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Sister Jeanna Umm Aaminah’s style muhajabaah style!

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. :)

(Note, the sister said it was up to my discretion to blurr or not to blurr, I chose to blurr because I do not want someone to try to use her pictures as their own, I also blurred little Aaminah for obvious safety reasons!)

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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!

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  1. Salaam sis and I had forgotten about this so thanks for the reminder! :) My style hasn’t changed except now with colder weather I am back more in abayas. I have to say, I LOLd at my crazy poses again; I guess I can’t be accused of being boring!

    Much love to you and yours and I have been a fan of your page for ages; it was one of the first hijabi blogs I ever stumbled across and JAK for showing that you can be modestly stylish and “sunnah-rific” 😀 Ma salaama!

  2. Cute maxis and khimars!

  3. Thank you sister Jeanna for sharing your style with us. I really like it.

  4. This sister is verylovely, God bless her! I’m glad to see some nice colors out there!

  5. It’s interesting to see that ‘khimar’ is not a word that is used in it’s Quranic meaning (that of a headscarf) anymore. In most Arabic-speaking societies, it refers to a very specific style of scarf, namely the very big ones above. However to meet the requirements of Islamic khimar one CAN use another style headscarf – I pin my Pashminas to cover my chest. :)

    • asalaamu alaikum…Im not following… can you explain where you are going with your comment, because in most cases “khimar” is being used to mean the headscarf, by a majority of Muslims. A proper headscarf which covers the head, neck and chest…i.e. in the Quraanic sense “pull the covers over the chest/cover the adornments”….? While yes in common vernacular most people consider the “khimar” the large scarf like what this sister wears…how is that incorrect? It does cover in the proper manner as is prescribed in the Quran and sunnah. A scarf can be anything and not necessarily big enough to cover properly. Yes some people do not understand Quraanic arabic terminology but then again the majority of Muslims are not Arab! But The majority that have some education in the deen should in theory know the differences. I dont really think an Arabic speaking society has a better comprehension of Quraanic Arabic terminology than non Arabic speakers. Most Jordanians consider the “Jilbaab” to be akin to a long coat that goes from the shoulders to the feet yet in Quraanic Arabic and according to the majority of scholars from most of the madhabs a “jilbaab” is an outter garment, like a cloak that generally goes from the head to the feet although some recognize that in modern terminology the jilbaab is now considered the over coat and most say this is OK as it serves the purpose but if one wants to be a purist than to accurately consider a piece of attire a :Jilbaab” it must flow from the head to the feet and be an overgarment. I think most would consider the Persian Chador, the Gulfie Overhead Abaya or the French/Algerian Jilbeb as being a “Jilbaab”.

      so hence…but using the term ‘hijab” to mean a headscarf would obv. be incorrect for obvious reasons in that hijab is the general term for modest clothing and attire not merely a piece of fabric to cover the head…*that* is the “Khimar”. You can use whatever you want to cover yourself…its between yourself and your Rabb…but I’m still unsure as the purpose of this comment. Ive posted about about the hijab and terminology and specifics that those posts are pretty readily available and readable.

      JazakhAllah for your input.

      • as-salaam o’alaikum! may Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala continue to bless us with strong minded and intelligent sisters who have studied and learned the true understanding of our religion and pass it onto others of us who need the positive re-enforcement or a reminder now and then and some of us are isolated and feel stronger in our deen after reading issues pertaining to all us sisters. Sister Umm Ibrahim -you are an blessing to the ummah and I am so thankful for your thoughtful input on such an important matter and all of your posts- Sister Jeana umm Aaminah- I am a silent reader on your sight lately and my heart is with you sister- I am so proud to be a part your world [that you allow us to see]- you are in my prayers sister! I love you both dearly for the sake of Allah and thank you again so much for all you do on your sites

      • I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to come off as ‘correcting’ anyone but when I re-read my comment it does read as such. It was just an ‘interesting thought’ that came to my mind and I put down as a comment.

  6. JazakAllahu Khairun!!!!

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