Presenting…..the first Nigerian Fashion line for Muslimahs!!!

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Yep, you heard right!!! The very first indigenous fashion line for muslimahs in Nigeria! This wonderful and completely breath taking initiative is called the Hanie Collection by the stylish and fabulous Haneefah Adam. She’s also the brain behind the muslimah’s lifestyle blog, Muslimahanie.

What strikes you immediately you take a first look at the pieces in this debut collection is the simple elegance and edginess they portray which totally screams ‘Avant-guarde!’ They include exotic abayahs, chic tunic tops, flowy skirts, maxi shawls and hijabs, acessories…..*sigh* And of course, modesty and adherence to Islamic regulations on female dressing have not been compromised at all. And the icing on the cake? There is an online store where you can easily order and what’s more? They deliver nationwide! You can also make online payment through Paga. Click here to learn more about how Paga works. Card + Hanie + $Kerching N! =…

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Welcoming Ramadan

Salam alaikum warahmatullah 🙂

Its no news that Ramadan is already knocking on our doors… I pray Allah make us use the holy month to its full potential. I came across “Some Common Mistakes in Ramadaan” and I thought to share it… The
list is a bit too long but worth reading, please read it till end. You will be rewarded for it 😉

1 : Taking Ramadaan as a ritual
For many of us Ramadaan has lost its spirituality and has
become more of a ritual than a form of Ibaadah. We
fast from morning to night like a zombie just because
everyone around us is fasting too. We forget that its a
time to purify our hearts and our souls from all evil….we
forget to make dua, forget to beseech Allaah to forgive
us and ask Him to save us from the Fire. Sure we stay
away from food and drink but that’s about all.
Although the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Jibreel said to me, May Allaah rub his nose in the dust,
that person to who Ramadaan comes and his sins are not
forgiven, and I said, Ameen.
Then he said, May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that
person who lives to see his parents grow old, one or
both of them, but he does not enter Paradise (by not
serving them) and I said, Ameen.
Then he said, May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that
person in whose presence you are mentioned and he
does not send blessings upon you, and I said, Ameen.’”
(Tirmidhi, Ahmad, others. Saheeh by al-Albaani)
2 : Too much stress on food and drink
For some people, the entire month of Ramadaan
revolves around food. They spend the ENTIRE day
planning, cooking, shopping and thinking about only food,
instead of concentrating on Salaah, Quraan and other
acts of worship. All they can think of is FOOD. So much
so that they turn the month of fasting into the month
of feasting. Come Iftaar time, their table is a sight to
see, with the multitudes and varieties of food, sweets
and drinks. They are missing the very purpose of fasting,
and thus, increase in their greed and desires instead of
learning to control them. It is also a kind of waste &
extravagance.
“…..and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance,
certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who
waste by extravagance) ” [al-Araaf :31]
3 : Spending all day cooking
Some of the sisters (either by their own choice or
forced by their husbands) are cooking ALL day and ALL
night, so that by the end of the day, they are too tired
to even pray Ishaa, let alone pray Taraweeh or Tahajjud
or even read Quraan. This is the month of mercy and
forgiveness. So turn off that stove and turn on your
Imaan!
4 : Eating too much
Some people stuff themselves at Suhoor until they are
ready to burst, because they think this is the way to not
feel hungry during the day and some people eat at
Iftaar, like there is no tomorrow, trying to make up for
the food missed. However, this is completely against the
Sunnah. Moderation is the key to everything.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The son
of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach;
for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to
keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third
for food, one-third for drink and one-third for
air.” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah. saheeh by al-Albaani).
Too much food distracts a person from many deeds of
obedience and worship, makes him lazy and also makes
the heart heedless.
It was said to Imam Ahmad: Does a man find any softness
and humility in his heart when he is full? He said, I do not
think so.
5 : Sleeping all day
Some people spend their entire day (or a major part of
it) sleeping away their fast. Is this what is really required
of us during this noble month? These people also are
