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Monday, June 2, 2008

Look at All the Pretty Pictures

I don't think I'll be organizing and analyzing the "Scarf Survey" answers anytime soon. I tried to and got overwhelmed with all the information. In the meantime, I'll add some pretty hijabi pictures here. {OH, and can you believe I still have not seen another hijabi out in public (other than my one hijabi friend who went to a Mormon wedding wedding)since my "Hijabi Watch" post?} Most of these pics were taken from the FACEBOOK group, Hijabi Fashionistas, on which they were added by the group's various members who took pics of themselves or found the pics on the internet. In any case, if you feel that you deserve the copyright or credit for any of these pics, please let me know. You'll notice a couple of pics of Jennifer Lopez, not a Muslim hijabi, but she is wearing some stylish hijabi clothes! There are also a few pics of "Hijabi Fashionistas" group members: Xsara Helmi (pics 9 and 10) and Maryam Jameelah (pics 1 and 2). And the 3rd, 4th, and 5th pics are of me, yours truly, Scarf Ace. Peace out. Oh, and if you want to see some other pretty hijab-related pictures, here are some other blogs:

http://hijabstyle.blogspot.com/
http://www.hijabifashionista.blogspot.com/
http://beautifulmuslimah.blogspot.com/
http://www.muslimgirlworld.com/mgmag/index.cfm
http://hegab-rehab.blogspot.com/

















10 comments:

Anonymous said...

did u ask permission from those girl's on facebook if u could put their photos up on ur blog? i dont think its right to share their photos in public like that, if u didnt ask them.

Scarf Ace said...

yes, anonymous, i did ask their permission, and they all said yes. as far as the other pictures, they are professional pictures of models from websites on the public internet. thanks for your concern.

Alixianna said...

LOL anon. Most people who keep hijab blogs are more than well aware of modesty. But it is good not to post a sis's pics without her permission.

I can't wait to hear what you think of your poll results.

*~MaLaK~* said...

http://hegab-rehab.blogspot.com/
could u post my hijabi blog as well please?
jazakz..

siouxsie said...

i have started a blog that has more or less the same feelings as you its so nice to know i am not the only one who feels difficulty wearing the scarf thank you for sharing your thoughts

Fatima & Ali said...

Dear sister Aoa,
hope you are well. First of all let me just say that I have been reading your blog for the last few weeks and have constantly wanted to leave comments but something would always come up and I would have to delay it. But today inshaAllah I will only close my lap top after I have left you a comment.
Now you may ask your self why I have been so eager to leave you a comment and what exactly is on my mind which needs to be said… well here goes… After reading your blog for the first time I was really touched by your honestly, the things you right about are the kind of things most of us sisters feel sometimes, but we choose to suppress those feelings, thinking they are something to be ashamed off. Which I believe isn’t the case, alhumdulillah for us, we practice the most beautiful religion in the world and in our religion we are even rewarded for having the right intentions, regardless of weather we are successful in a particular action or not. Allah swt loves you for the struggles you go through for his sake and he sees the battle you fight with your ego everyday and he’ll reward you for it inshaAllah.
After reading your posts I really feel like I can relate to you. My parents are from a Pakistani background but we live in UK. I decided to wear a hijab at the age of 17 and believe it or not it was such an impulse decision, one day before going to college I decided to wrap my head. Everyone form friends to family were so shocked, because I don’t come from a very practicing family and I did not have any practicing friends. For the first three years I struggled with the hijab more than anyone I know, my personal choice suddenly became my biggest enemy. I felt like I stood out in my friends circle. That they could no longer see me as the same person, and couldn’t relate to me anymore, and consequently grew apart from my closest friends. I stopped going to family gatherings as I was sick of standing out and being the only ‘backward’ member of the family. However all this changed 10 months ago when I got married. My husband who is from a traditional British Pakistani family, is a practicing Muslim and with his help I have not only come to embrace my hijab, its also become a part of me. However I still remember the days when wearing the hijab felt like most daunting thing in the world and when I felt like life would be easier cooped up at home because I hated facing people and all this makes me sad because I wish I had someone to talk to someone who guided me and stopped me from making a mockery of something so beautiful.
So dear sister please don’t take this the wrong way but I would really advise you to read up on why a Muslim woman is required to dress modestly, listen to some good lectures by Sheiks and Scholars and remember Allah when the going gets hard. I pray to Allah that things become easier for you. And I will keep in touch inshaAllah.
Love you for the sake of Allah.
(sorry for writing such a long essay, hope you wont mind).

siouxsie said...

i think its easy to say listen to lectures and find out why we wear hijab that bit is obvious it doestn give any help in how you feel everyday i feel its a struggle to wear the scarf and this blog is unique to others as it addresses those problems which i appreciate

Scarf Ace said...

dear "fatima and ali," thank you for taking the time to read my blog and to also leave your comment. i can relate to a lot of your experience. and thanks for the suggestion about reading/listening to the scholarly perspective, i agree that is a good way to overcome many doubts and conflicting feelings--which is especially so hard to do when family, friends, and society everywhere thinks the headscarf is not needed. jazakAllah...

Scarf Ace said...

dear siouxsie, i'm glad you like my blog and i'm really glad that you can relate to my feelings and thoughts--like u said, it helps a lot knowing that others share my view on things! if only life were easier for us, huh? keep the faith! jazakaAllah....

Queen said...

salaam alaikum sister Scarf Ace, First of all on behalf of all Muslims struggling with their identities, I would like to thank you for this wonderful blog which you have created. Thank Allah because I have been feeling so awkward about wearing the hijab until i saw the beautiful pictures on your website. Thank you for giving me the confidence to express who I really am as a Muslim woman in America. Keep up the good work!! Peace and Blessings