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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Because she didnt know

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

The Islamic greeting card store- Review-


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! (=

Thursday, 28 April 2011

iHijabi jilbab collecion (sneak preview)

 As some of might know I have been in the process of getting some of my jilbab's made, this post is  sneak preview of the first jilbab designed by me and made exclusively for iHijabi, by our amazingly professional tailor, sister Rahima (the jilbab collection will be sold on islamfactory.com as well iA)

This jilbab is similar to the urban hooded jilbab (see my jilbab design sketches post) but has been modified to give it a more elegant look and make it multifunctional.
The inner jilbab is a beautiful plum colour with pleated sleeves, black crystals around the waist, black ribbon at the bottom and beaded lace on the rim of the bottom of the jilbab.






The outer piece is a long black hooded jilbab with 3/4 length sleeves (so you can see the pleated sleeves) and a big hood (it is a fashion hood and wasn't made for practicality but I guess you can wear it up as well), the black outer piece gives the jilbab a more professional and classy look.


Both were made to be worn together but the inner piece can be worn on it's own and the outer piece can be worn with another one of your jilbab's to instantly make your outfit ready for work (=















This jilbab will be perfect to wear in autumn as it may be too hot to wear in the summer, the next couple being made will be suitable for the summer and one will be made perfect for all seasons iA.

Once the rest of my collection has been made I will post images on here and they will be uploaded to www.islamfactory.com/store I'll also give you all the information you need to get the same one tailor made to your size.

So what do you think? Leave your feedback below iA (=

UPDATE: Due to unforseen circumstances (and life taking over) this project is on hold indefinitely, maybe one day I will put some more time and effort into this and make my designing dream come true iA

Sunday, 24 April 2011

The truth about Jesus (pbuh)....Easter what really happened?


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 and to cause us to die as believers. 

May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad

Friday, 22 April 2011

Islam and High-Heels


by Sweet Modesty by Sadeel Allam on Friday, 22 April 2011 at 05:38
 
High-heels, to wear them or not to wear them? That is thy question. The best starting place to get information in regards to making a decision is the Qur’an and Sunnah. Now, how we interpret that information is a complete different research.

A decision for Allah is not like no other. We don’t need researches and studies, we just have to look back at decisions we made in our life and examine their outcome. The theory I present here is that in order to make a good strong decision, we have to gather and understand information from different perspectives. From religious level to the dunya level, to understanding our human nature, the nature of this dunya, to the history behind the thing we are trying to decide on, and the command of Allah SWT will lead to understanding which enables us to make firm decisions, because our decisions are as good as the knowledge that informed us.

Understanding the human nature and the nature of this dunya
Per my Islamic Studies Instructor at Salihah Central, I present two hadiths, which I want to introduce to make my point on the nature of the human and the dunya. Because understanding how this world and humans were created, it helps us understand the commands from Allah SWT. I will put the hadith and its explanation.

 “This world is a prison for the believer and a paradise for the unbeliever” – Tarmidhi, Muslim

Allah SWT created in the human desires and He put us in this world to attract those desires. Now, do you understand why it’s hard to give up things from this dunya? Part of those desires is beautification.

“Women are the snares of Shaytan” – Razin

It doesn’t mean women are evil. It means Allah SWT created the man with natural attraction towards woman. The man’s weakness causes him to sin. Now, do you understand why we have to protect ourselves with our hijab because it also protects others?

Now combining our human nature and the nature of the dunya, one can see the need of religion as a guidance and protection from themselves and this life. As one friend said, “I come from the dunya (this world).”  Prior to Islam, some revert and born muslims are clueless of the here-after, even of their own purpose of life and don’t even know why we need trees except for scientific reasons. This makes it hard to understand religion less Allah’s command. Per recall of stories of people’s lives, this reason may come from being a revert, growing-up not in the best environment, no support, non-practicing parents, loosing balance of our religion and this life, sadly and plainly neglecting knowledge and so on.  Reverts and born muslims come from all walks of life and we all have our own personal signs from Allah SWT when we begin to search for Him. We all have our story.

Understanding High-Heels
Since for us humans, it’s easier to believe what we see first. I had to see and understand where high-heels came from and why do they represent what they do now. Why this sensual and negative stigma from the religious perspective? How did they get their reputation? I searched and came to know that heels go back to ancient Egypt and were worn by the higher social class and that in ancient Rome prostitutes were identified by their high-heeled shoes. Victorians liked the inner arched because it represented the curve of women and some wanted to feel taller.  As time moved on, they came into the U.S.,

“The desirable and sexual nature of the high heel was also noted by the Puritans in the New World. The Massachusetts Colony even passed a law banning women from wearing high heels to ensnare a man or they would be tried as a witch.”

