Welcome note

A girl with a mind, a woman with modesty, a lady with classthese are the confessions of a hijabi girl in a crazy world...

E-mail: ihijabi@gmail.com | Facebook: facebook.com/ihijabi | Instagram: ihijabi_blog

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Amalia Collection- Review

Assalaamu alaikum all!

So I recently contacted Amalia collection, a company based in Australia about a review and was sent some products from them to write about for you guys =D

The video explaining the products is uploading so I will add that at the end if you can't see it right now. Here is just a brief summary of what I thought of different aspects of the company...

-Delivery

The package arrived in roughly 8 days since it was posted and mashAllah that is super fast considering it is coming from Australia.

-Customer Service

I have to say Sr Amalia is one of the nicest people I have spoken to through e-mail/FB messaging, she got back to me in reasonable time and explained why there was a little delay in getting the products posted, since the last message she sent me. I'm pretty sure all customers will be met with this level of kindness and good service iA.

-Products

They have a wide variety of really unique products that you wont find everywhere, they sell things that make life as a hijabi that much easier. The variety comes not only in the number of different products they have but also the number of different colours and types of each product.

Overall the company has bee a joy to work with, they have some really amazing products mashaAlah and I wish them all the success inshaAllah.

Please do go and check out their facebook page here: Amalia Collection
And also have a look at their website: http://www.amalia-collection.com

Below are some pictures of the products I reviewed (=

















Thursday, 26 January 2012

OOTD- Mad as a hatter


Assalaamu alaikum sisters!

So this is a little outfit of the day post, nothing 'wow' because I was just going to uni...I called it mad as a hatter because of the necklace, it's a little tea cup and teapot which reminded me of the mad hatter scene in Alice in wonderland (= Anyhoo here are some pic's xx






Jilbab- Whitechapel
Hijab- Hijabilicious
Cardigan- Primark
Necklace- Ebay
Ma'salaama!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Unique hijab pins- hijabrooch chain

Salaam girls,

I was recently sent a hijab accessory from unique hijab pins, I have reviewed them and their products before so this post is going to just show you just a few of the endless number of ways you can wear the hijab brooch/chain.....














There is so much you can do with this hijab brooch chain. The 2 brooches at the ends are detachable (like a necklace clasp) so you can wear them seperatly and my fav of the two is the round one. Both the broches are really lightweight compared to other brooches like this, they almost feel like plastic or a lightweight metal.

This accessory is a perfect alternative to a necklace, as hijabi's we don't really get to wear necklaces because they don't show when you drape your scarf over you chest. You can keep experimenting with it a come up with something new and innovative each time.

I was also sent another shorter chain which you can attach to the same brooches, here are a few pics on how you could wear a shorter chain brooch....see the video at the end for a little demo on how to detach and adapt your hijabrooch from Unique Hijab Pins (=








Also available in gold it's an ideal hijab accessory for weddings and sister parties!

To purchase this accessory please go to www.unique-hijab-pins.com or check out Unique hijab pins on FB

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Tag..You're it!- The Hijabi tag

Salaam girlies =D I thought it'd be fun to do a hijabi tag soo have a read and join in too *TAG, YOU'RE IT!

Questions:


1. How old were you when you started wearing the hijab? 

I wore hijab on and off since I was around 12 or 13, mainly when I used to go to my aunts house or to some relatives house (I went to a Catholic school so I didn't wear it most days and didn't see the point of it). But I started wearing because I wanted to and not because I was told to by my mum when I started college so that was when I was 16 (=

2. What or who influenced you to become a hijabi? 

Well it was a few incidents in my life which took place around the same time and made me realise that life was too short. The main turning point was after my maternal grandfather passed away very suddenly in the Summer before college, I went to see him in his coffin along with the rest of my family and it just really hit home that I had to change my ways. That summer before college I told my mum I wanted to buy some abaya's/jilbab's she was shocked and said 'I didn't think you would even wear the hijab to college'

3. How has hijab changed your life?

It's definitely made me much more confident as a person, I'm not as self conscious as I used to be. It's changed my life quite dramatically because starting college in a hijab and jilbab made me automatically inclined to make friends with good people. I got involved with the ISoc and that was really the turning point of my life. The time at college made me more practising and gave me a real thirst for knowledge and passion for Islam...it all started with the hijab alhamdulillah!

