Jul 062009
 

This is a great BRAND NEW abaya/dress from Jordan with machine embroidered designs in pink and turquoise modeled after a dress worn by Queen Rania.

Full front view of Rania dress

It has a bit of a train at the back so you’ll probably need to wear heels with this, unless you’re blessed to be tall :)

It would work well for parties or other fancy events that you want something to wear that’s a little unique!

It’s about 60 inches in length and between a medium and large in size. It really comes down to the chest area, if you’re big busted it may not fit properly.

Here is how this giveaway works:

Comment below and tell us your where in the world you live and what it’s like to be a hijabi in your neck of the woods. Do you find it easy? Is it a struggle? What do you do so that you don’t feel like the odd one out? Or perhaps you live in a great area with plenty of support?

Rania dress
Flared sleeve on Rania dress

front of Rania dress
Front design on Rania dress

back of Rania dress
Back view of Rania dress

  15 Responses to “Hijabtrendz Giveaway: Queen Rania inspired dress”

  1. I live in texas, yes, texas and I have been wearing hijab for 5 years (since I was 13). Yet, I still think its funny when people come up to me and ask me if I’m hot. At first (because I didn’t want people to think I was oppressed or something) I would say that it was okay because you get used to it. However, now I just look at them and I say, “It’s Texas, of course it’s hot. I do this to please God, and God alone.” All through high school I was the only hijabi (and for a few years, the only Muslim), so I would get even funnier questions than normal. I like to be modest, yet fashionable so all of my hijabs either coordinate or compliment my outfits and once someone asked me if it was a requirement for Muslims to coordinate their hijabs with their outfits. That is the favorite question that I’ve gotten and I don’t think that I would have gotten it anywhere else besides rural Texas. ;)

  2. Wow! I am loving that abaya!.

    About me-I live in San Francisco. I moved here about 5 years ago from London. It was a huge change to move from a place with many Hijabis to a place which has far fewer. People stare more here and often ask if I am Arab or from Iran! In my first few months a guy at the gas station even pointed at me and made a gun shooting gesture. I laughed at his ignorance and felt somewhat sorry for him but I was surprised considering the ‘in your face liberals’ that San Francisco is full of. I just put it down to ignorance and the fact that every place unfortunately has those types of people. The media doesn’t really help matters either. Most people here are pretty decent though. Nor Cal has a lot of intellectuals and the majority of them are friendly and respectful.

    Alhamdulillah I also was blessed to be working somewhere where I could help diminish those stereotypes. It was very fulfilling being allowed to answer questions from High School Students around my area about the Hijab and I was amazed at how little they knew about Islam and their perceptions of all Muslim women as being oppressed and subservient. I explained to them that Islam does not force women to wear hijab and that I am an independent practicing Muslim woman who made a choice to cover. I enjoy having fun and participating in outdoor activities just like everyone else and dont have to ask permission from my husband every time I want to do something! It was really satisfying to candidly speak with students, work with them and have them accept me as being a proud American just like them!

    Another hard thing about moving was adapting my wardrobe from wearing layers and warm clothes (English weather is terrible but incredibly hijab-friendly!) to scrambling around finding cool modest long sleeve clothing which was really tough. I found Hijabtrendz which helped me have more options for clothing but I still manage return to London to get my annual dose of great fashion at reasonable prices! (Its not as overpriced as many people think, especially the Christmas sales).

    I don’t feel like I need to conform to fit in. I feel like people in San Francisco are a little quirky and we all celebrate our differences. Of course interacting on the same level as others helps to dispel stereotypes. It has been tough however to find sport clothing that works well for me since i get hot pretty quickly but I have learnt to adapt i.e. wearing bandanas to martial arts and caps to surf.

    Sometimes I get fed up and wonder whether its worth it. I have been wearing the Hijab since I was 5 out of choice and at times I really have the desire to wear clothes that aren’t Hijab. So I buy them and wear them at home! Its a very liberating feeling to keep my modesty intact and at the same time get all my fashionista on!

