Tuesday, 20 December 2011


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!

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**

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

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