As I kept researching, I found how these famed shoes were disliked by the feminist in the 1990’s:

“In the 1990′s post-Feminist Era, the idea that fashion, specifically sexy high heels, were not simply oppressive but offered pleasure to women became more widely accepted.” (Gamman 1993)

Yet, they are loved by the fashion and entertainment world. Surely, high-heel shoes have come a long way. By learning their history, it helped understand their reputation of today.

In addition to its history, I came across numerous reports stating the health hazard of high-heel shoes. NPR states,

“A British study has found that women who wore high heels daily for years had shorter calf muscles and stiffer, thicker Achilles tendons than women who favored flats. And those bulkier tendons are harder to stretch. Ouch” - published in Journal of Experimental Biology.

In 2010, Iowa State University states the following:

“While women have been making a fashion statement in high heels for years -- wearing trendy stilettos, wedges, pumps and kitten heels -- there's reason for concern about what those heels may be doing to their knees and joints over time. A new study by an Iowa State University kinesiology master's student has found that prolonged wearing of and walking in high heels can contribute to joint degeneration and knee osteoarthritis.”

Now, that I have seen the history and the reputation they have trolled along in history, I wanted to know the benefits of high-heels. The pros of them. I found an article per ABC News stating the following:

“Dr. Maria Angela Cerruto, a urologist at the University of Verona, Italy, found that the tippy-toe posture of heels can tone a woman's abdomen and pelvic floor.”

It’s then when I came across a twist. The Huffington Post in 2010 published an article from Time Magazine Reports on a study stating Men Don’t Notice When women wear High Heels, Study Says (POLL). Time writes,

“The researchers wanted to know whether the changed in posture that comes with high heels -- longer legs, accentuated rear and tilted torso – get noticed by men.”

The result was negative men can’t decipher between heels or flats. This was a research done as a larger project of attraction and movement. Can this be the salvation for the muslimah and her high-heels? If study showed men don’t see the difference between high heels or flats. Then what is the problem for a muslim woman to wear them other than their bad reputation in the eyes of religion? We will get to this part shortly.

Now, what do men think about high-heels even if they don’t notice them?
In 2010 Men’s Health Magazine did a survey,

“According to the survey, as many as 65 percent of men agree women wearing high heels and just 20 percent who admit that they do not mind the weather to wear flat shoes shoes." According to their view, women in high heels are so sexy.”

Understanding Allah’s Command
I found this verse in the Qur'an to be the most closest to the issue of high-heels.

Allah says:" And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment." (An-Nur 24:31)

Prior to going further, I found a study from Stanford University on “The Perceivable Auditory Difference Between Male and Female Footsteps” The conclusion is as follows:

“…it is clear that individuals can correctly identify the gender of male and female walkers based on auditory cues alone only when the walkers are wearing stereotypical gendered shoes. When an individual hears what he/she believes to be a high heel or the heel of a leather male dress show, he/she quickly attempts to identify the walker as either female or male respectively”

This study proves to us that a males and females can identify gender by the sound of high-heels. It is also mentioned in their study that men lead their walk with shoulders and women with hips.

The tafseer explanation of the mentioned verse, per Ibn Katheer,

“During Jahiliyyah(time before Islam), when women walked in the street wearing anklets and no one could hear them, they would stamp their feet so that men could hear their anklets ringing. Allah forbade the believing women to do this.”

Per my research online and using Ibn Katheer tafseer, I found nowhere stating high-heels are haram. Scholars state“At the very least it is makrooh” to make unnecessary noises with your feet when you walk. I would like to add the opinion of my Islamic Studies instructor, she agrees also muslim woman should not make noise with their shoes and only that of which is natural. She states that high-heels do accentuate the walk of women through her hip movements and that high-heels do make noise bringing attention to them. She then adds that high-heels are considered Makrooh Tahrimi, an action closest to haram, but not Haram. She also added, one can wear them with long loose clothing that doesn’t show at all the way a woman’s body accentuates. Now, there is another aspect to high-heel shoes. What about keeping the height and quieting the noise with rubber soles?  Isn’t wearing something that creates height a way to deceive or lie of Allah’s creation? I presented these questions to my instructor. She advised, it’s not a way to deceive or lie because there is no actual change done to the body itself.

Summary
Understanding our human nature and the nature of this dunya makes it clear that we have desires embedded in us like our DNA. We can’t change our human nature, but we can control it through the tools in our religion from the mercy of Allah SWT. It is also proven by a study that men and women can tell the gender from the sound of high-heels. In addition, a survey proves that more than half the men view high-heels on a woman for its sexiness. The interesting aspect is that they don’t notice them, but do hear them and connect high-heels to sexuality. Indeed our famed high-heels have a history of sensuality and sexuality that have earned its reputation of today. In addition, they are also proven to be health hazardous. In the realm of health, I did find these shoes benefit the women's libido. Allah’s command is a mercy, warning and guidance to us. Recently, I asked, “How can you prove that what the Qur’an says is real divine information revealed to our Prophet Mohammed SAW? Part of the answer was, “In his message Allah SWT told us about the past, present and future.” With a simple interpreted verse, we can see the miracle of divine revelation. The mentioned verse was not only for the women of that time, but for the women that will come in the future.

