people, and the women who would be dressed but would appear to be naked, who would incline to evil, make thier husbands incline towards it and they have their hair high like the bumps of the bukht camel. They will not enter paradise and they would not smell its odour whereas its odour would be smelt from such and such distance.
[sahih muslim - book 024 number 5310]
The Prophet Pbuh hated cheating, increasing hair with the help of items is disliked.
[sahih muslin - book 024 number 5309]
#2) Hijabi Must Haves:
There are endless lists of wants for girls, hmm...make that needs too :)
But the following Top 5 is a list of Must Haves...Hijabi Must Haves
1) Colorful Scarves:
Have one in ever color, shape and size. You never know which outfit, occasion or season will go best with it.
2) Safety Pins:
Safety Pins are like life savers. They help pin your hijab together so that you dont end up with a convertable hijab or a mickey mouse one. Basically it is the main element in a tidy hijab. The only problem is that they can break, and thats why you should always carry a little change purse filled with safety pins. You can get regular ones from the dollerstore, but they are prone to eating your hijab alive..So I recommend the plastice ones shown below:
These pins help keep our hijab in place and looking good :) They help tuck in corners and pin down loose peices. You can get them in the dollerstore in an arrangement of colors to match your outfit or scarf.. Or you can go more fancy and get the jeweled kind
The first pic is that of a Pink Glacier Pin
The second one is a pic of pins you can get at the doller store - these ones wont harm your hijab.
4) Long Sleeve T-Shirts:
These T-shirts truly are must haves - Do you own a sleevless top that you cant wear because a shrug or cardigan doesnt go good on it? Well all you need is a long sleeve shirt. Just like sweaters come in handy during the winter/spring time; these shirts are handy during the summer. They come in an array of different colors and sizes. You can wear them under your maxi dress, tank top, bubble top, or t-shirt. They are the perfect sleeve alternatives. Not only that, but they can cover your chest area if you have a low cut top. Do not wear these tops by themselves because they are really tight and have body hugging fits. Other than that, they are life savers for all hijabi wardrobes. Tip: If the long sleeve t-shirt turns out to be a v-neck, wear it backwards! You can usually get these tops in girl stores like "stitches, Sirens, Urban Behavior, Urban Planet etc" These are canadian stores, but they might be in America as well. If you know where else you can get these tops, leave a comment :)
What makes a cardigan great? Is it that you can find one in any color? Is it that they look ultra hip and stylish on your outfits? Is is that they go great with almost anything? yes! But what's even more fabulous about cardigans is that they are meant to be long and loose. Which in translation means awesome but modest outfits... yaaay hijabis! If you dont have a cardigan get up and go get some! Hijabi or not, these tops are super handy when you dont want to wear a coat, when you need sleeves, when your top is short or tight, or even to add color to your bland outfit. Where can you get them? Anywhere clothes are sold. There are even cardi's for guys.
Bonus #) Dresses:
Honestly it is very rare for a hijabi to buy a shirt - why you may ask? Because shirts for western people mean short.. Then what do they wear? Simple. The answer is dresses.
Sure occasionally there is a nice long top out there, but usually these long tops are worn with tights or nothing at all so they basically end up in the short dresses section.
If you are a hijabi, the best thing to do when you go shopping is look in the dresses isle. It does not need to be a formal dress, look for something casual, something you can wear with jeans -- something you can wear regularly..
