Friday, 30 December 2011

Review | Sunnah Clothing

If you read my last post you'll know that I'm going for umrah in April with my family inshaAllah, so I thought I would invest in atleast one new abaya that was loose, comfortable and completely covering without worry. I was thinking of getting the floor length khimar from head to toe but they all looked like you would have to wear another abaya or scarf underneath which I know would make me over heat. So I went for the next best thing a butterfly abaya. It got sent to the wrong address by our silly postman but the man who got it came round at 7pm today to drop it off...see there are still some decent people left in the world alhamdulillah, may Allah guide him.

I bought this one from Sunnah Clothing for £25 it came within around a week even with the Xmas break. I think it was a very price worthy buy because it is soooo comfortable, the fabric is lightweight yet completely opaque...I've been sitting in it for the past 5 hours =S my mum thinks it's because I'm trying to get used to walking around with it, but it's because it's so comfy (= Guess the only problem with it is it's slightly too long but I can live with that, also some of the fabric under the hem is frayed, to fix that all I gotta do is cut off the excess thread...problem solved. All in all lovely abaya, good price & delivery.

Here are the pics you've been waiting for....

Buttons on the sleeves

Zip from the neck
My theory is the looser fitting your clothing is the less hot you will feel so inshaAllah this should be great for the Arabian heat (=

Remember me & my family in your du'as (=


Forever 21 Sale Picks

So there are sales going on and you've probably been to them...but I have been very good alhamdulillah and not gone to the shops or bought anything...yet =S I'm going umrah with my family in April so trying to save up a little bit of spending money when I go inshaAllah, but I have come across this sale on the Forever 21 website and thought I would share some of my favourite items...guess what???!!  It's buy one get one free, so you know what you gotta do? Team up with your sister or friend and pay half price each =D

Double Knit Poncho- £20.83
Denim Bell Bottoms- £8.99
Summer Floral flats- £13.99
Teal dramatic beaded necklace- £4.49
Floral Handbag- £16.99

Hope you enjoy your forever 21 shopping!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Review | My top 5 online hijab & accessory companies

Assalaamu alaikum girlies


5- Unique Hijabs

4- LaDecence Hijabs & Accessories

3- Al Nisa Hijabs

2- Hijab Obsessions

1- Hijab Fashion Shop


5- Pardah Collections 

4- Unique Hijab Pins

3- Hijab Fashion Shop

2- Hijab Pinz

1- Pearl Daisy

And that is all folks =]

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

OOTD | Mermaid Blue

Salaam sisters,

A few pics of a party outfit, worn to a family wedding dinner at a restaurant.

Dress: Inaya (shop in watney market- shadwell)
Silver hijab worn as underscarf: Hijab Fashion shop from clearance section
Pearl headband: Hijab Fashion shop
Diamonte Silver clutch bag: from some bag shop online [can't remember which site]

Monday, 19 December 2011

Spiritual | Hijab for Men by Nayzak

Via - http://nayzak.deviantart.com/art/Hijab-for-men-267011783

Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],

I didn't post new stuff for a long time. anyway, this is one drawing that I made 3 months ago, but I didn't have time to finish it. I wanted to talk a little about Hijab for Muslim men.

It is not uncommon for non-Muslims and even many Muslims to associate the Islamic commandments on Hijab with females, even though Islam has ordained Hijab for both men and women. In fact, many of us would be surprised to note that Allah[God] Almighty states in the Holy Qur'an:

"Tell the believing men to cast down their looks and guard their private parts; that is purer for them; surely Allah is Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof...."
(translation of 24:30-31)

Indeed, before addressing women and telling them to conceal their bodies, Allah first addresses the believing men and tells them to lower their gaze!
The moment a man looks at a woman and if any brazen or unashamed thought comes to his mind, he should lower his gaze.

When discussing the issue of Hijab for men, it is essential to keep in mind the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. A man once came to the Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- and told him he wished to commit fornication. As some of the companions of the prophet got up to strike him, he -peace be upon him- restrained them and then said to the man, "My son, how would you feel if someone wished to do the same thing with your mother or sister or wife or daughter?" The man replied that naturally he would want to kill the person. The Prophet -peace be upon him- then said, "If you do not wish for someone to do such an act with your mother or sister or wife or daughter, then why entertain such a thought about someone else's mother or sister or wife or daughter?!"

In the context of dressing code, The conditions of a man's Hijab differs from a woman's due to the biological, physiological and physical differences between the genders. Islam dictates that a Muslim man's basic Hijab is the covering of his body from belly-button to below the knee. Though this sounds like a rather sparse and loose definition of modesty, there are pertinent reasons as to this ruling. Men are required to work in Islam, unlike women, who are given the choice to earn their own income or not. Men are required to support their families financially regardless of their level of education or background.

