Thursday, 17 July 2014

#PrayForGaza



My New Black


Scarf dUCk / Dress Nora Danish for FashionValet

I guess miracles do happen because I think I may have fallen in love with a scarf that isn't black. Gaspp! It's still a neutral colour so i'll still be able to match it with just about everything I own (which is mostly black, white or beige, hahaa). Anyways, I actually have probably the smallest collection of scarves compared to most women out there, so small I panic when I can't find one of them. Up until this collection came along. I don't buy scarves on impulse because it has to have the right flow, colour, material and length (long like the ones you get with abayas you buy from Saudi you know). And the new range of dUCk scarves really has it all. Not because it just happens to be my best friend's brand, I promise! But I guess you'll have to get one to know what I mean. ;)

Hope you guys have a fruitful day ahead, and don't forget to smile!

Photos by Nurul N.

Life Is Beautiful


Every night I jump into my big comfortable bed and rest my head as I drift off to sleep in calm silence. She sleeps in a little room on her broken bed to the sound of her own cry. I wake up to the melodious sound of chirping birds just outside my window. She wakes up to the scary sound of explosives. I run after the kids at home and catch and hug them from a game of catch. She grabs her kids and hugs them tightly in the corner of her home in hopes that if that bomb explodes, they die together and not alone. Life is beautiful on my side of the world…but how's it like on hers?

It's really hard to imagine what it's like to live in her shoes. To really feel what it's like for our brothers and sisters in Palestine, and others in the world who are being tested in ways we can't imagine. What they are living through everyday (for those who are still alive). The sadness, anger and range that we feel when we read the news or see gruesome images of children left with no head, can get to a point where we wonder if our prayers are even being answered. Oh, but He hears us. He sees all. He knows every little thing that's happening and going to happen.

'No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz) before We bring it into existence. Surely, that is easy for Allah.'
(Al-Hadid: 22)

Sometimes when events like these happen, we may wonder why God would allow such evil and atrocity to occur, to the extent that we aren't able to see goodness in it. Death after death, fatal injuries one after the other and gruesome pictures of dead children, spreading like wildfire. In times like this, we have to remind ourselves that Allah didn't create this universe without balance. When such calamity happens, we have to have faith that there is goodness in it. It goes beyond what our eyes can see and what our minds can imagine.

What's been happening kind of forces us to reflect about many things actually. Do I genuinely care or feel the hurt of those who are suffering, or is it just because everyone else is? Am I living alone or as an ummah? Have I done anything to help them to the best that I can? Could this be Allah's way of waking me up? How am I spending my days? Would I still be grateful if I lost a leg? What if I die tomorrow?

Life is beautiful for the Palestinians, especially those who have passed away. Not in this world, but in the after life, the eternal one, the one that really matters. No ounce of humanity or mercy was offered to them by the Israeli soldiers. But trust that Allah will honour them, (in a way we can only hope for ourselves too); in Paradise, where they will be elevated to the highest levels, and look down on those caused them all the pain and suffering in this world, only to realise they have been placed in the best of company, with none other than their Rabb.

'In a seat of truth (in Paradise), near the Omnipotent King (Allah, the One, the All-Blessed, the Most High, the Owner of Majesty and Honour).'
(Al-Qamar: 55)

Ya Allah, by your utmost Mercy and Love, please give them strength and put a veil over their eyes from the evil before them so they can see the light that goes beyond this life. And please grant all of those who have passed and are suffering through these hards times the highest levels of Paradise and save them a seat to be with You.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Ummah by LoveToDress





Al-Ikhlas

قُلۡ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ ( ١ ) ٱللَّهُ ٱلصَّمَدُ ( ٢ ) لَمۡ يَلِدۡ وَلَمۡ يُولَدۡ ( ٣ ) وَلَمۡ يَكُن لَّهُ ۥ ڪُفُوًا أَحَدٌ ( ٤ )

Say: He is Allah the One and Only; (1) Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; (2) He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; (3) And there is none like unto Him. (4)
Video by Umar Mita

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Say A Little Prayer


Our Prophet (peace be upon him) said, 'The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is to say this. If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith init, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of paradise. 
(Sahih Bukhari)



The Bridesmaid


Dress by LoveToDress
(available online at FashionValet and LoveSora. Retail at Modvier)

Last week I spent the day with a close friend settling lose ends she needed to sort out for her wedding dresses since she'll be flying back to Melbourne in a few days, and won't be coming back to KL till just before her wedding date which is later in the year. I hate that this means she won't be dropping by the house anymore regularly for random hangouts. It's really unexpected how close we've become. A few years back we were just colleagues sitting across each other in FashionValet. Apparently she was the one that initiated this friendship, and I was too busy too talk to her on her first day at work at FV. I actually believe her, hahaa. But anyway, thank God for whatsapp, because I think we'll be okay with LDR for 
the next few months. 

So we came back to my house after meeting the tailor that day, rested a little, and decided her camera and I needed one last bonding time together at a little park nearby. Since I was in bridesmaid mode that afternoon, talking about her wedding details all morning (and for the past few months), I was really feeling this dress. I'm not much of a princess-y dress type of person, but this much simpler and structured toned down version was something I felt comfortable slipping on. Just before heading out, I grabbed the bunch of hydrangeas I had sitting beside my computer and said, 'I'm ready for your wedding!' hahaa. I seriously can't wait for her big day, knowing how much thought both she and her spouse is putting into all the little details. Fresh flowers, fairy lights, laughters under the stars, rustic barn inspired wedding, and apparently a speech from the groom that will surely move us to tears....this is one excited bridesmaid!

Photos by Kim L.


I'm going to miss you my mulan. :(

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Share The Love


Just sharing with you some projects my close friends are working on this Ramadan that you guys can contribute to if you'd like.


And something for you to snack on…


Please do drop my friend Nuha an email if you'd like to place an order and contribute to the Refugee mums, nuha.anwar@gmail.com. :)