19 December 2014

6 places in the world I'd love to see!

I'm currently waiting for my Microsoft Office to hurry up and download so in the meantime I thought I'd do a little travel wish list :)

6. New York

I'd do shopping, Statue of Liberty, Gossip Girl tour, Times Square, Central Park and the museums :D


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5. Paris

Although I live so close in the UK, I've never actually been to France. If I went I'd go to Paris and do all the typical touristy things.


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4. Faroe Islands

200 miles north of Scotland, I've always found this tiny Danish island collection interesting. It has a population of 50,000 and is known for its puffins. It reminds me of a place that would be in Middle Earth. I'd love to go there one day.



3. Tianzi Mountains, China

Google the photos, they speak for themselves. Would love to see these mountains in real life, they look incredible. 

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2. Turkey

Love the architecture of Turkish mosques. I would definitely check out the markets and beaches too.

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1. Socotra

Socotra looks like its on another planet, this is my absolute number one place that I really want to visit at some point in my life. It has nearly 700 species of plants and trees found no where else on earth, amazing!


Where are the places you'd like to travel to?

30 November 2014

Book review: Apocalypsis series


I recently finished reading the Apocalypsis 4 book series by Elle Casey and wanted to give it a quick review.

The books are about an apocalyptic world where a deadly, unknown virus wipes out all the adults and children leaving just adolescents on Earth. It is set in America and is written from the point of view of the main character, Bryn, a 17 year old girl and talented fighter.

As they use up the food and resources, some resort to stealing, violence and cannibalism to survive as they do not know how to sustain themselves by growing crops or raising livestock. Bryn then sets out with her neighbour, Peter, and Bodo, a German boy they meet on the road, to escape from the cannibals and start a new life somewhere else - the books follow them on their journey. 

Things I liked about the series -
- Good storyline idea
- Fairly fast-paced 
- Some very well developed characters, I was especially impressed by the way she portrayed Coli and Brittany - both girls with mental illnesses. 
- Some excellently described scenes in the book, especially books 2 and 3

Things I didn't like -
- Written in first person, I much prefer more descriptive 3rd person writing as I feel it sets the scene much better; 3rd person would have suited this storyline a lot better. 
- In some parts the writing was sloppy and rushed, I spotted a handful of grammatical errors in the 4th book.
- The author would drag out some scenes, over-describing the most mundane interactions.
- Extreme feminist undertones. 
- Perhaps the thing I disliked the most about this series was how the author developed the character Bodo over the entire 4 books, he was one of the major characters and yet she didn't tell the reader what happens to him in the end. I'm all for a good cliff-hanger but I wouldn't even call it that. She does a little '5 year later' epilogue at the end and he isn't even mentioned in it whereas the other two protagonists are, as well as some less important characters. It looks like she was in a rush to get the book out, if she'd just put a little more effort into the ending to tie everything together nicely it would have given a lot more reader satisfaction.

Overall, if you're into dystopian novels I would recommend it for the interesting storyline, but if you're expecting something beautifully written with an intricately structured storyline I wouldn't bother.

Rating 3/5

03 November 2014

My favourite Blair Waldorf outfits!


I've recently watched the entire series of Gossip Girl after a friend wouldn't stop raving about it and I fell in love with Blair Waldorf and her style. Here are some of my favourite outfits from the show.


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Hope you enjoyed! Now I'm in dire need of some ponchos..
xo xo StylishMuslimah

29 October 2014

Hijab Review: Scarves Closet


Sorry for being MIA recently, my new job is shift work and I've pulled the short straw and ended up with loads of night shifts these last couple of weeks. 

I'm here today with a hijab review, not a regular thing on this blog but I liked the look of this site. It's a new site set up in England selling a range of scarves. I was sent the 'Azalea Ombre Paisley' scarf for review:


Dimensions: 180cm by 80cm. This is a pretty standard hijab size, enough to add folds etc, but not a maxi scarf. 

Material: 50% cotton, 50% viscose giving it a lightweight, soft feel. This combination makes for a great summer headscarf as it's more breathable than a fully viscose scarf (which I dread!).


Colours: Cute pastel colours that fade into each other, with a subtle paisley pattern. Nice summer scarf. So nice apparently that my mum has nicked it. 



Packaging: Loved it!


Price: £7.50. I've compared this with other ombre scarves out there and the price is reasonable.

