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Saturday, 30 April 2011

She Didn't Know She Was Beautiful

Because she didn’t know
Didn’t know she was beautiful
Maybe her family never told her she was
And maybe the magazines told her she was not
Not what was hot
So now she had formed her own opinion from the supposed ‘information’ she had got
She knew she didn’t need a guy’s validation for her self-esteem
But she didn’t know her value because beauty is not what society makes it seem:
Overlooking what’s within
Prohibiting us from loving our own skin
No, I don’t need to tan trying to look like Taylor
And no, I don’t need to lose 20 pounds to feel like Paris
Because I don’t need to be like anyone, I like being me
And if you happen to wonder then whom the like of I aspire to be
Khadijah, Asiyah, Maryam, and Aishah, Fatimah or the mum of Bukharee

She didn’t know
Didn’t know she was beautiful
Because she didn’t know what beauty truly was,
The one that lasts:
Beautiful is the one who fasts
Struggling to face her fears
Cries sobs and tears whom none but Allah hears
Beauty is praying and giving in charity
Beautiful is the one maintaining her chastity
Fighting her nafs, trying to attain ilm, adab, and piety

Beauty is natural
Naturally
Effortless on the outside
So much work on the inside
Actually

Beauty defined by society
5 letters that cause girls to live on 300 calories a day
For those who have averted such self-destruction, that’s 3 apples, but hey,
It’s the same 5 letters defined by cultures
In which girls employ their fingers to undo what they’ve consumed,
Hunched over toilers like vindictive vultures

Starving when there is no famine
Beauty is supposedly dressing, obsessing, underdressing, and ultimately undressing
Girls’ minds have become programmed to be self-depreciating, self-loathing; it’s all quite depressing

She didn’t know she was beautiful
So let me say that in fact if you are Muslim, tidy on the outside and working on your inside, you are indeed pretty
You may say I’m cliché to say such a thing, but for you to think you are not is the greater pity
For I know that your beauty is more
More than the shape of your nose or pigmentation of your skin
Beauty is by your speech, actions, modesty, character, and from your heart, and all that’s within
It’s how I know a veiled woman is beautiful down the street
Because I can feel her heart glow,
And no before you ask, it’s not from the heat!

By Amal S
Reminder

Sisters, we are the creation of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, and thus we are all beautiful.
From 'Abdullaah Ibn Mas'ood radiyallaahu 'anhu who said that the Prophet sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said,

"No one will enter Paradise who has an atom's weight of pride in his heart."

A man said, "What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?"

He said, "Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people."

Related by Muslim (no. 131)

Habibi Halaqas

Friday, 29 April 2011

Review | The Islamic Greeting Card Store


I love giving presents and cards to people, I used to buy cards for friends birthdays and mothers day etc but when I stopped celebrating birthdays and other 'occasions' there was avoid I was looking to fill.
I came across the Islamic greeting card store and absolutely fell in love with the designs of the greetings cards, as well as the idea of Islamic cards with very meaningful messages on the front. I loved the fact that there were cards for special occasions like Eid and weddings but also cards that you could give for no reason, like an 'I love you for the sake of Allah' card for your husband/wife or cards for a child completing the Quran.

There are cards to wish one well for Hajj & Umrah, sympathy cards with a dua written on the front, a card for your mother, cards to give to new muslims and soo many others.

So the other day I bought 2 cards.


The first was a card for my mum. My mum is the most amazing person in the whole wide world and she means everything to me. When I saw this card  I realised that I don't show her how much I appreciate how hard she works and everything she does for us. This card was the perfect way to give her an unexpected reminder that we (my younger siblings and I) love her. When she got the card she loved it too alhamdulillah, she wanted to display it straight away and now it sits on her bed side chest of drawers so she can be reminded everyday she wakes up, goes to sleep, looks in the mirror etc (=


The second card I bought was for my little brother's and sister's Tajweed teacher. I just thought It'd be nice for them to give something to her as she is an amazing teacher mashaAllah and they have learnt a lot from her because of the way she engages with them and encourages them (they don't dread sitting down for 3 hours to practice reading Quran). But also because I wanted to just buy a card lol.

