Tuesday, 20 December 2011

"Faith & Fashion" Souk Fashion Week 2011

Local fashion showcase- Monday to Wednesday- FREE entry, Reserved seating

MONDAY- Jasmins Bridal; Fantabulous designs by Fathima Mahomed, Asma Kajee Osman & Essence Collection.

TUESDAY- Iqbal Osman Couture, SB Couture & Sumaya Fakroodeen.(1 designer pending)
WEDNESDAY- Faheema Khan, Rizwana Singh & Nabeelah Akbar. (1 designer pending)




vip seating (front 4 rows) R150
normal seating R100

Goodie bags will be given to all guests, and refreshments will be served.
Note: VIP's will be given socialing opportunities with designers&RabiaZ.

NB: Faith & Fashion management reserves the right to re-sell your tickets if not picked up on the day of the show by 12:00 at 189 west rd, Overport. There will be no ticket sales at the door for RabiaZ if venue has reached it's maximum capacity. Although the local nights are free, tickets MUST still be reserved for seating allocations. All local designers, boutiques, aswel as RabiaZ will be exhibiting their garments in a special section designated to them within the souk.

To reserve tickets please call our offices on 0312081601, email sfactor103fm@gmail.com or inbox S-factor Salma Kazi.

Sponsorship queries can be directed to Faheema Khan on 0828922909

Rabia Z
Essence Collection

Iqbal Osman

Jasmins Bridalwear


Bling! will be at the Al Ansaar Souk Family Trade Fair 2011.
For Bling! jewellery, accessories, scarf pins, denimwear & much much more.......C u there!

Mendhi 4 U

Mendhi 4 U will be at the DSTV Indian Stand at the Al Ansaar Souk International Trade Fair 2011.

C U There!

Al Ansaar Souk International Family Trade Fair

Summer Time is SOUK time.....Here's some of the exciting items lined up to keep you entertained these holidays......SHOPPING, NASHEED EXTRAVAGANZA, FOOD FUSION, FAITH & FASHION SHOW, LECTURES, & MUCH MUCH MORE

Monday, 19 December 2011

Scarves Unlimited

Scarves Unlimited will be giving away scarves at the Faith & Fashion Show, Al Ansaar Souk at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Essence Collection @ Al Ansaar Souk

Visit the Faith and Fashion event at the al ansaar souk, from 23 December.

Essence Collection will be showcasing our latest range, in ways that are modest and suitable for the everyday wear of muslim woman.

The collection is made up from ranges of the fast east, India, Dubai and most recently..London

A collection that is modestly elegant,appealing to any woman of discerning taste.
Your senses will be overwhelmed at the stunning collection of haute couture garments, fashioned out of sumptuous fabrics, embellished with beautiful embroidery, featuring semi precious stones and swarovski crystals.

 The Essence collection was created by Maccia Moosa after being inspired by a mix of eastern fashion and western couture.

U can visit their store at 122 Crescent Street, Overport
for tickets for the fashion show contact 031-2081601

Nasheed Extravaganza @ Souk 2011

Rabia Z's World of Fashion, where Modesty is always in Style!

A Business Graduate from University of Phoenix & Nassau Community College NYC, Rabia studied fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York and Esmod. Living in USA during the tragic 9/11 events made Rabia realize the challenges faced by moderate Muslimas in their current global situation. Commencing her career in a moderate manner, Rabia Z. had a clear mandate- to design attire for women that were modest but modern - this was a service which she commenced through her online site in 2007.

From her first collection, Rabia Z. evolved as a brand that echoed elegance, reflecting the designer’s quest for perfection. With impeccable finish and finesse of form, it was developed in keeping with global trends but with using her rich tapestry of tradition - both Afghani and Arab. Her designs became synonymous with subtle stylishness catering to the niche needs of the global citizen who seeks to be in touch with the latest international style but within the tenets of Faith.

Hailing in the era of ‘conservative chic’, Rabia returned to her roots in UAE. Here she blazed a trail, winning ‘The Emerging Designer Award’ for her debut collection in October 2007 at Dubai Fashion Week, and British Council's 'International Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year 2008' award. Her vision was incorporated in every signature piece which invited her sisters worldwide to take this first step into modesty.

Master classes with Sir Paul Smith and retail management training at TOPSHOP and SELFRIDGES gave further grounding to her fashion ideology. This set her up to handle technical and marketing challenges in a professional manner. Her new silhouettes were fashionable yet functional, infusing colour whilst styling her veils. Empowering women, taking back the choice, Rabia developed veiled solutions for women facing challenges in shared spaces internationally.