With this ruling, it is inevitable that most of those who find employment as construction workers, farmers... would be men. In some cases, these workers spend most of their time under the hot sun or in extremely dry weather. This provision, the covering of the abdomen to the knee, is the basic requirement that they should observe – this serves as Hijab between themselves.

Ideally women should not be exposed to harsh terrains in search of employment. Should they be in the presence of the opposite gender while working outdoors, Muslim men should remember to observe the basic Hijab requirement in front of marriageable women, and preferably to cover up more.
However, in a social setting or if both men and women work indoors, the definition of Hijab for men becomes wider to endorse and fortify the concept of modesty.

Just like women, men should wear loose, long and non-transparent clothing so as not to attract attention from the opposite gender to their physical appearance. Men are not required to cover their hair, but many Muslim men do, with turbans or keffiyahs.

Popular attire worn by Muslim men around the world include thobes or dishdashs; these are long shirts that sometimes reach down to the ankles. Bishts or abayas are robe-like apparel that cover the whole body. Sirwal or sokoto are baggy trousers usually worn under a thobe.
These are apparel that are influenced by culture and are not ordained by Islam. The religion itself allows both Muslim men and women to wear clothes of their choice provided they comply with the tenets of modesty.

Complete ‘hijaab’ also includes the moral conduct, behaviour, attitude and intention of the individual. A person only fulfilling the criteria of ‘hijaab’ of the clothes is observing ‘hijaab’ in a limited sense. ‘Hijaab’ of the clothes should be accompanied by ‘hijaab’ of the eyes, ‘hijaab’ of the heart, ‘hijaab’ of thought and ‘hijaab’ of intention. It also includes the way a person walks, the way a person talks, the way he behaves, etc.

I hope this was beneficial for you

Wassalaamu alaikum,

Poem about 'hijab'

Dear Muslim Brother,

You tell me sisters hijab these days is incorrect, yet you do not look down at your feet when you speak, you let your trousers drag below your ankles and you still have the cheek to tell me todays hijaabs are haraam because they attract attention and any colour on the outfit is too much but the reminder to men to lower their gaze is a command you forget to mention.

You criticise and try to humiliate my dear sisters in Islam, a way of life so pure & clean
knowing not the effects of your speech drive sisters further from the deen
Because of the hypocrisy of your words, you point fingers at us but you don't notice there are three pointing back at you.My dear brother, you say you only want to tell sisters whats right & wrong, "sister your speach should not be heard", the sunnah of the niqaab you preach yet your clean shaven face tells us the sunnah of the beard you breach.

Lecture after lecture, book after book, poem after poem article after article telling women 'THATS NOT HIJAB' yet many men do not know they're forbidden to wear gold or silk or something completely red, they do not know that the tight fitting t-shirt hugging their abs are also not hijab, something when the word hijab is mentioned would not even run through their head.

Women shouldn't be on TV or radio or the internet and you find a million ways to criticise a woman in the media or out of the house for that matter but when a Muslim sportsman wearing short shorts not covering below his knees is in the spotlight you are quick to praise him and admire what he does just because he is a Muslim...

Tell me again which gender did Allah command with hijab and modesty in the Quran before the other? When someone says 'Brother where is your hijab?' people laugh and think your strange because they do not know the true meaning of hijab are not remided enough that men also have to abide by it's criteria.

My dear brother I understand and appreciate the naseeha you give us womenfolk but if you spent half that time on yourself and expressing the importance of the hijab and modesty of the men of our ummah then you may actually start making a difference to many who follow this deen and even those who have not yet awoke...

I'm sorry but I think it's about time we cleared all these misconceptions and balanced the playing field, hijab is for men just as much as it's for women. Only when we stop being so biased can we portray the beauty & wisdome behind the message that was originally revealed.

"Tell the believing men to cast down their looks and guard their private parts; that is purer for them; surely Allah is Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women that they cast down their looks and guard their private parts and do not display their ornaments except what appears thereof...."
(translation of 24:30-31)

Your sister in Islam

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Review | Aquaini - Burkini/Modest swimwear

Salaam sisters!

I was sent a burkini from the company Aquaini to review and tell you guys all about.

When I first received the burkini I was pleasantly surprised with how it actually looked and felt like a swimming costume. The burkini itself is made from swimming costume material which means it performs when it comes into contact with water.

