Even as I post this,more as a reminder to myself than to anyone else, I’ve been struggling with my 5 daily prayers recently. The new role of motherhood is definitely keeping me on my toes, while maintaining my online makeup store, plus my regular job as a Makeup artist. When I saw this quote, it got to me. I do feel lost when I’m not in touch with my Creator. I feel incomplete. Faith is not a one way road, there are curves and bends. Read more…
First off, I just wanted to wish everyone Ramadan Kareem. I never really thought about Ramadan too much growing up as teen or into a young woman. But as I’ve matured into a more spiritual mindset over time, the definition of this month has absolutely evolved for me.
Growing up, the Holy Month of Ramadan was all about curbing my thirst for water and hunger for food. But as a 30 something Muslim woman, hunger and thirst, seem like the last thing that Ramadan is about. As Muslims we believe that during this Holy month Shaytaan and his passé are locked up in chains, so whatever sins we may commit during this month, has been committed through no other fault or judgement but our own. When you cancel out all the time spent on choosing where to eat, whom to meet, what series to watch, you begin to realize how much time you really have on your hands. And what better way to use that time, than through reflection and contemplation. We all have our shortcomings, and although we may call ourselves “Muslim” , how many steps do we really need to carry out to truly be “Muslim”. Read more…
There’s been an outcry of rage in Egypt and Tunisia over Sam Bacile’s movie called “The Innocence Of Muslims’. In Libya, the US embassies were attacked and 4 Americans were killed.
I’m going to quote Shaykh Omar Suleiman that said ” If we don’t get hurt when Allah (swt), the Messenger (saw), or any of the prophets (as) are insulted, then we have to check our Iman. If we are hurt, we need to seriously contemplate the proper course of action and find the best way to respond.”
I recently turned 31 a few weeks back, and after I went through the initial shock of adding the extra One to my 30’s, I’m slowing beginning to get comfortable with it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those women that cringe at their age, more than anything, I’m proud of everything that I’ve achieved and the lessons that continually shape and transform me into the woman I am today.
I wasn’t fortunate enough to get a college degree, but traveling the world, has taught me more about people, customs, traditions, and put me in situations that no textbook could ever offer me insight on.
I’ve passed the 20’s where I felt the need to impress everyone around me, and I’m so glad that I was guided once again to my beautiful religion. I spent too much of my youth obsessed with music, the wrong crowds, and the wrong influences. I guess, sometimes, you just have to be broken down, in order to rebuild a better YOU. I now understand what my priorities are and should be. I no longer sweat the small stuff, and I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter how much of a control freak you are, at the end of the day, its God that decides which path you’ll be on.
Most of my friends are either entering into marriage, or raising their second or third child. I’m nowhere close in either of those departments. Does it bother me ? I’d be lying if I said it didn’t. Most single women that throw themselves into the social scene have a hard enough time finding a ‘decent’ man – not saying those are the right places – but the intimidation that most men have approaching a covered woman is heightened ten times fold and a different story altogether.
Read this article yesterday in our local newspaper, The National, and was surprised that even in a country with one of the strongest Muslim populations, Egypt, actually had a ban on female presenters wearing the hijab ! As today is World Hijab Day, I just wanted to give a big salute to all the Muslim women that are struggling with their decision to wear a hijab, and for those against all odds who have put it on, and still have to face obstacles and struggles within their communities, work and social circles.
Even women that do wear the hijaab in Muslim countries do face criticism and skepticism in certain areas of employment, so for all the hijabi sisters in Western countries, please know that you are not alone. Yes, we are the ones pulled aside for security checks at the airport, and yes, we’ve all been asked if we ‘feel hot’ with it on, but this is a personal struggle between us and our obligations as a Muslim woman. This is our jihad.
I won’t deny and say I haven’t had one of those days where every now and then I just want to walk out my door, where like a Pantene advert, I’m swishing and swaying my hair out. Keeping our hair and our body covered can sometimes be difficult especially when everywhere you go, there’s not one form of media that shows a beautiful hijabi. But, that’s just a thought, a tiny thought, and as soon as I start to wrap my face with that cloth that signifies me as a Muslimah, I see my true beauty from within. And there’s no media, no magazine, no TV show, that can give me the peace that I have within, knowing that I am representing a beautiful religion, and that this personal sacrifice, isn’t really a sacrifice, if all it does is bring me closer to my Creator.