Scintillating collections gracefully adorned the ramps at the Abu Dhabi Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, Creations Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Fiesta and Fashion Expo Arabia. Opening Arabian Fashion World London, Rabia was the first Arab designer to show moderate yet modern ensembles at Miami Fashion Week 2010, unveiling a capsule creation for ‘Women’s Empowerment’ at Fashion Pakistan Week, celebrating African American Muslim women, at Muhammad Ali Centre. Rabia’s collection has also been acquired by Sharjah Museum of Islamic Arts & Culture.

Inspired by Mercedes Benz SLS-AMG Rabia launched her GCC Collection of Abayas and Red Carpet Couture in 2010; construction, cut, drapery, creativity and contemporary chic were the cornerstone of this demi-couture and couture range. ‘RUBY’ her high street label was launched at a special ‘design’ event with SPLASH; “Ruby 4 Aspire” is her high performance sportswear range that celebrates Arab Sports, Women and Sheyla Salon is her customized veiling solutions for the global Muslima.

Frequently covered by prestigious international publications, TV channels -BBC World News, CBS News, Pay-Per-View TV USA, Travel Channel, Time magazine, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, New York Times, CNN, Elle, Marie Claire, OK Magazine, Grazia, Harpers Bazaar, Muslim Journal, Aziza Muslim Women’s Magazine, Vogue Arabia, and international books Islam and Muslims- a Tapestry of Faith (Canada); UAE Encyclopedia; Power Dressing, Islamic Fashion (Amsterdam). She played a lead protagonist in two Award winning documentary ‘DoBuy-The Fabric of Faith’ & ‘The Veiled Threat’ when she reveals a hereto unheard voice on veiling and social entrepreneurship .

Invited to provide design advisory for Persil for their recent TV ad campaign for Persil Black- Abaya Shampoo, Rabia is respected as the voice of the modern Arab Woman. Referred to as one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Personalities in Arabian Business News 2009, she has been nominated as the first Afghani Asian ‘Super Achievers’ –in an ode to her motherland. Her inspirational speech at 5th World Islamic Economic Forum's Young Leaders Forum on ‘Creating Innovative Market’ won her a standing applause. Speaking at Arab Women Leadership Panel of Columbia University’s Barnard College 2010 and ASPIRE Woman 4 Sports Conference Qatar November she found a new direction.

Invited to participate in British Council’s Cultural Leadership International Program, Rabia is honing her leadership skills in Beirut, London, and NY, using her scholarship bursary to train under Brian Tracy's team. Training for inspirational speaking, focusing especially on strengthening her personal and business skills, she hopes to emerge and lead, to teach designers and young women entrepreneurs how to confidently pursue their dreams, careers and goals. Commencing by speaking at the visionary panel of 85 Broads, Dubai Forum, London College of Fashion’s UAE Courses; Rabia will continue providing motivation to design students at local universities.

2011 Rabia addresses issues of emerging cultural identities in modern Muslimas. Creating economical sustainability, she commences working on a non-profit Afghan Women's Association to provide supportive initiatives and open communications between Afghani women globally. Networking with prominent Gulf and Scandinavia businesswomen at WSG, Rabia has been nominated to be the keynote speaker on Female Leadership, at the inaugural year of Women for Sustainable Growth seminar, where she seeks to contribute by sharing her learning of globo-local solutions

Al Ansaar Brings you Rabia Z and her collection right here in Durban at
The Al Ansaar Souk

Dates: Friday, 30th Dec 2011 & Saturday, 31st Dec 2011
Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre
Time: 7pm
Ticket Price: Regular - R100 & VIP - R150

Ƥlέāsέ note this will be your final chance to view this fabulous collection By FAMOUS international CELEBRITY designer....

** RABIA Z!**

For more info ƥlέāsέ contact 0312081601
Booking Essential

For more info on Rabia Z and her collection, visit http://www.rabiaz.com/

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Hijab Styling & Make-up Workshop @ Al Ansaar Souk

***PRICE: R50***
(Including goody bag)

*MON DEC 26th--- 1:30pm - 3:00pm*
*WED DEC 28th-- 1:30pm - 3:00pm*


NB: Booking are ESSENTIAL - limited seats;

**Please call (031) 2081601**

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Souk Fashion Week

Essence Collection
Shows are between Maghrib & Isha at hall 6 aside the Durban Exhibition Center.
Mon 26th December to Thurs 29th December is FREE
Tickets must be reserved for seating purposes.
Different designers/boutiques will be showcasing their collection every evening.
RabiaZ finale 30th,front 4 rows,vip R150,the rest of the hall is R100,you MUST book your seat!.

