Orang-orang yang beriman dan beramal saleh, bagi mereka kebahagiaan dan tempat kembali yang baik (13:29).
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This has been the look I've been wearing on my face as of late. I am tired. I am almost hopeless but I'm still standing. I am very very hostile, unfriendly but better yet, I am productive!!! First of all, the website that I have been working on is now live! Alhamdulillah! I think it's been almost three months now of working, planning, restructuring and compiling ideas from my bosses. I even had to re-align my priority and went through a bit of a friction with somebody who tried to push me down and make me cry (i am only metaphorically speaking so don't be asking me no questions now). Allah has given me the strength to push through and now the light at the end of the tunnel has finally come blaring at my pupils until I have to wear glasses (HA HA). I feel like I have accomplished something and I am glaaaad that I didn't give up and leave. Hopefully the rest of this week will bring smiles to my face coz really...........
I really do hope she still likes purple though. I've a picture of the interior of this purse but doesn't look like much of something that makes sense so maybe I wont put it in here. What I like most is that this purse is padded for safety AND I've lined the inside with satin :)
Monday, September 26, 2011
Barang siapa membaca Asma Allah ini 1000 kali setiap hari, maka semua keraguan dan ketidakpastian akan hilang dari hatinya, dan sebaliknya, keteguhan dan keyakinan akan tertanam dalam hatinya. Insya Allah.Taken from the book Rahasia Manfaat Asmaul-Husna (Solusi masalah dunia dan akhirat).
Friday, September 23, 2011
"Rugi suami mu orang lain pulang dulu tengok badan mu." What my mom used to say before I wore the hijab. That is as much meaningful as this video. You can interpret it anyway you like but the message is quite clear.
Sidenote: If you're familiar with kisah Nabi Adam, you'll remember how a snake was possessed by Shaitan when he wanted to enter paradise. It was in the form of the snake that he succeeded in convincing Adam and Hawa to eat the forbidden fruit. There's a brief shot of a snake in the video. What do you think that's trying to say? Wallahuaklam.
Have a blessed Friday sisters. May we be saved from the agony of hell fire.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
We all want to be remembered. We all want to make an impact on the people around us. It feels nice to get a compliment, and I would be lying if I insisted that I am any different. I enjoy being complimented as much as the next girl.
It is only human to crave attention and we are all only human after all. Yet, one thing we should really think about is, ‘how exactly do I want to be remembered?’ What kind of attention is it that I want? What facet of my ‘self’ do I want to be identified by? Ask anyone that question and they will probably give an answer which is a variation of: ‘I want to be remembered by my personality’, or ‘my work’ or other such epithets.
I’m not denying of course that we do want to be remembered for our great personalities or the work that we do. What I’m saying is that in three out of four cases, we often tend to settle for being remembered or complimented for something a lot more prosaic: our appearance. We may want to be known for our personalities, but inside all of us is that little voice that keeps telling us that physical appearance is way more important.
We live in a media-saturated culture that seems to reinforce this idea that to be ‘noticed’ or to ‘matter’ we must look first and foremost to our appearance. So much so that to not put an effort into your appearance is considered abnormal. I’m not saying of course that putting effort into your appearance or being well-groomed is a bad thing. Yet a problem with this is the idea that putting effort into your appearance is not enough; it has to be efforts towards conforming to a specific sort of appearance, to a specific ideal and standard of beauty that is hardly realistic, let alone appropriate. We are bombarded with messages such as:
‘Who cares what you consider beauty. Looking like Katrina Kaif or Beyonce is what you should aspire for!’
‘What do you mean you’re not comfortable with sleeveless? Don’t be so mummy-daddy.’
‘You’re not comfortable wearing skinny jeans? Don’t worry so much, there’s nothing wrong in it, it’s just harmless fun! After all, you’re only young once.’
The main idea of course is that personality and character are all well and good, but physical beauty is what gets you noticed. The point isn’t that if you are pretty or attractive there is something inherently wrong with that, yet is it absolutely necessary to flaunt this gift to the world at large?
When I personally started covering my head, one of the first things people said to me was, ‘But you have such lovely hair! Why would you want to hide it?’ –more often than not saying it in a tone as if consoling someone who’s had a tragic accident. They could not seem to understand why I would choose to do such an ‘abnormal’ thing. Be ‘normal’ they said, ‘why do you want to stand out?’ I cannot blame them though, as the modern society that we live in is incapable of understanding why a ‘normal’, educated girl, would choose to do something so ‘abnormal’. They try to deter you from the path they see you on out of a misguided attempt to ‘save’ you or help
you in some way.
But my answer to all these comments and ‘concerned advice’ is: at the end of the day, when all is said and done and you are in your grave, do you really want that the only thing you have to show for your life is how stylishly you did your hair? Is that all that matters? Is there nothing else that is more important? I for one do not wish for that to be my defining feature.
