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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Hijab Styling | Silky Lace Occasion


Assalaamu alaikum and Eid Mubarak to all my lovely readers from around the world, may Allah bless each and everyone of you and may you all have an amazing Eid! iA

A sister e-mailed me recently asking me how I did a hijab style on the hijab fashion review I did so in this post I have tried to re-create the look. I have used 2 scarves, a silky scarf in a platinum colour and a grey vintage corture/unforgettable lace hijab, I have also used a 3 band elasticated pearl headband. All items used in this tutorial are from hijab fashion shop  however, I'm not sure if all the items are in stock. So here it is!

Step 1


Place the silky hijab on your head one side long one side short and then place the lace hijab on your head again one side long one side short with the lace side not cotton side on your head.

Step 2


Make sure both hijabs are at the same legth on the shorter side eventhough they will be at different lengths on the longer side (the silky hijab is longer than the lace one)

Step 3


Take the silky hijab around your head and to the other side

Step 4


Now put on your headband if you have one, although this step is optional.

Step 5


Now take the lace hijab around your head loosely

Step 6


And leave it on the other side (you can pin down to secure it at this stage)

Step 7


Take the silky side you just brought round and pin it under the short side of the lace hijab.

Step 8


Now drape the lace hijab across your chest & pin to the other side

Ta Da that's it, this is how it should look (=



Tip


If you have some hijab hanging over your shoulder with tassle's that doesn't look neat, just fold in the tassle until the hijab is resting on your shoulder & pin down. This is how it would look...



Here is another quick tutorial on how you can use two hijabs (I'll be using the same 2) but you can use any two to create a look like in the first picture.

Step 1


Place the 1st hijab on your head one side long one side short, and place the corner of your second hijab  on your head on the same side as the short side of the 1st hijab. Then take the first hijab round your face over your head and on the other side.

Step 2


Now take the long side of the second hijab around your head and to the other side.

You can now leave it hanging like that or even pin it down neatly, but it's as simple as that! And there you have it the finished look (=


You can add an accessory to jazz up the look a little bit more...


One tip I would give when creating a 'two' hijab style is use hijabs that are different yet complimenting, i.e. plain & lace, plain & patterened, silky & gorgette, lace & pashmina in complimentary colours. Don't use 2 pashmina's cos it'll look really bulky and if your anything like me you probs will feel like you can't hear anything or like you can't breathe lol.

I hope this was helpful, do let me know what you think of it and how you get on if you try it ;o)

Eid Mubarak again to you and your families.

eat. love. pray! 

Wassalaam xxx

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Review | Eid Decorations


Assalaamu alaikum EVERYONEEEE =D


Hope you have all had a wonderful Ramadhaan inshaAllah, it's gone so fast hasn't it? Gonna miss it when it's gone ='(

I bought some decorations for Eid =D and I thought I would share my thoughts on the company I bought them from and the products themselves.



Eid is a time of celebration yet I feel like parents don't make it exciting for children the way christian families make christmas exciting for their kids, I always felt growing up that although it was nice wearing new clothes and meeting up with cousins, it was the same thing every year and as a child I didn't look forward to it the same way the kids at school looked forward to christmas.

Eid is the only celebration for Muslims and every religion is differentiated by it's celebrations, so I decided this year I'd do it properly, decorate the house, mini prezzies and everything!

I've been looking for Islamic Eid/Ramadhaan decorations since before Ramadhaan and only found one company that was in like Canada or something they charged £30 something for just shipping! And then I saw an ad on TV (prob's Islam channel or Ramadhan TV can't remember) for the muslim sticker company. I went onto their website and ta da, super cool Islamic decorations and party items.

Their website is pretty easy to navigate, however I did find that the checkout basket thingy kept playing up and showing items which I hadn't added to it or showing the wrong quantity of items in it, I'm not sure if it was a technical glitch or something but it's all good if you refresh/update your shopping basket. The prices for all items are very reasonable alhamdulillah, and shipping for the UK again is reasonable.

So what did I buy?


I bought some Eid Mubarak Banners & some Balloons (they didn't have much else for house decorations)

The banner was AMAZING! I took it out and my lil bro wanted to put it up, so we did, about 11 days early lol.



I know it says it's a large banner on the site but I didn't realise how big it'd be, we put it up in the living room for now and inshaAllah we'll put the rest up outside the house and around the house, the pattern is repeated 4 times and you can cut into separate pieces so it fits. It's really bright & colourful and super quality, could use them again next year!