The burkini comes as a 2 part, a tunic top with an integrated hijab/hood and trousers. The tunic top comes with a strap and the trousers come with buttons on the side. This is to make sure the top doesn't ride up and expose you when blown by the wind or in water.

The hijab/hood is attached to the tunic top but I would have preferred to be able to detach it so that I had the option to wear it or not.

When I wore this burkini on holiday to Turkey it was great because I I didn't look too out of place in it. The hood/hijab looked a bit funny especially with my hair in a bun, I didn't like the way that looked so I wore a hijab on top, you could easily tie your hijab into a turban style so it looks better but your neck will still be covered. The hood hijab was too loose for my liking and I found that it tended to slip off and my hair came out the sides.

I understand that the trousers were wide for modesty purposes but it's not very practical to swim in. Due to the legs being wide when the waves came the trouser leg went up and exposed my legs. They also flapped around when I tried to swim in it. An alternative would be to have an option for legging like trousers that don't ride up.

The material is very good quality as it dries quickly in the sun, is durable and will last you many years.

I hope you found this review helpful inshaAllah. Let me know what you think of modest swimwear as well inshaAllah.

For any further questions about this product please 

Go to their website: http://www.aquaini.co.uk/

To join their FB page click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aquaini-Love-for-Leisure/152040848229256


Thursday, 15 December 2011

How to make your dreams come true

We all have dreams, some big, some small, some which we will accomplish inshaAllah (God willing) and others we wont (and that's ok Alhamdulillah). Sometimes we just sit and keep daydreaming about it without actually being proactive and looking for ways to make those dreams a reality...

How to make your dreams come true:

Step 1: Make a list of all your dreams...

Step 2: Pick one dream & scale that dream right down and see what practical steps you could take on a personal level to get you on your way

Step 3: Think how can you involve your family and local community to get behind you and help out?

Step 4: Be proactive, don't think someone else will do it or you are not capable of it. Be creative & take baby steps but don't ever stop, keep moving forward.

Step 5: Always make lots of sincere du'a, from the initial thought all the way through and after you have accomplished it or part of it

Step 6: Move onto the next one and repeat

With these steps you need lots of self belief, don't ever let the shaytaan make you feel like you cant do something. It's shaytaans job to make you feel hopeless so don't give him the satisfaction inshaAllah.

What is one of your dreams (big or small)? Lets see if we as an online sisterhood can help you achieve that one dream...

One of mine is to set up a hospital/health centre in a poorer country/community offering free health care because I dislike the fact that just because someone can't pay for an antibiotic they have to die of something easily treatable ....

Steps to making that a reality:

1- Personal level- Study really hard and get the best qualifications now
2- Family & community level- Drum up support from family & community members, get businesses and people with more 'know how' on board
3- Greater level- get sponsorship, do research and get out there and do it!

Allah will not change the situation for a people unless they change themselves, so before we try to jump the gun and dive into our projects to make our dream come true we need to look at ourselves and see what we can do to change ourselves and our families first. Start small and work out. I really believe we can change the world but it starts from within then moves onto the people around us and then inshaAllah to the rest of the world.

That's how Islam spread, the prophet pbuh (an illiterate man, who was not a king or a leader) told his family and his friends about Islam, he then spread it to the people around him and the people in his community and now the religion has spread accross the seven seas and all continents with 1.5 Billion followers and counting Alhamdulillah. [Then again he (pbuh) was a prophet and had a divine message to spread, but lets use his example iA, it's the best one we've got]

There are people who will make du'a and leave it at that but Allah has blessed us with so much and du'a is not enough, we need to use the things available to us to make our dreams come true. We all pray for the end to poverty but many of do nothing about it actively, we even think twice before donating to charity.

There is a story I remember from our Religious education classes at school about a man who prayed. There was a flood and the man prayed to God to save him, he was devout and believed 100% God would save him. A rescue boat came to rescue the man and he refused to get on, saying God will save him. As the water flooded his house he moved onto the roof and a helicopter came to rescue him but he insisted God would save him...I don't know how the story ends but the moral of the story is God sent ways for the man to be rescued but he ignored all the signs and relied on faith alone.

One day Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it and he asked the Bedouin, “Why don’t you tie down your camel?” The Bedouin answered, “I put my trust in Allah.” The Prophet then said, “Tie your camel first, then put your trust in Allah” (At-Tirmidhi).
Faith is not so black and white, Allah gives us a brain so lets not be lazy with it and actually think of ways to change our situation and make our dreams come true. The things we have been blessed with are not ours they are gifts from Allah so lets use them for the greater good, for His sake. You will be held accountable for how you used all your wealth and possessions so use it wisely. The computer you're using right now is a blessing, use it the right way and make something amazing happen today, make your dreams come true.

