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I must get back to studying but ive been meaning to do this post for atleast a week now…
A few weeks back I came across Tumblr (really…I still dont *get* Tumblr…its less like a blog (in the traditional sense) and more like what instructors in Nursing school call ‘Theory Bursts”…they are just random bursts of pictures, thoughts, comments…not really any true posts…interesting but not my style. More suited for the iGeneration I think than us genXers…
I digress…I was pleased to see that in French Canada the jelbab style is catching on…whether its the plethora of my posts about them (joking…really) or the fact there are shops that now carry them in Montreal and Quebec City or whether people are less scared to order from overseas…I dunno, but Its nice that some younger Canadian sisters are turning towards them as a more modest form of hejab. I still really think this style truely is appropriate for all ages…teenagers can make the look unique and all their own, those who are very traditional and just want plain attire can do so and well…those whom are somewhere in between can do so as well. I was reading on one Tumblr how this one young French-Canadian woman decided before Ramadhan to start wearing jelbab and move away from the trendy stuff which so many young hijabis favor. I applaud her, although I dont think taking any one specific form of covering is akin to taking a vow and from my own presonal experiences…its easy to tire of one style if thats all you wear, so at times its good to swicth it up.. I know some weeks im allll about abayaat…some weeks im alll about jilbabs….it really just depends on my mood. I think both can be equally modest or immodest dept. on ones intentions and how they wear them. Anyway, I applaud this sister and wish more Muslims tried to overcome their nafs and perfect their deen and hijab (male & female versions!)…so, mash’Allah.
I always chuckle anytime I get a random comment from someone who stumbled across my blog…usually a Muslim reader…inquiring whether I actually wear this stuff out in public, around non-Muslims! Personally, Im of the opinion that if we are covering for the sake of our Rabb (God) then whether someone has a problem with us based on how we dress…then really, its not our problem…its theres! I’m not shy and not afraid to standup for myself…but overall..i’ve found people respect a Muslimah who respects herself! Sisters who are out there in proper hejab…jilbabs, abayaat, khimaars…the proper stuff a Muslimah in hejab should wear-not this watered-down, Rue21 stuff tends to get more respect from strangers than not…because they know they are serious about their faith and are NOT afraid to show it! OK…i’m getting off my soapbox. I just get really rilled up anytime I hear Muslims saying we should modify our attire to “blend-in”…frankly…I think the colored jelbabs blend in very well…they are colorful yet remain 100% modest and covering and are versitle…but we shouldnt change anything because if we do…then who are we doing it for anyway?
Ok…stepping down…phew. Really…those comments always get me peeved.
Onto cheaper jelbab options…Ive has a few comments from sisters asking where to get more affordable jelbabs from…as they like them, but cant spend 60bucks a pop on one!
Yes, I know how that is.
Thankfully it seems like 2 companies are starting to carry a lower-price range of jelbabs. Now…I havent seen them…so I dunno quality of fabric or workmanship…but they seem like they would do the trick and for the price…why not try and see if you like them! Yes, both ship to the USA…if ordering in French bothers you, you can email them and inquire directly..or open up Google translate and go back and forth. Voila!
Nabira carries a 1 piece style and a 2 piece with sarouel. Look for the “Sadra” lines…
Bismillah Boutique carries the exact same line but just the 2 piece with either skirt OR sarouel. No one-piece.
OK…so now those of you who are on a budget can check those out and see if you like them…