Feel Empowered (Happy World Hijab Day)

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Hello beautiful souls, it’s been awhile.

This post is an awesome awareness of World Hijab Day (which is today, Monday February 1st)

What is World Hijab Day?

World Hijab Day (WHD) is a global movement that takes place on February 1st of every year. Its worldwide event that encourages Muslim and non-Muslim women to wear Hijab and experience life of a Hijabi women. The first world Hijab Day was celebrated in 2013. Founded by Nazma Khan.

Hijab is viewed as a method of oppression by many societies. Hijabi women face many challenged in western countries; such as stereotypically judgment that are associated with hijab. Hijabi women experience negative comments and other discriminations just by wearing Hijab.

Hijab day aims to stop the physical judgment, and encourages women to tell their stories by their experiences of wearing Hijab (Both Muslims and Non-Muslims), and to promote judgment based on intellectual abilities. World Hijab Day gives women an opportunity to wear Hijab for a day, and get real life experience of hijab themselves. WHD also aims to create a connection between Hijabi and non-Hijabi women and provides support for the Hijabi girls.

I hope you enjoy this read. Till next post; stay bless. Xoxo

Sabah

 

More information about WHD, check out the link bellow…

http://worldhijabday.com/about-us/

7 Way To Share Eid Al-Adha with Non-Muslims

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Eid Al-Adha is just around the corner, and the lack of understanding Islam and Muslims continues among majority of non-Muslims. There has never been better time to give your coworkers, neighbors and friends a little peek into your beliefs and traditions.

Where do we start? With Eid. Everyone likes celebrations and festivities, and Eid is a great way to help your non-Muslim friends and coworkers connect and relate to you.

Here are 7 ways you can share Eid Al-Adha with others:

  1. Don’t Be Afraid To Talk About It:

Some of your coworkers, classmates and neighbors may have no idea it’s Eid or even the month of Hajj. Casually bring it up in conversation; mention a particular festive tradition you and your family will be taken part in on Eid. Tell your bosses or professors about it, and that way they’ll be aware of the holiday and will know you may need off time.

  1. Be Open To Questions:

Your friends may have questions but not know how to approach you. Some may be afraid of offending you. Always mention that you welcome questions and they should always feel comfortable approaching you.

Tip: Brush up on the details of Hajj and Eid; if someone has questions, you’ll want to be able to answer them confidently.

  1. Include It In The Newsletter:

Does your company or community issue a monthly or quarterly newsletter? Got a campus newspaper? It may require some early planning, but make a request to include a blurb about Eid Al-Adha, (perhaps even write it yourself). What it is, its importance to Muslims and how it is celebrated. Short but sweet reminders like this will help to keep others aware of the holiday and be more familiar with it.

  1. Go Viral:

Got a Facebook or Twitter account? Odds are you have coworkers, classmates or other non-Muslim friends on it. A great way to inform others about Eid and Muslims is by linking to articles related to it. Was there a photo collection of Eid around the world? Did BBC post an article and photos of Hajj? Share them and/or link to them.

  1. Pass Out Treats:

Everyone likes treats! Bring small and affordable treats or gifts to pass out on campus or to your work teammates. To save money, pass out small bags/baskets of goodies you made at home (cookies, candies, brownies, etc.). When giving out the treats, don’t forget to say “Eid Mubarak!” Explain what “Eid Mubarak” means, and they’ll remember to say it next Eid.

  1. Discuss The Charitable Aspect Of Eid:

Talk about the idea of charity and how and why Muslims are urged to give to the poor during the days of Eid. If you really want to get proactive, you can even start a food drive at your work or school and encourage your peers to donate in the name of Eid spirit.

  1. Lastly, Include Your Coworkers In Your Celebration:

Ever been invited to a Christmas party by your friend or coworker (whether you’ve gone or not)? Return the favor. Invite a few over for Eid festivities and show them what Eid is all about, as well as what it means to you. They’ll feel included in the holiday and have a better understanding of you, and your Islamic traditions.

