Islam,

Anak- My Child

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I have all my life believed that everything happens for a reason, but when I became Muslim, reading about Islam I confirmed this point. Every tiny little event in our life have a reason, is Allah's decree, we may or may not understand the "Why?" but for sure at the end of our Journey we will figure it out, while some people will find activities like watching TV, listen to music, etc., as a waist of time, I try to find the good side of everything. A situation, an action, an event, etc, can lead us to big changes in our life if we know how to use the opportunities.

I had lately been all crazy about Korean dramas(I just can't stand Egyptian dramas!), to the point of trying to learn Korean by myself (which by the way I found it a bit easier than Arabic). The Stories have captivated me, there are really good actors and actresses without the need of showing their bodies can make you feel real emotions with their acting and submerge you in to the story.

One of this Actors is a big dial in Korea and next year he will release a new film, the Soundtrack is just beautiful, "Anak" or child in it's English translation (By Freddie Aguilar from the Philippines); though I didn't understood a word of it, the music is just Touching, when I Google the title and I found the translation of the lyrics, I have to confess it made me Cray.




The deep of the words touched my heart, I'm not a very expressive either romantic person but this music and words truly relates the human side of every son or daughter relationship with their parents, you can't deny you have been there and for sure at some point in your life your kids will be there too, is the cycle of life!.



Child you don't know
You'll never know how far they'd go
To give you all their love can give
To see you through and God it's true
They'd die for you, if they must, to see you near
And now your path has gone astray
Child you ain't sure what to do or say
You're so alone
No friends are on your side
And child you now break down in tears
Let them drive away your fears
Where must you go
Their arms stay open wide
Child you don't know...

Is said that the composer left his home a very young edge and have a hard time alone, after several years, he realized his mistake and thought about his parents, he went to ask for their forgiveness and as all parents who love their child will do, they accepted him, a short time after this his father died. Allah gave  him the chance to ask for his father's forgiveness before he died, time passed and the Author of this song is know now to be a Muslim man, Subhan Allah!

Is amazing how we find in the Qu'ran Allah's advice  to obey our parents,
-Recognition and respect of parents is mentioned eleven times in the Qur'an.
-Almighty Allah and His Holy Prophet have both laid much emphasis on obeying, serving and pleasing our parents.
-In fact, Islam teaches us that respect for parents comes immediately after praying to Allah and before Jihad (struggle and striving in the way of Allah) ...this would indeed make it a very powerful and important injunction.
-Appreciation of parents should be a daily recognition rather than a special occasion according to the Holy Qur'an and Hadith.

Let us pray that we will all do our best to respect our parents, honor them, be kind to them, help them, and please them for the love of Allah.

2015 Fashion,

Pantone's Marsala is 2015's Color of the Year!

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Pantone as every winter does, had named its Color of the Year. This shade is supposed to represent what people will be wearing, decorating with, and using as their makeup for the next 365 days. 
The choice for 2015? Probably something you were wearing 20 years ago (provided you were alive). Say hello to Marsala.

The hue falls somewhere between rose and brown,We've got to say, though, the color is definitely more wearable than other recent Pantone picks ( Radiant Orchid).  This hearty-yet-stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors, you name it.

Home sweet home,

I want a righteous spouse but…

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Source: http://blog.islamiconlineuniversity.com/i-want-a-righteous-spouse-but/