Its funny and sorta sad when you see a hijabi (confused and upset) looking through a whole isle of teenie tiny tops. You can find long tops/dresses in girl stores and easily transform them into hijabi apparel like the pic below. You can get more examples through our Modern Hijabi posts
#3) Misconceptions About Women In Islam:
This week’s theme is Women in Islam, so we thought it would be a great idea to write this week’s Top 10 on misconceptions about women in Islam. In the article we have supported our statements with a lot of hadiths and ayahs, but we didn’t get too clear on what the stereo types and misconceptions are. So before you read the article, we’ll get the facts clear for you :)
The following statements are "Stereotypes and Misconceptions about Muslim Women"
**note that stereotypes differ among Muslims, non Muslims and cultures**
1) They are illiterate
2) They are oppressed
3) They are immigrants or foreigners
4) They don’t have rights
5) They don’t have fun
6) They are not Modern/Stylish
7) They are under the control of a male family member
8) That they are ignorant, uncivilized villagers
9) They are not allowed to work
10) They are not social and are secluded
1) Islam stresses that Muslim women and men alike get an education
2) Muslim women are to be treated kindly and respectfully
3) Many Muslim women are born in European countries and many are converts from these countries (4 out of every 5 converts is a woman)
4) Muslim women have equal rights, they differ on circumstances.
5) Muslim women have fun; as long as the definition does not stand for: drinking, smoking, getting high in parties late at night or running around trying to attract as much bad attention to oneself as possible.
6) Modern Muslim women are very stylish; in fact if you look around on the internet you will find beautiful and modest Islamic clothing. Many Muslim hijabis are becoming fashion designers with their own labels.
7) Muslim women are independent people and no one can own them or force them to do anything.
8) Many Muslim women are educated and are pursuing careers in numerous fields.
9) Muslim women are given the freedom to work and keep their own income to themselves.
10) Muslim women are normal humans, therefore some of them are more outgoing and some of them are shyer, but that does not mean all of them are secluded.
#4) Facts About The Prophet (pbuh):
This week our theme is the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). So for our top 10, we decided to write 10 facts about him. Tell us charachteristics and facts you know about the Prophet (pbuh) :)
1) He was born in the year 570 CE and was soon orphaned. But he was raised by his uncle Abu Talib.
2) He was illiterate. And therefore Islams greatest miracle is the Quran, because a person who could not read or write would never be able to write something as profound as the Quran.
3) Before he became a Prophet, people used to call him "Al Ameen; The Trustworthy." Unlike other boys his age, he never drank or took part in immoral activities. He was reffered to as the Truthful and Trustworthy.
4) He received his first Wahi (revelation from God) in the year 610. The angel Jibraeel (Gabriel) appeared to him in the cave of Hira telling him to Iqra (read).
5) The first person he converted was his first wife Khadijah (ra). After seeing his distress she asked him what was wrong. When she found out, she did not hesitate to accept Islam for she was intelligent and knew that Muhammad (pbuh) was honest.
6) The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) always used to help clean up around the house and never left housework only to women.
"He used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was time for the prayer, he would go for the prayer.” (Hadith)
"Cleanliness is half of faith….” (Hadith)
He used to say: "cleanliness is piety"
7) The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) used to joke (without lying).
“I guarantee a house in the surroundings of Paradise for a man who avoids quarrelling even if he were in the right, a house in the middle of Paradise for a man who avoids lying even if he were joking, and a house in the upper part of Paradise for a man who made his character good.” (Hadith)
8) The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was easy going and pleasant.
By the grace of Allah, you are gentle towards the people; if you had been stern and harsh-hearted, they would have dispersed from round about you. (Qur’an, 3:159)
“Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and make them calm (with glad tidings) and do not repulse (them).” (Hadith)
9) The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) cared for all living creatures.
The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He said, “(Yes) There is a reward for serving any living being.” (Hadith)
“If any Muslim plants any plant and a human being or an animal eats from it, he will be rewarded as if he had given that much in charity.” (Hadith)
10) He was very just and fair:
The Jews, in spite of their hostility to the Prophet (pbuh), were so impressed by his impartiallity and sense of justice that they used to bring their cases to him, and he decided them according to Jewish law. (Abu Dawud, Sunan Dawud)
In his fatal illness, the Prophet (pbuh) proclaimed in a concourse assembled at his house that if he owed anything to anyone the person concerned could claim it; if he had ever hurt anyone's person, honor or property, he could have his price while he was yet in this world. A hush fell on the crowd. One man came forward to claim a few dirhams which were paid at once. (Ibn Hisham, Sirat-ur-Rasul)