Price? Like I said really reasonable...
£2.50 for 1 pack
£7.00 for 3 packs
£11.00 for 5 packs

The next thing I bought was 2 packs of Eid Mubarak balloons.


I haven't taken them out or used them yet but here is the description from their website
10 per pack
Premium Quality Large balloons.
Double Sided Print 'Eid Mubarak' in English and Arabic.
In 7 dazzling colours - red, blue green, lilac, pink, gold and yellow
Price?  £2.00 for a pack of 10, which again I think is super!

The customer service is very good mashaAllah, I received e-mails telling me when my products had been shipped and they also made the effort to ask how I heard about them and reassure me that I would receive the products in a day or two.

Alhamdulillah the delivery was very good! I think it arrived in 2 days, everything was packaged properly and all in all I am one happy customer.

I definitely reccomend this company to everyone, they're very trustworthy and honest especially with things like pricing, their products are worth your money

They have loads of cools stuff for kids on their website, not only decorations but educational materials and encouraging stickers. I hope this company continues to grow and May Allah bless all the brothers & sisters working for The Muslim Sticker Company for coming up with such innovative ideas to make children excited about Islam again! I also hope that they produce more Eid decorations and party items because InshaAllah I will be ordering from them again (=



I know Eid is like 2/3 days away and Monday is bank holiday so you probs wont get your products by Eid if you order now but you could always stock up for Eid al Adha? Apologies I really should have uploaded this review a while ago )=

Anyhoo peeps that's it and here is a link to the website:

https://www.muslimstickers.com/index.php

And their facebook page =D

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Muslim-Sticker-Company/160075247336712

Poem | Bipolar


Cold and dark
Numb and hollow
Don’t look around
Keep my eyes closed
Keep my head down
A ray of sun beams into the emptiness
Lift me off the ground
And I’m soaring
Through the sky
I’m soaring
Rules of my own have been broken
Like the rules of gravity I have broken
I fear I’m falling
Blinded by the happiness
And I fear
The day the lightning strikes
And I’m broken
Like a bullet shattering glass
I’m broken
Fragments of my heart are floating
And I’m falling
Into the darkness again
I’m falling through the empty space
I’m falling and I fear
The silence when my heart makes no sound
And I fear
The tears and pain when I hit the ground.

iHijabi

Poem | Sands of Time


I sit here on my prayer rug listening to the clocks tick tocking away
Is it the begining or the end of another day?
Like sand though my fingers, time will pass until it's gone
I listen

...Tick Tock

The seconds sprint on

My marathon comes closer to the finishing line
To when it will end I am blind

For only Allah the All Mighty knows our expiry date
not a moment earlier
nor a fraction of a second late

I'm afraid yet hopeful of where I will rank
My dream is to be in the highest of Jannah to be quite frank

This race is about winning not the taking part that counts
Forget your status & wealth
It'll be your mountain of good deeds that amounts

Death is the only certainty of life, that is well known
Shaytaan tries to make your forget
don't be decieved, there is no philosopher's stone

I pray that as I cross the finishing line
The shahada escapes my lips, a feeling so sublime
You see as Muslims we don't try to escape death
The time we're given in the dunya is nothing but a test

Truth be told I'm not afraid of dying
I'm afraid of not doing enough to please Allah
To think that I have, to myself I'd be lying.

Oh Allah grant me a place in your gardens beneath which rivers flow
Make my heart pure, make my love for you glow
Save me from the torment of the fire where I wish not to burn
To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.
Written by
-iHijabi-

Poem | My perfect imperfections


I am happy being me I'd have it no other way
I know I'm not perfect & I try my best to keep my demons at bay

I look around at women wishing to turn back the hands of time
Spend their lives dieting, piling on make up ...
...'I feel ugly' they'll whine

Wrinkle free creams and botox galore
Nose job, lip plump, tummy tuck,
no pain no gain no facial expressions
but what's it all for?