4. What does hijab mean to you? 

It means to be modest inside and out. It's like you are now a woman, you have to be ladylike...or Muslimah like should I say. Hijab is not a piece of cloth its a symbol of your faith so it's your responsibility to represent Islam and Muslim women properl. Through the way you carry yourself, your speech, your clothing, your attitude, your ettiquettes etc.

5. How do you deal with the rude comments/stares you get due to being a hijabi?


Well alhamdulillah I don't get many rude stares or comments (or maybe I don't take notice of them so I don't even realise), I guess if its a stare I smile and if its a rude comment I'd explain....I get more inquisitive comments rather than rude, most people I have come across find the issue of hijab quite intriguing and are usually very respectful....maybe it's the area I live and study in, there are so many hijabis in central London people are usually cool with it.

6. What is your favourite thing about wearing the hijab? 

It makes me feel like I'm being respected, I like feeling like people are forced to listen to what I have to say or pay attention to what I do rather than the way I look (although that's not always the case). I like the level of respect I get from practising brothers, who look down, move out of your way and admire you just for being a Muslim woman, like they have a sense of duty toward you because you are their sister in Islam. But most of all I like being recognised as a Muslim so that's my favourite thing.

7. What is your hijab must have accessory?

Probably normal straight hijab pins....I wear loads because I like my hijab staying in exactly in place, my friends think I'm crazy sometimes because of the number of pins I might wear at any one time.

8. What advice could you give a newbie hijabi?


Be confident in yourself and your beliefs. Have faith that Allah and His angels are watching over you so you have got nothing to fear. Wear your hijab in a way which makes you feel comfortable (of course properly covering your awra)

9. What is one hijab trend you never understood?


The one where you wear a headband over your hijab which makes your bun look really pointy and stick out....Dunno how to explain basically hijab styles that tie (or headband that goes) under the bun on top of the scarf making the bun pointy and sticky out [See styles A&B below]




10. What questions do you get asked the most due to wearing the hijab?


Do you wear that all the time? Or How comes some Muslim women wear it and some don't?

Other questions I've been asked:
Are you a nun?
Does your hair grow under you hijab?
What is that called *pointing to my head*?

So that's it...alhamdulillah reflecting back on my hijab experiences I see most have been very positive, I know people say they get stares and stuff (well I do sometimes when I'm on the train esp after 7/7) but majority of the people I have come across have been really respectful and nice about it. But they again I have been told when I'm out and about I look expressionless which makes me look scary or unapproachable so maybe the mean people just don't dare lol. But no alhamdulillah there have been way more positives in my life after hijab than negatives.....

Please do the tag tooo!!!! You can leave your answers in the comments below or leave a link to your blog if you've got it up there so we can all read it too (=

Sunday, 15 January 2012

To pluck or not to pluck?...Now that is the question


Ok so a hot topic of debate amongst sisters 'plucking eyebrows'. I received an e-mail today from a sister who was considering plucking her eyebrows but wanted to know what I thought of it. If you do pluck your eyebrows, whatever your reason may be and whatever opinion you hold with regard to this topic please note that this post is for sisters who are thinking about plucking their eyebrows or just want to know what I think of the the whole topic. I am by no means implying anything against the sisters that do pluck their eyebrows and my intention is not to start a debate so please be respectful in your comments.

The sister e-mailed saying that she has bushy eyebrows and her family try to persuade her to pluck them, what do I think of the issue? Well I hold the opinion that plucking eyebrows is haraam due to the following hadeeth:

The Prophet (s.a.w.) also prohibited tattooing, cutting the teeth and widening the gap between them for the purpose of beautification, plucking the eyebrows, and wearing wigs and hairpieces for both men and women, (or the addition of any other natural or artificial hair.)

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: Allah has cursed the Washimat [tattooers] and the Mustawshimat [people who get tattoos], the Namisat [eyebrow plucker's] and the Mutanammisat [people who get their eyebrows plucked], and the Mutafallijat [those who widen the gap between their teeth] for beauty, who change what Allah has created. (Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, and At-Tirmizi).

I did go through a phase during my jahiliyyah in my mid teens where I did pluck my eyebrows (very unnoticeable though) I have quite light eyebrows alhamdulillah and I actually didn't have reason to pluck them but I don't know why for some reason with the tweezers in my hand I looked at myself in the mirror and thought 'gosh my eyebrows look horrible, I'll only remove a few stray hairs'. So I did, then the next time I looked at myself in the mirror I thought 'no, now they look weird I have to pluck a few more'.

