بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Regardless of what you may think about Feminists, Muslims who consider themselves Feminists, Madhabs, the Salaafi Dawah, differences of opinion and put ALL OF THAT ASIDE…I wanted to introduce you all to a sister whom I consider utterly interesting…Zainab of the Salafi Feminist blog, writter for UK based Sisters Magazine and Abaya designer (on the side) and ofcourse full time Muslim Mommy…although she considers herself a Salafi and a feminist, she may or may not fit your definition of either term. Regardless, she embraces those terms and I think rocks both quite inspirationally and unabashedly, personally I also think her writing is very powerful, well educated and well thought out and her style is entirely most peoples preconceived notions.
Soo…put differences of thought aside and read on…
Since I lived in Kuwait for about two and a half years, I was thrilled to have easy access to ‘abayah tailors and getting mine custom made.
I also like unique rings, and will add a matching or contrasting ring(s). I have a fussy eye for rings, so I’ll go to tons of accessory stores, but only rarely will something really jump out at me or strike my fancy.
I have a fondness for jackets as well – my favourite style is biker jackets; sadly, both my brown leather jacket and my black pleather have been lost during my travels. However, I do have a white blazer and a hot red pleather biker jacket.
When it comes to shoes, I have a weakness for kitten heels, biker boots, and comfortable flats, all in a variety of styles and colours to go with whatever mood I happen to be in.
My true passion lies in ‘abayaat, and alHamdulillah I was recently blessed with the opportunity to start up my own company of ‘abayaat that I designed myself: ‘Abayaat Leather & Lace!
Abayat Leather and Lace encompasses my various tastes and interests, from an appreciation of Asian (Malaysian and Indian) heritage and culture, as found in the two designs I am currently selling which feature traditional batik prints and sari fabric, to the design I call “Warrior Princess,” and features lace, faux leather, and silver spikes.
All of them are dear to me as they reflect different aspects of my personality and are also completely different from anything else I’ve ever seen in the ‘abayah market (even the haute couture ones), and I hope that viewers are equally excited by them!
While I have many other designs planned and hope to create them soon inshaAllah.
A few of her inspiring and interesting articles on matters affecting Muslim women.
I *highly* *highly* HIGHLY recommend you put The Salafi Feminist on your reading list! Even if you are NOT Salafi…you WILL find interesting and insightful essays about Muslim women and Islam written from the perspective of a well-educated yet traditional Muslim woman (not a male chauvinist, not a non-Muslim orientalist and not a Muslim woman who doesnt practice or who is more of a cultural Muslim than a actual practicing one). I could seriously spend a weekend and just read everything and STILL know I havent touched the surface of what she has touched on! MashAllah….enshaAllah more young sisters step up to the plate and keep the enlightenment going…