The beautiful abaya

There is no doubt the abaya is  beautiful and elegant, however they are not always practical everywhere. Though I’m not wearing abayas except when going to the mosque, I would wear it right away, every day if I was living somewhere like the Gulf (though ofcourse it has to be special, beautiful abayas with matching shaylas “hijabs”, that fit my personality). Here are some new abaya designs:

Beautiful, right? I love the middle blue and black one, though it tends to draw attention to the chest a little too much.

Do you wear abaya? If not, would you gladly do so if moving to a Gulf country?

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51 thoughts on “The beautiful abaya

  1. Zakia says:

    Assalamualaikum…

    The Hijab styles are reallyy good MAHSHALLAH.. but, it doesn’t really cover the chest.. which should be covered no matter what.. I mean, there is no point of wearing Hijab if your breast is stil showing..
    Great site though..!
    thankss..

    ALLAH HAFIZ

  2. Habayeb says:

    u do know i wear abayas :D

  3. cecilia says:

    I like abaya number two, I think it is very beautiful

  4. Saliha says:

    I like 1, 2 and 6 very much.

    I wear black abayas sometimes, but not always. I understand that wearing an abaya in particular can be difficult in some islamophobic parts of the world. But as a Turkish muslima I also get strange reactions from my own community. Most Turks think I shouldn’t wear ‘arabian’ clothing like abayas, but more western types of jilbab, like floor length, loose coats (which are equally modest, but I prefer abayas).

  5. Muha says:

    Always. Never leave home without it. But only black ones, with little or no decoration at all. If it has decoration up on the chest, I always wear a somali jilbab/khimar over, to cover the decoration, or a huge hijab.

  6. caraboska says:

    I believe that we must respect local standards of modesty and at least meet if not exceed them – regardless even of what religion we ourselves adhere to.

    So yes, if I were to travel to the Gulf, I’d be in an abaya and hijab probably the minute I was safely on the plane. And I would treat it as jilbab in the Qur’anic sense – so that I would wear something cut considerably fuller than the pictures above, to fit other clothes underneath.

    I am particularly enamored of an abaya that I saw on the Effa web site under ‘abaya couture’ (third item down on the menu on the left). The one with the close-fitting sleeves up almost to the elbow, with just lots of fabric beyond that point (Being over 6’/185 cm tall, I can handle the volume. I’d leave the belt thingee out though).

    And thank you Basbousa for this blog – it has become one of the high points of my day :) Allah Hafiz!

  7. hal786 says:

    salam soz long tym havent commented
    yh i wear a jilbab
    did u hav a gd eid?
    lol my nme seems to hav disppeared of ur blogrol

  8. *~Ange~* says:

    i wear an abaya 100% of the time and i live in australia.
    i think its wrong to say you would only wear abaya if in a gulf country. you wear abaya and hijab for Allah only so to imply you wouldnt wear it in a country that isnt in the gulf is wrong. and its also wrong to say it is not practical everywhere.
    have a think about WHY and WHO you dress for instead of worrying about WHERE you wear it because on judgement day Allah will be the only judge – not the people who lived around you.
    by the way this was not aimed solely at you Basbousa because i know many girls that think this way – and some dont even wear hijab because they live in a non-islamic nation. we all have to stop and remember Allah and stop worrying about other people who dont matter in the long run.

    • Niyas says:

      Your absolutely correct dear sister Ange, and i very much appreciate your comments on behalf of all real muslim believers.

      dear other sisters,

      if all are ony wearing for beauty, then stop wearing abaya, there are (ugly) beatiful dresses are there for ladies in non-muslim countries. however please do not forget the day of judgement.

  9. basbousa says:

    Thanks for your comment, Ange.
    I don’t believe that wearing abaya is a necessity.
    If I did believe that, then I would wear it no matter what.
    I enjoy wearing my clothing the way I wear it, in a mix between the East and the West. As long as it’s not tight or see through, I think it fullfills the requirements of the hijab.