I hope this is helpful and easier way to teach others about what Islam is really about.

Don’t forget to share this article; leave comments, suggestions and feedback below.

Eid Mubarak 🙂

XoXo Sabah

Long Kimono DIY: 4 easy steps

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So, I made a kimono for my cousin this Eid (Muslim holiday), and everyone was asking me about. So I decided to write a blog post of how I made it. Here is how it goes…

Step 1: What you need

  • Large fabric, 2-3 yards
  • Thread that matches your fabric
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pencil/chalk

Step 2: Cutting the fabric

  • Extend the fabric and fold in half
  • Measure your shoulders; depending on how wide or lose you wanted and cut the access fabric
  • Cut a straight line in the middle of the top layer of your fabric
  • If width is too wide cut the sides to adjust to your measurement

Step 3: Sleeves and sewing

  • With the excess fabric, cut 2 rectangle fabric for your sleeves
  • Fold and sew them together, adjust how long and wide you wish your sleeves to be
  • After sewing your sleeves, make sure they are inside-out before attaching them to the rest of the fabric

Step 4: Last and final

  • Sew on: keep going straight line down to the sides.
  • After attaching the sleeves with your kimono, fold the edges twice till you finish

And that’s how you make your very own kimono. I’m making 2 more this week, let me know if you guys want DIY video.

XoXo, Sabah

6 Tips for Last 10 Days of Ramadan

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We have come to the grand finale of this blessed month of Ramadan. The last 10 day are now upon us, that are more blessed then the rest of the Ramadan. In this last 10 days are a night which is better than 1000 month, (not days, but months).

The messenger of Allah (Pease and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.” Narrated by al-Nasa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999.

So, in preparation for the grand finale, here is a checklist of some of the things that we can all do to make remaining days of Ramadan work to our advantage…

1) Get in high gear for the next 10 nights and days:

Time is of the essence. Every moment counts. Whatever you need to do for the next 10 days to make the most in Ibada, good deeds, reciting Quran, dhikr, making dua, etc. Rewards are going to be multiplied. No one knew about the importance of these days more than the prophet (SAWS). Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated form A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadan began, the prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would stay up all night, wake his family and tie his lower garment tight. According to Ahmad and Muslim: he would strive hard in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan as he did not do at other times.

If we lose this opportunity, we get our next opportunity next year, assuming we are still around and we are in good health and shape to make use of it. Even if we are, we have the past years’ sins on our shoulders and life’s normal trials and tribulations to face the coming year. So, there is no better time to ask Allah to make all that easier than NOW.

2) Get a Quran and recite as often as can:

A few lines on this post can’t even come close to explaining the benefits and virtues of Quran. It is proven in the saheeh Sunnah that Quran will intercede for those who read it at night, as Ahmad (6626) narrated from Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr that the messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Fasting and the Quran will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, ‘O Lord, I deprived him of his food and his desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.’ And the Quran will say: ‘I deprived him of his sleep at night so let me intercede for him.’ Then they will intercede.” Narrated by Ahmad; classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Jami’, no. 3882.

Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet said,

“The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an is that of a citron (a citrus fruit) which is good in taste and good in smell. And the believer who does not recite the Quran is like a date which has a good taste but no smell. And the example of an impious person who recites the Qur’an is that of Ar-Rihana (an aromatic plant) which smells good but is bitter in taste. And the example of an impious person who does not recite the Quran is that of a colocynth which is bitter in taste and has no smell.” (Book #93, Hadith # 649)

3) If your sins are holding you to move forward, this is the time to get them forgiven:

First, the bad news: In Musnad Ahmed (Ibn Hanbal) it is narrated that Thawbaan said: The messenger of Allah (SAWS) said:

A man is deprived of provision (Rizq) because of the sins that he commits.’” (Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 4022, classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah).

And the good news: It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with with) that the prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.”