You look at us veiled pearls and think we need liberating
I reckon those in the clutches of Sir Prada and Mr Dior
are the ones that need saving

I feel quite sad when I think about my sisters in humanity
Using and abusing their bodies all in the name of vanity
Do they not know this shell that our souls live in is a gift from above?
One day it will bear witness against us, how we didn't treat it with love

I don't need the filthy compliments from men to make me feel complete
The blessings from my Lord are more than enough
To Him no man can ever compete

It's beyond me how a woman can feel good when being treated like dirt
To satisfy their desires, with you they flirt

It's time you realised the reason they say you're beautiful
They stick you in car ad's and billboards
only to make their income more fruitful

My sister I'm afraid you've been decieved
If you want to be free from this oppression
then it's time you believed

Save your beauty for a man whose heart is pure clean
The only ONE that is deserving
For if he is God fearing you'll be treated like his queen

He's mezmorised by every line, wrinkle and scar
It reminds him to appreciate the journey of your life
the path that brought you together

Your love, your compassion, you intellect and wisdom is what he should seek
That's the beauty that never fades
The other is only skin deep

So, alhamadulillah I am happy being me
My perfect imperfections are what makes me me
Love me or hate me, your words and comments don't faze me
I'm a woman of Islam,
and that's what's liberating believe me!

-iHijabi-

Saturday, 20 August 2011

OOTD | Iftar with friends

Salaams!

I'm going to my friends house for iftar today =D yaaay! We'll be making some more 'how to vid's' whilst we're preparing inshaAllah and my closest friends from college will be there too iA, haven't seen them for absolutely ages (everyones always busy with uni & work )= ) anyhoo here is my outfit of the day!










Hijab- Hijab Fashion Shop, [called pink flourish crinkle hijab I think] <3 (price: £5.99)

Jilbab- Larein by Lawung (GPU '08) (price: £35)

Grey cardi- Nags Head Market (price: can be found for a fiver in most markets)

Jacket- New Look (price: £25 with student discount)

Heart brooch- Pearl Daisy (price: 'Gift from friend')

White & Black lace flower corsage- Ornate (facebook) (price: FREEE =D lol it was a gift from hana)

Pink, white, purple, black mexican head band- Some random shop that was closing down in Wood Green. (price: 50p or something like that)

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Giveaway | Winners & Runners up of 1000 Fans competition!

Assalaamu alaikum everyone,

So the time that you've all been waiting for is finally here, time to announce the winners of our 1000 fans competition! Firstly I'd like to say a massive well done mashaAllah to all the sisters that entered it was soooooo hard to choose one person from each category, which is why I've decided to post all the entries on here so you can all see their fantastic work. Secondly a reeeaallly big thank you to all our sponsor companies for, well sponsoring this giveaway and providing some amazing prizes for the winners. And last but not least thank you to Sister Shannon & Sister Sana, two of our iHijabi facebook page admins, for helping me choose the winners, really couldn't have done it without you girls!

Enough of my rambling now....below are the winners & runners up. Sisters that have won please e-mail ihijabi@gmail.com with your contact details including full postal address.

Winners:

A (Create a logo & slogan for iHijabi)- Sharmeen Baloch

B- (What is your favourite blogpost & why?)- Nasmira Firdous

C- (Hijab photography)- Mehreen Akhter [Mini Mehreen]

So here are those winning entries!

A


Sharmeen Baloch won the logo & slogan competition for this category because of her use of bright & vibrant colours. The logo captured the essense of sisterhood, each individual sister on her own with her own personality & character is beautiful but sisters together make up the colours of the rainbow even more beautiful.

B


Asalamualaikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuhu

“There is no me, myself and I in Islam” (Dated: 6th July 2011)

I found the above article to be of profound significance in today’s scenario. Why do I like this post? The article itself is a very short one but made me ponder on the following points in great detail:

1) This Ummah is ONE. What happened in Srebrenica, in Palestine and the whole of Middle

East should concern us.

2) Its time to wake up and stop dreaming – our time in dunya is fast running out.
3) We should cut out satanic whispers and listen to what Allah has to say!

1) The article says you cannot swim up alone! Why? Because this Ummah is ONE.

“So sisters, let’s be among those who are not in loss, those who have woken up due to the mercy of Allah, and those who are not only concerned with our own akirah, but also of others.”

Many people tend to look at themselves as being independent of everything around them. This more often translates into “I’m doing well and so is my family, so why bother about what happens half way across the world!” Subhan’Allah! How could we not be worried when our Prophet (saws) said “This Ummah is like one body. When the head aches, the entire body feels the pain”. Our aloofness to the pain and suffering of our brothers and sisters around the world is one of the main reasons for the entire Ummah being treated like pushovers by the kuffars. An Ummah of 1.6 billion is not able to defend itself or protect the modesty of its sisters. It is not because Israel or America has become strong. It is just because we have become weaker, without any determination or will to stand up for ourselves.

