The Mukena – 2-Piece Islamic Prayer Garment For Women
In Islam, both men and women are instructed to dress modestly. To help a Muslim woman dress modestly when she performs salat, there is the mukena. Prayer should be divine, with one’s focus solely on Allah. As the mukena is long enough to cover everything from head to toe so only the face and hands remain visible, the Muslim woman can more easily focus on her prayers. With the trends in Muslim fashion evolving rapidly, the mukena has gained prominence for achieving what is required for a woman during prayers. She can purchase an extra mukena to keep at work; that way, she will never have to miss a salaat because she did not have a proper garment available for the holy act.
About the Mukena
The mukena is essentially a prayer robe which is worn by women over their regular attire. It is commonly used by Indonesian and Malay Muslim women, and its practicality and beauty are spreading the mukena’s popularity worldwide. Women often choose to wear this robe during salaat when they pray alone as well as in congregation. There are generally two types of mukenas, a one-piece variety and a two-piece type that includes a top and a bottom skirt. It is required that the robe is made loose in both cases to not only cover but also conceal the entire body except for the face and palms. The mukena is traditionally white in color, but due to the fact that no clothing is safe from becoming an object of fashion, mukenas are now available in a delightful array of colors and patterns. Mukenas often feature exquisite, detailed embroidery. As well as being beautiful, the mukena envelops women in a cloak of holiness and purity. It is also believed to have protective powers.
What We Offer
At MuslimClothing.com we feature a wide selection of beautiful prayer garments made from high quality material and decorated with awesome embroidery and the most intricate lace. These mukenas are long and flowing, enveloping the wearer in the holiness and purity that is required during prayer. This beautiful and comfortable prayer garment is of great help simplifying clothing choices for those who are praying, soothing the mind while at the same time affording a chance to focus during the times of the day and night when salat is performed. The mukenas for women from MuslimClothing.com come in beautifully embroidered soft rayon. This prayer attire for women is elegant, convenient and at the same time very comfortable. Our white prayer garments have colorful embroidery coupled with yellow lace trim. Our mukenas are two-piece garments, and consist of a scarf and a floor length skirt that is adjustable to easily fit over regular clothing. Muslim women will find it very appropriate as it allows for comfort and modesty during prayer.
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The Kufi – A Prayer Time Essential
A kufi (also known as taqiya in Arabic, peci in Indonesian and take in Turkish) is a brimless, short and rounded cap that Muslim men wear. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) wore a kufi. You will find that many Muslims wear these caps not only during prayer but most of the day as well. The significance of this is affirmation of the belief that Allah is present everywhere. Covering the head is a sign of humility before God.
Wearing a kufi has many benefits. When worn during prayer, it helps to prevent the hair from falling down on one’s face and disturbing concentration when praying. When worn in general, kufis help distinguish you from others and serve as a reminder to exhibit exemplary behavior in every situation.
There are many different styles of kufis hats or skull caps. While some are simple white caps with no brims, others are a bit boxy. Some even look like hairnets. These are often made of pure, plain cotton. Some are embroidered. Kufis tend to have a round shape (although some are oval), and they are available in a variety of colors.
The kufi comes in various styles to suit your mood, style and outfit. Some are warmer than others, and favor certain climates. You may choose to go with embroidered kufis or those that look like skull caps or beanies. You could opt for those that are machine made or crocheted by hand. Some kufis have a hard shell surface, while others are soft
and sit well on the forehead. There are even unique kufis made from macramé mesh!
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The word tasbih (also known as tesbih or misbaha) is a reference to prayer beads used by Muslims. The word is related to supha or sebha, which means “to recite Allah’s glories.” Keeping a tasbih with you is a beautiful way to both remember Allah and remind you to praise Him.
Usually, a tasbih has 99 beads, each one symbolizing one of the 99 most revered names of Allah. There are also 33-bead tasbihs. After each set of 33 beads (in a 99-bead set), you will find a nisane, or a disc. In a 33-bead tasbih, the discs are placed after every 11 beads. Most tasbihs have tassels, which are usually made of string but are sometimes made of beads. The tassel, frequently attached to a large Alif/Imam bead, hangs between the first set of beads and the last set.
Tasbihs are usually comprised of a range of beads or stones, precious or otherwise. Wooden beads are the most common, and you will find them in a range of varieties – from fragrant sandalwood, tamarind, citrus wood, coffee to ironwood. Sugar palm and petrified wood beads are also commonly available.
There was a time when tasbih beads were always handmade, but today you will find very few craftsmen who do this. If you purchase a tasbih made of a fragrant wood, you will have to store it in a wooden box to help retain its fragrance. Wood is often brought in from Africa, India and Egypt as well as South America to make these beads. The original craftsmen were located primarily in Istanbul, and they sold to buyers throughout the Islamic world.
Some praises Muslims commonly repeat using a tasbih are “Subhanallah,” which translates to “praise be to Allah,” “Alhamdulillah,” which means “glory be to Allah,” “Allahu akbar,” which means “Allah is great,” and “La ilaha illallah,” which means “there is no god but Allah.”
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What is a prayer rug, mat or carpet?
A prayer rug (or an Islamic prayer mat) is an ornate piece of cloth on which Muslims carry out their namaz, or prayers. It is placed on the ground, in the direction of Mecca, to ensure that the worshiper is on a clean surface for the various positions in prayer – kneeling, prostrating, sitting down, etc.
Prayer mats are frequently woven in various villages throughout Asia and the Middle East, and each village has a unique design for its prayer rugs. Sometimes, a particular end of the mat is designed to be placed in the direction of Mecca, where the ka’bah, or House of Allah, is located.
A prayer mat is rectangular in shape with a slight asymmetry at the head. This asymmetry is representative of the mihrab - the place where the Imam or leader of the prayer stands, and one is found in every mosque. Beautiful images related to Islam are woven on the mat – from symbols to architecture. Every symbol on the mat has a deep meaning and is important in the overall design of the prayer rug. Some rugs have mosque lamps woven into their design, and others bear the images of the ka’bah various mosques in Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The position of the hands in the course of prayer may also be depicted on these mats.
A typical prayer mat measures around 2 ft. x 4 ft., and is suitable for one person. Nowadays however you can find prayer rugs for children, extra-large prayer rugs and even thin fold-up travel-size prayer rugs. Islam is beautiful! Prayer rugs are just one of the symbols of that beauty.
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