-related” statuses, comments and articles get maximum number of  on the  social networking sites these days, like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus and others.
Maybe this is because everyone wants to take out their frustrations, share their observations and their acceptance or rejection on this universally acknowledged and interesting topic. In this battle, I have seen some people becoming so sentimental that they vomit out their own personal encounters, love affairs, and ever- lasting crushes along with potential parties’ names in public!
Indeed, marriage is a very vast and an extremely crucial subject, which can be seen from both the aspects: aspect of seriousness and aspect of fun. It totally depends on the individual’s age, maturity and attitude towards life.
“I want a righteous  but …”, is a common phase  in the lives of the practicing Muslim youth. This dilemma is something we hear all around us in our religious circles & social gatherings.
Where, on one hand, all the religiously inclined men know and even understand the most famous hadith:
“A woman is married for four reasons: her wealth, her nobility, her beauty and her piety. Choose the pious one and be successful.” (Bukharee)
but very few are actually willing to act on it.
Some of my practicing friends are waiting to bump into some sort of Cinderella in abaya. This made me realize no matter how religious men look, very less people are actually willing to sacrifice when it comes to beauty and age, though they might sacrifice on piety, wealth and nobility.
This trend explicitly show us the true version of inner-us . All of us hear and talk about all this haadith all the time, but do we really mean it? Similarly, rejections are being made under the labels of “kuff” (compatibility), but the real reason for rejection is something else. Or even if it is kuff, what really constitutes (Kuff) equivalency in our eyes, this is a matter of debate.
Various scholars have done their own Ijtihad as to what factors are involved when it comes to Kuff. There are variety of opinions, but the strongest and the most sound opinion – and the one used by  Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – is that Kuff is in reference to religious commitment only.  [Read more : http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/84306]
The mentality of the female gender in our society is no different; they too do the same. Though they might hold graduation in fiqh, maintain proper hijab and say along with their parents , “we want a righteous spouse…” very few are bold enough to act on what is being said.  It is evident that when someone from the low class family (but very pious) approaches them, suddenly many more things get added up in their list. They too know the famous hadith (by heart!):
“If a man whose practice of deen (religion) satisfies you, asks for your in marriage, you should marry them; otherwise, there’ll be corruption on earth.”(at-Tirmidhee)
but they seldom act upon it.
Women prefer to marry guys from the First World countries with multiple high degrees, a Ferrari and possessing a great amount of bank balance. Is it always a bad thing? No. But if it makes you turn away from multiple good proposals and if it is your only criteria and your first priority, then yes, you might have a . Only when the rejecters fail to find their perfect package, they regret rejecting the earlier ones who had proposed them modestly through their parents.
Musa (alayhis salam) would have never married the daughter of the man who gave him shelter, if his father in-law’s conditions were based on material possession like today. At that time, he had no club memberships, money, cars or other luxurious items, he wasn’t even given Prophet hood yet! He was a modest man and a righteous spouse. That was all he had.  But for the wise, that’s the true wealth, the real criteria.
When it comes to delayed marriages and marriage-related sufferings, many a times, the fault lies within us; our -world attitude and high standards.
When it comes to delayed marriages and marriage-related sufferings, many a times, the fault lies within us; our fantasy-world attitude and high standards. The truth is that  is still somewhere in our minds and hearts. It seems not to go away despite the fact that we hear and know all these sayings and despite the fact we know the stories of all the companions and their criteria for picking up spouses.
Ask yourself, if today, a proposal comes your way, which looks religiously promising but, perhaps, struggling in worldly affairs, would you accept or walk away? It is all a matter of priorities.


Islam

Happy new Islamic year

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Wish you a very Happy and Blessed New Islamic Year !



Beauty Tips,

Does my eyebrow look too square with this hijab?

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Salam wa leykum dear followers and visitors of this blog, I know is being a while since my last post, the true is that I have been very busy these past months Alhamdulillah.

Few days ago I found this picture on my news feed, I have to confess that living in Egypt for few years now this kind of things don't amuses me anymore, is very common now days to find this kind of "work" by auto called "makeup artists" and what's even worst is to see how people accept and also congratulate them for their good job. Little they know about good technique and makeup style.




Here it is, judge by yourself, it seems that the most big and square your eyebrows looks is the best Whether you have the thickest brows in the world or the thinnest, filling them in with a little or a lot of product is beneficial to everyone. Eyebrows are so important because they frame our face, and can ultimately change up our whole look. If you’re ever looking tired, throwing a little product in your brows is one of the best, and easiest ways to wake your face up,BUT DON'T MAKE THEM LOOK TOO FAKE!