    It helps that I have a supportive husband who encourages me to challenge myself and be myself at the same time. I am proud be a Muslim and wear hijab for Allahs pleasure. Nothing will ever get in the way of that Inshallah.

  3. I wasn’t going to answer this, but then I had the thought that maybe someone reading this will be in a similar situation to mine and find something good for themselves in it.

    I live in Krakow, Poland. That I know of, there is exactly one local (non-tourist) hijabi in the entire city. It is not me. Indeed, I am not even a Muslim. That having been said, I have at times worn hijab at home and even outside as well. Perhaps the latter in order to enjoy the freedom I have in Poland that I don’t really have when with my family in the States (about which more later).

    At that time, hijab was a ‘normal clothes plus headscarf’-type affair. Jeans probably too tight, sweaters not really covering the hips because at the time, I simply didn’t have the wardrobe items to do the job better. No one on the street really commented on or even noticed the headscarf. Indeed, I’m told women who wear the more conservative forms of hijab here are often mistaken for Roman Catholic nuns – a perfectly normal sight on the streets of the previous Pope’s hometown…

    I guess I started making more serious changes in my wardrobe late one night about three or four years ago, when I posed myself the question out of curiosity, ‘What would happen if someone dropped me in, say, Teheran – right now – and I had to put together something from my present wardrobe that would be fit to go out in?’ I put something together – a pair of slim African trousers, a long slim Indian shift dress, a long-sleeved, loose-fitting, knee-length Turkmeni coat and a shayla on top. Looked in the mirror and said, ‘You know what? I like that!’

    I don’t think I have gone out of the house even once since then without some sort of trousers on (if only heavy opaque leggings, and that only rarely) – even under a dress. This is very difficult, because I have put on weight and those African trousers no longer fit, and being very tall, I am basically limited to men’s Levis – even for formal wear!

    This has gotten a bit old, so last year when I suddenly started getting a lot of jobs and felt like I had some cash to spare, I began collecting patterns to sew my own wardrobe. The first priority will be, of course, trousers so I don’t have to wear those Levis all the time ;)

    Where I live, it is relatively easy to cover even collarbones, wrists and ankles without raising eyebrows – OK, maybe long sleeves might raise one eyebrow in the summer, but that will be all. I remember noting with satisfaction some time back that the pants-under-a-dress look has even gotten fashionable here in recent years. But just try to put on even a little hat to match that Turkmeni coat… On the street, maybe no one will notice. But try to visit your beloved’s dyed-in-the-wool Protestant family in that condition. Then the fun starts – “Aren’t you hot?” “You can take that thing off!”, etc.

    Yes, I have a plan to start covering my head. It looks like I’ll need to slowly accustom those in my surroundings to the idea of my wearing a hat first. It might be best to wait for cooler weather. Then start wearing that beautiful 1940s pattern for a pillbox hat with a drapery coming down over the shoulders and wrapping across the chest in front… And then it will be relatively easy to slip a more close-fitting hood underneath to cover the neck. That’s also stylistic for the 1940s by the way. Indeed, this head-covering issue has led to a more lively interest in vintage clothing.

    But in the meantime, I think I will start by wearing a robe of some kind over my clothes when I go out. I’ve got the patterns I need, now I just have to make them. One option is to make one that has a long tail that drapes across the lower part of the chest, around the shoulders or up over the head, back down, across the upper part of the chest, and then, for example, gets thrown over the shoulder… If I wrapped that tail over my head, this, too, would be easy to slip a hood under.

    And in the meantime, I can think about exactly how I am going to explain all this to my family in the States, whom I only see once a year and who will therefore at some point be confronted with a sudden change… The short answer, for the moment, is something to the effect of, ‘This is my personal choice of how to express the principle of modesty in my life.’ The matter will be complicated however, by the fact that people in my family have vastly different attitudes toward hijab.

