Marabo: New Fashions for Muslim Women

July 28, 2006 § 23 Comments

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F.I.T. graduate and former NYU student, Brooke Samad has applied her childhood passion of sewing with her faith and come up with new clothing styles and trends for Muslim women. Samad used $8,000 of her savings to finance Marabo, Inc. with the intention on creating modest clothing that remain stylish and chic.

Samad started the company in 2001 because of two factors, her religion and the fashion industry’s lack of attention to modest fashions. As a Muslimah Samad found it difficult when shopping for modest clothing and had this to say about the frustrations of clothes-shopping,

“Muslim women who choose to wear modest clothing often have a hard time finding clothes that are still stylish, she said.” (B. Samad qtd. in AM New York)

I have visited the website which is found at www.maraboonline.com and the clothes are very beautiful. Drop by the website and check them out for yourself.

Wasalaam.

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§ 23 Responses to Marabo: New Fashions for Muslim Women

  • apples says:

    Some really nice fabrics there…

    Although the prices are a bit stiff…

  • Ahmed Shiyam says:

    What ever the modern role we have follow ALLAH and Rasullullah(peace be upon him). If u try to modernize dosen’t matter but u can’t show the figure. That is Haram. Women can only show the beaty for their husban. If U try make conflict of this culture it is a very serious offence. It is very dangerous this is going create a Islamic cultural change. That could be very very serious punishment for person who intraduce such things.

    Thank You

    Shiyam

  • hijabiapprentice says:

    Asalaamu Alaikum,

    Jazak Allah kheir for this post on Marabo. As a Muslimah I am always on the look out for modest clothing for work. I plan to order from her soon insha Allah.

    As far as brother Ahmed’s comment please give the sister and other Muslimahs the benefit of the doubt. I saw a couple of garments on her website that I personally would not wear but on the whole I think her garments are modest. Most Muslimahs who are concerned with dressing modestly know how to select clothing that are modest and appropriate for her body type. Also, I am sure that Marabo has a number of non-Muslim shoppers or perhaps Muslimahs who choose not to wear “full hijab” as well so why should the sister not market to a wider market?

    In my humble opinion we should try to support our Muslim business owners and give naseeha using proper adab when appropiate. Allahu Alam.

    ma’a salaamah,

    ha

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “In my humble opinion we should try to support our Muslim business owners and give naseeha using proper adab when appropiate.”

    Wa ‘alaikum as-salaam,

    I agree with your humble opinion Sis.

    wasalaam

  • victoria says:

    the colors were kind of dreary and the styles were exactly the same – honestly i shop at thrift stores and i do alot better-
    it looks alot like lane bryant, nice graphics though (of course i cant wear graphics) but if people like it more power to them.

  • Nebat says:

    Why muslim womens wear a jeans or trouser?

  • Hakim says:

    “Why muslim womens wear a jeans or trouser?”

    I don’t think that trousers are against the decree of Allah. In addition trousers do not transgress the limits of the Prophet’s (s.a.w.s.) sunnah unless they are too revealing. But I could be wrong, any other thoughts on this?

  • Adam Suleman says:

    Assalaamu-Alaikum,

    Respected Hakim Sahab,

    “May Allah the Almighty bestow His Blessings and Mercy on every one of us and Protect us from agony, pain, sadness, troubles and calamities, natural or otherwise. Aameen”

    Good attempt.

    Adam Suleman

  • abu ameerah says:

    this kind of clothing is nothing more than an insult to our Deen….

    to be quite honest, this type of “fashionable” Muslim clothing is just as bad as the obscence shalwar-kameez fashions that some Muslim women show up to at the masjid….

    if our women so badly gag to resemble the kuffar — then why the heck not just show up to the masjid wearing a velour track suit and some Reebok Classics…….?

    at least that way one would not look like a gypsy the way Brooke Samad would have you dress….

  • gess says:

    ^more drama please. “Gypsy”?

  • Adeel Ansari says:

    My apologies. Infact, its not just only cover the body but its about to be no attractive to any man (Na-mehram). So, these dresses are not perfect though, but one can wear it in same-sex gathering, I suppose.

  • nida says:

    oh pleeeease…to all those who disaaprove of Brooke, we’re not listening; you think you have it all figured out when you really dont….
    anyway, I visited the site and I totally agree with victoria; the stuff is boring. I could only imagine women in their forties dressed by Marabo. But Brooke is an inspiration nonetheless; no parents are happy when they realize their children want to become fashion designers….

  • Abu Mohammad says:

    If Muslims spent a little less time trying to control each other and more time trying to control themselves, things would be better. So, if you don’t like the styles, don’t buy them or, better yet, design better styles and make them available. You should not sit around passing judgement on people and deciding if they are going to hell, it’s not your judgement to make.
    (Good grief….)

  • HijabiApprentice says:

    Well said Abu Mohammad!

  • sarah says:

    “Abu Mohammad (21:35:45) :

    If Muslims spent a little less time trying to control each other and more time trying to control themselves, things would be better. So, if you don’t like the styles, don’t buy them or, better yet, design better styles and make them available. You should not sit around passing judgement on people and deciding if they are going to hell, it’s not your judgement to make.
    (Good grief….)”

    I agree with Abu Mohammad! Thank you brother! also, i have purchased many items from Brooke (marabo) and they are gorgeous! High quality fabrics, modest cuts and slimming without being revealing or vulgar. To those who say her clothes are boring etc. i would say 1. you haven’t tried her clothes ON and 2. you lack taste to begin with 3. you don’t pay attention to detail. again, i suggest you check her clothes out in person if you can at a conference like icna or isna and try them ON b4 you make such judgements. the reason why she chose muted colors is probably to avoid getting crazy, salafi responses from narrow minded Muslims (esp brothers) who like to find faults with others but never engage in self-reflection. people like you scare people AWAY from the deen.

  • sarah says:

    what i love about Islam is that is all inclusive and multicultural. Technically, you are “Muslim” if you believe the first Kalimah with both your heart and mind. Beyond that, Allah (SWT) knows best and is the judge. Not you. one of the MANY MANY complaints against Muslims is that we are uneducated and lack an open mind. by this i don’t mean we should be okay with dating, drinking et al BUT i do think we should pre occupy ourselves with more useful activities like educating ourselves in both the Deen and secular academics, institution building, activism etc. instead of nitpicking other Muslims dress styles and practices. we should be more accepting and caring of one another and not lose the heart or spirit of Islam. That’s how we will build a strong community. Why can’t you all look BEYOND someone’s looks or dressing style? Just because you wear a hijab or have a beard doesn’t automatically make you a good Muslim.

  • BEAUTIFULLLL!!!! love this stuff. mashaAllah

    http://muslimpainter.blogspot.com/

  • Anik says:

    wowwww.. i must study here…So Nice…very nice
    My friend i also have a Blog about islamic Fashion illustration…Please visit me…give your comment…

  • delpihero says:

    Every one has there view point be it from the sunnah or lack of knowledge. Lets keep the views to uur selves and ask the scholers of Islam who have published books on this and they say Trousers are not alowed (Period)

  • michelle says:

    we need more islamic trousers for women, so women can go cycling, horse riding, mountain climbing etc.

  • Baily age12 says:

    You really inspire me

  • ANJUM CHAUDHRI says:

    SO WHERE ARE THE CLOTHES .

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