I'm not sure if this happens to you but when you look at yourself in the mirror and actually look at you eyebrows they do look bushy or messy, you start noticing hairs that you had never even looked at before, not just eyebrows but everything about your reflection, you notice little things that you dont like.

No doubt the work of shaytaans waswasa. It started off with I'll just clean it up and then it became an obsession of having to remove those hairs when they grew back a tiny bit or looking at my face in the mirror and noticing things that no one else would notice unless they held a magnifying glass up to my face.

So my advice to anyone thinking about plucking their eyebrows please think about it carefully because once you start its VERY hard to stop.

The reason I stopped was because of that hadeeth, I heard a lot of conflicting opinions (not always from scholars but other sisters). I stopped because whether people agreed with it or not the issue became doubtful.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Leave that which makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt. Verily, truth is tranquillity and falsehood is doubt.”
[Sunan al-Tirmidhi and Sunan al-Nasaai – Hadith Sahih]


I also realised that I commit sins every single day, some big and some small, I have such a huge pile of ever growing sins that I do knowingly and unknowingly so if there is a sin which is so easy to stop, then I have to take that step, let my eyebrows grow back and stop.

To some people this issue may not seem so major but for sister struggling to fight the temptation to pluck their eyebrows or struggling to put up with pressure from other people to pluck their eyebrows this is a jihad in its self and you will be rewarded for sacrificing this desire for the sake of Allah.

I know some sisters have a real issue with their eyebrows and I'm not even going to pretend I know how you feel or the struggles you go through. If you have any doubts about the issue please research the topic, speak to a scholar and then make your decision with confidence. You can only stick to a decision if you make it with full knowledge and confidence. If after you have done your research you come to the decision to pluck your eyebrows then that is absolutely your choice. When you base your decision on sound knowledge you will be able to stand in front of Allah and answer for your actions with noone to take the blame if your decision was wrong.

Btw I don't not pluck my eyebrows because of the reason 'it changes Allahs creation' because it grows back but I dont do it because we are to hear and obey. If the messenger of Allah forbade it then who am I to question why?

I have now gone years without plucking my eyebrows and to be honest I didn't really need to in the first place. I don't even notice them when I look in the mirror now because I just don't look at it. I stopped for the sake of Allah and this is one of my victories against shaytaan. InshaAllah one of many & more to come.

And Allah truly knows best.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Dazzle A-Head hijab Boutique- Review

Assalaamu alaikum hijabi's!


Here is another review for you..this time it's a super new company called Dazzle A-Head Hijab Boutique. Please watch the video for a detailed review of the company and find a quick summary as well as some pictures of the hijabs below!



Quality of Hijabs:

Brilliant quality, no faults found. You will have to be careful with the glossy one and silk one as they are more delicate but should last you a very long time.

Style of Hijabs:

Very different and unique hijabs, hand picked chic, elegant and stylish hijabs.

Price of Hijabs:

Reasonable prices, very affordable. Well worth the prices.

Glossy- £4.99
Silk- £5.99
Ruffle- £6.00

Customer Service:

Amazing customer service mashaAllah. Such a friendly sister, one of the best customer service experiences I have had.

Postage Costs:

Standard UK- £2.50
Europe- £3.99
International-  £4.99

Delivery Time:

Was sent on the day of the order via Royal Mail and I recieved it the very next day. (Of course this may vary depending on where you are located and how well royal mail is running)

Ease of ordering:

You have to e-mail dazzle_a-head_hijab_boutique@hotmail.co.uk with the name of product you would like and the address you want it to be sent to. Payments taken via paypal. Website coming soon inshaAllah.
 
Variety of collection:

All the collections are very different from each other. They are hand picked to fall into at least one of the categoreis: Chic, Elegant or Stylish. Sr Iman never sells anything she wouldn't wear herself. New collections coming soon iA. When a collection is out of stock it does not get re-stocked to make way for new products unless there is a big customer demand for a particular hijab.

Overall an AMAZING company mashaAllah I wish Sister Iman all the success, she is doing a super job with Dazzle A-Head Hijab Boutique already.

[Please note: Stars are out of 5; everything above is correct at the time of publishing, this may be subject to change if and when the owner wishes]

Check out the pics below of the hijabs I was sent to review...

Numbers indicate the different ways of wearing the silk hijab (black & pink)

Hot pink glossy hijab from Dazzle A-head hijab boutique


(Black hijab not from DAHB)









So go have a look at the Dazzle A-Head Hijab Boutique Facebook page inshaAllah!

Until the next post Salaam me hearties!