The quality of these cards will not disappoint, they are an in-between matt and gloss finish, the card is good quality as is the envelope (which you don't have to lick to stick).
The price of the cards are brilliant ( I got them for £1.99 each) and I also got free delivery because of the free delivery to UK customers offer (not sure if it's still available so do check the website).
The cards were delivered in an 'do not bend' envelope which kept them in good shape through the postal service and they arrived within a week.

Overall the Islamic greeting card store has 2 thumbs up from me and I will definitely buying more from them in the future inshaAllah.

Blackstone Islamic store in Whitechapel, London

You can also buy these cards at some Islamic stores to find out which stores click here

I wish I could buy all of the cards and just give them randomly to people. There are a variety of cards to choose from, for every person in your life. The cards show people that you appreciate them and everything they do for you. Sometimes we need to stop and let the people in our lives know that we care and what better way of doing that then with an Islamic card with a beautiful message.

To visit the Islamic greeting card store facebook page click here
And to visit their website click here

If you've bought from them before let us know what you thought, if not make sure you do! (=

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Spiritual | The truth about Jesus (pbuh) - Musim Perspective


In Christianity Easter is when Jesus (pbuh) was supposedly crucified on the cross and rose from the dead (resurrected).

According to Christians he died for their sins, which I don't understand to be honest with you....if he is God then how could he die? Who was running the universe for those 3 days? I asked this question to my RE teacher at my catholic secondary school an was told that 'he is the son of God' I then asked about the trinity and that's when everyone got confused....so Jesus died for the sins of mankind....why? If I go around killing people its not a sin because Jesus died for my sins? Did he also die for the sins of the Jews that killed him? Is everybody going to heaven now because we don't have any sins? All of this is truly confusing...let me tell you what really happened...

Jesus is not God nor is he the son of God (God is ONE, No partners, no son/daughter, mother, father, wife etc etc, He is eternal, inifinite and just ONE, on His own, yes that's right just God, no one else) Jesus is a prophet, a messenger of God.

Yes, the Jews were trying to kill Jesus but God is merciful, He answered his prayers and raised him to heaven, Jesus did NOT die on the cross but he was replaced with a man that looked like him so the Jews thought that they had killed him.

"They (The Jews) said in boast, "We killed Jesus the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah," but they killed him not nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts with no certain knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for a surety they killed him not, but Allah raised him up unto Himself, and Allah is exalted in power, wise." Quran 4/157-158

"Remember when Allah said, "O Jesus! I shall take you and raise you to Myself and clear you of the falsehood of those who rejected faith and I shall make those who followed you superior to those who rejected faith, until the day of resurrection. Then you shall all return to Me and I will judge between you of the matters upon which you disputed." Quran 3/55

Now that I have briefly explained what really happened, lets go into much more detail about Jesus pbuh (Eesa AS), his birth, his life, his accession into heaven, his prophecies and his return. The following was taken from Islamqa.com

Praise be to Allaah.

Our beliefs concerning the Messiah ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (Jesus the son of Mary – peace be upon him) are those indicated by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of our Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). 

We believe that ‘Eesa (peace be upon him) was one of the slaves of Allaah, and one of His noble Messengers. Allaah sent him to the Children of Israel to call them to believe in Allaah alone and worship Him alone. 

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 
“And (remember) when ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), said: ‘O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allaah unto you, confirming the Tawraat [(Torah) which came] before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.’ But when he (Ahmad, i.e. Muhammad) came to them with clear proofs, they said: ‘This is plain magic’”
[al-Saff 61:6] 

“But the Messiah [‘Eesa (Jesus)] said: ‘O Children of Israel! Worship Allaah, my Lord and your Lord.’ Verily, whosoever sets up partners (in worship) with Allaah, then Allaah has forbidden Paradise to him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) there are no helpers”
[al-Maa’idah 5:72] 

‘Eesa was not a god or the son of God as the Christians claim. 