    For example, there is one person in my family who responded to the idea that covering my head while praying helps me create a kind of sacred space for myself with, ‘Oh, that’s cool!’ Another is at least sufficiently open-minded that they were willing to take a photo of me in hijab once when I needed one to show to someone. On the other hand, yet another family member is extremely hostile to hijab and anything having to do with Islam, so that we arranged the photo session at a time when they would be absent.

    That having been said, once I accidently left my room after praying without removing my shayla, was sitting checking my e-mail on the computer, and… decided to leave the shayla on because it would be even worse if that person caught me hurriedly trying to remove it. So, in the end the inevitable happened and the person came in and saw me in this condition. They walked over, said, ‘Oh, so are you trying to look like a nice Muslim girl?’ and put their arm around me and that was that. Alhamdulillah.

    So as you can imagine, that discussion will be a delicate one when it happens. Probably I will not be disowned. But I wonder if some members of my family will be so willing to be seen in public with me, among their friends, after that?

    I think a person who decides on hijab right around the same time they undergo religious conversion actually can have an easier time explaining the hijab, and perhaps even making the change all at once. New faith, new lifestyle… new clothes. Makes sense somehow.

    But since I have evolved into this over time, I am perhaps more mindful of the idea that hijab is in principle intended to do the exact opposite of drawing attention to a woman’s appearance. I am mindful of stories I’ve heard of Iranian or Saudi women who wear hijab but refrain from wearing the chador or abaya + niqab when abroad for precisely this reason. And of course of the fact that in my personal case, it is still a relatively large jump, from the viewpoint of the outside observer, from where I am now to covering my head. So perhaps the operant phrase here is ‘gradual change in views, gradual change in lifestyle… gradual change in clothing. Makes sense somehow.’

  4. PS For the sake of clarity – the above is *not* an entry to the contest. I wrote it just in case it might be helpful, and for no other reason. Would love to hear other people’s stories too :)

