Friday, February 17, 2012

Hijab Fashion Blogger Pledge

In the name of Allah, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Peace be with you السلام عليك
I love fashion its always been one of my interests even if it rarely translated to my offline world. Growing up I disassociated myself from clothes because it was never a possibility for me. My mom was really abusive and I would get beaten if I asked for anything, by making myself not want anything it saved me pain. Once I moved away to college I made just enough to cover my expenses like food and shelter but nothing for clothes. I did the best I could with what I had, it helped that I was in REALLY good shape so whatever I did have looked good on me.

After I became Muslim a lot of things changed for the better for me and the focus returned to clothes as I now needed more modest attire. I was really lucky that the sisters around me weren't judgmental and instead helped me on this trip by providing more modest clothes and hijab.  Later I got married and I finally had internet at home (yay! fyi this was at the end of '06) and I started browsing fashion magazines. 

Now halal and haraam are very important to me as I go out of my way to make sure I stay away from the doubtful. When it came to this blog I swore I would stay in the halal zone but as it turns out that's VERY hard to do and after sometime I've noticed I am not as careful as I used to be and posted many pictures both on this blog and on my fb page that weren't a good choice. Alhamdulillah a sister privately emailed me and informed me of it and I want to recommit myself to halal fashion. 

WHY?
For starters if an image is not halal by default it means that the aura is exposed which means that its something I have no right to look at = sin. See where am going with this? NOW, lets say I post that image for the world to see and for google and other search engines to index in their massive servers, I've helped propagate that img.  I get a few thousand hits on this blog per month and that means A LOT of people are now looking at that img and they themselves are generating sin (maybe not the first time as the first glance is forgiven but not the subsequent glances ::THIS ALSO APPLIES TO WOMEN::). Because I'm sharing that picture I am also getting some sins for facilitating the behavior.

I love fashion but I love my faith much, much, much more and its not even a competition or even at the same level of love.  So since I don't want to give up this blog I'm going to make it conform to my first love, ISLAM.  There are a few bloggers who refuse to post items that are not fair trade/organic (their personal belief) and others who wont cover designers who use animal leather or fur in their shows as it goes against their personal beliefs. Well, this is MY belief, fashion should be halal.

Know what I mean? 

I'm not sure how I'm going to tackle this one as I don't like the way Saudi does it but its going to take a lot of work from me. :(

p.s., I want to apologize for falling off the wagon, May Allah swt forgive me for transgressing against myself and others and may this blog bring me benefit in this dunya and akhira. AMEEN.

p.p.s. I created these badges to keep me reminded. I am choosing D, but which one do you prefer?




A

B

C

D




8 comments:

ellen557 said...

completely agree. i absolutely cannot stand "this is not hijab" posts because we are ruining ourselves with them. yes the sister is not dressing halal but you're right, we are then displaying someone else's awrah. i don't understand how other sisters do not see it that way.
i love A but C is also wonderful ;)

New Wife said...

d is nice but only if you switch the words "fashion" and "blogger" otherwise it is a bit confusing...

Healthy Environment said...

subhanallah.... that's very good intention, sister...

Halal in fashion blogging is not an option... it's a must.

I love C... :)

.::Tuttie::. said...

@ellen, I wrote a post back in '09 about it http://hijablife.blogspot.com/2009/11/respect-and-advice.html

What I meant by halal in this case though is pictures of maxi dresses with the aurah exposed etc. I thought maybe I could crop out the provocative stuff but that would take forever. I'm thinking of taking the approach of treating the aurah from the navel to the knees. I know that men probably land on my blog but for the most part almost all of my readers are women.

SOOOO,I hope that will be ok. Still have to sit on it and think about it though.

btw didn't realized I screwed up on D, lol. fixed it. Now it reads Hijab FASHION blogger instead of hijab blogger fashion.

.::Tuttie::. said...

@New Wife. JUST noticed it and fixed it. :)

.::Tuttie::. said...

@Healthy Environment. It is but a huge chunk of maxi skirts or dresses have a lot of indecency and although the point of this blog was to hijabify them, I still end up posting near naked pictures.

So what to do?
This is a post from 2009 when I was first starting out http://hijablife.blogspot.com/2009/11/this-is-gerard-darel-dress-and-i-think.html noticed how I cropped out breast and exposed hair?

took a LONG time to do. :( This is what I first intended on doing on this blog but its so hard! It would be so much easier if all of them wore loose clothing and had their hair in hijab. Since that's not the case and editing all that out is not feasible I think I will treat this blog as if it was in the presence of women and our aurah will be from the navel to the knees.

New Wife said...

lol tuttie, I came back and saw that it said fashion blogger and thought i just read it wrong the last time... HAHA

I was like... tuttie's gonna think I'm a freak who can't read :-P

Tarah said...

Great combination, right? I think each of us has this fashion mind working everyday, even if in a little way. The way we wear and choose our clothes, it our fashion statement. It's choosing gold sandals over the other.