Another MUA, another big square eyebrow, which makes me wonder could this be a new trend?
Hope it is not, seriously.

Muslims, are ordered not to trim the eyebrows, I personally prefer natural brows, the best advice to achieve natural brows is to use a light hand. When creating natural brows, we’re just emphasizing what we’ve already got, not completely re-modeling it. Powder products are perfect for creating a natural brow because they’re soft enough to not look harsh, but still pigmented enough to get the job done.

Don't let yourself be fooled by not professional people that will not highlight the best of you and instead will make you look ridiculous,try a DIY make up routine and good luck!


weddings

It's official! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Are Married

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Without  a doubt this could be the most awaited wedding of the year, forget about the trashy Kimye wedding, ( paying millions for a ceremony and PROPAGANDA doesn't means you have class!)  
Angelina and Brad have been together for nine years and have six children as you probably know, and as usual between Hollywood super stars both with previous marriages and divorce finally they decided that it was time,not without the help and suggestions of their children, they finally tied the knot past week. 
                                   From the movie Mr. and Mrs Smith
The wedding took place in "a small chapel" at Chateau Miraval, their French home; it's described as "a private ceremony" attended by close family and friends. Though more details about the ceremony or her dress have not been revealed yet at least not Officially, It was said that the bride's wedding garb was white, with classic touches and a special something borrowed:

"[The dress was] very traditional, but very Angie, it was comfortable but plain white floor-length antique lace and silk. [She] definitely wore something that once belonged to [her mother] Marcheline Bertrand. A small gold locket with a photo of her mom inside it."

And as far as the rest of Brangelina's brood??

The source continued with their style, revealing:
"The boys all wore tiny matching cream linen suits which were just like Brad's [tux] while the girls had each chosen a dress to match their own individual style and they had them specially made."


All Brangelina's kids had special roles — "Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers." Isn't it adorable?.
Via Cosmopolitan.com
Pitt and Jolie exchanged rings designed by her jewelry design partner Robert Procop and obtained a marriage license from a California judge, and the judge also conducted their wedding in France.

Congratulations for choosing the right way to live!, we wish to them and to all couples that decide to take the great step of marriage the best!
2014 fashion,

Tradition with the brilliance of today!-new Abaya by Swarovski Elements

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As-salamu alaykum dear readers and occasional visitors,I have no forgot about this blog it is just that is been a very busy year Al hamdulillah, thanks for visiting and hope you like this post.


Six fashion forward Abaya creations made with Swarovski crystals and inspired by current trends: http://swarovs.ki/abaya
A central part of the Arabic culture heritage is the Calligraphy and Embroidery work as well.Embroidered textiles have been produced for thousands of years across North Africa and the Middle East to decorate public buildings, homes and animals as well as to clothe men, women and children. They have played an important role in the social and cultural lives of communities and peoples and have reflected the economic and political changes that have affected the region from the earliest times.

Since 2010 with the launch of JAWAHER,Arabic couture extravaganza which lighted up the SWAROVSKI CRISTALIZED  concept we have been witnesses of a new fashion trend and a renascence of the Arab fashion mostly inspired by the Muslim World, this year Swarovski bring to us a new Abaya collection embellished with delicate swarovski crystals and inspired with the current trends, allowing Muslim women around the world to keep their style and follow the Islamic ruling regarding clothing without be out of fashion.

Swarovski among Arab and International designers have been exploring the new markets, Arab countries are experiencing a huge economical grow despite some political disturbs,fashion has prove it self that is the business that keep expanding and growing, Arab women despite of what western cultures my think have shown a huge sense of fashion and a high economical power to buy the best quality products and the newest fashion trends,and this is something Designers around the world know very well,Swarovski in this collection show the latest trends incorporated with the traditional style of black abaya, a very well mix of traditional and trendy, we expect to keep seeing more and more Islamic inspired fashion the coming years but for now check this out.

ROMANTIC: Enjoying afternoon coffee,latest fashion trends in necklace incorporated in a classic abaya.


