Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Reason for Muslim Women Wearing Jilbabs

The main reason for wearing Jilbabs (also knows as Abayas in the Middle Eastern countries) as a Muslim woman is that it is a commandment of Allah (God) as can be seen by the following verse from the Quran:

"O Prophet (May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him)! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw over them their cloaks (veils). That in the least so that they be recognised and not be molested." (Surah Ahzaab, Verse 59).

Islam is a way of life for the Muslim man or woman, they are supposed to follow the commandment of Allah, Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was an example to mankind and that they are should follow the way shown by him, this is everything from how to sleep, how to eat, what to wear, how to get married and everything else that a person needs to know to live a healthy and fulfilling life as a Muslim.

There are many different sects within Islam, who all interpret Islam differently according to their understanding of the Quran and Hadith (the sayings and actions of the prophet Muhammad). This has led to some Muslims appearing more Islamic than others. The toughest stance by Muslim scholars for women's dress, is for the whole body to be covered with loose clothing and the face covered with a Niqab and even the eyes should be covered with a veil. The softest stance is for a Muslim woman to wear a loose Jilbab or clothing with a headscarf.

The way a Muslim woman is identified is by her wearing the Jilbab and Hijab (a headscarf), whilst other Muslim women may choose not to wear Islamic clothing but are practicing Islam as they deem practical or suitable to them, which according to Islam is very sinful. This can be seen by the following saying of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):

"Many women are clothed but naked in reality. Such women will never enter paradise nor will they smell its fragrance."

Wearing a Jilbab or Abaya isn't easy for a Muslim woman, especially in the West due to the stares and verbal abuse that they sometimes have to suffer. It is also hard for those women who decide to start practicing Islam and start wearing the Jilbab, whilst the rest of their family wear western clothing, as they are usually ridiculed or even asked not wear such clothing that some class as backwards.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Jilbabs - The Islamic Dress For Muslim Women

The Jilbab is a very common sight throughout the Middle East and the Muslim world, yet for a very long time it has remained an object of mystery and is much debated in the west. Over the decades due to a strong influx of Muslims it has become a common sight on the streets of some western capitals. Jilbabs tend to be long robes which are used as an outer garment to cover the clothes which are worn in the privacy of the home with family or in all female gatherings.

Jilbabs although worn as over garments do not have to look unfashionable and out-dated in their style. In fact there has been a recent surge in trendy, fashionable and elegant Jilbabs designed for day to day wear and special occasions.

The styles include black jilbabs with a choice of different colour pinstripes or subtle colour jilbabs with detail pinstripe work on cuffs. These styles of jilbabs are ideal for making the right kind of impact on a job or even an interview.

Trendy jilbabs tend to be very bold colours like burgundy, lilac, shades of green, pink and teal with ruffles on the neckline and sleeves. If one prefers, other choice of designs are available with pleats on the front, side, on the bodice and bell shaped arms.

There is also the gypsy style jilbab which is very much prized for the look and feel of the fabric with frills on the sleeves and base hem. They can come with contemporary style patterns printed or warm colour patterns. Day to day jilbabs tend to be dark colour while the design could be quite chic with pleats on the base and flared sleeves perhaps with some light thread work or embroidery also.

Some of these new jilbab designs have got attractive styles making it less daunting to wear. When matched with the right colour hijab or other types of accessories like shoes or handbag it can create the right kind of right impression in the public.