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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Khimar Online: Its finally here! Khimar's new collection!

Khimar Online: Its finally here! Khimar's new collection!: Our new collection at Khimar Online varies from embroidered paisley to lace. This new collection features a turn from the usual Autumn/winte...

Its finally here! Khimar's new collection!

Our new collection at Khimar Online varies from embroidered paisley to lace. This new collection features a turn from the usual Autumn/winter fashion. We've incorporated lighter and brighter colours, which has been a highlight of the latest fashion.


This Bersli abaya displays a unique paisley embroidery on the skirt and cuffs. It's made of fine quality nida and exhibits a flutter style silhouette. We designed this abaya so that it really sets aside from the everyday black abaya, which can be demonstrated in the teal and gold embroidery.


This Kirsche Abaya is definitely another favourite of ours! The colour of this abaya is burgundy with a touch of jet black detailing. The single breasted buttons and the detailed cuffs add a timeless touch.  The material is made from cotton jersey fabric so if you're looking for comfort then this abaya is easily for you. We recommend you pair this abaya with a black handbag and black shoes to finish the look!


Who said bright colours cant be worn in Autumn? This cotton tunic is designed from cotton and feels like a feather. It features a pink button placket and a lilac lace bodice. The cuffs are decorated with a lilac floral pattern, perfect for those girly girls. We would definitely add a dark pink bag to match the dark pink detailing in the tunic. 


You can never go wrong with a black abaya and that is why we created this simple black abaya with a touch of glam. Designed from fine quality nida, this stunning abaya appears with a flare silhouette and crystal embellished sleeves. This abaya should undeniably be kept for those special occasions! 


Can we just take a moment to appreciate how flattering this abaya is! This bottle green colour will definitely not hurt your wardrobe and is suitable for any weather. The neckline and cuffs are decorated with a subtle red and bronze embroidery. You can wear this abaya wherever you want, be it a special occasion or to the work place. This abaya is made from linen material and is cleverly designed with 8 panel, to add a feminine flair.


We have introduced a new range of crystal hijab pins ranging from every colour and style to suit your fashion needs. This set consists of two crystal parts which include a unique gold decoration. The diameter of the crystals is the perfect size, sizing at 12mm and 6mm. These hijab pins will brighten any outfit! 


We created these dangling hijab pins in almost every colour! This hijab pin features three pearl and a encrusted acrylic drop, finished with a silver victorian frame. This hijab pin can be styled with any outfit, just choose a colour that compliments your style! Check Khimar's hijab pin section at http://www.khimaronline.co.uk/25-hijab-pins to view the full range of Khimar's beautiful hijab pins.


We hope you loved our new collection, just as much as we loved it! Don't forget to tell us what you think of our new collection. We love to hear your opinions and your ideas for our future designs! 

- The Khimar Team


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Halal Mineral Cosmetics for Eyes:

Our Ethical Beauty Mineral Makeup will revolutionise your perception of makeup. Don't compromise with synthetic colours and chemicals- enhance your natural beauty whilst improving skin with Khimar's 100% natural Mineral Cosmetics. Our Mineral Mascaras and Eye Liners are handmade using high performance mineral colours, organic oils and botanical extracts which nourish and protect skin whilst providing bursts of 100% natural colour. Get creative with buildable colours in sheer and matte shades. Enhance your natural beauty whilst nourishing & protecting skin.

Easy to apply •  Long lasting  •  Great for sensitive eyes •  Never clogs pores  •  Sheer & Matte Finishes  •  100% Vegan  •  No Animal Testing  •  Certified Halal

Our Mineral Makeup for eyes is made using only the purest mineral colours, Organic oils, Vitamins and Plant waxes to provide high performance cosmetics that nourish and protect and never irritate skin. Great for very sensitive eyes and eyes that water easily due to the purity of our ingredients.

Always Free From: nano particles, parabens, bismuth oxychloride, talc, formaldehyde, mineral oils, fillers, gluten, alcohol, fragrance, preservatives & GM ingredients.





Monday, January 27, 2014

Cotton Scarves

Brand new additions to Khimar’s wide range of scarves are 100% Cotton Jersey Scarves and 100% Cotton Printed Scarves with subtle Crinkles.

You may feel 100% cotton jersey scarves are not so slim and stretchable as viscose scarves but 100% cotton jersey scarves and 100% cotton printed scarves have many advantages to them than the synthetic fabric scarves. Today at Khimar Blog we talk about how this wonderful fabric can bring benefit to our lovely sisters observing hijab most of the day by covering their head and hair.

