Saudi rules dictate that a woman should never get out of her house without an abaya. Few days ago, I heard about how my dear friend’s sister, clad in a long abaya with a trail at the end, accidentally got her trail fabric caught in the escalator. With her abaya entangled in the moving escalator, my friend had to quickly rip the abaya just in time to save her sister from serious injuries! Had the lady taken off the abaya, she would have been grossly violating Saudi Arabian rules of covering their bodies with an abaya in public places – repercussions of which are widely known.
No one can deny that shopping is every woman’s favorite hobby and shopping malls are one of the best places to be for any shopaholic woman. But women living in Saudi Arabia, particularly, need to beware of the escalators in their country’s shopping malls. After all, being an elegant Arab lady you would not want to trip over an escalator and injure yourself nor would a man wish his lady to suffer an embarrassing fall in a public place such as a shopping mall!
Saudi rules dictate that a woman should never get out of her house without an abaya. In order to satisfy their desire to look stylish, women living in Saudi Arabia resort to purchasing new, fashionable abaya designs in order to look trendy in a Shariah compliant way. Some women, thus, purchase abayas with long trains of fabric at the back which make them look fashionable and trendy. Nevertheless, ladies should never forget that these designs pose serious risks and also tend to get dirtier when women walk on roads. Long abayas with trails pose accidental risks on shopping mall escalators. Do you know that if you fall on a moving escalator, it can rip your face and damage your hands and feet seriously? You would certainly not want to pursue a fashion which comes at a heavy price of stiches and scars on your pretty face, flawless hands and feet!
After hearing my friend’s sister’s closely missed mishap with the mall escalator, I would advise women to have abayas custom made which are practical when it comes to length. Of course, they should not be short enough to show feet and legs, but they should neither have a trail at the back. After all, fashion is not just about dressing up according to the trends of today at the cost of one’s quality of life! Which design of abayas are trending these days, ladies? Share your abaya stories and challenges so that we may all learn from each other’s experiences.