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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Contest and Giveaway

Yay! I am so happy to announce our first contest and giveaway from our new blog! We really wanted to go with something fun and uplifting for all of you sisters out there. I think that sometimes we can spend a lot of time thinking about why things are difficult for us and why we have to do something and what other people may be thinking about us and all of that is totally normal and totally understandable. I say we toss all of that out the window for a little while and look at everything from a much better angle. Our focus is going to be hijab. We all have our own hijab story and sometimes it is tough. . . worrying about fitting in if you live somewhere where muslims are the minority, worrying about how you look. . . feeling hot from time to time. I like many of you have felt those things and I also like many of you have come to a point where they just matter less and less. A big thing that helps me is the fact that I have stopped focusing on hijab as a duty or an obligation but have come to see it as something I want to do. My hijab is part of who I am. I have come to realize that Allah doesn't ask us to do things for His benefit , He doesn't put burdens on us but rather gives us gifts in our obligations. Keeping my salaat brings me closer to my Lord and offers me comfort and in every way is a benefit to me. So how can I look at my hijab in the same way ? My hijab is like a constant reminder I carry with me, places you shouldn't go and things you shouldn't be doing feel even a tad more shameful with your hijab there reminding you. A hijab also serves as a little flag that you are not someone available to be chatted up. . . it isn't some magic protection from bad people but it is a bit of discouragement from men who might otherwise feel comfortable trying to flirt with you (some might still try but in general the hijab creates a little bit of healthy distance). My hijab is a public and visible link to my community. Oh. . . and if I just don't want to talk to someone I can always pretend not to speak English and my hijab makes it believable . . . okay just kidding on that last one but maybe I should give it a try one day :).
   Okay down to business. I gave you a little bit about my feelings on hijab now I want to hear from some of you ladies out there. All you have to do is write a couple sentences on the topic listed below  and post them under this post. Don't forget to include your facebook name  or  email so we will be able  to contact you in case you are chosen as our winner.
    Many people look at hijab as a burden or a sign of oppression but for many of us hijab is more than a duty. It is a gift. In what ways has wearing hijab been a benefit to you? . . . and yep never worrying about a bad hair day counts too ;).
    We will select our favorite entry to receive a lovely hijab of their choice from our website.
Contest closes Febuary 28, 2013.
   I am so excited and look forward to reading your entries.  Please follow our blog for more fashion, fun, tips, and giveaways.

Have fun!
Salaam ladies.

12 comments:

  1. ASA,
    For me Hijab is an expression of love for Allah SWT, for He knows what is best for me. Women are so objectified these days, and wearing the hijab liberates me. Starting to wear hijab is a one step towards taqwa/ iman for me, it has made me comfortable in my own skin, alhumdulillah.
    The biggest benefit i experienced is that it constantly reminds me to be modest in my language, conversations, dealings, and attitude. It has refined me, and Insha'a Allah I hope for a bigger reward in the Akhira. Ameen.

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    1. Wow! Great answer. Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Siddiqa khan-facebook
      To me there are a lot of benefits of wearing the HIJAB, even cosmetically!
      I 'll tell u only. what i feel as:
      1- Bad guys usually don't try to tease u.
      2- You can protect yourself from unnecessary attention from
      males, esp, when going for shopping or in crowdy areas.
      3- As we know that our whole body plus face and hair are covered so we don't spend too much time on them before going somewhere........more time saved :-)
      4- People generally respect women wid hijab and try to help them whenever they ask ( i noticed it in my college, where boys usually tease the girls who are not in Hijab or don't cover them properly, while they show extra respect towards those who wear hijab and try to help them.......just my experience).
      5- Cosmetically, hijab protects our skin and hair from side effects of sun exposure......so better skin, better hair, no need to spend extra money on sun blocks and hair conditioners :-)
      6- As you wear hijab so you have to dress modestly and if you cover yourself wid abaya or gown, then less money and time spent on designing and buying of your clothes....money saved :-)

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  2. Assalamualaikum Sister, Allah is the best of planners. Hijab is an act of worship towards Allah in which we are obeying Him. Hijab is more than just a veil in fact hijab liberates me/us. It helps to protect us from the eyes of men. I started wearing hijab few years back and I remember making dua to Allah to help me obey Him, follow the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad, sass, and defeat shaytaan. I am the only one in my family who wears hijab. InshaAllah soon I will wear niqab. I also wear jilbabs/abayas and loves your selection/designs.
    Hijab is a blessing. I recently had a pacemaker/defibrillator put in my heart. In the hospital, I wasn't wearing hijab and felt protected of my body, rights, freedom. I did go out without hijab but I was sick with fever but needed to get something for my daughter. I can't wait to wear hijab full time again. It is such a beautiful gift from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. Kathy-Ann :)

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    1. Beautiful answer! Thank you for sharing and InshaAllah you will be in good health soon.