I got reminded of a verse in An-Nisa where Allah says, “So fight in the way of Allah, you are not made responsible for anyone except yourself BUT arouse the believers, It may be that Allah will restrain the might of those who do not believe, and Allah is the Strongest in might and the Strongest in giving exemplary punishment” (4: 84).

It made me ponder over whether we are completing the task for which we were sent forth – jihad fi sabilillah (fight in the way of Allah). It is important to understand the nobility of the word and to be proud of it. The term does not mean blow yourself up in crowded markets or place bombs in every other public place, which is sadly the notion created and impregnated in the minds of billions of people the world over-- Muslims and non Muslims alike, by the Western media. This jihad in the path of Allah is to defend this Ummah from being used as punching bags, to unite and carry the message of Islam and teach others about the principles so they stop misinterpreting Islam and its beautiful values. The problem is we have allowed them to design a certain stereotype and paint the entire Ummah with the same brush.

To unite as one Ummah and make people around us understand Islam, To pull back our brothers and sisters who are so far away from the truth to the straight path, and

• To feel the pain and anguish of our sisters in Palestine, of the brothers in Guantanamo,
and of families in Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Every bullet being fired should make our insides burn. Every drop of blood shed by a Muslim should make us cringe. Every house demolished in Palestine should make us feel homeless and lifeless. Its not strangers, it’s our own brothers and sisters. We as an Ummah are failing to realize this and are therefore drowning together in the ocean called dunya!

The article talks about an interesting surah in the Quran where Allah testifies by time and says we are running out of time. I feel it is high time we advice each other to do good and be patient! Advising could mean anything from helping sisters understand the importance of hijab (which includes hijabifying the nafs) to stopping brothers from behaving like crooks at home and saintly outside!

2) Wake up those sisters who are still dreaming:

“At this you find yourself asking “why can’t I just swim to the top, I keep having to wake others up and help them!...”

Dreaming does not necessarily mean that we visualize something while asleep. Rather, it means we are sleeping in this dunya (by chaining ourselves to the depths of the ocean) and in turn losing out on the great benefits we could get in the akhira! I think its time we wake up and woke others up. I felt this actually translated into waking our sisters and family in the softest manner possible. Allah says to Moosa, “Both (Moosa and Harun) go to Firawn, he has certainly rebelled, BUT speak to him in a gentle manner...” (20:43-44). Allah is asking His Prophet (AS) to speak to the world’s worst tyrant in a soft manner, to a disbeliever, so that his heart might melt and turn towards Islam. Unfortunately, we are being rude and harsh to our own sisters, believers in Islam.

3) Cut out satanic whispers and listen to Allah:

“Those who have woken up due to the mercy of Allah”

This article touched the tip of the iceberg and made me realize that we need to cut out Satan’s stupid whispers by turning towards Allah, in turn receiving His mercy. I wondered: would we listen to our rival in college or an institution? Would we say yes and act according to his demands when he has humiliated our parents or forced us to do evil and indecent things. We wont! Then why are we still listening to the Satan who has done all this and more! Every time we allow someone else to drown in his/her sins by not stopping them, we will be held accountable. Why? Because we procrastinated and felt it was not our duty anyway!

Procrastination is a by product of the Satan, therefore we should cut out his whisperings.

A burqa ban brings a lot of hue and cry but I feel we should stop blaming the government. We only have ourselves to blame. Nothing is impossible with Allah’s help, but we are being neglectful and are therefore not yet worthy of receiving His help. We must point the finger at ourselves and ask, “When was the last time I prayed five daily prayers ON TIME?”

Every single delay in prayer we make could be the reason for a sister being humiliated in other part of the world. Every single time we don’t advice a sister or brother when she/he does something haraam, Allah is delaying His victory, waiting for us to repent for being so niggardly. He is waiting for His slaves to turn back to him, not one here, another there, but the entire Ummah of 1.6 billion+ together. We cannot be sitting back using the latest gadgets when our sisters are being denied even a decent burial!

Every small sin we commit is making us move far away from Allah’s noor, mercy and victory! For verily, “there is no me, myself and I in Islam”. Its WE! Allah will only give victory when WE act together as one Ummah and not as alienated parts of a body.

We should wake up; stop dreaming and rise together from the depths of the ocean with sisters hand in hand, smiling, with the banner of Islam flying high, with la ilaaha illallah on our lips! That’s when we have achieved real victory, a blessing and mercy from our Fosterer, Most High!