CLASSIC: Working at the office,the embellished neck style.


PROGRESSIVE: Taking “selfies” with friends in new and exciting destinations,chunky style brooch.


GLAMOUR: Glamorous nights out,the lace trend with heavy beadwork.


Sources:
-Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World
By: Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood
-http://www.brand.swarovski.com/
how to survive in Egypt,

How to catch a GOOD LIAR

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A great article from TIME
By 

Regardless of your job or carrier a bit of Psychological knowledge never comes bad, this small signs can tell you when someone is lying to you, it could be in a professional, emotional or business relationship(Hey what about TV?, just saying ), good liars live their lies and it could be not so easy to decipher their intentions 


Lying well is hard — but not in the way you might think.

We usually look for nervousness as one of the signs of lying. Like the person is worried about getting caught. But that’s actually a weak predictor.
Some people are so confident they don’t fear getting caught. Others are great at hiding it.
Some get nervous when questioned so you get false positives. And others are lying to themselves — so they show no signs of deliberate deception.
So lying isn’t necessarily hard in terms of stress. But it is hard in terms of “cognitive load.” What’s that mean?
Lying is hard because it makes you think. You need to think up the lies. That’s extra work.
Looking for nervousness can be a wild goose chase. Looking for signs of thinking hard can be a great strategy.
Lying can be cognitively demanding. You must suppress the truth and construct a falsehood that is plausible on its face and does not contradict anything known by the listener, nor likely to be known. You must tell it in a convincing way and you must remember the story.This usually takes time and concentration, both of which may give off secondary cues and reduce performance on simultaneous tasks.
This also means that many of the signs of lying we often look for aren’t accurate. And things we’re not looking for can be good indicators.
When nervous we blink our eyes more often, but we blink less under increasing cognitive load (for example when solving arithmetic problems). Recent studies of deception suggest that we blinkless when deceiving — that is, cognitive load rules.Nervousness makes us fidget more, but cognitive load has the opposite effect. Again, contra-usual expectation, people often fidget less in deceptive situations. And consistent with cognitive load effects, men use fewer hand gestures while deceiving and both sexes often employ longer pauses when speaking deceptively.
So don’t look for signs of stress, look for indicators that the person is thinking hard.
They tend not to move their arms and legs so much, cut down on gesturing, repeat the same phrases, give shorter and less detailed answers, take longer before they start to answer, and pause and hesitate more. In addition, there is also evidence that they distance themselves from the lie, causing their language to become more impersonal. As a result, liars often reduce the number of times that they say words such as “I,” “me,” and “mine,” and use “him” and “her” rather than people’s names. Finally, is increased evasiveness, as liars tend to avoid answering the question completely, perhaps by switching topics or by asking a question of their own.
To detect deception, forget about looking for signs of tension, nervousness, and anxiety. Instead, a liar is likely to look as though they are thinking hard for no good reason, conversing in a strangely impersonal tone, and incorporating an evasiveness that would make even a politician or a used-car salesman blush.
Those are helpful tips. But how do we take it to the next level?
What do experts at detecting lies do?
Increase Load
They don’t passively rely on common signs of lying.
They deliberately make the person think harder to magnify the signals to a point where they are obvious.
  • Have people tell their story backwards, starting at the end and systematically working their way back. Instruct them to be as complete and detailed as they can. This technique, part of a “cognitive interview” Geiselman co-developed with Ronald Fisher, a former UCLA psychologist now at Florida International University, “increases the cognitive load to push them over the edge.” A deceptive person, even a “professional liar,” is “under a heavy cognitive load” as he tries to stick to his story while monitoring your reaction.
  • Ask open-ended questions to get them to provide as many details and as much complete information as possible (“Can you tell me more about…?” “Tell me exactly…”). First ask general questions, and only then get more specific.
  • Don’t interrupt, let them talk and use silent pauses to encourage them to talk.
Who You Need To Be Wary Of
It’s not the dumb people. Cognitive load, remember?
Who can best handle thinking hard? Who comes up with great stories on the fly?
It’s true: smarter and more creative people are better liars.
So ask yourself who can tell better stories? It turns out more creative people can tell better stories, so that’s actually what we find. We find it when we measure students that are more creative, they cheat more. We find that when we use priming to increase creativity, we also increase dishonesty.
It brings a smirk to my face whenever people wish for children that are smart and creative…
Yes, research shows you can tell how smart your child is by how early they start lying:
The complex brain processes involved in formulating a lie are an indicator of a child’s early intelligence, they add. A Canadian study of 1,200 children aged two to 17 suggests those who are able to lie have reached an important developmental stage.
(And no, dear parents, despite what you may tell yourself you’re notvery good at discerning when your kid is lying.)
All this deception, and it’s even more common among the intelligent and creative. What to do?
Maybe that’s why when you survey people about the most important character trait you get an unsurprising answer —trustworthiness:
Participants in 3 studies considered various characteristics for ideal members of interdependent groups (e.g., work teams, athletic teams) and relationships (e.g., family members, employees). Across different measures of trait importance and different groups and relationships, trustworthiness was considered extremely important for all interdependent others…

