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

21 comments / Posted on by ANNAH HARIRI

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

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!

21 comments

  • Posted on by Barbara Smith

    Hello,

    Thank you for your timely response and sending the blog to express the concerns of other ladies with the same inquiry. I too thought the dressing style would be more associated with the Muslim faith but I also want to know how these clothes would look on a plus size girl for most of your models are thinner than I. I too, like the modesty of the clothing and the whimsical flow that it has in the movement of the garment. I hope that my questions did create a error in my asking, if I did offend, I please accept my apology.

    Barbara

  • Posted on by Minnie Warren

    I am Christian and I do so respect the Muslim Culture and attire. But, my love for the clothing is because of my own personal clothing style, love for flowing, lovely long lines and yes definitely modest for my personal body of that style. It happens to be an integral part of the Muslim culture and again I respect that and would never deliberately be disrespectful but it never crossed my mind really when I decided I loved Anna Hariri. The colors, flow, comfort and flattering styles are what drew me to them. I congratulate Ms. Hariri, she has a winner for entrepreneurship and, me and my clothing tastes.

  • Posted on by Jennie

    I think anymore people are very afraid of others accusing them of cultural appropriation. Where I see imitation as the sincerest form of flattery, others see it is insulting, like someone not from a cultural or religious group trying to steal an identity and make it their own. I see the point and I also don’t. I think your clothes are lovely and stylish! It is nice to see modest, modern, stylish clothing for those of us who feel more comfortable being covered.

  • Posted on by Mongoos

    I am Buddhist, I find these dresses styilish, that`s all. My simple concern is if they have a special meaning for the Muslim, and therefore it would result as offensive wearing them simply for a of style choice. In a way as if someone wore a nun dress, I think it would be outrageous for a Christian.
    Advise needed!

  • Posted on by Laura

    Your dresses are beautiful. They are appropriate for work. It is hard to find dresses that your first thought is “I like this! It looks great!” Rather than “It’s only ok but it meets my criteria to stay midest”. It comes down to the fabric and style choices – which let you go from work to school to wherever you need to be – and look great without compromise!

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