If you want you can support this new business by checking out their fun collection of scarves here. :)

04 October 2014

Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said:

“If you see the black flagsthen remain on the ground and do not move a hand or a leg (do not get involved with them). A group of weaklings will appear, their hearts like iron. They are the owners of the state. They fulfill neither a contract nor a covenant. They call to the truth, but they are not its people. Their names are a kunya (i.e. 'abu'..) and their lineage are a town (i.e. Baghdad). Their hair is like the hair of womenDo this until they differ in it between themselves; Allah will Give the right to whomever He desires.” 

[Imam Nu’aym ibn Hammad, Kitab al-Fitan]



RIP Alan Henning, a truly compassionate man who dedicated his life to helping others, ironically and sadly, Muslims. 

25 September 2014

Samira Salih al-Nuaimi

- May this brave woman rest in peace -

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I recently heard of the sickening news of the 5-day torture and public murder of an Iraqi lawyer in ISIS-occupied Mousel, Iraq. She was apparently sentenced by a "SHARIA" court as a punishment for apostasy because she criticised their destruction of religious sites on Facebook. You can read more about the story here

What I find horrific about ISIS is that they honestly think that by killing people, controlling women and destroying everything around them that they will be rewarded with "72 virgins" in heaven. Really.....?!!!! Anyone is totally delusional if they think that is what heaven would be about, or even contain. Honestly, they really had better enjoy life while they can because they are going straight to hell, where hopefully they'll have burning hot stalagmites shoved right up their backsides. 

10 September 2014

Wishlist!

Well, more of a shopping list :D


A new laptop!! I'm thinking of jumping on the MacBook bandwagon as the reviews are really good and it looks cool but I'm not sure if it's worth it. Does anyone know of any good alternatives? I'm not studying anymore and have an iPad so only use my laptop for the internet, watching films and occasionally games and word processing. I've seen laptops for a couple hundred pounds with good reviews but I'm not sure. I currently have a Sony Vaio which served me well through university but it's dying on me :'(


Armani Mania perfume. One of the nicest perfumes I've ever smelt! I've re-bought it twice and need to stock up again.


Benefit They're Real mascara. If you're looking for the best mascara ever made, look no further. I've tried manyyy mascaras in my time and this is by far the best. Again, I need to repurchase.


Work clothes! Sooo alhamduli'Allah I got a job recently which insha'Allah I'll be starting in a couple of weeks (eek!). And a new job means a new wardrobe, right? I am planning to go on a *little* shopping spree next week. Maybe I'll show you guys the stuff in a haul post :D


A silver watch. I'm really liking this one. I have it in gold but it looks just as awesome in silver..



This River Island peplum jacket.. I LOVE it! Hope it's still in stock next time I'm there!



A cat ^-^ I actually really want a puppy but the rents wouldn't ever let me. Cats are the next best thing though and they're so bloody cute!


Ahhhhhh!!! Cuteness overload!!

Anyway! Does anyone have any laptop recommendations? Or shall I just get a MacBook?

02 September 2014

Rest in peace Steven Sotloff.

The global silence of the Sunni sect is defeaning. Considering it is those of the extreme Sunni sect who are committing these atrocious acts of murder in Iraq and Syria I would have thought there would be an uproar around the world of Sunnis condemning ISIS. But apparently it's only fashionable to wear Gaza wristbands and condemn Starbucks these days.

I hope Allah (swt) grants Steven Sotloff, and everyone else murdered by ISIS, martyrdom. Insha'Allah the end is near for ISIS and all those who support them, be it openly or in their hearts.

24 August 2014

My top 6 favourite films of all time!

6. The Help (2011) almost as good as the book. Excellent actors all round.

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5. Toy Story (1995) - no commentary necessary.
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4. Harry Potter (2001-2011) - the books are definitely better, but the films are pretty awesome! I'm sort of glad that Chris Columbus only directed the first two; I like David Yates' take on the last four films the most. Although at times some of the acting was a bit wooden I think Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Micheal Gambon and Helena Bonham Carter always did an excellent job.

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3. Atonement (2007) - a heart-wrenching, beautiful love story. I think what really makes this a great film is the excellent choice of actors, especially the child and young-adult Bryony.

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2. The Hobbit (2012-2013) - Desolation of Smaug and An Unexpected Journey. I was happy when I heard that Peter Jackson (director of The Lord of the Rings) was directing these films, I knew then that they'd be amazing and they did not disappoint. I cannot wait until December for The Battle of Five Armies to come out!

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1. The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) - I've lost count of how many times I've watched these films and I'm still not sick of them. I can't fault a single moment in the entire trilogy, or any of the actors - I love it all :D If I had to pick one as my favourite, it would probably The Fellowship of The Ring.

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It was quite difficult reducing it down to just 6 as there's loads more that I like but these are definitely ones I've watched at least several times :D What are your favourite films of all time?

22 August 2014

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)