missing the purpose of fasting and are slaves to their
desires of comfort and ease. They cannot bear to be
awake and face a little hunger or exert a little self-
control. For a fasting person to spend most of the day
asleep is nothing but, negligence on his part.
6 : Wasting time
The month of Ramadaan is a precious, precious time, so
much so that Allaah calls this month “Ayyamum
Madoodaat” (A fixed number of days). Before we know
it, this month of mercy and forgiveness will be over. We
should try and spend every moment possible in the
worship of Allaah so that we can make the most of this
blessing. However, there are some of us who waste
away their day playing video games, or worse still,
watching TV, movies or even listening to music. Subhaan
Allaah! Trying to obey Allaah by DISOBEYING him!
7 : Fasting but not giving up evil
Some of us fast but do not give up lying, cursing,
fighting, backbiting, etc. and some of us fast but do not
give up cheating, stealing, dealing in haraam, buying lotto
tickets, selling alcohol, fornication, etc. and all kinds of
impermissible things without realizing that the purpose
of fasting is to not stay away from food and drink;
rather the aim behind it is to fear Allaah.
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it
was prescribed for those before you, that you may
become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)” [al-Baqarah 2:183]
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Whoever does not give up false speech and acting
upon it, and ignorance, Allaah has no need of him giving up
his food and drink.” (Bukhaari)
8 : Smoking
Smoking is forbidden in Islam whether during Ramadaan
or outside of it, as it is one of al-Khabaaith (evil things).
And this includes ALL kinds of smoking material eg.cigars,
cigarettes, pipes, sheesha, hookah etc.
“he allows them as lawful At Tayyibaat (all good and
lawful things), and prohibits them as unlawful Al
Khabaa’ith (all evil and unlawful things) [al-Araaf :157]
It is harmful, not only to the one smoking, but also to the
ones around him. It is also a means of wasting ones
wealth.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “There
should be no harming or reciprocating harm.”
This is especially true during fasting and it invalidates the
fast. (Fatwa -Ibn Uthaymeen)
9 : Skipping Suhoor
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Eat
suhoor for in suhoor there is blessing.”(Bukhaari, Muslim).
And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The thing that
differentiates between our fasting and the fasting of
the People of the Book is eating suhoor.” (Muslim)
10 : Stopping Suhoor at Imsaak
Some people stop eating Suhoor 10-15 minutes earlier
than the time of Fajr to observe Imsaak.
Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen said: This is a kind of bidah
(innovation) which has no basis in the Sunnah. Rather the
Sunnah is to do the opposite. Allaah allows us to eat until
dawn: “and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of
dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread
(darkness of night)” [al-Baqarah 2:187]
And the Prophet (pbuh) said: “….eat and drink until you
hear the adhaan of Ibn Umm Maktoom, for he does not
give the adhaan until dawn comes.”
This imsaak which some of the people do is an addition
to what Allaah has prescribed, so it is false. It is a kind of
extremism in religion, and the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi
wa Sallam) said:
“Those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go
to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes
are doomed.” (Muslim)
11 : Not fasting if they missed Suhoor
Some people are too scared to fast if they miss
Suhoor. However, this is a kind of cowardice and love of
ease. What is the big deal if you missed a few morsels
of food? Its not like you will die. Remember, obedience
to Allaah overcomes everything.
12 : Saying the intention to fast out loud or saying
a specific dua to start fasting
The intention is an action of the heart. We should
resolve in our heart that we are going to fast tomorrow.
That is all we need. It is not prescribed by the Shariah
for us to say out loud, “I intend to fast”, “I will fast
tomorrow” or other phrases that have been innovated
by some people. Also, there is no specific dua to be
recited at the time of starting the fast in the correct
Sunnah. Whatever dua you may see on some papers or
Ramadaan calendars, etc. is a Bidah.
13 : Delaying breaking fast
Some people wait until the adhaan finishes or even
several minutes after that, just to be on the safe side.
However, the Sunnah is to hasten to break the fast,
which means breaking fast whenever the adhaan starts,
right after the sun has set. Aaishah (RA) said: This is
what the Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa
Sallam) used to do. (Muslim)
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The
