10 August 2014

How are Muslims justifying their abhorrent violence towards others?

Everyday I open up a paper and dread the people of my own religion more and more. Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, it seems that no Muslim country is free of death, destruction and blood-shed. Why? This cannot simply be an exaggerated western media construct attempt to defame Islam - if Muslims were not doing such things, the media wouldn't have a story to exaggerate.

Why are 'extreme' Muslims so violent and blood-thirsty? I would have thought that someone who becomes an extremist in a religion of peace would become extremely peaceful. How are these people using verses of the Quran and ahadith to justify the killing of innocent people? Complied nearly 200 years after the death of the Prophet (s), ahadith, even the apparently "sahih" ones could quite easily be disregarded when trying to explain how the actions of these people are not actually related to the teachings of Islam. But what about the Quran? What verses are these people using to justify crucifying, maiming, torturing and raping other human beings, both Muslim and non-Muslim? 

I read a few days ago about teenagers from the west running away from their homes and getting into Syria to fight 'jihad' and apparently restore an "Islamic state" of Iraq and Syria, GOD FORBID, with the literal scum of the earth, Da'ish (ISIS) - they'd recently purchased 'Islam for Dummies' and 'Quran for Dummies' on Amazon. Or the stupid teenage girls running off to be 'jihadi brides' in Syria, a union not recognised by Islam, forged by sick men who only see women as objects of their pleasure. 

Meanwhile in Iraq, a once beautiful, free country where people of many religions lived together in harmony has been over taken by these backward, barbaric animals who use Islam to justify the burying alive of humans (women and children), raping of women and murdering of men. Not only that but they drive people out of their homes, disrespect the dead as much as the living, defacing ancient graves of Prophets and tearing down houses of worship. Destructive, disgusting, merciless scum worthy only of a public hanging. 

And not forgetting the Muslims all over the world voicing their support for these nasty people. It's funny, I've noticed so many of them aren't from these two countries, and more to the point, not even Arab. What would they truly know or care of the suffering created at the hands of ISIS? As long as they can carry on tweeting and growing their beards and wearing their abayas and showing up for Friday prayers in their comfortable Western countries from which they DEMAND respect of their beliefs and culture, what do they truly know or care of the pain of others? They simply spew hatred and poison towards any person who dares live their life differently, even if they aren't doing anyone any harm. They show their outrage at Israel but where is their condemnation when it is the Muslims committing crimes so atrocious that Al Qaeda have distanced themselves from them?

How about these western Muslims that support terrorists go back to their own countries and try instilling a bit of change there..? 

Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does righteous, good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

[Surat Al-Baqarah:62]

One thing I'm 100% sure of, as cliche as it is, the actions of Muslims never have and never will represent the true, beautiful, peaceful teachings of the Quran and the Prophet (s). 

30 July 2014

Thoughts on A Thousand Splendid Suns

I just finished this book and am in love. It's just as good as - or perhaps better than - the Kite Runner, a story I did not at all expect the author to top. If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it!

The story covers a period of time from the 1960s all the way to post 9/11 Afghanistan and follows the lives of two very different Afghani females whose lives suddenly become intertwined in the most tragic of circumstances. Together they endure relentless suffering and experience the most acute kinds of pain, loss and sacrifice. Despite it's heart-wrenching storyline, I think that the underpinning themes of the book are of human-resilience, both physical and mental, the ability to display love in the harshest of environments, and most importantly, the power of hope.

I couldn't rate this book any less than 10/10. 

P.S. Eid Mubarek! :D

26 May 2014

"The son of Adam will not be dismissed from before his Lord on the Day of Resurrection until he has been questioned about five things: his life and how he spent it, his youth and how he used it, his wealth and how he earned it and spent it, and how he acted upon what he acquired of knowledge."

Prophet Muhammed (S)

24 April 2014

Thoughts on Hijabi Mipsterz?

I quite like the video and some of the styles in it. It would be interesting to know what your thoughts are. Judging by the comments on the video, it's very mixed, but are people just over-reacting to something that seems like a bit of harmless fun?

13 April 2014

Smart hijab tip #3: Dress + boots

A really simple and easy way to create a smart outfit for work is to pair a dress of knee length or longer with black jeans and high boots. Something along the lines of the following outfits but perhaps without the massive head things and weird accessories. 

I put together a Polyvore outfit for inspiration.. 

Smart Hijab Style

06 April 2014

Is not offering a non-pork alternative in schools that big of a deal?

There has been a bit of a stir in France over the past couple of days regarding the news that schools in areas where the National Front party has political leadership will no longer offer children a halal meat alternative to pork. 

