“Rasullullah (peace be upon him) prayed while the world of humans was asleep, he invoked God while his brothers and sisters despaired, and he remained patient and steadfast in the face of adversity and insult while so many beings turned away.”—Reflection on The Prophet’s Life (via raudie)
“One day while we were sitting with the messenger of Allah there appeared before us a man whose clothes were exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly black; no signs of journeying were to be seen on him and none of us knew him. He walked up and sat down by the prophet.
Resting his knees against his and placing the palms of his hands on his thighs, he said: “O Muhammed, tell me about Islam”. The messenger of Allah said: “Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammed is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast in Ramadhan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so.” He said:”You have spoken rightly”, and we were amazed at him asking him and saying that he had spoken rightly.
He said: “Then tell me about eman.”He said:”It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in divine destiny, both the good and the evil thereof.” He said:”You have spoken rightly”.
He said: “Then tell me about ehsan.” He said: “It is to worship Allah as though you are seeing Him, and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you”. He said: “Then tell me about the Hour”. He said: “The one questioned about it knows no better than the questioner.”
He said: “Then tell me about its signs.” He said: “That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted, naked, destitute herdsman competing in constructing lofty buildings.” Then he went off and I stayed for a while. Then he said: “O Omar, do you know who the questioner was?” I said: “Allah and His messenger know best”. He said: “He was Jebreel (Gabriel), who came to you to teach you your religion.”“ Subhanallah! Allahu akbar!
“The closest that a slave comes to his Lord is during the middle of the latter portion of the night (3-4am, best). If you can be among those who remember Allah the Exalted One at that time, then do so.” (At-Tirmidhi)
"….highly recommended for you to observe Tahajjud Prayer, for it was the practice of your righteous predecessors.The Tahajjud prayer brings you close to your Lord, atones for your sins, drives disease from the body, and puts a stop to transgression.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Alhamdullillah, I finally find time to decide the best of the almost 50 contestants that I’ve received for this round. But first, I want to thank Allah Almighty for this opportunity and the great support from every single one of you. It’s been a trying and learning experience, to grow from MoShion to "Faith is an essential Fashion". With Allah’s will, we’ve all learnt together a great deal about our Faith and Islam. :)
Let’s get down to the topic at hand - THE WINNERS!
All the contestants have some of the main points in their reason why their photo(s) represented “A True Hijabi”. These are some of the points that I find are note-worthy:
From contestant #9 Ainee Fatima from USA: "Hijab is not a responsibility; it’s a right given to me by my Creator who knows us best."
From contestant #11 Naila Ali from Pakistan: "Hijab is a form of protection, devotion to God, as well as an identity of a Muslimah. I think many of us need to keep in mind that we need a veil on our heart first and twice as much as the one on our body."
From contestant #17 Paige Almon from Canada: "I love knowing that I’m obeying Allah (s.w.t) and making him happy. I love Allah more than anything, and knowing that with my full intention, I’m actually pleasing him, makes me the happiest person in the world."
From contestant #20 Fatimah Hawadah Abdul Wahab from Malaysia: "We seek Allah’s attention, not the public’s."
From contestant #22 Yasmeen from USA: "I always feel comfortable in my own skin, makeup-less and effortless, just the way Allah created me. I’m reminded by the beauty He graced me with because I’m consciously covering it everyday. Best of all, people immediately see me for who I am— a peaceful individual, a thinker, an artist, and most importantly a loving servant of Allah. Alhamdulillah for hijab, it is truly a blessing by Allah’s wisdom in ways that we can never fully comprehend."
To add on,
"And tell the believing women to reduce some of their vision and guard their privacy and not expose their adornment except that which appears there of and to wrap their head covers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands…" - Holy Quran 24:30-31
Also, as hijabis, we represent Islam thus we must behave in a way that will not reflect negatively on our religion, Allah the Creator and our dearest lover Rasulullah.
With that, the winners are… contestants #11 Naila Ali and #22 Yasmeen! Marha, marha!
PS: Winners, please send in your name, full address and email in the Ask section. Your prizes will be waiting! :)
"I think what happens in this type of situation is that we mix up our means and our ends. When we make du`a’ for a good husband, for example, is that strong marriage a means or an end? I think many people take it as an end, which explains much of the disillusionment and disappointment that often follows (ironically in both cases: whether we get it or we don’t). Like everything in this dunya, marriage is only a means – a means to reach Allah. So if we pray for it and we don’t get it, perhaps Allah has chosen another means for us – perhaps through hardship, the purification it may cause and the sabr it builds, to bring us to that end: Allah. It may be, as only Allah knows best, that had He given us that amazing husband we made du`a’ for, it would have made us heedless and therefore not achieve our end at all.”
My greatest apologies, dear sisters. I’ve been caught up with Maulid over the weekend and I’ve got some work to finish the next few days. Please forgive me for not announcing the winners on 3rd March. By Wednesday, insya Allah!
Of Nabi Muhammad s.a.w., the greatest man ever lived...
"He had listened to women in his society, who often experienced denial of their rights, exclusion, and ill-treatment. Revelation recalls this listening and this accessibility: “God has indeed heard the statement of the woman who pleads with you concerning her husband and carries her complaint to God. And God hears the argument between both of you. For God hears and sees [all things].” Similarly, he listened to a woman who wanted to divorce her husband because she did not like him anymore; he heard her, looked into the matter, and separated them. He also received another woman who complained that her father had married her off without asking for her opinion; he was ready to separate her and husband, but she informed him that she was actually satisfied with her father’s choice but wanted to make it known “to fathers” that “this was not their decision” and that they could not act in such a way without seeking their daughter’s consent. (pg 213)"
- An excerpt from the book ‘In The Footsteps of The Prophet: Lessons From The Life of Muhammad’
Let’s discuss something: Love, InshAllah, a book On Muslim Women, sex and love. To read more about it, go to Source 1 and Source 2.
One of the editors, Ayesha Mattu said that, “One of my greatest desires for this book is for it to break down the barriers between the generations, and to really be a tool for discussion within families.”
In your opinion, how successful is the book in “break(ing) down the barriers between the generations, and… be a tool for discussion within families”? Do you think such books should be produced? Are there more cons or pros in producing it? What kind of image does the book reflect of us as Muslim Women?