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Surely, they have disbelieved who say: ‘Allaah is the Messiah [‘Eesa (Jesus)], son of Maryam (Mary).’”
[al-Maa’idah 5:72] 

“And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allaah, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allaah. That is their saying with their mouths, resembling the saying of those who disbelieved aforetime. Allaah’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth!”
[al-Tawbah 9:30] 

The first words that ‘Eesa spoke when Allaah caused him to speak when he was in the cradle were (interpretation of the meaning): 

“He [‘Eesa (Jesus)] said: ‘Verily, I am a slave of Allaah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet’”
[Maryam 19:30] 

We believe that Allaah supported him with miracles that proved he was speaking the truth. 
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“(Remember) when Allaah will say (on the Day of Resurrection). ‘O ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Remember My Favour to you and to your mother when I supported you with Rooh‑ul‑Qudus [Jibreel (Gabriel)] so that you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and when I taught you writing, Al‑Hikmah (the power of understanding), the Tawraat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel); and when you made out of the clay, a figure like that of a bird, by My Permission, and you breathed into it, and it became a bird by My Permission, and you healed those born blind, and the lepers by My Permission, and when you brought forth the dead by My Permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from you (when they resolved to kill you) as you came unto them with clear proofs, and the disbelievers among them said: This is nothing but evident magic’”
[al-Maa'idah 5:110] 

We believe that ‘Eesa was born from the Virgin Maryam with no father, and that is not impossible for Allaah Who, when He wills a thing, says “Be!” and it is. 

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, the likeness of ‘Eesa (Jesus) before Allaah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then (He) said to him: ‘Be!’ — and he was”
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:59] 

“(Remember) when the angels said: ‘O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allaah gives you the glad tidings of a Word [‘Be!’ — and he was! i.e. ‘Eesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary)] from Him, his name will be the Messiah ‘Eesa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allaah.”
He will speak to the people, in the cradle and in manhood, and he will be one of the righteous.’
She said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me.’ He said: ‘So (it will be) for Allaah creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: “Be!” and it is’”
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:45-47] 

We believe that he permitted to the Jews some of the things that had been forbidden to them.  

Allaah tells us that ‘Eesa said to the Children of Israel (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Tawraat (Torah), and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you, and I have come to you with a proof from your Lord. So fear Allaah and obey me”
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:50] 

We believe that he did not die and his enemies the Jews did not kill him, rather Allaah saved him from them and raised him up to heaven alive. 
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And because of their (Jews) disbelief and uttering against Maryam (Mary) a grave false charge (that she has committed illegal sexual intercourse);

And because of their saying (in boast), ‘We killed Messiah ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allaah,’ — but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but it appeared so to them the resemblance of ‘Eesa (Jesus) was put over another man (and they killed that man)], and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not [i.e. ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)]:
But Allaah raised him [‘Eesa (Jesus)] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And Allaah is Ever All‑Powerful, All‑Wise”
[al-Nisa’ 4:156-158] 
 
We believe that he told his followers of the coming of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). 
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And (remember) when ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), said: ‘O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allaah unto you, confirming the Tawraat [(Torah) which came] before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.’ But when he (Ahmad, i.e. Muhammad) came to them with clear proofs, they said: ‘This is plain magic’”
[al-Saff 61:6] 

We believe that he will come back down at the end of time, and will disprove the claim of his enemies the Jews that they killed him, and will disprove the claim of the Christians that he is God or the son of God, and he will not accept anything from them but Islam.

Al-Bukhaari (2222) and Muslim (155) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, soon the son of Maryam will descend among you [according to another report: the Hour will not begin until the son of Maryam descends among you] as a just judge. He will break the cross, kill the pigs and abolish the jizyah, and money will become abundant until no one will accept it.”  

“Soon” means it will inevitably happen quickly. 
“will descend among you” means among this ummah. 
“A just judge” means that he will come down and rule according to this sharee’ah, and that this sharee’ah will remain and not be abrogated, rather ‘Eesa will be one of the rulers of this ummah. 
“He will break the cross and kill the pigs” means he will declare as false the religion of the Christians by breaking the cross in a real sense and proving false the Christians’ claims and veneration of the cross.  
“and he will abolish the jizyah”: 

al-Nawawi said: 
The correct view concerning this is that he will not accept it, and he will not accept anything from the kaafirs but Islam. If any of them offer the jizyah that will not make him stop fighting them. Rather he will not accept anything but Islam or death. This is the view of Imam Abu Sulaymaan al-Khattaabi and other scholars (may Allaah have mercy on them). 
End quote. 