In all honesty I was more surprised that some parents are actually complaining about this decision than anything else. When I was at school the last thing my parents would have expected was for the school to offer me a halal meat alternative - eating a vegetarian lunch was simply never an issue for me. As far as I can remember, I, like most of the non-Muslim children, had a packed lunch everyday, and on days I was allowed to eat a hot meal at school I was more than happy with chip-Fridays. 

Foreigners in any country should have a natural acceptance that they are foreign and should not expect, or demand, that the country that they are living in caters to their lifestyle. When Muslims choose to live in any country but their own they must learn to adapt their own lives and never expect others to adapt to theirs. 

I feel as though some Muslims are forgetting that they are foreigners in the Western countries they are living in, so much so that they forget that the native people have their own cultures and ways that they wish to preserve. This does not mean they are racist, it just means they don't want to see their culture slipping away, diluted or replaced by something foreign.

I am very grateful when I see halal shops or mosques in the UK, and I'm happy that I am allowed to work with a headscarf on but by no means do I except these things to available without question or as part of some 'right' that I have in this country. We must remember that we are, and always will be, foreign and if you do not like the laws of a land, nobody is forcing you to live there. 

02 February 2014

Why I am not blogging

Someone asked me why I am not blogging as much anymore these days so I thought I'd just explain it in a post. 

When I started blogging 5 years ago I did not wear the hijab and there were very few hijabi bloggers out there. I started it as a way to encourage myself to put it on more than anything else. When I saw comments and visits on my posts I thought it was pretty cool and I just carried on for a couple of years, during which time I finally put on the hijab. 

The main point of this blog was about hijab fashion and I feel I have covered a lot of ground over 5 years that there isn't much left for me to blog about. In addition there are now so many hijabi bloggers and YouTubers and Instagramers out there that the market has changed and become saturated and my interest in it all has plummeted. As well as growing in number, what people want from fashion sites these days are selfies and OOTDs and food pictures - there is nothing wrong with this but they are things that don't interest me. I actually tried setting up an Instagram and posted a few things on there but I felt like it's not me. 

I thought about making the blog more personal and just posting about random things that happen to me but I wasn't sure if anyone would actually find this interesting. I also considered making it just about Islamic subjects but was also unsure. I'm in a bit of a predicament about which direction I should steer this blog and as a result have just abandoned it all together. 

I will try to blog more often, but I'm just not sure what about :S

25 December 2013

10 things that Arab parents do

They're awesome but they can do some odd things at times..

1. They insist on wrapping the TV remote controls in cling film.  

2. They break an egg onto new things. This can be anything from a new washing machine to a laptop to a car. If it hasn't been smeared in a bit of raw egg, something bad will happen to it. 

3. If you miss a couple of your mum's calls, she'll convince herself that you're either dead, kidnapped or in a hospital bed somewhere. 

4. They will get offended when you correct their English and continue to use the wrong pronunciation, sometimes I think deliberately.. 

5. They will never let you go to sleepovers or school trips that last longer than a day. 

6. They think it's strange and foreign that someone would ever study anything unrelated to science. And if you do, you might as well not go to university. 

7. They're casually racist and see absolutely nothing wrong with it when you question them about it. Politically correct is not something in their vocabulary.

8. The men love loudly arguing over discussing politics and religion at any kind of get-together.

9. Arab mums make the best food ever. And you best make sure you remind them of this at every dinner.

10. They're about as likely to let you marry a non-Arab as they are to letting you buy a non-German car. Highly unlikely. 

Well, that's just my parents but I'm pretty sure a lot of Arab parents do these things too. Of course this is just a bit of fun - I love them very much :)

11 December 2013

This date combination won't happen again for another 90 years.

I have nothing to blog about right now, but I obviously have to post something on such a memorable day, so here's a pretty picture :D

...clearly I never got around to getting a life since my last 'exciting date combination' post back on 12/12/12.. 

08 December 2013

"And walk not on the earth with conceit and arrogance. Verily, you can neither rend the earth, nor reach the mountains in height."

[Surat Al-Isra':37]

Random questions tag

Someone left this question tag in the comments section a couple of months ago. Better late than never..?

1. Would you rather be born a Muslim or covert and why? Born Muslim. Reverts sometimes have to deal with their families' not accepting them, and some leave Islam because they find it too intense starting everything at once without any support. I'd rather have Islam as part of my culture and upbringing. Besides, I think all born Muslims reach a point in their life when they have to either accept or reject the religion.  

2. Favourite book that is g-rated (suitable for young) The Harry Potter series.

3. If you won the lottery what would you do with it? Buy property. 

4. Most inspirational Muslimah you know. My mum! She's beautiful.

5. Number 1 thing you cannot leave home without. Keys?

6. Biggest problem faced as a Muslim teen. For me it was actually admitting that I'm a Muslim. That's kind of sad in hindsight.  