    I would, however, wear the abaya in Gulf countries, because I find it elegant and more practical.

  10. Bravo for you Ange ,if you really wear abaya 100 % of your time…It ‘s very nice to listen from you,and it is nice suprise…
    I love abaya,but i don’t wear that so much…Mostly i wear that in home,and when i pray….
    Mostly i wear turkish style of hijab…But,and abaya is nice….

  11. curiousmuslimah says:

    I don’t like abayas..for me anyway but I do like looking at them. :-) I just stick to modest western clothes for myself.

  12. Saliha says:

    Salaam Ange,

    “stop worrying about other people who dont matter in the long run”

    Some sisters don’t wear hijab/jilbab solely because they can’t get a job. Not because it is not practical, but because it is impossible for them to wear it. Yes a lot of muslimas (including me) keep saying it is difficult to wear hijab/abaya where they live. That’s because in some areas it IS really difficult. Countries like the UK, Australia and Canada are far more ahead than most other Western-European countries concerning religious freedom. I live in Belgium. If you get fired because you start wearing the hijab, there’s nothing you can do about it because it doesn’t count as an act of discrimination. There is a new law that forbids religious ‘symbols’ in public service jobs. You’ll even get arrested if you wear niqab in the street. Hijab was also banned recently in public schools, and since we don’t have islamic schools, teenage girls can’t wear hijab at school at all. Alhamdolillah we can still wear it at university, but that will change in the future too I’m afraid. These things don’t only happen in Turkey and France. It is a well known fact that the kuffar will always do everything to keep us from practicising our religion. I decided to move to the UK in the near future Insha’Allah because all of this.

    I firmly believe that hijab is obligatory, and I will never compromise it, but we shouldn’t judge sisters that don’t wear hijab/jilbab by saying that they’re afraid of other people’s opinions. No one knows what’s in their hearts, and the reason why they don’t wear it, except for Allah swt. In the end it is their own choice and on yawm al qiyama everyone will be judged for their own actions.

    Masalaam.

  13. Muha says:

    I rather be out of job, than punished in the Hereafter.

  14. Saliha says:

    Me too Muha, ;). That’s why I’m unemployed now after 7 years of higher education.

  15. Muha says:

    I know the feeling hehe… ;)

    Well, now I am not, but I have been.

  16. caraboska says:

    Ange, it appears that only one other person besides Basbousa so far has come out and commented on this particular post that they would wear an abaya only in an Arab country. When I wrote about respecting local custom regardless of one’s own religion, I was alluding to something I have mentioned elsewhere in my comments on this blog, but feel it is more discreet not to be explaining it every time I write: namely, I am not a Muslim.

    The religion I belong to happens to teach modesty, but largely leaves it up to the individual to determine exactly what that is going to mean, depending on, among other things, cultural considerations. Since my personal concept of modesty has a good deal in common with the Islamic concept – both spiritually (i.e. that I dress to please God) and materially (i.e. the extent of coverage that is appropriate) – I read this blog in order to get ideas for my own wardrobe, as well as to interact in a sensible manner with others around the issue of modesty (since my concept differs considerably from that of most people around me where I live).

    One reason I particularly like this blog is that it offers options that fulfill one very important criterion, one that is taught by the religion that I belong to, and one that I have heard voiced by Muslims as well, namely: to avoid doing good deeds (such as dressing modestly) that is like wearing a placard on one’s chest advertising ‘Look how holy I am’ (or something to that effect). This is a huge part of what it means to dress (or do other deeds) to please God alone. Practically speaking, I take this to mean that the clothing should be pretty enough that it’s not immediately obvious how little flesh can be seen, but not so extravagant as to distract people from God.

    Now of course there are places in the Gulf where any outer layer of clothing besides a completely plain black abaya is going to be distracting and unedifying – because of issues of culture and belief. And what I am saying is that in such a situation, this must be respected. This is outright commanded in the religion I belong to – that if I want to please God, I must show this respect for those around me, wherever I happen to be.

