I thought I would write a note about this because I think it is quite important. It deals with our identity. Im a convert as some may know and throughout my changes I have resisted to revert to a different culture. Today one of my friends called me asking my 2cents on what to wear to a certain cultural all-women party. Why does everyone or almost everyone expect us to trade in our clothing, our identity, our style for cultural dress? Why do all these sisters jump at you and say wear this and that and when you show up at the party, Bam!!!(nightclub scene)and the only one dressed like is about to give some cultural show is YOU. Or, there is the other scenario where they do actually advise you to wear a certain cultural dress because everyone else will wear the same, just in different colors. Only, one small thing, they sort of forget that you have your own identity and you are new in Islam. Ok, some may be ok with it, but some of us are just sitting not being ourselves(and it feels like I am in a costume)
My 2 cents, let me start with "you reverted/converted religion not culture." Reverting to Islam will change alot of our values(or wake up some morals in some of us) and make some modest changes to our clothing! My take is always be yourself and dress to your comfort and liking using Allah SWT Islamic guidelines. (Adapting the abaya doesn't mean you revert to a different culture, it only means you just chose the easiest way to meet Allah's guidelines in 2 minutes.) And really, those are the only guidelines, you need to check with Allah SWT in regards to hijab. Don't feel that you are forced to dress like a certain culture(now, if you like to adapt it, there is also nothing wrong, but it is your happy choice that counts). If you are attending a party, do it for fun, experimentation or to be courteous to the party you are attending. Always be true to yourself. Be yourself and if that means you are Spanish, Polish, Russian and German at the same time, then be it! The most important is that you abide by Allah's dress guidelines and that you are happy with yourself and it should reflect in your actions, words and clothing.
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