When I first came to Qatar it was hard for me to accept women in Abaya. Because I felt really hot! it was 50 Celsius. Love for Islam and knowing the reason for covering women's body in Islam. Those who judge a lady in Abaya are racist & ignorant. The journey through a Muslim woman's Abaya does not finish on its blackness. It is an untold fable which many foreigners cannot see from their eyes & heart. When I first saw a Qatari lady in Abaya, it had a fresh & everlasting effect on my olfactory senses. It was not my eyes which attracted me. I was more like a honeybee to nectar honeybee. Yes! it was her Oud smell, the rich Essential oil which does not evaporate in heat. Although Islam discourages strong scent of perfume. And no doubt there is alot of pomp, show and glamour. The Prophet Muhammad Salalahu Alayhe Wasalam said that no muslim will smell jannah if they have kibr (pride)on a regular grocery shopping.
The Quran says “Say to the believing women that: they should cast down their glances and guard their private parts (by being chaste)”
This is a similar command as given to the men in the previous verse regarding “hijab of the eyes”. This hijab of eyes is similar to the teaching of Jesus where he says, “You have heard that it was said by them of old time, you shall not commit adultery. But I say unto you, That whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart."
In Arab culture, women opening up and giggling with men is a sign of immodesty. I sometimes wear an abaya over my nightdress, which completely stays a secret.
1. Abaya Cleansing wipes (at Carrefour) which I found so helpful if you are dining out or dealing with babies.
2. Prickly Heat powder. Which consists of menthol, and it leaves a cooling effect on body, it is a disinfectant and reduces body odor.
3. Bersil, available everywhere (as Arabs do not pronounce "P" lol)