“Money will become abundant” – the reason for this abundance will be the descent of blessings and the spread of goodness because of justice and the absence of oppression or wrongdoing. At that time the earth will bring forth its treasures, and desire to keep money will decrease because they will know that that Hour is at hand. 

Then he will die and the Muslims will offer the funeral prayer for him and bury him. 

Ahmad (9349) narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I am the closest of people to ‘Eesa ibn Maryam because there was no Prophet between him and me…” Then he mentioned his descent at the end of time. Then he said: “And he will remain for as long as Allaah wills he should remain, then he will die and the Muslims will offer the funeral prayer for him and bury him.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (2182).  

We believe that he will disavow himself on the Day of Resurrection of the claims that he was a god. 

 Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 
“And (remember) when Allaah will say (on the Day of Resurrection): 'O ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Did you say unto men: Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allaah?’  He will say: ‘Glory be to You! It was not for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what is in my inner‑self though I do not know what is in Yours; truly, You, only You, are the All‑Knower of all that is hidden (and unseen).
Never did I say to them aught except what You (Allaah) did command me to say: Worship Allaah, my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them; and You are a Witness to all things’”
[al-Maa'idah 5:116-117] 

“ ‘Never did I say to them aught except what You (Allaah) did command me to say: Worship Allaah, my Lord and your Lord. And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them; and You are a Witness to all things’”
[al-Maa'idah 5:116-117] 

This is what the Muslims believe about the Messiah ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (peace be upon him). 

Al-Bukhaari (3435) and Muslim (28) narrated from ‘Ubaadah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever bears witness that there is no god but Allaah alone, with no partner or associate, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, and that ‘Eesa is His slave and Messenger, a word which Allaah bestowed upon Maryam and a spirit created by Him, and that Paradise is real, and Hell is real, Allaah will admit him through whichever of the eight gates of Paradise he wishes.” 


Summary:

  • Messiah ‘Eesa ibn Maryam (Jesus the son of Mary – peace be upon him)was one of the slaves of Allaah, and one of His noble Messengers‘Eesa was not a god or the son of God as the Christians claim. 
  • The first words that ‘Eesa spoke when Allaah caused him to speak when he was in the cradleAllaah supported him with miracles that proved he was speaking the truth.  
  • He was born from the Virgin Maryam with no father, and that is not impossible for Allaah Who, when He wills a thing, says “Be!” and it is. 
  • He permitted to the Jews some of the things that had been forbidden to them.
  • He did not die and his enemies the Jews did not kill him, rather Allaah saved him from them and raised him up to heaven alive.  
  • He told his followers of the coming of our Prophet Muhammad 
  • He will come back down at the end of time, and will disprove the claim of his enemies the Jews that they killed him, and will disprove the claim of the Christians that he is God or the son of God, and he will not accept anything from them but Islam.
  • Then he will die and the Muslims will offer the funeral prayer for him and bury him. 
  • He will disavow himself on the Day of Resurrection of the claims that he was a god. 
Here is a video by Ahmed Deedat showing how even the Bible says that Jesus pbuh did not die.



We ask Allaah to make us steadfast in faith. 

May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad pbuh

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Hijab Styling | Princess Pearl [Hoojab]

This is a tutorial using a hoojab from pearl daisy (or something similar) and a hijab chain I designed with the help of sister Jhorna at unique hijab pins.



Firstly I'd like to apologise for these pictures not being very clear but I hope the step by step is easy to follow.

Step 1



Place the hoojab on your head, both sides equal and fold in slightly at the front.

Step 2 



take both sides around your face and pin it under your chin (this step is not essential for the hijab style to work but will keep it more secure)

Step 3 



Take one side of the hijab and wrap it around your head, keep it un-neat at the top of your head.

Step 4



Wrap that side round again, same as before and cross it over at the top and leave it hanging (you will fix this later.

