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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

It's Al Quds!

I've been wearing jeans all of my life. There were several styles to choose from when I was a teen. These days a lot of people are found trapped in the bootcut.

Being that my favorite wide-legged styles had all but vanished I was distraught. I actually boycotted bootcut jeans! I never did buy the women's styles, but I ended up with a few pair of men's bootcut. They aren't bad, but they aren't the best either. Lift the 'wide-legged' jean sanctions please!

Well the Ummah's love for jeans has been acknowledged. The Al Quds Jeans brand provide jeans for high-frequency prayer. The main features of these jeans are said to be the high-waist, wide leg, and padded knees.

The designer is not a Muslim, but said," I wanted to respect (the fact) that if these are the first jeans for Islam, they should be built by Muslim hands." The jeans are made in Karachi, Pakistan.

Although I am sure this is more about money than it is about the desires of a Muslim, I am happy that there are some Muslims working and hopefully being paid a fair wage.

If anybody buys some, tell me how you like them.


  1. As-Salaamu 'alaikum,

    Jeans are plain ugly, and besides the obvious modesty issues, the sight of so many women wearing them is plain depressing. They are so dull and unfeminine. Why does a woman want to wear a man's factory attire? Shaikh Hamza once quoted his shaikh as saying they reek of atheism - everyone dressed like the factory worker. Would you like your husband to cuddle up on the sofa with you in a messy builder's overall? I thought not. And then they put al-Quds on a piece of clothing made nowhere near al-Quds which answers the Muslims' desire to ape an ugly un-Islamic fashion. Crazy.

  2. I can accept your opinion and I am sorry that Muslimahs who wear jeans in your country choose not to maintain their modesty while doing so. One of the persons you quoted had actually mentioned that the differences between what is masculine and feminine are mainly defined by ones culture.

    As an example, Morocco was mentioned and the difference between a jalaba among the sexes was the color of it. Perhaps he meant Muslim cultures only, I don't know. Perhaps you could think about what is feminine in the U.K. and start some dialogue about it.

    I can't understand the atheist and factory worker quote. I don't know anyone who can. I declared Shahada in a pair of jeans and so have numerous others. I can only remember seeing one factory worker in my life, so the context escapes me.

    Concerning the "messy builders overall", I'm not exactly sure what is meant here by "messy"? You can't be referring to the term in the hygienic sense. Since we weren't talking about dirt, you must be referring to the style. Thank you kindly, but I will be the judge of what is acceptable from my husband. Overalls or not, your opinion is unmannerly and inapposite.

    Another idea which logic escapes me is the context of ape(To mimic slavishly but often with an absurd result.) Do you apply this to every Muslim woman who wears jeans, or simply to those in your country? To clairify, a Muslim in the US who was born and raised in the US can not be thought to "ape" his/her own custom. Also, do you assert the same "unIslamic" sentiment regarding plaid, business suits, etc. or is it just what the American Muslim wears reprehensibly "unIslamic", although they maintain their modesty?

    The quotes you referred to do not enlighten me outside of their context. Insha Allah, I will be asking some questions soon.

    In general, I find the acceptance of every other Muslim's culture BUT the American Muslim's culture, disturbing and disheartening. Everyone else gets to modify their customary dress in order to be modest, yet we must accept "others" modifications above what we choose for ourselves, or choose another(as long as it's not American) unIslamic custom above our own.

    While we are here in the US, we are gawked at(by non Muslims) because of our dress, which still, is not good enough for "other" Muslims. I'll take your depression over mine any day of the week.

  3. As-Salaamu 'alaikum,

    First of all I apologise for the cuddling up remark, which was inappropriate. The point was that jeans smack of functional "work clothes", rather like overalls and the like.

    The problem I have with your original post was that you talk of "the Ummah's love for jeans", but in your reply to my comment you talk of American Muslims and the fact that Americans do not like Muslims' dress generally, while other (foreign) Muslims do not like American Muslims' dress. I have never been to the USA and so don't really know the situation there. The nearest I've been to your city was an Indigo Girls gig in London in 1994.

    As for the Ummah, it's well known that western clothing has replaced traditional local clothing in most areas except, perhaps, the Gulf states themselves. For example, in Malaysia traditional clothing is worn in the house, on special occasions, and on Fridays (women wear theirs rather more). When a Malay man goes to work, if he's salaried, he normally wears a business suit. This is an obvious result of Europeans having power over his country: that a Malay man feels obliged to wear his former foreign masters' clothing to do business in his own country.

    In the west, business suits are just normal, as jeans are. I happen to loathe top buttons and ties (the cause of numerous run-ins with teachers and prefects at school, invariably due to the discomfort they caused me). But westerners (including Muslims) who wear western clothes are not imitating anything; I was talking about this product's potential client base in the Muslim world, and about the general tendency of Muslims in many Muslim countries to forsake traditional local clothing for western styles - in some places, more or less abandoning the local styles altogether.

    As for the difference between masculine and feminine clothing, the differences are usually much more than colour. You can normally tell just by looking at an outfit, from whatever part of the world, whether it is for a man or a woman. Even with something like shalwar kameez, which is (as a configuration) unisex. I have met Muslim men whose clothing would be considered feminine if it was worn in London, but it's not that common. And I don't know if this is true in the US, but long skirts and dresses were normal on women in the UK right up until the mid 1990s, when they started disappearing until they were very thin on the ground indeed in the early part of this decade - a point I made on my blog, which is what I found both strange and sad because those garments could be bright and beautiful, and the replacements tended to be drab, indecent and/or androgynous (the last being more significant for us as Muslims than it might be for others). I admit it may be partly about fabric, but it does seem like a case of the baby being thrown out with the bathwater.

  4. As salaamu alaikum,

    Thanks for the clairification on your site brother. I have added comments there.

  5. As-Salaamu 'alaikum,

    Did you decide not to post my last comment, then?

  6. My bad. I overlooked it.

    My inbox has been busy lately.

  7. In response to your previous comment, the dynamics here in the U.S. might not be much different than in the U.K. I am not sure, but it goes like this:

    My problem is with certain Muslims who cling to a cultural dress (be it theirs or anothers), while dismissing those who are different than them. This includes both American-born & foreign Muslims. Some of whom may not wear hijab or a beard, or traditional dress.

    I see a lot of Muslim women donning jeans here. That is where I get the "love" idea from. The majority of them are American, but not all of them are. This is the land of denim wear, and as the sisters mentioned on your blog, there are different cuts(almost exactly like those at SHUKR) that have been available to us. Moreover, many converts such as myself probably had a massive amount of jeans in their wardrobe. Being that wealth is not a prerequisite for one to become Muslim, we do what we can with what we have. It is very common to see us in jeans but ironically enough, we wear them in a way that is not a cultural norm( as an aside, there are several men in America who feel the same way you do toward us, but in the least modest sentiment).

    lol@the 90's. Believe me brother, when a sister finds a long skirt here, she tells the whole community about it! As a matter of fact I think our sister at This Here Garden proved my point a few weeks ago in one of her posts.


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