Reminder-tickets MUST be booked for Souk Fashion week&picked up when available at Al-Ansaar.

Call 0312081601 to book your seat.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Historical Significance of 'Ashura

Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan (Radiyallahu 'anh) relates: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) say: "It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it." [Sahih Muslim]
Abu Qatada (Radiyallahu 'anh) relates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim]
Abu Huraira (Radiyallahu 'anh) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that after Ramadan, the fasts of Muharram have the greatest excellence. [Sahih Muslim]
Alhamdulillah, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) has blessed us to see another year. The first month of this year is Muharram. In this month is an excellent day—the day of ‘Ashura—which falls on the 10th of Muharram. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) recommended that we fast on this day, by his Sunnah. He also indicated how we should observe the fast of ‘Ashura.
Hakam ibn Al-Arat (Radiyallahu 'anh) relates: I went to Ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu 'anh)… I said to him: Tell me about fasting on ‘Ashura. He said, "When you seen the new moon of Muharram count the (days) and (begin to) observe fast on the 9th." I said to him: "Is it how the Holy Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) observed the fast?" He said, "Yes." [Sahih Muslim]
Hazrat Ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu 'anh) relates that when the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said: "If I survive till next year, I will definitely observe fast on the 9th of Muharram (as well)." [Sahih Muslim]
(Note: What the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) meant was that he would also fast on the 9th as well as the 10th to which he was accustomed. We also should try fasting on the 9th and the 10th of Muharram.)

Hazrat Ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu 'anh) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) arrived in Madinah and found the Jews observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura… They said: "It is the day of great (significance) when Allah delivered Hazrat Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) and his people and drowned Pharoah and his people, and Sayyidina Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) observed fast out of gratitude. And we also observe it." The Holy Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) responded: "We have more right, and we have closer connection with Sayyidina Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) than you have"; so Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) observed fast (on the day of ‘Ashura) and gave us orders to observe it. [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]
‘Ashura is a day of great historical significance. On this day: Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam ('Alaihis-Salaam) after his exile from Paradise; Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) saved Sayyidina Nuh ('Alaihis-Salaam) and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim ('Alaihis-Salaam) was thrown by Nimrod; And Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) spoke directly to Sayyidina Musa ('Alaihis-Salaam) and gave him the Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Sayyidina Ayyub ('Alaihis-Salaam) was restored to health (from leprosy); Sayyidina Yusuf ('Alaihis-Salaam) was reunited with his father Ya’qub ('Alaihis-Salaam); Sayyidina Yunus ('Alaihis-Salaam) was taken out from the belly of the fish; and the sea was divided as the nation of israel was delivered from captivity and Pharoah’s army was destroyed. ‘Ashura is also the day when Sayyidina Dawud ('Alaihis-Salaam) was forgiven; the kingdom of Sulaiman ('Alaihis-Salaam) was restored; Sayyidina Isa ('Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah and Sayyidina al-Husayn (Radiyallahu 'anh) (the Holy Prophet’s, Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam, grandson) achieved the honor of Martyrdom.1
Worship Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) as much as you can on ‘Ashura. Whoever fasts on this day is like one who fasts all his life. Whoever clothes a naked person Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) will release him from a painful punishment. He who visits a sick person, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) will grant him a reward that will not be decreased. Whoever places his hand on an orphan’s head, or feeds a hungry person or gives water to a thirsty man, Allah will feed him a feast from Paradise and will quench his thirst with Salsabil (a wine that does not intoxicate). And who ever takes a Ghusl on this day will enjoy excellent health and freedom from sickness and indolence. Whoever provides generously for his family on this day, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) will be generous to him throughout this year. And whoever applies Kuhl to his eyes will never suffer from eye-sore again, inSha’Allah al-Aziz.2
O’ Allah! Bless us to perform good deeds and gain their reward on ‘Ashura. Make the new year one of unity, cooperation and success for Muslims in this city and around the world. Ameen.

1. These are mentioned as what scholars have determined as the specialties of that day in Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani.
2. These specialties are mentioned in Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani.

Friday, 2 December 2011

"Bring a smile to a sick child in hospital Campaign" ♥.

4 days,5 hospitals....we plan to take lil goodiebags to kids in hospitals for Ashura...if u in Durban,ask me how u can assist!
If other areas,perhaps take dis to your local hospital?