The Cotton Scarf is a perfect day-to-day accessory that matches nicely with every day hijab. Scarves are made of various fabrics and out of all the material cotton is choice of millions. A scarf made from pure cotton yarn provides superior comfort and is simply the best for people with sensitive or allergic skin as cotton is Hypoallergenic. The cotton doesn’t cause irritation rather it is a breathable fabric which cools the skin and hair. Probably for this reason, scarves made of 100% cotton yarn are good for those who experience hot flashes during summer and also keep you warm in winter giving maximum protection from cold chills.
Muslimah of all ages use scarves to cover their heads. Main purpose of covering our head (a part of Awrah) is to observe hijab as Allah سبحانه و تعالى has instructed all the Muslimah.

Wearing a cotton scarf as your hijab has many advantages as this fabric doesnt constrict the hair or the skin. It provides enough space for the hair and skin to breathe instead. Cotton has natural filters which prevent dust and fine particles but allow the fresh air in. If you are looking for a scarf which you can wear anytime with every dress then purchase the scarf which is made of 100% cotton.  Cotton Scarves of any type prevents dust and grime from entering the hair. It also keeps the head safe from summer heat and winter chills. Cotton sticks to the head and provided uninterrupted protection from sun, air and moisture. If you are struggling with a hair loss problem then nothing can give you complete protection from hot sun, dry air and moisture like a cotton scarf.

At Khimar we try our utmost best to provide most natural products to make you feel comfortable while observing obligatory hijab. 

I have selected few of our lovely 100% cotton jersey scarves and 100% cotton printed scarves. You can buy them at http://www.khimaronline.co.uk/97-jersey-scarves and http://www.khimaronline.co.uk/118-100-cotton-scarves. Also these scarves are maxi scarves to add volume and more coverage as you wish.

Salaam ladies until my next blog. Hope you enjoyed reading this very informative article. J







Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rain – A Summary of Key Islamic Manners and Rulings
As the rain pours down, let’s take the opportunity to reflect on how Islām teaches us to interact with this great blessing. Islām should guide us in all of our affairs, so it is no surprise that there is a rich Islamic heritage of discussion and opinion in all areas where rain affects our worship and living. What follows is a reminder of some key manners and rulings mentioned by Muslim scholars about rain.

Rain as a Blessing

When we understand that all life is made from water, it should make us realize the importance of rain too. As Allāh, the Most High says: “And we made from water every living thing. Then will they not believe?”[Al-Anbiyāh: 30]

Without rain, there would be no life on earth. Through the water cycle, the water descending from the sky maintains life. As Allāh, the Most High reminds us: “And in the water which Allāh sends down from the sky and thereby gives life to the earth after its death.” [Al-Baqarah:164]

The benefits of this rain are not limited to the land given life, but ultimately this also becomes sustenance for us in the form of agriculture and livestock. Allāh the Most High, reminds us: “And he has sent down water from the sky to bring forth fruits for your provision.”[Al-Baqarah:22]

Allāh has even made this water pure for us so we can use it to fulfil our responsibilities to Him. As Allāh the Most High says: “And He sent down rain from the skies to cleanse you.”[ Al-Anfāl:11] Of course, there are other benefits of rain, like how Allāh has made it descend from above, so that it irrigates naturally and effectively across vast areas of land. All of this for free and no return.

Once we reflect upon these benefits, we will recognize that it is Allāh that has given us these blessings and no one else. This recognition should drive us to thank Him and worship Him with deeper love and awe. As the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) explained to his companions when they had a night of heavy rain: “Do you know what your Lord has said?” They replied: “Allāh and His Messenger know better.” Upon this he (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) remarked, “He has said: ‘Some of My slaves have entered the morning as my believers and some as unbelievers. He who said: We have had a rainfall due to the Grace and Mercy of Allāh, believes in Me and disbelieves in the stars; and he who said: We have had a rainfall due to the rising of such and such star, disbelieves in Me and affirms his faith in the stars.”‘[ Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Bukhārī 4147]

Here the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) was teaching his companions to attribute the blessings of rain to Allāh and no one else. We should therefore recognise the real provider of this rain, and strive to do further good deeds and show our gratefulness for the favours that Allāh has bestowed upon us.