4) What to say on Laylat at-Qadr:

One of the best dua’s that can be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the prophet (PBUH) taught A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her). It was narrated by al- Tarmidhi, who closed it as saheeh that Alisha said: I said: “O Messenger of Allah, If I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say?” He said: “Say: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are All-Forgiving and You love forgiveness so forgive me).”

5) Get in class of the pious people:

Allah has described the pious as follows (interpretation of the meaning):

They used to sleep but little by night (invoking their Lord (Allah) and praying, with fear and hope). [Quran: Surah Adh-Dhariyat (17)]

And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness, [Quran: Surah Adh-Dhariyat (18)]

6) Finally…

Think of all that you need to ask Allah for and ask Him now. If you haven’t before, this is the time to connect with Him and feel closer to Allah. When you do during these last ten days and nights of Ramadan, you would want to do this again and again; even after the month is over.

And finally, when you are in a state of prayers and worship, please open your heart for others as well, and please do remember your brothers and sisters in you prayer. Remember what the prophet (PBUH) said:

“The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.” Reported by Abu Daw’ud and Tirmidhi

May we all make the last ten days and nights of Ramadan… Aamiin

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10 Tips for Productive Ramadan: Muslim Women

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Muslims all over the world start counting down for Ramadan with motivation and high hopes to do many things to get the maximum of the holy moth.

Muslim women like everyone else have high expectations for the blessed month, as well as more loads and duties.

Achieving what you want in Ramadan is strongly related to time management and realistic plans. Women have more duties in Ramadan, especially if you are working, however, they still have several opportunities for getting rewards, which makes it even more important for them to arrange and coordinate diversity of achieving only in one month.

Everyone has different priorities, abilities, and circumstances. Nevertheless, you can tailor the following tips to your life style.

1. Make it simple: don’t overwhelm yourself with lists of food items you should prepare everyday on Iftar. Just make sure meals are nutritious and have all necessary elements.

2. Get your kitchen prepared: Prepare different ingredients for meals before Ramadan, so that in Ramadan, you just do the final step.

  • For example, prepare in your fridge a good amount of onions, garlic, and tomato sauce, Act.
  • Get meat and chicken washed and spiced.
  • Prepare some homemade drinks and leave them in the fridge.

3. Keep your home organized: This way you can get things easier and save time of searching for items.

4. Set your priorities: Put your plan starting with basic tasks followed by less important tasks.

5. Put a schedule to your appointments and visits: Avoid unnecessary outings, put definite dates and times if you can.

  • Make it clear to your family and friends that Ramadan is a very special tine to you that you’d rather give more time to prayers and related activities and you can postpone gatherings and errands and do it afterwards.

6. Be smart when you invite: Inviting guests to Iftar no doubt has a great thawab, and spread happiness to both you and your guests, and it can be a great load as well. Unless you have good plan for it.

  • Cook simple meals that do not need much time or effort. Prepare some or most of the dishes one day before if you can, so you don’t have all the work on the same day.
  • Get someone to help you with preparing, lifting, and washing the dishes if possible, and if you have kids, let them help as well.
  • Dish parties are an excellent choice in this case, when everyone gets a dish and you all share cooking and you also share thawab.

7. Make a checklist: Which you put basic duties as well as extra activities, and make one for each child. This will act as a good reminder as well as an alert if you put too much or too less tasks.

  • Don’t say tomorrow, if you have a task, do it immediately. This will even give you a push to do more.

8. Take some rest: enough sleeping hours are very important for you to be able to complete the whole month with the same peace.

9. Eat well: Healthy food will give you the energy to work, pray, and do all your duties.

  • Avoid eating junk food and food with big amount of fats as much as you can. This kind of diet will make you more sleepy and lazy in addition to its health hazards.
  • After managing your time a way or another help others to do the same. Especially family members.

10. Exercise: Many people think Ramadan is absolutely the worst time to exercise. This is not true. You can have few minutes of stretching or any kind of work outs that make your body stronger and make you feel better. After all, you only have one body.