Call Tasneem Amod 0731513365 or pin:27D1E4BB or shaheda 0723786204

Kids Swimming Crash Course

CRASH COURSE for 5yrs+.
Commencing 12th Dec أن شاء الله .
A unique 5 day certified course to Guarantee you learn to swim, before you leave for your summer vacation.
All lessons conducted in an indoor heated pool, under the personal supervision by Sehra Mahomed.
Limited space avail. Basic swimming knowledge is a pre-requisite. R700
Call 0837869019 or pin:27B390C6

Glamorise December Workshops

Upcoming Classes/Course/ Demos for December 2011

Monday 5th December- Glamorise Make Up one day workshop= R270per person

Wednesday 7th December- GHD Hair Demo= 100

Saturday 10th December- Upstyles Hair Class by Nazia Abdulla= R900

Tuesday 13th December- Casual Hair Classes By Nazia Abdulla= R750

Saturday 17th December -Make Over workshop By Glamorise Make up, Up-to-date Style, Image, Hair and Make Up Class- R2500 per person

Remember bring in 5 or more friends and you receive the class for free

Raeesa Osman
081 448 1787

The Mithai Session

Breaking News!!!

The Mithai Session by Farhana Arbee has been postponed to NEXT Saturday, 10 December, due to several requests...
So take advantage of this extra time and enrol TODAY!!!

: Saturday, 10 December
: 9h00 to 11h30
: Alpine Road, Overport
: R250 per individual.
: Bring 3 friends and YOU get less 50%!!!
: Make a block booking of 5 or more & receive a fabulous discount! Too good to mention!!!

Take home a box of mithai &
Get a Recipe Booklet, too!

: Bookings are Essential!
: Spaces are filling up fast, so HURRY!

Don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity to empower yourself with an income-generating skill!

Farhana Arbee, 0746395353, 0312092820, 26FFAF31

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Dua for eternal PEACE in life

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ السَّلَامُ وَمِنْكَ السَّلَامُ، تَبَارَكْتَ يَا ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ

''O Allah, You are Peace and from You comes peace. Blessed are You, O Owner of majesty and honor''

May Allah bless us with everlasting peace in our hearts and lives,

Monday, 28 November 2011

Send A Scarf Campaign

The Send A Scarf initiatve was thought up as a community project to better the lives of our Sisters in Zimbabwe.
After a visit to parts of rural Zimbabwe, it became clear that of the numerous challenges in the area, one which could
be solved both immediately and effectively was through clothing.
In particular, the fact that so many women currently have to struggle with tattered cloaks & scarves, while we are so
fortunate to have more than enough. The idea, was to collect cloaks & scarves in as good
condition as possible and then take them to women who would make best use of them. Not only would we be providing
a basic essential, such as clothing. But by showing each and everyone of them that someone cares, we are actually sharing
our hope and love with others.

Right now, there are women in the world who have to suffer the indignity of not having clothing fit to wear. The lack of
such a simple item, can effect their self confidence, esteem & stature in society.

Through both a practical & achievable action, we hope to provide comfort to our Sisters by sharing what we may have
in abundance. In Zimbabwe, like most other places, there are extremes. After a visit to rural Zimbabwe earlier this year, it became
clear that the living conditions are very difficult. One of the striking images, was that of the tattered clothing women had
to wear simply because of the lack of an alternative. Their scarves were in no condition to be worn. It seemed unthinkable
that this was the case, considering how often we had unwanted cloaks & scarves that we didn’t know what to do
with. Of the numerous problems faced, this was one which we could make an immediate positive difference to.

Our goal is to provide clothing in good condition to 1000 of our Zimbabwean Sisters.

As a community project, the aim is clearly defined. The idea is to make this an inclusive project. That welcomes all ideas,
thoughts or otherwise which will benefit those most in need of our assistance. Everyone is a contributor, a member & a

he heart of a community is its women. Through them, we can empower and uplift people.
This can be difficult if everything is stacked against them. Wherever you find poverty and dispair,
chances are you will find women who are low in confidence, self esteem and hope. Through no fault of their
own, life has tended to be more difficult. At times it can feel like they are isloated, alone and forgotten.
Yet, we know this is not the case. If we could, we would all do everything to change their lives for the
better. But where do we start and how do we help each and everyone?
The answer we believe is by showing we care. Sending a cloak or scarf, is a simple act to show that
you are thinking about them. That you believe they have the potential to better their own lives, the lives of
their family and their entire community. By sharing something so personal, you instill a
sense of self esteem and belief in each individual. This connection you build with these women, is the hope
that you pass on to them. Working with them, we can make better, small and simple things that add up to
best change the situation they find themselves in.

Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half of the world’s food, yet earn only 10 percent
of the world’s income and own less than 1 percent of the world’s property. Women play a crucial role in local economies and
the health and well-being of their families. Women who are educated are more likely to have fewer and healthier
children. In fact, mothers with some education immunize their children 50 percent more often than mothers
who are not educated, while HIV/AIDS spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls that
have even some schooling. Poor maternal health reduces women’s capacity to work and limits their ability to generate
income and overcome poverty, often in communities where their contribution to household income and childcare
is crucial.

Poor women are often extremely vulnerable to injury or death from violence. At least one in three of the world’s
women has been physically or sexually abused at some time in her life. Many, including pregnant women and
young girls, are subject to severe, sustained or repeated attacks. In armed conflicts since 1945, 90 percent of
casualties have been civilians and three in four war fatalities are women or children.

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” ..... Mother Teresa

The Send A Scarf woman, represents all women. With an inner strength to be the focal point to all around her.
Each woman you help, has the potential to uplift both herself, her family & community. But nothing happens
over night. We believe that first, we need to inspire, support & instill confidence in her. With this & the knowledge
that others care for her, we are building a platform to change lives for the better.

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”  .....  Diane Mariechild

It is as easy as spreading the word. Tell a friend, a family member or a complete stranger.
If you have spare cloaks or scarves, we would surely appreciate if you could send them. Why not include a
photo of yourself or your family to be included. That way, the woman fortunate enough to receive your donation will
know who it is that cared enough to send a scarf. Find us on Facebook (facebook.com/sendascarf) &
share your ideas on how to improve the initiative. The more ideas the better. Any and all contributions are very
If you would like to act as a drop off point for your area, we would love to broaden our reach for people to easily
find a place to participate. Fill in the form on our website (www.sendascarf.co.za/drop-off/organise/)

It is very simple, in 2012, we hope to have collected enough to travel to ZImbabwe with anyone who wants
to be apart of the journey and distribute the cloaks & scarves to our Sisters. After collecting the clothing, we will clean, press and
pack each garment. If there are letters, photos or whatever sent as well even better. The items will be presented
to our Sisters and documented for everyone to see via our website. For each garment you send, you are creating a bond
with the woman who will receive it. We hope to maintain that through the use of technology. Better placing us in a
position to assist in the best ways we can. So what exactly is Send A Scarf...well, it’s a simple idea.

Send a cloak or scarf to someone who needs it. In this way, you not only are sending the item of clothing, but
also the hope and promise that there are people who are. The initiative was created and is run by ordinary people
like you and I. Each volunteers their time & energy to donate and collect cloaks and scarves that will end up
making a difference in someone elses life. It’s very simple: Cloaks+Scarves+People who care =
Something way bigger than any of us. Ultimately, the problem that needs solving is Poverty.

The best way we believe we can tackle this is by small gestures that add up. Assisting our Sister in need is
the most effective way of changing the lives of all those around her. Send A Scarf exists to help everyone. And everyone
includes men. Indeed, better lives for women mean better lives for everyone in their communities, including
their brothers, fathers, husbands and sons. When you improve a women’s life these changes have a positive
ripple effect. A women is the most influential force in her community to break the cycle of poverty.

The secret behind Send A Scarf is that it’s not one large campaign. It aims to be a collaboration of hundreds of
small campaigns, started by champions of women. But we have to start somewhere. Where better than to
Send A Scarf.

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
~ Helen Keller

For further information please contact us through whatever best suits you.



Friday, 25 November 2011

The Beauty Studio....Make-up

Contact THE BEAUTY STUDIO on 031-3033726

Mendhi 4 U

We cater for individuals, companies, and for all occasions like bridal henna, individuals, corporate events, company fun days, marriages, birthday parties, hen / single nights, movie premieres, festivals, promotions, craft days and ceremonies. Our designs are free-hand and original and may be traditional, Arabic, ornamental or trendy depending on the clients specific requirements.

We also wholesale R&S Hand Mendhi, R&S Nail Mendhi, & Rizwana Nail Mendhi throughout Durban

For more info, visit our blog:  http://www.mendhi4u.blogspot.com/
Or mail us on mendhi4u@gmail.com