I mean look at the revolutions in the Arab Spring, the revolution started because people finally realised that by the will of Allah they could change their situation, they made du'a and they decided to take action as well and that's the only way dreams come true.

And that man can have nothing but what he strives for. (An-Najm 53:39) 

When I talk of dreams I mean dreams to benefit society and humanity not selfish dreams. Our ultimate dream is to go to Jannah and the steps to achieving that dream are in the Quran. 

Remember even if your dream doesn't come true, maybe it was just not supposed to be, that's your fate but if you never try then there is no chance you'll make them come true. Allah is the best of planners and Allah knows best. The most amazing thing about it all is that we will be rewarded for even just having the intention to do something good, the more we sacrfice, strive and struggle for it the more we're rewarded for it, so don't despair, dream big and do your best, you've got nothing to lose.

Don't just dream, make it happen inshaAllah!

*Reminder to myself first*

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Review | Hijab Pinz

Assalaamu alaikum lovely ladies,

Today I'm going to do a little review in a new company called Hijab Pinz. They're a small company based in Cardiff-Wales selling really cute, affordable hijab pins and pin cushions. I received a SUPER adorable cup cake pin cushion which is the CUTEST thing ever and some gorgeous straigh hijab pins.

Packaging: ✰ 5/5

All of the hijab pins came in separate little organza pouches, they were wrapped in pink tissue paper with a ribbon on it. I LOVE those extra little touches to an order because it shows that the company has put a lot of thought and effort into everything. This was one off my favourite packages I have ever received and would make an ideal gift.

Delivery: ✰ 5/5

I cannot fault hijab pinz on anything postage & packaging related because they truly have done an amazing job mashaAllah. The package was sent on Monday and arrived on Tuesday. So if you live in mainland UK you should get your package within 3 days iA.

Customer Service: ✰ 5/5

Like everything else about this company I am very impressed withthe customer service, I was treated very well by the sister who runs a company, she was very polite and helpful, always letting me know what was happening with my package and when it should arrive. From what I have seen from other customers on their FB page I have to say that customer service is impeccable at hijab pinz.

Prices: ✰ 4/5

The prices are amazing, as I kept saying in the video review they are just so affordable. There are many companies out their selling even just standard pins for high prices, the prices on these pins and pin cushion and cheap but are great quality for the price. 

Cupcake Pin cushion: £1.50
Pink diamonte: 10 for £1
Clear diamonte: 3 for £1
Mini bow pins:  5 for £1
White pearl & pink heart pin prices: TBC 

Products: ✰ 4/5

As you can see from the pictures above the pins themselves are gorgeous, I love them all. My favourite have to be the mini bow pins, they are just incredibly cute and very 'me' they add a little something pretty and girly to your hijab without being over the top and attracting unwanted attention. The pins are come in 2 sizes, your standard hijab pin size (the bows, pink diamonte ones and white pearl ones) and a longer size (clear diamonte and pink heart ones). The longer ones are really good for if you're wearing layered scarves or a thick scarf. The only problem I have with some of the pins (i.e. the diamonte ones) is that you can't really see them properly when you put it in your scarf.

The cupcake pin cushion was my favourite thing out of all the products I was sent, such a unique and adorable idea, now both my sisters and my mum want one. My lil bro calls it nom nom because he thinks you can really eat it lol it's just too cute!

Overall: ✰ 5/5

They are a really down to earth lovely company with amazing products which are well worth the prices. Would I recommend them? In a heartbeat! Amazing company mashaAllah. I wish this company all the best for the future, inshaAllah they will be a great success. You can order through their FB fanpage by sending them an email with the order. All questions and queries will be replied to on there (link at end of post)

Message from hijab pinz:

Assalam u alykum,

Hijab Pinz is  our mini company ...well if you could call it a company ......a baby company maybe, so am 19 years old and from Cardiff .

I have three younger sisters and we are all hijabis there was always pinz around the house...
that was when i made my first ever 'i ♥ hijab pinz' pincushion ,then friends got interested and i decided to make a face-book page just for fun
 but alhamdulilah i had alot of positive comments from every one and of that
HIJAB PINZ was founded in May of 2011 
From then we have been going strength to strength alhamdulilah ♥ we are planning on bringing a hijab collection out for the spring insha allah♥
There were plenty of times where things got very difficult and I could have never got through those difficult times if Mum was not there to save the day♥ I owe everything to her and this project of mine would never have possible with her .
Click here to go to their FB page and check out all of their awesome pins & pin cushions.

Have you purchased from this company? What do you think about their products? What would you rate them?