  17. *~Ange~* says:

    muha and saliha – i agree with you both and i still stand by my comment.
    because although you may wear other clothes that are modest – the abaya (and those things resembling it) is the most modest out of all of them as it covers everything with no lines or breaks in the clothing and falls straight to the ground without hugging any curves (when worn correctly). im not saying that abaya is a necessity but it is the best option.
    and about the job thing – Allah rewards all those in jihad and if you struggle for him then he will reward you – so as Muha said – i would rather be out of a job then punished in the hereafter.

  18. I wear abayas all the time (in Canada) and by making them look pretty people have found it easier to accept them. You’d have no trouble wearing them in Egypt though B: D It DOES take time though. If I lived in a country where they wouldn’t let me work because of my islamic dress I would follow the person that wouldn’t hire me around, work for free for them, until they saw my potential, and looked past clothing. Insha’Allah I would be in a position to teach them something that I haven’t been able to the same here. If they tried to make niqabs illegal in Canada I would have to be arrested (even if I WASN’t muslim and i DON’T think niqab is far) but I stand up for EVERY person’s freedom.

  19. *~Ange~* says:

    i agree Pixie –
    plus australia isnt all that accepting of muslims either – of course the government has rules stating we are free to wear what we want but that doesnt stop muslims from being excluded, rejected, taunted and harrassed by non-muslim aussies – which im sure happens in all nations.
    Allah told us before that this world we live in is not a good place for the Muslims – this is a place of constant jihad for us – but by struggling and doing what is right we will inshaAllah reach Jannah.

  20. caraboska says:

    Ange, yes, it is very true, the world does not like people who will not bow down to its idols. And you can find idols, shirk, etc. behind every bush. One must really be on one’s toes all the time. And the way we dress is one of the big idols of our time, so it is good we are paying attention to this matter – here or elsewhere.

    Pixie, if I understand you correctly, you are saying that if they made niqab illegal in Canada, you’d purposely wear it, regardless of your own convictions about its religious necessity or lack thereof, as a matter of solidarity and standing up for everyone’s right to choose? Gotta love it…

    I think we have to be careful about going the human rights route however. There are folks out there who might think that niqab is a security issue, while walking around in various (even extreme) states of undress is a human rights issue.

    What I’m saying is that there are people with warped minds out there, and some of them unfortunately work for our governments. You’re in Canada? Well, take a look ‘south of the border’ for example. I’ve always had the impression that the Canadian government has its head screwed on a little straighter…

    That whole driver’s license thing, I don’t know how it is in Canada, but it’s become an issue in the States, people have proposed sensible alternatives to photo ID without niqab (e.g. a fingerprint on the license instead of a photo), it’s been clear they are not trying to hide anything for nefarious purposes, but they have not necessarily been accepted.

    I think at least hijab without niqab is more or less accepted on government documents ‘down south’; and as far as I know, below the neckline, it can be a huge abaya for all anyone cares – probably all they require is that you actually be wearing clothes ;)

    • niyas says:

      Jazakallah Caraboska,

      you too a brave muslim woman here i see. pelase do not let your faith down just because of job, or others look. we need brave muslim women too in this hypocrasy western world, at least to tell them where we are.

      Allah Akbar!!!

  21. Muha says:

    But even if people think niqab is a security issue, we should not… If I was wearing it, and they prohibited it here, ofcourse I would never take it off…

  22. Saliha says:

    Muha, Ange, thanks for your replies, and thanks for reminding me of the hereafter. Cause to be honest my family and friends have been pressuring me to take it off when on sollicitation saying ‘you didn’t study that long for nothing’ and ‘Allah might make an exception in some cases’. But I will stand by my decision insha’Allah.

  23. caraboska says:

    Muha, of course. One always must live by one’s convictions, even if it means getting arrested or worse. I was talking about the idea of someone who doesn’t believe niqab is fard, wearing niqab just to make a point – in solidarity with those who do believe it is fard, as it were – taking the matter to court, and what kind of arguments we could expect from the worldly-minded if we did that.