High-heels are not haram, but can be haram if wearing them with the wrong intentions. The height doesn’t serve as a way of lie or deceiving because there is no actual change done to the body itself. If wearing high-heels one must be sure the clothes are loose to a level, no one can see the accentuated body and its movements caused by the high-heels and that the high-heels are not making unnecessary noise when walking. One though must keep in mind the symbolism of heels and even though your intentions might be pure, their representation and symbolism is clear from the mentioned history and surveys.

Allah SWT prepares our hearts in ways we don’t know. Per my Islamic mentor, Alcohol was not prohibited right away in the time of ignorance. Allah SWT first prepared the hearts of those, so when the command was ordered, they easily accepted.  Preparation can be by gaining knowledge of a matter and acquiring love for it. So, by the time we take a decision to change something of ourselves for Allah SWT, it becomes easy. In some cases it might take years. In revert born and not cases, some reach a level of seeking change like a thirsty person in a dessert. When they find a well, they drink from it as much as they can. It’s easy at moments to embrace belief because you carry it within, but when it comes to embrace it outwardly, that is when some realize they hadn’t fully embraced what they thought they believed. This is a way I test myself, through a saying, “Put your money where your mouth is at and if you’re going to talk the talk, then you better walk the walk.”  Otherwise, why go from a life of turmoil and confusion to stay the same in a religion that offers you understanding and clarity.

The answer might be obvious that we have to be cautious of how, when and in front of whom we wear high-heel shoes. I know having control and balance over this issue is not easy, but doable. It’s one of those dunya objects that attract our desires of beautification and when it gets out of hand and transgresses the fine line between our desires and the command of Allah, it’s hard. Some love the way they make them feel.  They feel tall, like the attention, the body looks slimmer, and they adorn the feet very pretty, some just like the comfort, the confidence, the femininity. Some like the ummff! That sexy power!  I leave the decision to you because it’s your life, your deen, your soul and we are all at different levels of knowledge and spirituality. And it is you only who will face Allah SWT on the day of judgement.

By Sadeel Allam

“Somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

What do Muslims believe about Jesus (pbuh)?

This post is a brief overview of what Muslims believe about Jesus (nabi Eesa AS), it is primarily for non-Muslims as it is a very simple explanation. The next post will be a more in depth description about Easter, what it means and what actually happened inshaAllah.


Muslims respect and revere Jesus (peace be upon him).  They consider him one of the greatest of God’s messengers to mankind.  The Quran confirms his virgin birth, and a chapter of the Quran is entitled ‘Maryam’ (Mary).  The Quran describes the birth of Jesus as follows:

 (Remember) when the angels said, “O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him (God), whose name is the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, revered in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (to God).  He will speak to the people from his cradle and as a man, and he is of the righteous.” She said, “My Lord, how can I have a child when no mortal has touched me?” He said, “So (it will be).  God creates what He wills.  If He decrees a thing, He says to it only, ‘Be!’ and it is.”  (Quran, 3:45-47)


Jesus was born miraculously by the command of God, the same command that had brought Adam into being with neither a father nor a mother.  God has said:

 The case of Jesus with God is like the case of Adam.  He created him from dust, and then He said to him, “Be!” and he came into being.  (Quran, 3:59)


During his prophetic mission, Jesus performed many miracles.  God tells us that Jesus said:
 “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord.  I make for you the shape of a bird out of clay, I breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s permission.  I heal the blind from birth and the leper.  And I bring the dead to life by God’s permission.  And I tell you what you eat and what you store in your houses....”  (Quran, 3:49)

Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified.  It was the plan of Jesus’ enemies to crucify him, but God saved him and raised him up to Him.  And the likeness of Jesus was put over another man.  Jesus’ enemies took this man and crucified him, thinking that he was Jesus.  God has said:

 ...They said, “We killed the Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of God.” They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but the likeness of him was put on another man (and they killed that man)...  (Quran, 4:157)

 
Neither Muhammad  nor Jesus came to change the basic doctrine of the belief in one God, brought by earlier prophets, but rather to confirm and renew it.

http://www.islam-guide.com/ch3-10.htm

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Style my hijab [hoojab]- Princess pearl

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, my sister was playing Mario cart wii while I was trying to use her as my model, I will try my best to explain in words so you get an idea of how to do it iA.

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

Sugar scarf interview- Malaysian hijab store

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

Style my hijab- Easy Peasy Lemon squeezy

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!