Step 5



Add your hijab chain ( I know it's a lil wonky in these pics =S )

Step 6 



Take the other end of the hoojab from under the 1st side.

Step 7



Take it around your head loosely.

Step 8



Adjust the front of the scarf so it's covered and either leave it loose



Or pin it by taking it under all the layers and pinning it below your shoulder.

Also adjust it according to how much of the hijab chain you want to show.

Step 9 



Add straight hijab pins on both sides to keep the hoojab and the hijab chain in place.

TA DAA =D there you have it 'Princess Pearl'

Back

Front

Side
Top

This hijab chain is a unique piece I will only be getting 4 or 5 more of these made depending on interest. Here are some more pictures on the ways it can be worn.

Wear it as a bracelet

On top of the scarf rather than your forehead
You can even wear it in your hair if you are attending a sister/mahram only party (=

Hope you liked that tutorial, leave feedback below iA, and if you want the hijab chain e-mail ihijabi@gmail.com, I'm selling them at £12.50 each (exc p&p), paypal payments only please.

Much love sisters.

Jzk Wassalaam!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Interview | Sugar Scarf

I've realised that the reviews/interviews and companies I have written about have been based in the UK and USA, but I also have readers in south east Asian countries and pretty much all over the world, soooo this interview is with the owner of a company based in Malaysia. For all the Western readers don't worry they do international shipping =D

Here is the interview iHijabi did with Sugar scarf.


What is your name, age and location?

My name is Eyqa Sulaiman, I am 26 years old and I'm based at Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Please tell us a little bit about Sugar scarf.

Sugarscarf is basically to provide all types of hijab for any ages to all Muslimah, who love fashion and hijab trends. The price is reasonable for the quality of the products. Currently me and my fiance are handling everything from taking photos, sorting orders and packaging.





How did you come up with this idea?


This little blog was birthed in July 2009 and the main goal was to support our monthly allowance, pay rent and bills, buy food and pay tuition fees- basically to support our university expenses and commitment...
It is now officially registered after we decided to make it into a serious business.
Back in 2007, I started selling hijabs to my hostel friends. I never thought to make this a serious business but after doing it for 2-3 years, the demand for my label was increasing, so I thought I'd make it into a serious business.

What do you sell on your website?

Basically all types of scarves for Muslim women.





Who/What is your inspiration when choosing scarves?


Oh this is a hard one to answer, I love colours and bold prints. I always follow hijab trends and colour trends of that season. As for my inspiration it has to be my scarflets sisters.

What is you favourite product from your collection and why?

I don't have a specific fav product from my line, I just love them all! But for now I'm starting to find premium material to cater demand for my cotton strechables. I guess my main interests in terms of products to sell are my Rasha and Jumana collection.





What makes Sugar scarf different from other online hijab companies?


We personally choose designs rather than take it from a supplier and we travel a lot to find the best designs and good material. Our scarves are custom made tailored.

What has been your biggest achievements  with regards to Sugar scarf?

We manage to sell about 500 hijabs per week, and hopefully the quantity will increase. We have regular customers that come every week since we started doing this online business.






What difficulties have you come across with the company?


I guess when there are too many orders and the demand for scarves is more than the quantity we have. We get about 500-600 emails every two days after we update the blog and we have to reply to them on time. When it comes to packaging items, oh my, we have so little time to handle everything )=
The shopping cart option is coming real soon though (=


What do you aim to do in the future?

To open a shop and to provide a larger quantity of scarves, we also want to increase our service and make sugar scarf the best online shopping for scarves.

Thank you to sister Eyqa for answering the questions and telling us about your fab company!

To visit the website for sugar scarf click here
To visit the facebook page click here

Monday, 18 April 2011

Hijab Styling | Easy Everyday Hijab

Assalaamu alaikum,

My little cousin Mariam came over today so we decided to do a easy peasy summery hijab tutorial. The flash makes her look sleepy so she did her very best to look awake lol, well done Mariam mA! There may be a lot of steps with a lot of pictures but it's actually not that hard, I've really tried to break it down.