Rain as a Punishment

In general, rain is a blessing but Allāh the Most High has also used rain to punish nations who chose to disobey His commands. These stories are mentioned in the Qur’ān, whereby the people of Nūḥ, [Al-Qamar:8-12] Lūṭ,[ Al-’A`rāf:84] and `Ād[Al-Aḥqāf:24-25] were all destroyed by different forms of rain. Hence, this should be a reminder for us too. If Allāh punished them for their sins, then there is no guarantee that we are safe from his wrath either. This is why the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) would be weary when he saw dark clouds in the sky.

Once the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) saw a cloud gathering above, so this became visible on his face and he became concerned.  `Ā’ishah (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anha) said “O Messenger of Allāh, I see that when the people see a cloud they are happy, because they hope it will bring rain, but I see that when you see a cloud, it is clear from your face that you do not like it.” He (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) replied, “O `Ā’ishah, how can I be sure that there is no punishment in it, for some people were punished by the wind, and some people saw their punishment but said, ‘This is a cloud bringing us rain!’[Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim: 899]

 The Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) was referring to the people of `Ād as mentioned in the following verse: “And when they saw it as a cloud approaching their valleys, they said, “This is a cloud bringing us rain!” Rather, it is that for which you were impatient: a wind containing a painful punishment.”[Al-Aḥqāf: 46:24]

The above narration teaches us that rain is a blessing but should also act as a reminder of what happened to previous nations that chose to disobey the commands of Allāh. This should make us reflect on our deeds and assess if we are repeating the sins of nations before us.

Part Three: Recommended Actions Linked to Rain

The best of examples and a guide for mankind, the Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) performed various actions during times of rain that are now a precedent for us to follow and imitate. Some of these recommended actions are opportunities to increase in reward, so we should be keen to apply them when possible.

To supplicate for the rain to be beneficial 

As mentioned, Allāh can send rain for different reasons. Hence the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) would supplicate to Allāh to provide rainfall that was beneficial and brought mercy. `Ā’ishah (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anha) relates that when the Prophet  (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) would see clouds gathering in the sky’s horizon, he would leave what he was doing even if in prayer and say: “Oh Allāh! I seek refuge in you from its evils.” [“Allāhumma innī ‘authu bika min sharriha”]

Then if it actually rained, he (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) would say: “Oh Allāh! (Make it) a copious harmless rain.”[ ”Allāhumma ṣayyiban hanī’ā”- Both supplications are mentioned in the same narration as recorded by Abū Dāwūd and authenticated by Al-Albānī in Ṣaḥīḥ Sunan Abī Dāwūd: 5099.] In another narration, he (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) is reported as saying: “Oh Allāh! (Make it) a copious beneficial rain.”[  ”Allāhumma ṣayyiban nāfi’an”- Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmi` of Al-Albānī: 4725]

It is also narrated that the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) would say ‘Mercy’ when the rain would fall. When the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) was teaching his companions about their real Sustainer, he advised them of the correct statement to say, as follows: “We have been given rain by Allāh’s mercy, by Allāh’s sustenance and by Allāh’s grace.”[ ”Muṭirna bifaḍlillah wa raḥmatihi wa birizqillah wa bifaḍlillah” – Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim: 899 (Complete narration found in footnote 9)]

If it is feared that the rain will bring harm, then it is sunnah (recommended) to say: “O Allāh! (Make it) around us and not upon us.”[”Allāhumma hawlaynā wa lā ‘alaynā.”] Or the complete version: “O Allāh! (Make it) around us and not upon us. O Allāh! (Make it) upon the plateaus, the mountains, the hills, the valleys and the places where trees grow.”[ ”Allāhumma hawlaynā wa lā ‘alaynā. Allāhumma ‘alal-’akāmi wadh-dhirābi, wa butūnil-’awdiyati, wa manabitish-shajari” – Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Bukhārī: 6093 and Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim: 897]
This is how the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) supplicated in the famous story related by Anas (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anhu), where a Bedouin complained about the drought in Madinah to the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) whilst he was delivering the Friday sermon (khuṭbah). The Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) raised his hands high and supplicated on the pulpit till the rain poured down. This downpour continued for a whole week whereby the same Bedouin then asked the Prophet to make it stop; as it had ruined the crops, made the livestock die and the roads to become blocked. So the Prophet (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) raised his hands again and supplicated for it to be spread around the city as in the supplication above.[See Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Bukhārī: 1013 and Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim: 897 for the complete narrations.]

To Feel the Rainfall

The scholars said it is sunnah to physically feel the wetness of the rain on your body as `Anas b. Mālik (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anhu) narrated in the following prophetic narration (ḥadīth): “We were with Allāh’s Messenger (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) when rain fell upon us. Allāh’s Messenger opened up his garment a bit so that the rain could touch his skin. We asked: “O Messenger of Allāh, why do you do this?” He replied: “Because it just recently came from its Lord.””[Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim: 898.]

