Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said:
25 September 2014
- May this brave woman rest in peace -
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.
13 September 2014
10 September 2014
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
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
The global silence of the Sunni sect is defeaning. Considering it is those of the 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
5. Toy Story (1995) - no commentary necessary.
5. Toy Story (1995) - no commentary necessary.
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.
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.
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!
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.
22 August 2014
10 August 2014
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.
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
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)
Prophet Muhammed (S)
24 April 2014
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
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..
06 April 2014
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.
29 March 2014
02 February 2014
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