I am a Christian! Can I wear a muslim dress?

7 comments / Posted on by ANNAH HARIRI

I first received such an e-mail in far 2012 when we just started Annah Hariri. I was very pleasantly surprised and took my time to write a long reply with quotes and Quran and Bibles references. I think that that time my reply simply put the question sender off. 
In the run of 5 years Annah Hariri is existing, those questions about permissibility of wearing our dresses by Christian, Jewish or simply modest loving women were coming. When I had received that 1st letter in 2012 I thought that it was rather an exception and misinformation but now I see it is more like a common stereotype. And I can't understand where it is coming from?
What is your opinion about why non-muslim women are afraid to buy & wear modest dresses? Why do they attribute our dresses to muslim ladies only?
What will be your reply to the question I receive lots: "I am not Muslim but can I wear your dresses Annah?"
I would love to read replies from women of all faith in the comments!

7 comments

  • Posted on by Fiddausi

    yeah, yes and yes. you can definitely wear a muslim dress as a Christian. it is very modest and smart at the same time, it will also make you feel very comfortable and classy . Both religions preach modesty and morality, Am not trying to say that one religion is more modest than the other as Christians also cover their hair to church and I strongly believe that you can and should dress in a way that you feel comfortable with yourself. go ahead and shop at Annah Hariri, am sure all eyes would be on you. with time you would definitely love it more …… Go girl

  • Posted on by Zainab

    I’ve seen lots of non-muslim women here in the uk wearing maxi dresses come summer, and many more of them wear long dresses at weddings and occasions as a tradition etc. Perhaps sometimes they worry that wearing clothes from a muslim retailer will be immediately recognisable when they wear the clothes in public?

  • Posted on by Sarah

    The question may have been asked because the writer wants to make sure that she doesn’t somehow offend Muslims by wearing one of your dresses. This likely stems from the popular discussion on “cultural appropriation.” Although, there’s no indication that a modest dress is particularly for a Muslim, or any other set of people for that matter. Modest dresses can and have been worn by people of all backgrounds and if you wish to wear this style of dress, there’s no need to hesitate.

  • Posted on by Toneeya

    We are all Allah’s creations so it should not matter what our faiths are. The muslim dresses also appeal to women around the world who want to dress modestly in their daily lives. Isn’t that wonderful?

  • Posted on by Nicholas Bonham-Carter

    I would love to see what your response was to the question. I would think that the questioner was worried that she would perhaps be offending moslem women by wearing clothes which they would choose for themselves.
    If a non-Christian woman would dress as a Catholic nun, then I could see some offense being taken by some Christians; however as your clothes do not seem to be associated with any particular religious duties, then I don’t see any cause for worry.
    I can see that your clothing is designed to protect the wearer’s skin from head to toe from the blazing hot sun of the Middle East, as is men’s clothing as well, and if seen in this light of practicality, then I would hope that there would be no reason why a Christian lady should not wear your lovely clothes.—Nicholas

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