people will continue to do well so long as they hasten to
break the fast.” (Bukhaari, Muslim)
Determine to the best of your ability, the accuracy of
your clock, calendar, etc. and then have tawakkul on
Allaah and break your fast exactly on time.
14 : Eating continuously until the time for Maghrib is up
Some people put so much food in their plates when
breaking their fast and continue eating, enjoying dessert,
drinking tea, etc., until they miss Maghrib. That is
obviously not right. The Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh)
was that once he broke his fast with some dates, them
he would hasten to the prayer. Once you are done with
the prayer, you can always go back and eat some more if
you wish.
15 : Missing the golden chance of having your Dua
accepted
The prayer of the fasting person is guaranteed to be
accepted at the time of breaking fast.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Three
prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father, the
prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a
traveler.” (al-Bayhaqi, saheeh by al-Albaani).
Instead of sitting down and making Dua at this precious
time, some people forego this beautiful chance, and are
too busy frying samosas, talking, setting the food, filling
their plates and glasses, etc. Think about it….Is food
more important than the chance to have your sins
forgiven or the fulfillment of your Duas.
16 : Fasting but not praying
The fasting of one who does not pray WILL NOT BE
ACCEPTED. This is because not praying constitutes kufr
as the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Between a man and shirk and kufr there stands his giving
up prayer.” (Muslim)
In fact, NONE of his good deeds will be accepted;
rather, they are all annulled.
“Whoever does not pray Asr, his good deeds will be
annulled.” (Bukhaari)
17 : Fasting and not wearing Hijaab
Not wearing the Hijaab is a major sin as it is obligatory for
Muslim women. (See Surah Nur, Surah Ahzaab). So
fasting and not wearing hijaab certainly takes away
enormously from the rewards of fasting, even if does
not invalidate it.
18 : Not fasting because of exams or work
Exams or work is NOT one of the excuses allowed by
the Shariah to not fast. You can do your studying and
revision at night if it is too hard to do that during the day.
Also remember that pleasing and obeying Allaah is much
more important than good grades. Besides, if you will
fulfil your obligation to fast, even if you have to study,
Allaah will make it easy for you and help you in everything
you do.
“Whosoever fears Allah, He will appoint for him a way
out and provide for him from where he does not
expect, Allah is Sufficient for whosoever puts his trust
in Him.” (Surah at-Talaaq 2-3)
19 : Mixing fasting and dieting
DO NOT make the mistake of fasting with the intention
to diet. That is one of the biggest mistakes some of us
make (esp. sisters). Fasting is an act of worship and can
only be for the sake of Allah alone.
Otherwise, mixing it with the intention of dieting may
become a form of (minor) Shirk.
20 : Fighting over the number of Rakaah of Taraweeh
There is no specific number of rakahs for Taraweeh
prayer, rather it is permissible to do a little or a lot. Both
8 and 20 are okay. Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen said: “No one
should be denounced for praying eleven or twenty-
three (rakaah), because the matter is broader in scope
than that, praise be to Allaah.”
21 : Praying ONLY on the night of the 27th
Some people pray ONLY on the 27th to seek Lailat ul-
Qadr, neglecting all other odd nights, although the
Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Seek Lailat
ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten
nights of Ramadaan.” (Bukhaari, Muslim).
22 : Wasting the last part of Ramadaan preparing for
Eid
Some people waste the entire last 10 days of
Ramadaan preparing for Eid, shopping and frequenting
malls, etc. neglecting Ibadah and Lailatul Qadr. although,
the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) used to strive
the hardest during the last ten days of Ramadaan in
worship (Ahmad, Muslim) and not in shopping. Buy
whatever you need for Eid before Ramadaan so that
you can utilize the time in Ramadaan to the max.
Aaishah (RA) said: “When the (last) ten nights began, the
Messenger of Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam)) would
tighten his waist-wrapper (i.e., strive hard in worship or
refrain from intimacy with his wives), stay awake at
night and wake his family.” (Bukhaari and Muslim).
23 : Iftaar parties
Although inviting each other for breaking fast is
something good and encouraged, some people go to
extremes with lavish Iftaar parties with all sorts of
disobedience to Allaah, from flirting, mixing of the sexes
and hijaab-less women, to show-off and extravagance,
to heedlessness to Salaah, and Taraweeh to even music
and dancing.
“Jazaakallaahu khairan”