For this you will need:

1 thin hijab
1 straight pin
1 underscarf (preferably lace for the summer)
1 hijab chain pin (optional)




Step 1 


Put on your lace underscarf

















Step 2 


Put the thin hijab on your head with a little folded in from the front, one side longer than the other.

The short side should be long enough to take round your head so the corner reaches the other side.













Step 3


Take the short side round your head and pin it with a straight pin (where her hand is)
















Step 4


Now take the long side and bring it forward.


















Step 5


Take the long side loosely round your head.


















Step 6 


Take the pin that you used out and pin it down with the side you just brought over.

















Ruffle it up a bit and add some folds to give it a lil volume.
You can now leave it like this or carry on to the next step to add an accessory.















 Step 7


Add the big brooch end of the hijab chain and pin it on the side that you used the straight pin.

Place it at the level of the middle of your forehead.










Step 8


Take the small pin end.













Step 9


And take it across your forehead, pin it at the back of your head in the middle of your bun (she doesn't have a bun because her hairs too short)










Final Look

Side/front

The other side

Back

Hope you liked that tutorial. leave some feedback on how you get on with it iA (=

Wsalaam!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

GIveaway | Sponsored by The Pinned Veil Top 5 entries

Assalaamu alaikum!

So I launched a hijab competition/give-away with 'The Pinned Veil' recently in which you had to write approx 100 words on hijab, it could have been a poem, your own experiences or anything you wish to say on the topic of hijab.

The response was amazing so jazakum Allah khair to all of you who entered. The entries were really good and we had a REALLY tough time choosing the top 5.

This post is dedicated to all my sisters around the world who are facing difficulties and even persecution for adorning the hijab and  obeying Allah. Keep strong sisters, we can only imagine what you are going through. [please remember the ummah in your du'as]

With out further a do here are the top 5 in no particular order, please take the time to read all the entries before deciding on your favourite...you will find the instructions on what to do next at the end of this post.

ENTRY 1

Hijaab
To some, the word ‘Hijaab’ is simply a cloth that covers the head. Whilst to others like me, the word ‘Hijaab’ means covering the entire body that is said to be the Awrah in a modest way. 
Though some may not think so ‘Hijaab’ liberates a woman in a way no other piece of cloth can do so. It does not prison a woman like some think. It gives a source of protection, like a pearl is protected in an oyster shell deep in the sea. 
The ‘Hijaab’ links one Hijaabi to another by just that one piece of cloth, binding one another with a common connection. A force that has just a great source of power that one Hijaabi can feel the pain and happiness of another, uniting the Muslimat around the world.

ENTRY 2 
Hijab
 
The soft texture hugs my head,
It's warmth penetrates through my neck and ears,
Those cold winter days,
Something to wear, something to snuggle,
My identity is revealed,
With this element of purpose,
With this element of meaning;
But fear not those summer days,
As not only does it warm, but coolness it brings too,
The thin texture cools my head,
Losely placed, it brings cool air,
So embrace those summer days,
Experience the world as a Happy Hijabi!
Let the world know you aren't afraid,
Being a hijabi is a momentum of your faith,
It is the essence of a woman,
It ties respect and bows dignity.
So my fellow sisters in Islam,Embrace yourselves and go out into the world...as a proud, Happy Hijabi!

ENTRY 3 

Women in Islam are like pearls and queens
Guarded and protected by all means
We only uncover in front of a select minority
And I am not pressured to societal conformity
This is the beauty of our deen
That put women in such high esteem
Liberated not finger painted
As women of oppression
A grave misconception

I can walk down the street
Proud and complete
That I am judged on my mind
And Im not inclined
To look like a size zero
And that my beauty is preserved for my hero
I don’t do this for myself
I do it for my Lord, Allah as He commanded
With such Wisdom
To protect women kind
As He our Lord has designed.

ENTRY 4

My Hijab

To me my Hijab represents modesty
Its something that Allah has ordained to me
Some say women in Islam are oppressed
But I say we are free to choose how we dress.

