Aljabri’s most recent endeavor, Mode-sty, is an online store for women seeking modest fashion styles. She was inspired by young Somali American girls who wanted to respect their culture while simultaneously expressing themselves through fashion.
“(Fashion) can be a visual showcase to state that, ‘I am a part of this community even though I may have a different background, religious system or culture that I am bringing to the community,’ ” Aljabri says.
While her initial goal with Mode-sty was to provide more fashion options to Muslim women in the United States, women of many different faith backgrounds have flocked to the website. In a way, the company has turned into an interfaith endeavor, bringing women with different beliefs together around a common interest.
“Start at a more basic, more common element so you can really have a chance to appreciate that our theological differences can be enumerated,” she says. “Everything else — the common human experience — is so much greater.”
Mode-sty serves as an example of Aljabri’s strong conviction that people have much more in common than they may initially think — an idea that is perhaps more relevant in the world today than it has ever been.