 

Time management is not only how you manage your time in Ramadan, but extends to how you manage to decrease your tasks and duties during the holy month.

How to find your size

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It’s hard finding your perfect fit in clothing. In one store you may be a size 6, in another you may be a 2.

There is no uniform sizing system for women. Each manufacturer has a different standard for their sizes. The best way to get a great fit is to know your measurements.

Using these charts to find your size in the Misses, Junior, Plus, Petite and Tall ranges.

The Misses range is designated by even size, such as 0-20, 4-14, etc.

Juniors are for younger women and are designated by uneven sizes such as 1-13. The sizes for juniors are usually slimmer in the hips and bust than Misses size.

Plus sizes are for larger size women, which are often designated by a W after the number such as 14W-24W. Some junior lines come in plus sizes.

Petites are sizes in the misses range for women under 5’4”.

Tall sizes are also in misses range for women 5’9” and over.

I hope will help you find your sizes much more easier.

What is Fashion?

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The actual definition of Fashion is ‘a popular trend, especially in style of dress and ornament or manners of behavior.’

In reality, it’s not easy to answer that question, because it means different things to different people. Fashion is a form of an art. It’s a job. It’s a peek into someone’s personality. It’s a playfulness. It’s an escape or a disguise. It is a feast for the eyes. Ultimately, fashion is an individual statement; expression for each of us.

Coco Chanel (French fashion designer), once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the streets, fashion had to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Fashion isn’t define only by our clothing choices, but is also conveyed through the way we carry ourselves, our personalities and our view of the world.

At its most fundamental, fashion is simply the prevailing style or custom, as in dress or behavior. So, who exactly answers the question “what is fashion?” Who decides what’s fashionable and what isn’t? What’s in or what’s out?

Fashion Designers

The iconic fashion houses: Prada, Gucci, Chanel, are referred to as haute couture, French for “high sewing.” These designers lead the way in creating trend-setting fashion. While some of their designs are outrageous and completely unrealistic when it comes to everyday wear, generally the theme is adapted into versions suitable for wearing.

Media

Fashion trends are often sparked by characters on popular television shows and movies as well as adopted from magazine pages. “Sex and the City,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” these shows introduced us to new and cutting- edge designs. While you might not wear the same exact looks, you might take ideas inspired from them and piece together your own creation.

Celebrities

A prime example of a celebrity-driven fashion trend? UGGs. Until Kate Hudson and Jessica Simpson were spotted wearing them around L.A. several years ago, no one had given any thoughts to UGG boots. Now they are everywhere.

Musicians

Musicians have always been very influential when it comes to dictating fashion. Rock ‘n’ roll is fashion. Elvis is an iconic example. In 1950s, everyone wanted to dress like Elvis. What about heavy metal hair bands so popular in 1980s? What about Lady Gaga? The pop star can turn anything into an outfit, whether it’s a nice prime rib, a telephone receiver or hundreds of Kermit the Frogs.

Just because you don’t know if Prada bag is fall of 2014 or spring of 2015 doesn’t matter (unless you work in fashion industry of course). All that matters is that you like it and it’s an expression of you.

That is Fashion.

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Why Entrepreneurs Are Important for the Economy

Entrepreneurs are frequently thought of as national assets to be cultivated, motivated and remunerated to the greatest possible extent.

Entrepreneurs can change the way we live and work. If successful, their innovations may improve our standard of living. In short, in addition to creating wealth from their entrepreneurial ventures, they also create jobs and the conditions for a prosperous society.

The following are six reasons why entrepreneurs are important to the economy.

Entrepreneurs Create New Businesses

Path breaking offerings by entrepreneurs, in the form of new goods & services, result in new employment, which can produce a cascading effect or virtuous circle in the economy. The stimulation of related businesses or sectors that support the new venture add to further economic development.

For example, a few IT companies founded the Indian IT industry in the 1990s as a backend…

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