Bismillah ar Rahman ar Raheem,
Ages ago I asked around to see if any sisters would want to share their muhajabaah or munaqabaah styles on OSH! alhamdulLah sister Umm Aminah wanted to share her very unique, ever so thrifty and ever so covering muhajabah style!
This sister manages to pull together an uber modest style using simple tie-back long khimars from Jordan (like the ones HijabGirl used to sell) and maxi dresses! I love the simplicity of the look and how budget friendly it is given that maxi dresses can be had for next to nothing nowadays in most shops and those khimars arent too pricey either! It definitely fits the bill….
Umm Aaminah was gracious enough to talk a little bit about her hijab style…
My style is pretty straight-forward: I like to be modest and cover but I am open to trying new styles. However, due to being a plus-size sister, I am limited. This is one reason I’ve worn abaya so much as opposed to other types of modest clothes; it’s almost impossible to find bottoms that fit appropriately and modest blouses or sweaters when you are very top-heavy. In the summer however I have been wearing and loving maxi dresses. I love them! I bought all of mine at Ross; they were $18 and under, the majority on the lower end of the scale. I think they are really nice, flowy, breeze, cute, and modest. I always wear a stretchy tissue-t cardigan to cover my arms as every maxi dress I’ve seen has been sleeveless. I also just wear the large tie-back poly khimars so it helps to maintain my modesty. I used to buy all of them from Hijab Girl but unfortunately they have stopped stocking them. I think because of the Syrian civil war. I did find a sister on fb, Badra’s Boutique, who makes pak-chadors and I bought a turquoise one. I like it but it is actually hotter than my poly khimars. I don’t wear it as a niqab but rather pull it directly under my chin. If I do wear an abaya I’m again pretty limited due to my size and budget. So it’s black, black, and more black! To liven it up a bit (for my own pleasure and my husband) I wear cute shoes and nice handbags, maybe a sparkly ring. As for makeup, if you ask, I’m pretty minimal. Lotion and a brush-on mineral foundation, some kohl and possibly mascara and lip balm. I really try to not get too over-board as modesty is the name of the game. I also apparently over-pose when my mom takes a picture of me. lol Go figure. Also for abayas I generally shop SunnahStyle and Ebay. I thought it would be good to include a larger sister because there is a reason for how we dress. it’s just hard to find modest clothing that fits that is interesting. Almost impossible especially if you are on a budget.
I also wanted to share the ruling for the khimaar from Shaykh Al-Albaani, regardless of ones school of thought, this is a beneficial ruling.
1) Question: What is the ruling regarding a woman’s wearing a scarf on her head?
Answer: That is not enough – she has to wear a ‘khimaar’ which covers the head and chest. The scarf is not loose fitting and does not cover enough.
2)Question: Should not the shoulders also be covered by it?
Answer: Yes, that is the ‘khimaar’. It is a wide cover covering the head and shoulders. When we say that it covers the chest, then it covers the shoulders since it is wide. But as regards the head-scarf we often see a woman wearing it revealing a part of the neck due to it, but the ‘khimaar’ covers the neck and shoulder, and Allaah ta’aala orders that saying: WALYADRIBNA BIKHUMURIHINNA ‘ALAA JUYOOBIHINNA The head-scarf is as they say these days a compromise, and there is no such thing in Islaam!