2014 fashion,

Don't allow anyone to manipulate your maind!

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As-Salaamu Alaykum dear followers and occasional readers.

It's being a while I know, but as you may know by now, Egypt is not what it used to be, therefore my mental and spiritual health is not at it's best, it seems even rude to write about non-important things like fashion or hijabs in the actual situation we are living in.

However I keep reading your blogs and I found this very interesting Article and a "Must read" blogpost by A Muslimah's thoughts blog called "An open letter to hijab fashionistas" 


here an extract of the post you can read the complete post in the link here

How is it that sisters of this noble ummah are able to walk around in leggings/jeans wearing a headscarf and still believe this is adhering to hijab?
How is it that sisters of this noble ummah wear long garments but have faces full of make-up and still refer to it as ‘modest’?
Deviation of the correct Islamic wear only occurred post 1924, when the islamic rule of governance was abolished. With the removal of the caliphate, western concepts such as liberalism, feminism and freedom infiltrated the Muslim world and consequently, the minds of Muslims.
It has sadly become a norm to see images of sexualised women such as Kate Moss and Beyonce shoved in our faces.  Subsequently, some of you may have consciously or subconsciously, taken these western woman as role models, as their constant glorification has made you want to have a little fashion freedom?
Despite the west’s many attempts to remove, demonize and label the hijab as oppressive and backwards, Muslim women like yourselves are still proud and happy wearing some essence of the hijab. However, the west and their forces of shaytaan do not give up so easily. Their plan of completely eradicating the hijab may have failed, but instead they have outsmarted you sisters by making your hijab a fashion asset, rather than an act of obedience to Allah.   It has become clear that wearing the hijab in its simplistic form as prescribed by Allah, is now looked upon as boring and old.
Something all sisters need to be aware of, is that the west are good at manipulating the minds of women. They know how women think. They understand that women enjoy being called beautiful and that it is something valued by both sexes. Due to this acknowledgement, they are then able to profit from of this desire by creating the standard for beauty. Sadly, their deranged idea of beauty has degraded many sisters who have been conned into the idea that beauty lies in the make-up, the clothes and the accessories.
he need to want to glamorise your hijab and outfits, is a sign that you are clearly not comfortable wearing the hijab properly. Somewhere in your understanding of hijab, you have mixed the kufr concept of western beauty with islam. ....
2014 fashion,

The Hunger Games Bridal Makeup tutorial

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I just love the makeup and head accessories of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the Hollywood movie "The Hunger Games"

Where Feathers + rhinestones makes a lovely combination
Simple, girly, and bridal !
*I'm not fan of fake eyelashes though


  Check the Makeup tutorial here






Spectacular dress by Tex Saverio





Egypt,

"Take off your hijab!"

