Friday, March 30, 2018

Sunnah Style : My HONEST review..




Assalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu!! So, I recently wrote (well not so recently but recent enough) an honest review of my Tansim collections abayas and my experience with them. Overall, the experience was pleasant, but there was definitely room for improvement. I decided to review my niqabs from Sunnah Style because, well, why not? I know I have written quite a few posts before about my experience with wearing the niqab. I want to let my readers know that I am no longer a full-time niqabi because I live with my parents and I am not brave enough to cause harm to myself and let myself be kicked out and live homeless on the streets because I want to exercise something that, in my opinion, is not obligatory. I do not open any room for debates about this topic because there are differences of opinions on this matter; just because one sister sees it as obligatory, another may not and there are ample proofs to support both sides. So to those who take the opinion that niqab is fard, you do you, imma do me. 
Allah is the ultimate and final judge, you ain't aight? Aight. 

Now that that is out of the way, let's commence this long overdue review.

Now, I attend a halaqa every Sunday (the sisters who know me from the masjid and read this review, know exactly what I am about to write about lol) and that is the only time I wear my niqab (and whenever I go to the masjid or whenever there is a congregation of random Muslim men flocking in groups for some unknown reason where I deem uncomfortable. For some reason, Muslim men seeing my face makes me more vulnerable and violated than if some next non-Muslim man. Call me weird, but that's just how I roll. 

Sunnah Style has been my occasional go-to place for niqabs and abayas. I won a giveaway from them a few years back and I chose a khimar (which I reviewed here ) and a niqab. This was a while ago and since I moved back to Toronto, I purchased another abaya which I gave away because it was too see-through to my standards and the material snagged and I purchased two new niqabs (the purple (I had another purple one in the US from my giveaway purchase but I gave that way) and dark blue one - blue one not seen in this picture because I was too lazy to take four pics of me in a niqab and edit them.) The blue niqab and the purple (narrow no-pinch) one were on sale and that is basically why I bought them. I don't think I will be able to bring myself to pay full price for these niqabs anymore (unless they cater to women with small nose bridges and small faces.) 

So the pink and the beige coloured niqabs I purchased them online when I lived in the US. I purchased the no-pinch ones because I have glasses and the description (which you can find on their website https://sunnahstyle.com/36-no-pinch-niqabs) said it would be suitable for those with glasses. Let me just do a pros & cons list so I can save you from reading my boring review (because who bothers to read long reviews, right? I don't..anyway)

PROS:
-a wonderful collection of beautiful colours
- material is breathable
- the forehead part is nice and wide so it doesn't show your brow hairs (which to me is basically like showing your hair - and eyebrows showing looks so funny lol)
- I like how long the niqab is (down to your chest - and that is regular length)
- long tieback which I like
- the narrow no-pinch one is good if you have a higher nose bridge and wider face 
- great customer service, replaced my old beige niqab (which came in the mail snagged) with another beige niqab (the one worn in this post - which snagged again, unfortunately) without charging me

CONS:
 - pills easily
- I only wore the purple one twice (didn't even wash it) and it is already starting to pill (is that why it is on sale? lol...)
- I really dislike how uncomfortable the no-pinch niqabs are, I have to constantly fiddle and fix it while I am in my halaqa and it is a big distraction.
- If I don't tuck the no-pinch niqab under my glasses, basically you can see half my face (nose included lol)
- the (second) beige one snagged (again) and I can't wear it at all anymore! :(
- snags easily, very easily (if you are like me who have dry skin around your fingernails because of the harsh Canadian weather, you better watch out, your niqab will get caught on your dry skin and basically it will turn into a roll of thread)
- these niqabs are basically not made for anyone who is East Asian or anyone with a small nose bridge or a small face
- the narrow no-pinch one is slightly better but already starting to pill.
- quite pricey for the quality ($ 12 (sale) - $28)

OVERALL: 

Honestly, I really don't enjoy wearing these. Good thing I only wear them once a week, cuz if I wore them full-time, I think I would stop wearing the niqab just because of how uncomfortable these are. BUT, the one amazing thing is the long tieback and the long front part which covers the eyebrows but other than that, they snag and pill easily and they are far too wide for my face. If I tie it tighter, they pinch my eyes and I look like I have been crying all day because they make my eyes puffy. I will not be repurchasing unless they reformat these for sisters with smaller faces and smaller nose bridges. Until then, does anyone have any recommendations where I can find niqabs for small faces/small nose bridges? Without having to travel all the way to Malaysia? lol....
But guys, maybe I just don't know how to wear a niqab properly, though lol.. I wouldn't be completely close to the idea of trying Sunnah Style's basic niqab (not the no-pinch ones) but again, I don't want to risk paying for it and then it turns out even worse!

 I apologize if my review is brutally honest, but I do see how a lot of sisters enjoy these niqabs because they probably fit better on their faces. But for me, they don't and they snag and pill easily which is really sad because these niqabs are not cheap. I really do appreciate Sunnah Style and their mission and the modesty they are trying to provide for sisters. But modesty should not come at such a big price tag.  A lot of sisters can't afford half the items on their website and though I understand their quality is 'good' to some extent and they are trying to make a living as well, they should really consider making the BLUE line a little more affordable. The BLUE line is supposed to be more affordable but an abaya priced at $45 plus shipping is still expensive for someone who is a single mother of 3 and trying to make ends meet. I won't even go into the regular-priced abayas. Again, I apologize for being honest, but I hope that my honesty will help them improve and reconsider a few things. I have attached some pictures below of the niqab and the pilling & snagging in which I am talking about.






oh' snag! Can't wear this anymore :(

oh' snag!

can you see the pilling? 

more pilling..

May Allah forgive me if I said anything wrong or offensive and forgive me my many shortcomings. Ameen.

 (Disclaimer: ALL things stated here are my opinion. If you don't agree then that is not my problem. I don't write to please others and I don't write to lie to myself or others. My opinions expressed in this post are solely for the sake of Sunnah Style trying to improve and cater to sisters of all shapes and sizes and for the working, struggling class sisters who can't afford decent-quality, modest clothing. If we are not honest with ourselves or with others, then how can I or we improve?) 

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Most Despicable Trait.

Imaam Ibnul Jawzi [rahimahullaah] said:

Envy is the most despicable trait. The first deed of disobedience through which Allaah was disobeyed in the heavens was Iblees’s envy towards Aadam and the [first deed of disobedience through which Allaah was disobeyed] in the earth was Qaabil’s envy toward Haabil.

[Source: Zaadul Maseer’ [Tafseer Surah Al-Falaq]- by Ibn Jawzi (rahimahullaah)]