We are connected not by some gruesome rope that has chained our hands and legs to each other. We are in fact connected by a strong and powerful rope of Islam that can be broken off each time we sin and allow others to sin. So let us get our act together and bridge the divide, fasten the rope, throw away our nationalism/tribalism banters and rise for Islam, together, insha’Allah!

The blog post is a very short one but a very powerful reminder to this Ummah! May Allah swt guide us all and admit us in His mercy! Ameen.

[END]

We were really torn between this piece and entry 3 because they were both amazing in their own way, but in the end I chose this piece because of the sheer effort & research that went into writing such a piece, the sister not only read the post but also went deeper and analysed it as well as giving her own views & input on it. It's actually an article worthy of it's own post as it is very detailed and well written. Well done sis (=

C


The winner for this category was voted for by the readers on the iHijabi facebook page. The winning entry was one that we ourselves voted for as it fulfilled the criteria set.
Category A Runners up









Category B Runners Up


Entry 1
 
'what is your favourite iHijabi blog post & why?'

My favourite post is definetly the 'how to hijabify your prom dress''.
I've liked + commented on all your sponsors ;)
Modesty

I walk down the streets with my head held high,
I see the sisters, all dressed up in plain sight,
My gaze lowered; pace, calm and steady;
Their stunning to all onlookers, fashionably ready.

I look around and that’s all I see,
Barely an inch of modesty
We Hijabi’s strive for respect and dignity
To be judged on by our personality.

This era that we live in; has double standards,
A sister wants to blend in, not stand out and attract attention.
So we grab our hijab’s; ‘pile them high’;
To differentiate amongst the crowd; we sister’s try.

At the end of the day were all women,
Determined to look good, but maintain self-respect.
So we try lace caps, shiny pins, big flowers,
Make our statement, we women aren’t oppressed!

Our hijab’s are like a crown; of great worth
Our dignity, respect, religion in one item.
Not a loose piece of material, but something much more...
Like a veil that protects us from society’s core.

So to all you sister’s out there, who need encouragement
Once you’ve worn it your not gonna look back...
Once you take the 1st step, your nearly there,
We’ll all stand by you, so cover your hair.

Accessorise it, and make it look pretty,
As long as your covered from prying eyes.
You’re like a pearl amongst the ocean.
Hidden and valuable, of great worth and beauty.

Now that’s the message, we sister’s preach,
One of love and equality, for you to reach.
So close your eyes look out and see the world,
And let it see you for who you are, not your appearance.

Grab that maxi dress, which is in right now!
Grab a long sleeved top and dress it up,
Grab that shiny hijab and pretty pins,
Grab that little clutch bag and the sparkly bangles.

We’ve got every right to accessorise,
Modesty doesn’t have to be drab,
Find your style and incorporate...
It into your life, and see what awaits.

So to all you sisters making it easier,
For us to look good and modest at the same time: Thank You!
You’re doing a great job, we need you!
Hijabi’s... we salute you!

Thank You ;)

Entry 2

My favorite blog topic: Hijab style's to suit your face shape

my favorite blog topic is  because i found that topic very interesting and very usefull. every women wants to look stylish and for that this topics help everyone that what style suits u best and how to wear hijab properly :)

Entry 3

Assalam Alaykum,

I would like to submit a written piece for the iHijabi competition,

So what is my favourite iHijabi blog post, and why? MashaAllah, I found it difficult picking out one blog post to write about. This is because all of iHijabi's posts are intriguing to read and many of the posts relate to me personally and are particulary useful.

But after consideration I decided to pick the post that was most close to my heart; the hardships of being a hijabi.

So why? Well, Alhamdulilah I was born muslim and brought up with good values and so on. My parents didn't really discuss Islam to me directly, it was a very much as we were brought up we went along with things. Alhamdulilah I always fasted and prayed, however as I got older my prayer became broken and I would go months without praying. I was never told to wear the hijab by my parents, only my relatives would hint everytime I visited I would get irritated at this and say InshaAllah. However looking back now I can understand their point of view.

Anyway, after a few years on/off the straight path, SubhanAllah my mindset changed and Alhamdulilah, Allah SWT led me back onto the straight path.

I found that my Iman steadily grew and with this I was reading more about Islam and listening to lectures and so on, you could say making up for my childhood. I was learning the foundations of Islam again, learning WHY we prayed. WHY we fasted etc. For Allah SWT and for the hereafter. Alhamdulilah I had a focus in my life again.