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  3. Asalamo Alayouikom , first of all , hijab, as my sisters said before, isn't just a vail to wear , it's a life style, which makes you more comfortable and more happy. It keeps us away from eyes'men. Women or girls who wear hijab are always respected by everyone, even if they aren't Muslims. There are a lot of women, men and NGOs who fight every day for this right . women wherever in world have the right to wear it. so why you and me don't fight to ? we must show the world that Muslims' women can express their opinion . finally, i want to thank you for this initiative.
    Shourouk Samy

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  4. Assalamualaykum,

    There are a lots of benefits that we receive if we're wearing a hijab. Basically Muslims women are just like any other women, they are school-goers, stay-at-home mums, teachers, doctors, babysitters, babysitter and a wife. Yet they are questions that often remain unanswered by some; Why do they cover their bodies and hair? Some might thought that the women’s beauties are for showing off to men and to attract men to them.
    A hijab is simply a curtain or veil to hide from view or conceal and the reason for this is because Allah has asked them to do so.

    ‘O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the believing women to draw their outer garments around them (when they go out or among men). That is better in order that they may be known (to be Muslims) and not annoyed….’ (Noble Quran 33:59)

    It’s true that in the earlier civilizations, the status of women was overlooked by men and that they were denied basic human dignity. Take for example during the Roman Civilization, a man had the right to take the life of his wife and that prostitution and nudity were common amongst the Roman. This is unjust to woman and when Islam came along, it uplifted the status of women and gave them equality. Islam does this by giving women the power to control how she is treated and respected in society. She deserves to control who deserves to see her beauty. She will then be evaluated for intelligence and skills instead of looks and sexuality.
    In addition, a Muslim woman’s Hijab allows the husband the honor of having a wife who finds him worthy enough to preserve herself only for him. In return he provides her with all that extra attention that every woman’s desires. This also satisfies the man’s natural instinct of admiring a woman’s beauty and thus he has greater motivation to avoid ’checking out’ random women and to lower his gave. This results in the reduction of the number of rape cases for a particular country depending on the Muslims population.
    Allah S.W.T has sent Islam (A way of life) that is complete to all of us. He wants the best for us and also expects the best from us. So the divine law must be followed at all time and submitting to His commandments is in itself a form of worship. This is the only way for us to show that we’re thankful and grateful to what he has given us. Thus we do not display our beauty simply because it is the command from Him (Our almighty lord) because he knows best what’s good and what’s bad for us. Believe in him and you’ll never be lead astray. Consequently Jannah will be your place in the afterlife.
    For me, Hijab is my protection from all those men out there and I’ll never feel ashamed just because I wear Hijab. Hijab have filled me with dignity and self-esteem. I don’t care what they say to me and no matter what I’ll stick up to my believe because I love Allah, the prophet and Islam. Thus I love my Hijab!
    #Thank you for giving me this opportunity to express my thoughts and opinion on this matter and verily Allah knows best!

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  5. Assalamualaykum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh
    For me Hijaab is my Freedom. I love how Islam has given Muslim women Liberation through Hijaab. I can have a bad hair day.. The only people whom I can Show myself to are the People that love and respect me I.E my Mahrams. Hijaab is my identity and no matter what people say I will always Love it to the point where without it I am lost and I feel bare. So for those who listen to the media and stereotypes that say Muslim women are oppressed ill say why dont you ask A Muslim women? And they will tell you that they are infact the opposite.. Liberated and free! Hijaab Is My Life and Hijaab identifies me as A muslim woman Alhamdulillah!

    Email: zaynab1794@googlemail.com

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  6. Aslam o alaikum wr wb!
    For me hijab is the way to get closer to our Creator(SWT)...and get rid from all harms of the society...
    Email: dr.mona23@gmail.com

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  7. Assalamu alaikum wr wb sister,

    first of all thank you for allowing us the chance to express ourselves.
    I have worn the hijab since i was probably 15 or 16, and it was initially done because everyone in my family did. But they say, with age comes wisdom.
    For me now, the hijab is an integral part of me.
    First of all it reawakens in me my identity as a muslim:)I know i answer to Allah alone for my good and bad, and judgement that matters to me comes from Him alone. So it does not matter to me what my classmates ask, or how hijab is viewed in my country.

    I live in a country which is supposedly multicultural but since of late, the anti Islamic vitriol has spread here as well.

    Another benefit is for me to be able to stand up for my community, because by wearing the hijab i'm showing solidarity to my fellow muslim brothers and sisters and hopefully inspire other sisters not to let go of the hijab and stay strong.

    As you said, wearing the hijab actually sets me apart as someone who should be dealt with for my opinion and intellect and not just looks. I have noticed that there is a greater level of respect and it is a reminder for myself as well to keep my speech and actions within the permitted boundaries because i don't want to do something that will be displease Allah,and bring shame to my muslim community.

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    1. email: extremelyanno@hotmail.com, fb name: Shake maj:)

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  8. i remember in my teenage years my father asking me to put my scarf on my head and not around my neck. and what did this foolish person do? i got it from my neck and threw it on the floor as an act of rebellion. i didnt 'get' my religious parents and was the odd one out. when you feel you dont belong even in your own family- well thats a terrible burden to carry. the emptiness inside is hard to handle.you feel like you are an orphan when you are not and people cannot understand your pain.but allah blessed me immensely years later when i got in touch with a greatly pious person (a scholar). i have never seen such sincerity in anyone.he introduced me to islam with such understanding and gentleness. the same person who threw her scarf has now done umrah, wears hijab full time, doesnt listen to music and is now in process of doing all their Qaza salahs. alhamdulillah allah has shown me the light and now i wouldnt ever consider taking my hijab off for anything!

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