    And so, yeah, there are niqabis in the States who can’t drive because their state won’t permit them to have a driver’s license and they don’t want to compromise. It’s a tough choice to have to make. Maybe you try to move to a different state or even a different country if you’re faced with something like that?

    Also, like it or not, even if niqab is legal where we are, this security thing is probably always going to be an issue in today’s world when a niqabi travels among non-Muslims, so it’s something that has to be thought about in advance – what is she going to do to preserve modesty? And also, how is she going to present it in a way that will maximize the positive impression surrounding her person – because I think presentation in this kind of situations is even 90% of the game.

    There are two reasons I can see for thinking this out in advance: 1) to minimize hassle, 2) more importantly, to ‘adorn the profession of one’s faith’ – in other words, to present a positive image of one’s faith, and in this case of the concept of modesty in particular, before others.

  24. caraboska says:

    Saliha, you may already know this, but apparently what some girls in places like France have been doing is finding solutions that cover what needs to be covered, if only in some ‘minimalist’ manner, but don’t ‘look like’ hijab, so that they somehow ‘slip through the cracks’. I don’t know in what measure it’s an option for you (obviously if you are niqabi, it probably isn’t, but if you are ‘just muhajabah’, that might be another matter), but if you haven’t already considered this, it might be worth thinking about. May Allah find a way for you.

  25. Habayeb says:

    Alhamdulilah im glad i live in a muslim country where im able to wear niqab, hijab and abaya w/o any1 to bother me. I wouldnt like to live or visit the west only for this reason – covering up issues. Although, i admire the jihad and courage of the sisters in the west to please their Lord.

  26. Amani says:

    omg cant u people stop writing chunks of lectures just give your say whether you like it or not ………..its not like every muslimah beleives in the same thing we are all different as muslims so face factsz

  27. Mira says:

    Assalaamualaikum-

    I do not wear abaya in my personal or professional life. I think that the dichotomies that are being set up here are completely false.

    In my humble opinion abaya is a particular interpretation of modesty from a given culture in this case it is from the gulf. If you personally feel that it increases your iman and adherence to Allah s.w.t then that is for you.

    I agree with the initial post-I don’t find it practical in my life but I would wear it out of respect for a particular community or country. My saying this does not indicate that I care more about how I am seen by others or that I put the opinions of people or myself a head of Allah s.w.t.

    Rather it is personal choice and judgement so that I remain respectful of the customs of the place where I am visiting.

    I feel very sympathetic towards sisters who are single moms, who have disabled husbands who cannot work, who must take care of sick parents and siblings and therefore must enter a hostile workforce where abaya is not always practical. I support their dedication to be the backbone of their families and I make dua that they will receive blessings for their sacrifice and struggles. I personally know Muslimah factory and hospital workers who do it to feed themselves and their children.

    I pray that, Insha’Allah, we can be more supportive of sisters like these instead of chastisting them for not adhering to our particular interpretation of modesty.

    I also support sisters like Ange and Pixie to wear their abayas proudly.

  28. caraboska says:

    Amani, I guess my comments are the longest, so maybe I am most at fault? I have no intention of lecturing anyone, and indeed perhaps my comments are longer to take into account that different people believe different things (and since I’m new here, I don’t necessarily know exactly who believes what).