So this is when I decided to wear hijab, or even Allah SWT guided me to wear hijab. It took me a couple of months to fully start wearing hijab and when I was reading your blog post I was still at the beginning of this process.

I felt that even though it talked about the 'hardships' it made me even stronger to wear hijab because it was put in such a positive manner, and ultimately we are wearing hijab for the sake of Allah SWT.
Even though hijab is an outer garment, the struggles are all in the mind, the shaytaan. Alhamdulilah this blog post reinforced the beauty of hijab for me.

Alhamdulilah I have now been wearing hijab for 3 months and loving it!!

JazakAllah Khairun for your blog,
It really is an inspiriation for all Muslimahs.

Category C Runners Up



And that's it for now folks! What did you think of the winners and all the entries? We will be holding more competitions in the future inshaAllah with lots more prizes. Until then why not nominate iHijabi the blog & facebook page for the Brass Crescent Award by clicking here? (=

Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Spiritual | Daily prayers we use but don't always know the meaning of

 
Takbeer

"Allah Hoo Akbar"
Allah is Great
...


SANAA

"Subhana Kalla Humma Wa Bee Hamdeeka Wata Baara Kasmooka
Wa Ta'ala Jaddoo Ka Wa La ilaha Ghairuka"
O'Allah! All glory is due to You, I praise You, Your name is the Most
Blessed, Your Majesty is highly exalted and there is none worthy of
worship You.

TA'AWUZ

"Aaoo Zoo Billahee Minash Shaitaanir Rajeem"
I seek refuge with Allah from the accursed devil.

TASMIYAH

"Bimillah Hir Rahmaanir Raheem"
Allah, in whose name I begin, the Most Affectionate, the Most Merciful.

SURAH FAATEHA

"Alhamdo Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen Ar Rahamaanir Raheem
Maaliki Yaomid Deen iyya Kana Budoo Wa iyya kanastaeen
Ihdinas Siratual Mustaqeem Siratual Lazeena An Amtaa Alaihim Ghairil Maghdoobe Alaihim Walad Dualleen"
All praise is due to Allah, the Sovereign Lord of all the universes. The Most Affectionate, the Most Merciful. The Owner of the Day of Retribution. O' Allah! You alone do we worship and You alone do we beseech for help. Guide us to the straight path. The path of those whom You have Favoured. Not of those who earned Your wrath and nor of those who went astray.

SURAH IKHLAAS
"Qul Huwal-Laahu Ahad. Allaa-hus Samad Lam Yalid Walam
Yoolad Walam Yakul Lahoo Kufuwan Ahad."
Say, He is Allah, the One. Allah is All Independent. Neither He begot
anyone nor He was begotten. And none is equal to Him in any way.

 RUKOO

"Subhaana Rabbi-yal Azeem"
Glory be to my Nourisher, the Most Great
TASMEE


"Samee Allahoo Layman Hamidah"
Allah listens to him who praises Him.
TAHMEED

"Rabbana Lakal Hamd"
O' our Sustainer! All praise is due to You alone.


SAJDAH


"Subhaana Rabbi-yal 'Alaa"
Glory be to my Nourisher, the Most High


TASHAH-HUD

"Atthayyato Lillahe Wassalawato Wat Tayyebato Assalamu
Alaika Ayyohan Nabiyo Wa Rehmatullahi Wa Barakatoh
Assalamu Alaina Wa Ala Ibadillahis Sualaiheen Ashadu An La
ilaah illal Laho Wa Ashadu Anna Mohammadan Abdohoo Wa Rasooluhoo"

O' Allah! You alone deserve all veneration, worship and glory. O'Prophet! Peace be on you and the mercy of Allah and His blessings. Peace be upon us and on virtuous servants of Allah. I bear witness that none is worthy of worship save Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His chosen servant and His Messenger.