Staying With Allah

This is a sort of continuation from earlier this week… You can view it here

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I want to talk about me but I have a feeling all the Yoruba people reading this would carry their noses up and say *what is strong with this one sef* 😦 . I am afraid of their uncalled for criticism, yet I wish to write about something relating to myself. I henceforth have decided to thread on a middle path and discuss myself now and in the future, as regards my commitment to Islam.

I am a Muslim, imperfect like a lazy woman’s draw-soup 😦 ; in fact I am the epitome of imperfection. To tell the truth, one day I get my Islam right, and the next I stumble, relying on the ever forgiven Master of the universe to have mercy on me and continue to guide to the right path.

Islam has thought me contentment, just as it has thought me many things. Once, when I was reading the stories of the companions of the Prophet (SAW), it was said of Abd-Allah ibn Umar that a friend presented him with a medicine used to digest food, Ibn Umar smiled and replied, ‘Digest food? I haven’t satisfied my appetite for 40years’. This wasn’t a man who was poor so he didn’t lack resources, but he placed himself in self denial due to piety, for a stomach that is yet to fill would easily remember Allah. He also made it a duty upon himself to give out charity even if it would shorten his own ration. Can I ever reach this level of piety?

I don’t know if I’m a good son to my parents but I am sure I have brought my mother to tears more than once. I can’t wait to be a father, yet I am afraid of the confusing adolescent years that my children would have. I know I had it rough in those formative years and I did many things I shouldn’t have. So much can be broken between a parent and a child in these very troubling years and I’m scared of not being there for my kids, or not listening to my daughter(s) enough or not knowing how to contain all the anger that my son(s) would discover exist within him. I am afraid if I don’t help them understand all this emotions they are feeling, they might end up as lost sheep’s open to the foxes. I need divine guidance.

I am a simple man, very old school in my thinking. I do not see grey; things are either white or black. How do I expect to survive this corrupt country when I can’t bend to accommodate the sinful practices that are fast becoming the norms? I want a big house, big enough to give my kids their privacy yet, not too big that I can’t quickly notice if something is going wrong, give my kids the best education (Islamic, western and moral) money can buy :’), send my wife shopping in Milan 😀 . I want to spend the summer in the south of France, cool off on a beach in Seychelles or Tahiti, go food tasting in Thailand or the Mediterranean or in Italy 😀 . Plus I am a gadget freak 😀 . To make lots of money, you might have to slay a few angels and accept some devils. Would I make it to the mosque in time to beg for forgiveness after dealing with the devil? Or rather along the line wouldn’t I lose all my values in exchange for worldly benefits? 😦

Marriage? Id love to marry two or three wives believe me but women as I have discovered are like adornment, each with its own distinct beauty. Just as you cannot wear a lace top on an Ankara trouser, that’s how difficult it is to put two women in one heart, so until someone proves my theory wrong, one for me please. But picking that one person is hard, not with women forming boss lady and relegating family duties to the background. I don’t want just a marriage, I want to build a home, and worship Allah through it. 😀

Today, I may seem to be balancing my Islam well on one foot. I know it’s not a solid foundation but I think I am managing pretty well. But today’s problems are childish compared to tomorrow’s woes, balancing on one foot isn’t good enough. If we all don’t learn to affirm our faith in Allah and get proper understanding of our religion, how much will it hurt us in the future, how much will we loose in the hereafter? -_-

@ghazaltaqwa

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Salam alaikum warahmatullah

Guy Confession

Assallamu alaikum sisters and brothers…

Like i did a while back, i have another guest writer. He is a brother and he has somethings to share with all of us. Its going to be in two parts, so please, enjoy… 😀

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Salam alaekum.