Life is full of decisions and choices: to achieve one thing, you have by necessity to give up another. So you have to ask yourself this: when it gets right down to it and you have to make a choice, would you choose to concentrate only on looking good or would you rather prefer to strive to be good?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Thousand apologies for the delay but here it is now, the long awaited turban tutorial. It's the very very basic of tying the turban and seriously you can't go wrong with it. If you've mastered this basic technique then insyAllah it'll be much easier for you to try out different styles. You can always add brooches, or flowers or chains or extra pieces of cloth like lace or different coloured ribbons to create a contrast on the turban texture. That's how awesome the turban is!
And the good thing is when you want to wear the turban, you can always wear your ameera hijabs or inner necks first in order to cover your neck area.
One very important tip for the turban: TIE IT TIGHT! Tres important! Otherwise you'll end up with a loose cloth on your head LOL! Like a roti telur or something. Yikes!
Here you go and thanks so so very much for your patience ladies!
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
To budget correctly is half of success in one’s livelihood” We are taught to strike the correct balance between our income and expenditure, ensuring we do not spend unnecessarily or extravagantly. Not adjusting our lifestyle downwards when our income drops or prices rise, can have serious effects on our contentment, marriages and even our mental condition. Living simply makes it easy to adjust to all conditions.
-Mufti Ismail Menk
Thursday, September 15, 2011
It is an inappropriate Muslim manner to whisper to someone sitting next to you if you are in a group of three people. The third person will feel deserted and isolated and will think the worst of thoughts. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) hated this. Imam Malik and Abu Dawood reported that he said: ‘No two shall exchange whispers in the presence of a third person.’ That the Prophet used ‘No two…’ in an assertive negative form, indicates that such a mistake is not only inappropriate but an unimaginable and instinctively despicable. ‘Abdullah Bin Omar was asked, ‘What if they were four?’ ‘Then it does not matter,’ he answered, meaning it is not irritating then to whisper or to mutter. If a friend entrusted you with a secret, do not betray him or her. Do not tell it even to your best friend or closest relative.
Weekend is approaching us quite fast, I hope your week's been as busy as mine. Just today I was running around like a headless chicken so I am hoping to have a slow and calm weekend. My head needs peace.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
You can't be bitter and expect your life to be sweet.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
(Sidenote: Today at the office I was chased by a biawak while having lunch outside of Coffeebean *_*)
But I ain't that beat up though because I have got a tutorial for this post! Yes, yes! It's the tutorial for the hijabs that I wear in the pictures below and if you see they don't look exactly the same. You will find that the tutorial is a lot more different (if you can spot it) but the key to this look is you have to create as much volume as you can with your hijab. In the first photo, I wore a thicker fabric yet the material is very fluffy so it was pretty easy to work with. The other one is a lot harder and I had to re-adjust it everytime because it was lighter and thinner but both are still manageable with the help of pins! Yes, pins, what are we without them.
So have a watch and I hope it's brief enough to follow :) BTW, chickas, what do you think about turbans? I, myself, LOVE wearing them because I don't need anything else BUT the shawls - no pins! (Unless you intend to accessorize). But turbans are a lot longer to put on so the tutes are going to be long. I'll have a think about this coz the point is to show you just simple videos. I'll keep you updated. For now, hope you enjoy this video and do tell me if you have requests! Thanks, my pretties!
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Never cried so much. This film breaks my heart and I pray that all the souls that have been sacrificed and taken due to ignorance will be blessed and be placed amongst those who are kind.
We can never run away from it. Things in this world happens for a reason and we have to endure it with grace and by being thankful. Guys, when you think that things have not happened according to what you've planned, you have to keep praying with the thought that better things are being planned for you by the will of Allah and that you have to patient when these things happen to you. MasyAllah, God is great and nobody can ever go against what he has written for us. Everything is set in stone and we are tested in so many ways. Things aren't always apparent so we have to endure with much patience and the will to carry on. Our takdirs may be written for us but our usaha determines whether we can easily accept what we have been given or otherwise. The former is what will give us the strength to carry on with our heads high and our smiles wide. Whatever Allah gives us, He gives it to us for a reason and He will not test us on something that are outside of our strength and capability. Please believe in this for you will succeed and trust that God's will is stronger than anything else in this world. InsyAllah, by being kind and by persevering through the labyrinth of life, we will be blessed with abundance of rezeqi not just in the form of material possessions, but also in the form of good health and a happy family.
When you watch this film you will realise how somebody who is very intelligent and very patient is tested in every kind of way which takes his life in the end. We can apply this in many forms throughout our lives and though it might not be as brutal as Hadji's we have to still be as patient as he is, be kind as he is but not without substance. Ignorance, sometimes, is as much as a curse as it can be bliss. Let us all pray for each other and may we be rewarded with lots of happy returns by Allah. Amin.