  5. assalmualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu! :)
    I am from Pakistan. All my life I have been struggling to be accepted as a hijabi. yes you’ve read it right! most people think it’s not difficult to do hijab in pakistan as its an islamic state..but trust me girls i’ve faced some serious problems because of it. i started doing hijab when i was still in school. At that time hijab wasn’t really common. i was the only hijabi in school. i have to admit that i started doing hijab because my brother dared me to do it in school. he said he’ll give me Rs.1000 if i do hijab during school hours for a month. i went to a private school and at that age we used to brush our hair 3 times during the school hours so hijab meant no showing off long hair. i did it for Rs. 1000. shallow? i know.. but i am glad i accepted the challenge. people started asking me weird questions. i had no clue about hijab at that time. A christian teacher asked me what Islam says about hijab. she asked me if its necessary to do hijab. i was clueless and then i started reading about it. i joined islamic classes and i decided to start doing hijab.
    when the bet was over my friends and family congratulated me and told me to throw the ugly scarf away. they were shocked to know that i decided to be a hijabi. one of my teachers even commented “you have such a beautiful face.. why do u ruin ure beauty by hiding ure hair”. i stopped getting any major roles in school plays and believe me i was really fond of acting at that time. too bad i didn’t have any websites to help me at that time :p i used to do simple plain black hijab!!
    things weren’t easy at home either. at every wedding or major function i was told by my mother to take off the hijab! “oh come on.. they are not strangers they are our relatives.. you can take off ure hijab here” i don’t blame my mother. every mother wants to see her daughter happily married and weddings were perfect to choose brides for sons! and i was the only one with a black boring scarf. so yes my mother was really worried :p many times i wanted to take off my hijab and at times i did. although i felt really guilty later. then i decided to bring some changes to my wardrobe. i told my tailor to stitch matching scarves with my dresses. it looked much better that way. time passed and my friends and family started accepting me with my hijab. they no longer forced me to take off my hijab on functions. they actually started helping me :) one of my friends went to turkey and she got me a beautiful scarf from there. my mother and sister joined the same madrassa.. well i forced them to go with me for one day.. and alhamdulillah after a year they started doing hijab too :) it got really easy for me after that. i started getting gifts from my mothers friends as well! everybody started appreciating me.life got so much easier! :) and then…i got married! i am the only hijabi in my husband’s family! yes.. my struggle started all over again. my husband is the only one who encourages me to do hijab. it is much difficult here because u have to be very careful with in laws. my mother in law wanted me to go to a parlor for every dinner party.. yes! on the other hand my hubby encouraged me to start wearing abaya! at that time scarf/abaya was really common but nobody in my husbands family approved of it. once again maybe it was because of plain black abaya. yes we just get black abayas in pakistan! then i thought we just have to dress modestly.. doesn’t mean that i have to wear the same abaya every where! so now i have abayas in different colours and styles..at least i managed to keep my mother in law happy! :) but believe me its not easy to get those abayas made. i really wish that we start getting good abayas in Pakistan. so if anybody is interested in opening an abaya shop in pakistan i’ll be glad to help :D i also started teaching after i got married. its not easy to get a job in a private school if u’re a hijabi. after a few months the principal called me to her office and she said hijab gives a really bad impression on little kids so i should take the hijab off during school. i knew that my students loved me. i don’t wear that black boring abaya anymore and i treat them well. so i told my principal to conduct a survey about teachers and ask the students to write a few lines about every teacher anonymously. alhamdulillah i got many positive remarks.. a few even said that they would love to do hijab like me when they grow up. for me it was a big compliment :) my principal didn’t bother me about hijab again :) i don’t teach anymore as i have a little baby to take care of! but i went to school a few days ago hust to meet some friends and i was shocked to see one of my students wearing hijab :) i was told that she tells everybody that she wants to become “maryam teacher” :) yes i have been struggling all my life but alhamdulillah its been a lot easier for me now. i am not very creative but thanks to these how to do hijab videos some of my husbands relatives gace me really nice comments :D so keep up the good work!! people like me need ure help :)

  6. Wow thank you ladies for your comments, i didn’t expect them to be so detailed so thank you for taking the time to write a response.

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  8. Wow. Maryam Khalid salaam to you!!! What beauty and courage. Allah bless you and continue to make it easy for you.

  9. ***This is not an entry but I just wanted to share a bit.*** Trying to be modest in rural North Carolina is not easy. This is not my home and I am a stranger here and probably will forever be. People here do not accept anyone outside of their ‘locals’ very easily…meaning it could take twenty years for you to even feel welcomed! Any outsider is looked down on here, even people from the Northeast of the USA…aka ‘Yankees’!! Sadly the South is still very, very prejudice in certain areas. I did not know this very much until I moved here and I wish I had known beforehand. I regret moving here deeply. I’ve been here far too long and hope to move soon. I wanted to move this summer back out to the West coast where we adored it but it does not look like we will be able to as of yet. I am sad but I am still not giving up and hope that next summer (or better circumstances sooner) we can try again. I have never seen a Hijabi here and to see one would be a shocker! I remember seeing one in the nearest town about an hour away and I wanted to follow her around all day and go home with her! :) I remember when I had visited New York City and had came back with a lovely scarf that I wore into Walmart to do some grocery shopping. I could not believe the people who were blatantly starring at me and stopping in isles and queues to see what I was wearing on my head! It bothered me so much but I did not care. That was almost 8 years ago and things still have not changed. Not only is the South ignorant in other beliefs but they are really ignorant to a persons heritage, nationality, ethnicity and skin color. I can’t believe how the Mexicans and Blacks have such problems with the Whites here still! And if you are anything other than that they lump you into a category of Mexican! It’s really ridiculous. My kids have a miserable time sometimes in school but they manage. I have no friends here and I pretty much keep to myself. My kids often tease me and ask for a good laugh if I would wear a certain vibrant scarf out in town. The thing is, I probably would have men in sheets follow me home to see where I live! I’m not kidding. I hope I am not offending anyone because that is not my aim. This is my experience solely. I just want you all to know that if you have freedom to dress as you please and feel comfortable outside of your home in doing so (without much challenge)….in America especially, then you are indeed privileged. My best friend in England has never been here and would never come here and when I tell her the prejudice I am up against she is shocked for it. Some of the things people say I can’t believe because it’s sheer ignorance. Why am I here then? That is a long story for another time. So be proud women when you can dress modestly, wear hijab and feel friendly support around you. Not everyone has that. But know this, I would wear the finest hijab and the finest abaya no matter what is said and how many people stare at me because I do what I feel is right no matter what anyone says. This I instill in my children. My daughter was not born in this country and she often is on the end of stupid remarks but she is strong and she is proud of her heritage. So ladies, be the example to your daughters (and sons) and do what is in your heart and never let anyone tell you you should not do something because of what they think or feel. It’s your heart that matters.