DUROOD-E-IBRAAHEEMI


"Allah Humma Salle Ala Mohammadiyon Wa Ala Ale Mohammadin Kama Sallaita Aala Ibharima Wa Ala Aalay Ibarhima Inna Ka Hameedum Majeed. Allah Humma Baarik Aala Mohammadiyon Wa Ala Ale Mohammadin Kama Barakta Ala Ibrahima Wa ala Ale Ibarhima Inna Ka Hameedum Majeed."
O' Allah! Send blessings on our master (Hadrat) Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the progeny of Muhammad (peace be upon him) as You did send on our master (Hadrat) Ibraaheem (peace be upon him) and the progeny of Ibraaheem(peace be upon him). You are, indeed, Praised, Glorified. O' Allah! Bless our master (Hadrat) Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the progeny of Muhammad (peace be upon him) as You did bless our master (Hadrat) Ibraaheem (peace be upon him) and his progeny. Undoubtedly, You are Praised, Glorified.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

OOTD | Earthy Tones

Salaams girlies!

So I don't usually do outfit of the day posts but after a request I thought I might aswell =D

I just wore this to go to Morrisons with my mum (normally I'd just wear black abaya with a black hijab but I hadn't been outta my nighty for almost a week and I felt like I needed to make an effort)


The bag is from a random bag shop in North London but it comes under the 'Troop London' brand, I like the size & colour of this bag. It's not too big and it's not too small so it can carry some of my junk lol. I think it cost around £25 ish

The bangle was a gift from a friend at school (almost 4 or 5 years ago) but it was from Clairs Accessories.


The hijab is a maxi Jersey hijab from Primark and it's a sort of tan neutral colour it cost around £4 same goes for the kilt pin brooch (which you have seen in one of my Lazy Sunday posts from before).

The Heart shaped brooch is from Peral Daisy and is one of my fave accessories!  I just used it to close my cardi as it didn't have any buttons or anything.


The abaya is from Lawung, which I bought at GPU in 2008 I think, it's my favourite abaya and I have not found one like this since!

The cardigan is my sisters (which I borrowed sshhh) I don't know where it's from.

So that was my outfit of the day.

Salaam!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Asian Clothing Hijabi Tips

So I know it's only the first week of Ramadhaan but I bet you're all thinking about what you're going to wear for Eid. Might I add here that I highly recommend you get your Eid shopping out of the way ASAP because the prices all go very high the weekend before Eid. It's actually even better if you got you Eid shopping done before Ramadhaan. This year we've left our Eid shopping quite late because my dad's been in and out of hospital but we'll be going in the next week or so iA.

One thing I always look at when I buy Indian/Pakistani outfits is the dupatta, some dupatta's really put me off because  I know that I wont know how to wrap it as a hijab. For those types of dupatta's I usually buy a plain scarf to wear on my head and just use the dupatta to drape across my chest (pinned to the shoulders) but sometimes it's just wayyy too hot to be wearing so many scarves (esp seeing as Eid is at the end of August). The outfit I buy for Eid will probs be the outfit I'll be wearing for my cousins wedding in September so I gotta make sure it's something nice enough (usually I wouldn't be that bothered with Eid clothes). Because many people (myself included) get put off a really stunning outfit because of the dupatta. Naaila Haq has produced some hijabi tips for different types of dupatta's and how to wrap them.

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The eyeshadow palette I wanted to review today is the Sleek Acid i-Divine palette. I didn't really think sleek was going to be any good and even when I recieved the palette I was quite skeptical as the colours looked really bright but nit very pigmented when I swatched it on my hand. That is until I tried it out on my sisters eyes. You do have to go over the colour a little bit but it's not bad for a drugstore company and it'll probs stand out more using a primer, which I didn't use for the pictures.

I think about 5 of the colours are shimmery (although not chalky glitter) the rest of them are matt.
£6 something for 12 colours works out to be less than £1 for each colour, bargain!

Here are some pictures of the palette and how I did it on my sisters eyes....

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The pics are not great as I was just experimenting, so I didn't use the right brushes or a primer. I will try and upload some more pictures if & when I have used it properly iA (=

Colours used: yellow, light blue, green & plum purple
Mascara: Maybelline Falsies
Eyeliner: Rimmel London [fast stroke I think]

I'd recommend the eye shadows as they can be bright and quite vibrant if you want it to be or you can also use them in a subtle way by not using too much of the eyeshadow. Obviously they're not as pigmented as MAC or Urban Decay but again they're not bad at all for the price you are getting them.

This palette goes really well with Asian clothes as you can get so many styles out of them by mixing & matching the colours to suit your outfit. As Eid will be in the Summer this year I think it's great to get something bright to wear (= I'm hoping to find something in a nice yellow when I go shopping. So what are your plans for Eid?

Check out Rehana Choudhury MUA's  facebook page for more examples of make up using sleek palettes by clicking here.