Buying Hijaab in Yemen

Alhamdulillah, being in a Muslim country, its easy to find appropriate hijaab (though sadly I have been told that it is actually more difficult in some Muslim countries then you might think to find “appropriate hijaab.”

So, let’s just say that its super easy in Yemen, alhamdulillah.

So, I thought I’d give a little basic information about purchasing it here…..

Where to Find Islamic Women’s Clothing

 You can find hijaab in small hijaab shops around town, you can find them at stores like Shumailah Hari or the mega clothing store City .  Sharia Hail (Hail Street) also known as Sharia An Nisa (women) should tell you that you can find loads of hijaab there.

In Shumailah Hari, there are little shops upstairs that I think are not owned by Shumaila Hari, but rather leased out.  I think there are 1 or 2 shops and although you can find some basic black, you will also find hijaab that’s a little more out there (black, but with stripes or PINK, or  cheetah skinned prints…no, really). They have the overgarment, gloves, the hijaab/khimaar, wraparound scarves, niqaab, etc. So don’t let the exotic prints fool you, you can find something decent stuff there, too.

At City Max, again, upstairs there’s a large section of hijaab. Again, the overgarment, not sure about gloves, but there are niqaab, the khimaar that fits over the head, wrap around scarves, etc.

And then the smaller stores as I mentioned that exclusively sell hijaab.  Shouldn’t take you long to find any one of these, insha Allah.

Prices

If don’t want to haggle (or have to) I would suggest going somewhere like City Max or Shumailah Hari.  Though I think you could probably haggle at Shumailah Hari since these stores are not owned by Shumailah Hari. 

What are prices like? Well, for basic (not top of the line), here is a sampling of what you might find. Of course, going to the smaller stores, you can haggle. (I actually did today and saved a buck or two, its not really as hard as you might thing to haggle generally).

So, you can may be able to find lower prices, but just to give you an idea:

Niqaab ~ 800 riyals (4 bucks)

Khimaar (pulls over the head)  (1200 riyals ~ 6 bucks)

Overgarment (women’s) ~ 3000 riyals (15 bucks)

Gloves (really cheapy ones)  150-200 riyals (2 bucks)

So you can get a decent whole ensemble (what’s listed above) for under 30 bucks. And again, you can probably get stuff cheaper, and again, this is not top of the line.

 

On a related note, I came across a few very informative treatises on the hijaab/women:

Advice to the Muslim Woman (PDF) from www.al-ibaanah.com written by Shaikh Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan  (a really good read!)

The Obligation of Veiling (PDF from Al Ibaanah) written by Shaikh Zayd bin Muhammad Al-Madkhalee

And I’ve got links to articles about the hijaab (virtues, conditions) over at TJ’s Raising Muslim Daughters Site:

Hijaab: Conditions of

What conditions apply to hijaab? What should it be? What shouldn’t it be? Find out here.

 

Hijaab: Virtues of

Help your daughter understand why she should wear hijaab and teach her to be proud of wearing it.

 

Hijaab: Young Girls

Rulings on hijaab and young girls

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Another Yemen clothing store

We just recently shopped at the Al Azani stores for the first time in Yemen, well one of the three that are in Sana’a. There are 3 in Aden as well. There is a large one on Sharia Haddah (south of Sharia Sitteen). It is really large. We just saw two stories, but on the bag it says five stories.

The clothes are about the same quality as City Max I guess and the prices are comparable. The width of the store is not as large as City Max, but the “atmosphere” is more pleasant I thought.  They may have things other than clothes, but that’s all we discovered; there are at least two floors of clothes.

If you are heading south on Sharia Haddah and cross Sharia Sitteen, the store will be on the left, its pretty hard to miss as its rather large…..

 

Phone: 429000

 

For a listing of a few more stores in Sana’a, see: https://tjyemen.wordpress.com/about/clothing-stores/