  29. inspiredmuslimah says:

    I love the abaya’s featured in this post and wanted to know where I could buy them or ones like them. They are soo gorgeous. I do not wear an abaya and I do believe I would gladly do so if I lived in a gulf county. However, I am not saying I would only wear one if I lived in a gulf country. As I learn every and work on my deen,I hope to be able to wear the abaya one day on a regular basis. I am not a judgmental person and its not up to me to jugde the next sister on her islamic dress, abaya or lack therof, or what have you. We all know what Allah has commanded for us and even if your righteous in one area you may not be in others, as we all for short of being perfect. I pray everyday that Allah will make me a better muslimah and I know I have a lot of areas to work on. I believe everyone situation is different so my job is to accept others and not judge and leave that to Allah. My post is just my thoughts and in no way is directed towards any sisters comment above. So basically after all that blabbing my point was AWESOME ABAYAS :)

  30. Beautiful Muslimah a.k.a Pixie says:

    my belief is niqab is beneficial so i would support those sisters for whom it is fard. and even when i did not believe hijab was necessary i supported the girls in france fighting the hijab ban. i will ALWAYS support human rights, even if i disagree with the rights being used—unless it contradicts the commandments of the Qu’ran for mankind.

  31. Also can you tell me what website these abaya’s are from. I really want to order one. thanks

  32. Aisha says:

    assalam aleykom sisters :),

    A month ago I bought my 1st abaya and was totally happy to wear it one week non stop. I felt wonderfully in it!
    But after one week I had to turn back home where I live with my parents and unfortunately I had to hide my abaya. Otherwise my parents would throw me from the 4th floor, lol. Moreover I feel unsafe where I live. But I’d really would love to wear abaya! I miss her so much ;) InshaAllah I’ll be able to wear it soon…

    Salams

  33. caraboska says:

    Aisha,

    I am so sorry to hear that your parents are so unfavorably inclined…. I gather you have people in your surroundings who are violently opposed to your religion, or something to that effect? Of course, Allah may allow us to be tested, after all, we have to be prepared to put Him above all else. But in due time, may Allah provide you a place where you can peacefully study spiritual things and live according to what you find out. Assalaamu alaykum!

  34. Aisha says:

    JazakAllahu khair for Your supporting me, Caraboska :)
    May Allah bless You everyday, my sister,

    Wassalam

  35. caraboska says:

    You do me too great honor by calling me a sister, for I am only a person of the Book. But like you, I am who I am spiritually by choice, not by upbringing, and my parents are not particularly happy about it either. So the issues you face are not unfamiliar to me. May Allah grant us all perseverance in pursuing Him and only Him regardless of the cost, and understanding as to what He expects of us in every situation, and the comfort that comes from placing our security in Him and none other.

  36. hayaat says:

    Salaam alaikum. Where can you buy these abaya they´re beautiful

  37. ALISA says:

    i really like abaya two can it be purchased?

  38. sarah ali says:

    Salaam alaikum i would like to know were i could get or buy these abayat

  39. Tahera says:

    Where can i buy these abayas?

  40. Fadumo says:

    salam sister, i was wondering where can i buy any of those abaya’s, please do tell me and reply to my email inshallah, thanks, may allah reward u guys amiin!!

  41. Fatuma says:

    Al Salam Alikom

    I would like to buy this abayas could anyone please advise me with the website or the place to buy it from, I live in New Zealand. Thank you

  42. kir'en says:

    where can these abayas be purchased?thank u

  43. farahyunus says:

    Mashaallah muha…Allah will surely reward u for that comment.Yes it is far better to get fired from these kinds of jobs than to serve people who do not respect islam.Though i finished engg,iam still working as a teacher in an islamic school.Its only for the cause of Allah.

  44. Saudibound says:

    I am possibly moving and/or visiting Riyadh very soon. I was wondering if you were allowed to wear abayas of a different color or if they are black, can they have details on them?

  45. GENEVIEVE says:

    cool…………….

  46. faduma says:

    mashallah beautifull abayas in here alhumdillaah….does anyone know were can i get these abayas from ….i live in london

  47. zaynab says:

    i really really like the abayas,cos they are all my taste but the problem is i cant get them. i stay in Nigeria and i love wearing abayas but we don’t get good designs like these ones. pls i need the sister in this room to recommend a site for me in which i will get modern abayas and buy them. Ma’assalam.

  48. ayesha says:

    Hi where can I find these abayas. I want 1 of each. They r simply beautiful

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