Remember sisters in Islam
The Hijab is so we stay away from haram
We don’t wear it to attract people to us
Instead we wear it so Allah is pleased with us

We are the women of a beautiful religion
We are the pearls of this Ummah, so we should keep ourselves hidden
We need to set examples for the next generation
So that they see how easy Islam is and give it the right recognition

ENTRY 5

Beauty
We learn and forget
We forgive and forget
We remember and forget
But never wear and forget the hijab
Hijab is beauty and beauty is in the hijab
Do not wear and forget your beauty of the hijab 

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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Review | LaDecence Hijabs & Accessories










Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi wa brakatuhu (=

I hope you are all in the best of health and highest of imaan inshaAllah. This post is a product review of 2 hijabs I received from La Decence this week and a few ideas for summer hijabs.

La Decence is a company in the states that sells hijab's, underscarves and various other hijab products. I first heard about this company through a video by sister Izza Iqbal on you tube about blue hijab day, the company was giving a percentage of the profits from sales to a charity for autism to watch this video click here

Anyway I recently recieved an e-mail from the company asking if I do reviews and when I replied, the sister sent me 2 summer hijabs to review.

Please note: I do not receive any anything (i.e. payment) in return for reviews, the company sent me the scarves to honestly review and let you guys know what I think of them. ALL of my reviews are my honest opinions of the products and the companies. I do this for sisters around the world who maybe don't have Islamic shops around them, to help them find places that help take care of all of their hijabi needs as well as sisters who might have come across these companies, to share my experiences. The reviews are also for the companies themselves to take note on things I have found they need to improve on so that they can offer a better service.

Anyway back to the review...here are the hijabs:

This first hijab is called Coffee Garlands and is not the sort of hijab that I'd usually buy (I don't wear a lot of highly printed hijabs) but as soon as I saw this hijab I fell in love with it. Both of the scarves are super for summer as they are thin hijabs. When I wore this hijab it was very light and airy and the scarf is a standard size so there was enough coverage as well. What I would recommend is never wear it with a safety pin because it will get caught and ruin your scarf. Wear it with a no snag hijab pin and straight pins that have a bigger end piece (not the ones with the tiny ball on the end) because it sometimes goes through. You will need to wear an underscarf with this hijab so you can pin it in place. The colours aren't OTT so it's suitable to wear with a casual outfit. (or with a jilbab and cardigan as I did).

The second hijab is this blue hijab called blue fairy. It is the same material as the one above so the same recommendations apply. This hijab is similar to a purple one I bought from the hijab fashion shop which I have had good experiences with. The bluey tealy colour is great for a summery outfit and suits all complexions (Blue suits everyone) It'd look super pretty if you have blue eyes too. I haven't worn this one out but I guess its pretty much the same as the one before (=








All the prices of the hijabs are incredibly cheap (cheaper than a lot of other online hijab companies I have come across). As for the customer service it's great, speedy replies to e-mails and the willingness to help customers is brilliant for unsure or customers with concerns.


The delivery to USA is fairly cheap but P&P for international customers in the UK and Australia may seem quite high but if the shipping for the products bought is cheaper than what the customer paid LaDecence will refund the difference. If you would like to know the exact shipping costs before buying you can always e-mail them with the products you'd like to buy and they will give you the exact costs after  weighing the items....see what I mean about willing to do everything they can to help?

Here are some images of the other summery hijabs that I absolutely love:

 I love the colour and patterns on this hijab, very cooling.
 This is such a pretty scarf, it has pink poppies on it. Also remember that the colour white reflects heat. So it's a perfect summer/spring hijab.
 This is the crinkle scarf I was talking about. The fabric is light and airy but the crinkle effect creates volume.
 The colour & patterns on this hijab is like a tree blossoming and is just the thing for all you pink lovers.
 I don't know what it is with this colour but I'm obsessed with it this season. Another variation of the blue fairy hijab.








So now that springs officially here and summer's coming up you need to put those thick pashmina's away and invest in some light and airy summer hijabs, floral patterns are still in as well as crinkle scarves which give you volume, coverage without being too bulky (",)

Hope you enjoyed that review to check out their website and the full range of products click here: LaDecence
And to join their facebook page click here

Take care

Wassalaam!