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I make you uneasy
Because my hijab reminds you
That I'm trying to obey God And not you.
And that bugs you.

A great post by Amina from Pearl Daisy, it reflect what some of us have experimented by being Muslims specially those living in Non-Muslim countries



Today I heard that I am not free
Because apparently
A woman's freedom is only granted
When her hair shows and her body is flaunted.

Hmm, I must've missed that memo.

Since when did freedom inherently
Require me
To show parts of my body
That I don't want others to see?

My freedom is in the way I choose to look.

Does it bother you to know
That I have control
Over what I choose to show and withhold
From the world?

How ironic
When the people who are 
Supposedly pro-freedom
Incessantly insist that you "take off your hijab"
Themselves dictating the garb
That we should wear.

So...
Freedom means to conform to
Your criteria about how I should dress, right?
Do I have that right?
Riiiight...

The hijab symbolises my faith,
And you want to ban it?
Well, while we're at it,
Let's ban charity, selflessness, 
Equality amongst races and sexes,
Being good to your neighbour.
Because those are also requirements of a believer.

But, of course, it's not about freedom,
Is it, really?
I make you uneasy
Because my hijab reminds you
That I'm trying to obey God
And not you.

And that bugs you.

See, if headscarves entered mainstream fashion,You would never protest to them.
You wouldn't assert that my freedom is jeopardised
Or blurt, "oppression!".

It might not be to your fine fashion taste,
But you'd move on.
Go on, admit it.

But since modesty equals faith,
You unabashedly bash me,
Claiming to want to "free" me.
Ladies and gents,
Welcome to modern chivalry -
A hidden form of bigotry.

I depend on God,
Not on your latest analysis of me,
Because, you see,
Through you, too,
He is testing me.


2014 fashion,

Lace is on!

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Whether cutwork, crochet or eyelet, this ancient handiwork takes a chic update for spring. 

The lovely balance between  conservative and coquettish style that lace gives to this season can be use just in about everything, and why not an engagement and/or bridal ceremony?

Lace dress by Watters

Want to try out some of this  looks or make your own color choices?, visit Watters page and play with with the color options available, you will enjoy, the price is also accessible and don't forget to visit us on FaceBook Muslim Elegance to find the best color and fabric option for a body to to match with your dress!






2014 fashion,

Zuhair Murad Spring 2014 Couture

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Via: Andrea Janke's blog

Inspirations straight from Garden Eden, the mystical garden segment of Zuhair Murad's Spring/Summer 2014 Couture collection overall contained a multitude of camellias, roses, peonies, gentian, and more, all shimmering atop gowns, jumpsuits, and cocktail frocks. Sparkly, laden with flowers, feathers and crystals in a stunning colour palette in peach, rose, pale green, lavender, gold, range blossom and ivory.

  Imagine all this beauties with a hijab and of curse an under-dress  because of the transparent lace.












a series of red-carpet looks in ivory, black and gold, some incorporating animal-skin motifs. A short-sleeve column dress was covered with black sequins arranged in a zebra pattern, while a nude tulle gown with a sweeping skirt featured a black sequin motif inspired by panther skin. Then came the new territory: a sequence of heavily embellished gowns in a rainbow of pastel hues. Piled with shiny fabric flowers, sequins and feathers, they veered toward the wrong side of opulence.

Outside his garden, a grouping of daywear looks featured ivory suiting pencil skirts, trousers, open jackets all fronted in a double row of gold buttons. The look was his Parisian ideal, Murad explained before the show. Then he singled out a New Look-style outfit in guipure lace as his synthesis of modern femininity. But if any pieces in the collection adhered to that description, they were the ones that showed off the upper back, their fabric scooped out or cross-strapped like swimsuits.

He added fauna to complement the flora: Black sequins delineated a zebra print, and feathers crept up the neck of a gauzy halter gown. Embroidery on a full-length white caftan revealed a python print down the body and panther spots along the sleeves. By one count, Zuhair Murad’s wedding dress alone bloomed with upwards of 25,000 floral appliqués.