7. Coke or Pepsi? Cannot tell the difference. 

8. Chicken or beef? Chicken :P

9. Favourite ice cream flavour. Cookie dough.

10. Cooking or baking? Baking, mainly because I can't cook..

11. Perfect age for marriage (both girl and guy). This is different for everyone but for me it's always 5 years older than my age at any given time.. So 28?

12. Celebrity crush. Don't have one.

13. Christianity or Judaism. In which context..? If it's which one I prefer, they're both religions of Allah (swt) so I don't have a preference. 

14. What would you name your daughter? I'm not married so I haven't thought about baby names.. Plus I don't really want girls! 

15. What would you name your son? I love the name Harith.  

16. Colour that suits all skin tones. All colours suit all skin tones, it's finding the right shade that's important.

17. Your dream car. At the moment it's a hardtop Porsche Boxter. 

18. Characteristics your husband must have. Tall (over 5'9"), intellectual (IQ over 120), successful (over £35,000 PA), older (by 2-8 years), no previous extramarital relationships (0), prays (5 td). It would also be excellent if he does not have a Facebook page.

19. If you could change eye colour, hair colour and skin colour, what colours would you choose? I really like green eyes, but I wouldn't change anything else.

Hope you're all doing well :) 

26 November 2013

Gucci Boston review

It has been more than a year since I bought my Gucci Boston bag so I have decided to review it for anyone thinking of purchasing one. I find these reviews helpful when deciding whether or not to buy an expensive item. 

Customer service: Perhaps it was my bad luck but I ended up with the rudest, most unhelpful sales assistant ever. Not sure if this is because it was at Heathrow (terminal 3) and she was sick of tourists or something but she had a chip on her shoulder, and I would certainly not have put up with her crap service if I hadn't been getting the bag tax-free. No idea why some designer SAs act like they own the brand but moving on.. 


The style and size is pretty much the same as a Louis Vuitton Speedy 30. The main differences are that the Boston has more leather trim and the canvas is more like fabric than the Speedy canvas, making it less waterproof. I think the Speedy canvas is more durable overall.  

One of my favourite parts of the bag is actually the zip - it's excellent quality and makes the nicest sound when zipped xD

Although I have travelled with it, I have by no means used this as an everyday bag and it has already gotten some colour transfer from clothing. Boo. 

The leather has held up fairly well but there are some obvious scratches on the handle.  

It comes with a quality leather strap, but I rarely use it. 

There is a useful zipped pocket inside and two pouches for phone/keys etc; the fabric on the inside is cream, so is prone to get dirty.The bag itself is very well made and definitely feels like a luxury item. I know a lot of people are not keen on the 'in your face' monogram print but I personally love it. 

Value for money:

As the price goes up annually and I purchased it in duty-free last year, I paid less than the current online price of £700. Having used this bag for a year I do not think that it is worth £700, although I would probably be happy to pay the duty free price. 


Taking everything into consideration, I give this bag 7/10. I would recommend it if you can get it tax free, and you don't mind the potential for colour transfer or scratches on the leather. Despite it's drawbacks I think it's beautiful and it's still one of my favourite bags - I'm not planning to sell it any time soon!

Hope this review helped anyone thinking of getting this bag :)

17 November 2013

WTH has happened to hijabis on YouTube..?

People who have read my blog for a while will know that I am not particularly judgemental and I don't call people out on things in public but seriously - what on EARTH has happened to Muslim YouTubers?! 

Don't get me wrong, some of them are awesome but I cannot believe that it has become acceptable for Muslims to produce satirical videos about making the hijab 'sexy' or 'halal chat-up lines' or mocking videos about halal food or about having extramarital relations, all produced, edited and posted by Muslims. How on earth did we get to this level of acceptance towards mocking our own religion? To the point where the producers of these videos are congratulated, interviewed and loved by thousands of Muslims. Since when did it become okay and encouraged to make light of such serious topics? We as an Ummah are heading down a very slippery slope.

Once you start making light of a subject, even for a joke, it's seriousness will lessen until eventually you hold it in no regard at all. This is the way the shaytaan manipulates and deviates man and unfortunately we are making it all incredibly easy for him. 

I am not suggesting that Muslims should just get off YouTube but how about making useful videos? Not necessarily about Islam but about something that is positive or educational or comedy that is respectful and does not mock our way of life, or anyone else's. And definitely something that is not riddled with inappropriate language as I have seen on many Muslims' videos, and it looks ten times worse when hijabis do it. 

A word of advice: modesty and shyness (hayaa') are loved characteristics in Islam - they are beautiful and they beautify the person that possesses them. Please don't throw these traits away by mocking your own values for a cheap laugh. You should hold yourself and your beliefs in a much, much higher regard than that.

If you ask them, they declare: "We were only talking idly and joking." Say: "Was it at Allah, and His Ayat and His Messenger (SAW) that you were mocking?"