Keep your head up, stand tall, and wear that hijaab proudly ! Happy World Hijab Day !
Yusha Evans, for those who don’t know is an American Christian Priest that reverted to Islam in 1998, made a special appearance in Dubai for the Ramadan 2012 Forum where he gave a talk called “The Prophet of Mercy”.
His talk was based on one of the main attributes that the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) had, and that was MERCY. The religion of Islam and it’s followers have been under scrutiny and attack, way before 9/11 occurred. If you disagree with this notion, look back at Hollywood movies or series during the 90’s and you’ll notice that the villain is almost always some bearded villain from the desert with a thick accent. During this attack on Islam, the life of the Prophet has been magnified in the most negative light, describing him in the most degrading manner that I shall choose to omit mentioning.
One of the stories Brother Evans talked about, it’s also one of the many stories that I love telling friends and family about, is the story between the Prophet and his Jewish Neighbor. Read more…
Alhamdulilah, the Holy Month of Ramadan has been bestowed upon us, and those that have been fasting are now accustomed to the hunger pangs and parched throats. For most Muslims that are active in their Deen, this is the one time of the year where we look forward to promoting our devotion, reflection, repentance and most importantly, our test of patience. I’d like to think of Ramadan as a month that is dedicated to spring cleaning your soul. Read more…
I am totally overdue on writing my review on the Capster’s hijaab but I’ve been too busy using it when I hit the gym that I haven’t had much time to write about it ! 😛
Anyways, I was totally overwhelmed when the product designer of the brand, Cindy van den Bremen, emailed me when I had written an earlier post on hijaab and sports. Lucky for me I was able to pick out a style of my choice and color to do a test run. I opted for the RUNNER in black and grey, and I actually went for a jog at my local park and also at the gym. For those that don’t know, living in Dubai comes with certain extreme weather conditions – burning heat with sprinkles of humidity – not fun!
Well, considering the circumstances, the Runner hijaab did pretty well, I didn’t feel claustrophobic wearing it as the material was quite lightweight and the great thing is that DRI-FIT material has been used. So even if you’re soaking in sweat it helps in rapid evaporation of moisture on top of the skin, so no matter what you don’t feel drenched. However, I did feel that it was slightly short from the front. Maybe this was designed accordingly due to sports regulations but I could only wear it with a high collared shirt. I would suggest that there should be an option of a longer front, as many sporty tops are V-necks and a high possibility of some skin showing through.
Asides from that, this is a definite must-have product for women that actively enjoy their sports in outdoor areas or mixed gyms. Now only if I could find a burkini that isn’t so daunting !
I was brimming with excitement when I made my first trip to London around 8 years ago. I couldn’t wait to shop, see the museums and just absorb the feel of London’s streets and its fashion culture. I was quite surprised seeing a lot of Muslim women covered in their jilbabs and some even in the niqaab. I wasn’t a hijaabi then and Islam, unfortunately wasn’t embedded in my lifestyle. I remember seeing two Muslim brothers giving away CD’s on Islam to passerby’s trying to give Dawah and a better understanding of Islam. I approached them to ask them questions on the CD’s and they said they were free for non-muslims. I informed them that I was a Muslim and I wanted to purchase a few of them for myself. Their reactions totally shifted. “A Muslim woman, and you dress like that?” one of them snorted. I was taken back and shocked. Read more…
There is no racial, sexual, cultural, age, or financial description that confines you to be a Muslim.You could be all the way from the Ningxia province in China, or be living in Edgware road in London. We are everywhere, and we come in different colors and various backgrounds. Funny thing is, the majority of us can’t even speak Arabic, yet it is the same language we perform our daily 5 prayers in, and it is the same call of prayer in every part of the world. In a cosmopolitan city it’s not surprising to see a masjid filled with followers from diverse educational backgrounds, with different mother tongues, some born muslims, and some that have even reverted. Looking back, the religion of Islam started as something quite controversial.
It was a time when slavery was predominant in Arabia, and it was so backward, that burying young infant girls was quite the norm. The first convert to Islam was a woman, Khadijah (RA) – Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) first wife, and the first martyr in Islam was also a woman, Sumayyah Bint Khabab, and Bilal, who was a black ex-slave, was the 1st to call out the Athaan. This was also a time when the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) gave rights to women such as inheritance and divorce, so how is it that at this very time in the 21st century, we Muslims are still so backward and superficial ?