To Make Extra Supplications as it is a Time when the Supplication is Answered

Sahl b. S`ad narrated: The Messenger of Allāh (Ṣallāhu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “Two will not be rejected, the supplication when the call (adhān) is made, and at the time of the rain.”[ Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Jāmi`: 3078]

Imām Ash-Shāfi`ī also narrates in his book Al-Umm: “Seek response to your du`ā (supplication) when the armies meet (in battle), when the prayer is called (i.e. adhān) and when the rain falls.”[Authenticated by Al-Albānī and recorded in Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Jāmi’: 1026]

On this topic, Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah said: “The supplication is answered during rainfall, [Although there is discussion about the authenticity of the aḥādīth on this issue, the view was also mentioned by An-Nawawī in his Majmū`,  Ibn Qudāmah in Al-Mughnī and Ibn al-Qayyim in Wābil Al-Ṣayyib.] When the battle starts, when the adhān (call to prayer) and iqāmah (call to commence) are given, at the end of the prayers, when prostrating, when fasting, when in a state of travel and when oppressed and so on. All of this is narrated in well-known aḥādīth in the books of Ṣaḥīḥ and Sunan. Likewise the supplication is answered in the sacred areas of Makkah such as `Arafah, Muzdalifah and Minā, as well as supplications in mosques in general. The more a mosque has virtue, such as the three sacred mosques (Makkah, Madīnah and Jerusalem), the better prayers and supplications are in them.”[ Majmū` Al-Faṭāwā, Vol.27 Pg.129-130]

To Remember Allāh when Hearing Thunder

It is reported that when `Abd Allāh b. Az-Zubayr (RaḍiAllāhu ‘anhu) heard thunder, he would stop talking and say: “Exalted is the One whom {The thunder proclaims His praise, as well as the angels in awe of Him}”[Ar-Ra`d: 13]

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Why do they take turns?

Stylish Mommy

    I will just start by pointing out some of our beautiful new abayas that are perfect for busy mommies (which means all mommies I think) who still want to look put together and stylish.  We have all had those moments where we have felt exhausted and frustrated but hey, at least we don't have to look that way :).

    Anyway, I was thinking about this title "Why do they take turns?" . . . maybe I should have said thank goodness they take turns. I have noticed this phenomenon with my kids and kind of with kids in general. Okay, occasionally do just explode at the same time but in general the little ones seem to take turns with the crying, whining, begging and general bad behavior. While one kid burst into a full on tantrum the others seem to sit by with angelic little faces as if they have never taken part in such uncouth behavior ( but they have and will again :) ). Just the other day I was in the car with my sister in-law as her little one burst into a crying fit. I could just feel it how nervous and uncomfortable she was. Man I have been there many a time. I have a little one who is pretty much a professional at throwing tantrums in public. I have had to hang my head in shame and slink out of many a store in my day. I told her that too. Calm down, don't worry and I'm pretty sure it is going to be my kid kicking and screaming on the way home while yours is kicked back and relaxing.  . . And Yep, I spoke the truth. My kid sat quietly looking at hers scream on one direction of the ride and then her little one repaid the favor by sitting quietly while mine screamed bloody murder on the way home. I don't know why they take turns . . . but they do :).

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Halal Mineral Cosmetics for Lips:

Our Ethical Beauty Mineral Makeup will revolutionise your perception of makeup. Don't compromise with synthetic colours and chemicals- enhance your natural beauty with our 100% natural Mineral Cosmetics. Our Lipsticks and Glosses are handmade using high performance mineral colours, organic oils and botanical extracts which nourish and protect your lips whilst providing bursts of 100% natural colour. Provides buildable colour in sheer and matte shades. Enhance your natural beauty whilst nourishing & protecting skin.

Easy to apply •  Long lasting  •  Great for sensitive skin  •  Never clogs pores  •  Sheer & Matte Finishes  •  100% Vegan  •  No Animal Testing  •  Certified Halal

Khimar's Lipsticks and Glosses are made with only the purest 100% natural mineral colours, Organic oils, Vitamins and Plant waxes to nourish lips and protect from dryness. Great for very sensitive skin.

Always Free From: nano particles, parabens, bismuth oxychloride, talc, formaldehyde, mineral oils, fillers, gluten, alcohol, fragrance, preservatives & GM ingredients.

Shop the range at http://www.khimaronline.co.uk/21-cosmetics


 

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