Alhamdulilah I am of the male specie, I don’t think I could have managed through all the monthly bleeding, gossip manufacturing, and particularly the current need to impress everyone around, that leaves girls transforming their original identities into super fake characters *flips hair and checks nails*. Didn’t we all see how cool sulia was before she became jenifa *sigh*

Anyway, this post is about the reasons why I would wear the Hijab if I were a girl. The importance of my reasons would be listed in descending order, so at the beginning are much rather simpler reasons and towards the end are more concrete reasons. The essence is to get more girls to cover their hair.

(by the way, if I were a girl, Id be one very beautiful hajia that would make everyone say MashAllah 😀 )

1, have you noticed how not everyone owns a diamond? Why? Because it isn’t cheap, it’s rather rare and not for the general public. The Hijab is the same, a woman under the Hijab should be a virtuous woman, like diamonds, not every man should have the right to you. A diamond picks its owner, a virtuous woman should be with a truly deserving man not become a public servant (you get?)

2, err, not everyone has the perfect skin or long black shining hair. Just like it makes no sense for a bow legged girl to wear a mini skirt, the Hijab hides your imperfection, and exposes you to only your man. Also, wearing a Hijab should curb your bad manners just like a jalab covers your fat excesses. (Some girls can make five leather bags from the excess skin on their stomach)

3, people don’t just talk to girls on Hijab anyhow, there is always some form of respect accorded to them, unlike half dressed girls where any random boy/pig is free to whistle or say something silly (some boys make you wonder if Nigerians have joined the angels in heaven and have started diluting brain with water and selling the remaining in black market). Make the Hijab your identity today 😀 .

4, you may find this hard to believe, but there are people who when they see a girl who wears her Hijab, they say MashAllah or pray for you silently without you ever knowing, imagine how many times you’ve been prayed for. On those days when your faith takes a temporary relapse, those prayers you get innocently could help you from the people with evil eyes. The reverse is the case for half naked sexy Barbie dolls.

5, I am not a girl, but I assume when you make a 50,000naira hair you’d like to show it off abi, good. Allah hates ‘proudin’ people, and also, looking hawt makes you want to go show off in places you shouldn’t be in the first place.

6, according to research I didn’t carryout, a well dressed girl has a 85% chance of attracting and keeping husband material boy(take home to mama 😀 ), what happens to the remaining 15%percent? Your attitude and character secures the rest.

7, have you heard of the day when some faces would be humiliated, when the sun shall be wound and its light lost, on the day that hearts would shake in fear and anxiety, on the day that mountains would crumble and sea’s would burst, on the most horrifying day of our lives. Why then don’t you fear Allah?

8, have you also heard of paradise, of gardens unimaginable, of companions with beauty indescribable. And food and drinks far better than any thing you’ve tasted on earth, of peace and happiness and many more bounties that the eyes have never seen. Isn’t this a worthy reward in exchange for your piety?

9, WHAT GREATER REASON IS THEIR TO DO THINGS OTHER THAN BECAUSE ALLAH, OWNER OF OUR LIVES, SAID SO.

😀 , by the way, when are they going to make a BBM Hijab smiley?

On some non-related note, there is no such thing as sexy alhaja, Alhaja cannot come and be sexy looking in public. The Hijab doesn’t make you any less than any other girl. Confidence is a thing of the mind, it’s not gotten by looking sexy. Do not forgo your paradise for the pleasures of this life.

@ghazaltaqwa

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PEACE!!!

DIY: Ankara Shoes

Salam alaikum warahmah

So, i’ve been busy and all, y’all will see why soon (plus internet deprived, sorta). Well, while i was doing the stuffs i was doing, a friend requested me to revamp her shoes for her, since she was about to introduce them to the trash.

And i thought, why not make a DIY blog post out of it? Hence, the Ankara shoes…

Bring out old shoes (or new ones) and put a twist to it. I’d like to see someone try…

You would need:

Ankara fabric

Scissors

Glue, and

Lots of patience

Here are the steps, i hope they are explanatory enough…

i did this too

See ya!! Peace…

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