Saturday, 31 December 2011
Friday, 30 December 2011
1. Figure out your style. Hijabs come in many styles. Try pinning or tying your scarf in new ways, or consider one-piece or two-piece pull-on hijabs.
2. Recognize which colors suit your complexion and eyes, as well as your outfit.However, this does not mean to put on hijabs with bright, vibrant, eye-catching colours. Try avoiding bright pink, red or acid green, etc. Dark brown, grey blue, black is encouraged. Dark and bold colours.
3. If you want it to be a little adventurous, don't be afraid. Options include hanging beads along the edges of the material or selecting vibrant colors. Make sure that your understanding of hijab as general modest dress is compatible with the way you dress.
4. Never try wearing skinny jeans (or anything too tight) with a hijab,Your hijab will end up looking like a big hat on your head and distort your shape.
5. Wear hijab in combination of colors like if your dress is yellow then wear some darker color hijab.
6. You can make your hijab pretty by adding some beautiful pins and ribbons for occasions.It makes the overall look stylish and elegant.
7. There are many styles to wear hijab you can check on youtube it will help you to discover more styles of hijab.
Hijab is required when there are males who are not immediate relatives (father, brothers, husband, sons, nephews and father-in-law) about.
Don't view wearing your hijab as a chore. Be proud of your religion!
Consider going out with company
When with your family, and you are not wearing the hijab, take trouble to look good for your family or closest relatives (sisters, parents) and for your husband. It counts as a form of worship!!
If you don't yet like hijab, have patience for your faith. Although you hate it, you MIGHT love wearing hijab once your faith increases.
If you decide to wear a niqab with 'abaya, take particular care.
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
There’s a some sort of rennaisance these days among young female Muslim girls in Malaysia, a kind of a feminist awakening, seeing that indeed you can cover your “aurat” and at the same time be active and do things to realise your potential.
I credit the explosion of “hijabism” to two very significant events which became the catalyst of this new mass movement – one is when a Kedah-born lass by the name of Yuna Zarai decided to play the guitar in public and, secondly, when Hana Tajima, a 23-year-old British-Japanese fashion designer who became a Muslim four years ago, started modelling herself online.
Now before some of you begin on a path of misinterpretation, let it be clear that I personally am quite supportive of this whole new awakening/movement/evolution. Personally, I think it’s nice that girls do have these kinds of idols and that it’s nice to see that people now accept the fact that you can cover your “aurat” and at the same time be fasionable about it.
I’m fine and quite supportive of it in the general sense of things; however, it’s the little nuances that annoy me quite a bit and, me being me, having to figure out new articles weekly for FMT, I concluded that perhaps nitpicking on things can be quite fun when it comes to writing.
Indeed I’m okay with hijabs; it’s just that when hijabs meet hipsters, things go a little awry.
Anyway, take this article with a pinch of salt and, before some of you go on raving mad on me for belittling things, I would like to share a quote taken from a clown in a purple suit: “Why so SERIOUS??”
Moving on, so what is a hijabster then? Well, literally a hipster is one who wears a hijab, simple. So, you may ask, what is a hipster then? Well the answer lies in Google (or Bing, I’m not biased). I have a word limit here, so go search for it.
To observe a hijabster, one must first seek out her habitat or places where you may have a good chance of encountering her. Such prime locations would be Starbucks, Subway (Sandwich) or Tutty Frutty (the low-fat healthy yoghurt joint where girls can go to enjoy a lovely dessert without the guilt of calories).
Of course, wearing a hijab doesn’t automatically make you a hijabster; you have to add a certain flair to it because half of fashion is the attitude that you carry with the outfit. The best place to exhibit your fashion flair and attitude would be in your conversations. This had been true for previous generations where the way you speak is part of your fashion. For instance, in the days of “rock kapak”, “Gua sama Lu” was how they spoke.
Then came the hip-hop days when “Too Phat” (the Malaysian hip-hop duo) influenced young teens to wear snow caps and sweaters in the middle of the blistering tropical Malaysian afternoon.
In those days, phrases like “Wassup, chill yo, bro and yak ak au” came to prominence. Then, of course, we had the anime (Japanese animation) explosion and we heard “Japonified” wannabees utter phrases like “Kawaii ne, ganbatte, desu, Oishii…” in a high-pitched, annoying tone.
So, one may ask, what is the de facto slang for hijabsters? Well, fellow readers, the de facto lexicon would be what I would call the British-American English slang with occasional dash of Arabic words.
Just like how your usual PAS politicians would throw in occasional Arabic phrases and words so that they may seem religiously smart and pious. The same goes with hijabsters, but with one difference: politicians are sneaky while the latter are harmless and merely act as a way to complete the overall outfit.
So what are these dashes of Arabic that I am referring to? Simple, just take your usual Malay words that are somewhat related to Islam, then Arabified them to make them cooler.
For example, during Ramadan there’s your usual “buka puasa” (breaking fast) but that’s a big no-no for hijabsters: “buka puasa” is so kampung, whereas “Iftar” would be a better choice. So instead of updating their Facebook status to “buka puasa ngan kengkawan kat Subway ”, a hijabster translation would be “Iftar with the girls at Subway, yummies… Alhamdulellah, one day of fasting completed”. Sembahyang – Shalat, Air Sembahyang – Wudhu, Selamat Hari Raya – Eid Mubarak, Berkat – Barakah, Sembahyang Jumaat – Jumaa.
A typical hijabster sentence that one can usually find on a blog is: “On the way home, heard the call from the muezzin for Jumaa, masyallah beautiful, reminded of daddy when I saw men gathering their wudhu before the Shalat. Such a blistering hot day, cant wait to get home for a scoop of cold refreshing yoghurt while listening to Yuna/Maher Zain.”
So have fun in spotting them whenever you sip that expensive coffee or felt guilty about that dinner you had last night and decided to have a healthy sandwich lunch.
Of course, this is a simplistic conclusion of things and yes, I am generalising but that is what stereotyping is all about. Actually, I am highlighting the little quirky things that we see in our colourful society, and making fun of who we are.
Yes, girls who listen to Yuna while speaking in a fake accent are Malaysians too, even though sometimes they can be quite embarrassing.