  10. Wa alaikum as salaam Noora :) aameen! thanks a lot for ure duas! :) jazakillah :D

  11. Salaam to all the sisters keeping it real HIJABI style. And hello to all the Jodis in NC.. I also live in a small city in North carolina. I do not see a lot of women dressing modestly and the market for this type of clothing is almost non existing. I usually by all my clothing via internet or whenever my husband and I travel to Jordan. I would liketo see more stores in mainstream American to support our style of dressing. Also being the only Muslim in my family in America brings lots of questions from them.Alhamdlillah I am happy with my life.But through Allah’s will my family is adjusting well to the change and happy to see the peace in my heart.Love Hijabtrendz

  12. Bismillah
    Asallam Allaykum
    My neck of the woods is in the middle of ohio, usa, so really the only necks around here are the ones turning to see me in hijab. But I do not mind really, for every look I get it puts a smile on my face because it shows that I am different, that I am no ordinary Mary-Jo from Ohio. When those necks are turning, and I get those looks I know instantly that I am judged, I am noticed, that I am defined. The reason I smile at it?
    Because I am defined as a muslimah, I am defined as being modest and pure in a world that is far seperated from good things. Usually when you think of heads turning its always because of someone being crazily dressed, looking funny. So I am proud to be the one who turns heads because I, and all my sisters in Islam turn heads because we are the treasured ones of Allah.
    I love the hijab, I love what the hijab gives to me and the beauty if fills me with. When people look at me, ask me where I am from. I smile.
    I smile and I say, from here. My family has been here for hundreds of years, orginally from Scotland. The mouths drop, the eyes widen. I smile because I am from here and I made myself defined in the best possible way. I gave myself beauty that every hijabi understands.
    I am the only one around my area that is a muslimah but I absolutely never consider myself alone. For those once a month trips that I take to the nearest Halal market, or bigger part of the city. And I happen to see a muslimah in hijab we can look at eachother and have that secret sort of smile while looking and complimenting eachothers hijab style. We are proud to be showing our deen as we smile to eachother. We smile while everyone else is looking with eyes even bigger, mouths even wider to see not one but TWO veiled women. That makes me even prouder.
    Our hijab does define each and everyone of us. Our hijab defines us in the best most beautiful way possible. Whether we wear a pink sparkly hijab or black as night niqab. We are muslimahs, proud to be defined.

    Hope this helps someone :)
    wa allaykum sallam

  13. Assalamualaykum im from Zamboanga city philippines.. MashaALLAH i like this abaya for ALLAH sake.. i have only abaya one only and i used to wear it every day because i want another religion how muslim women be protected by Islam.. hope i can have this please? provide me this..jazakaALLAH khayran

  14. Hi im sara i live in canada vancouver i am from jordan amman im muslim and its really easy being muslim in my area everybody respects me and who i am i dont find it odd it is not a struggle for me and i would love this dress from queen rania as a giveaway ????

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