Wednesday, 28 November 2012

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

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Jinn .... A Brief Intro


A brief introduction about the existence and abilities of Jinn.
Throughout history man has always had a deep attraction for the supernatural and the unseen. The existence of a world parallel to our own has always fascinated people. This world is commonly referred to as the spirit world, and almost every set of people have some concept of one. With some people, these spirits are no more then the souls of dead people- or ghosts. With others, spirits are either the forces of good or the forces of evil - both battling against one another to gain influence over humanity. However, both of these explanations are more in tune with folk tales and fantasy. The true explanation of such a world comes from Islam. Like every other way, Islam also claims to explain this realm of the unseen. It is from this realm that Islam explains to us about the world of the Jinn. The Islamic explanation of the Jinn provides us with so many answers to modem day mysteries. Without the knowledge of this world, the Muslims would become like the non-Muslims and be running around looking for any old answer to come their way. So, who or what are the Jinn?


The Jinn are beings created with free will, living on earth in a world parallel to mankind. The Arabic word Jinn is from the verb ‘Janna’ which means to hide or conceal. Thus, they are physically invisible from man as their description suggests. This invisibility is one of the reasons why some people have denied their existence. However, (as will be seen) the affect which the world of the Jinn has upon our world, is enough to refute this modern denial of one of God’s creation. The origins of the Jinn can be traced from the Quran and the Sunnah. God says:
“Indeed We created man from dried clay of black smooth mud. And We created the Jinn before that from the smokeless flame of fire” (Quran 15:26-27)
Thus the Jinn were created before man. As for their physical origin, then the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, has confirmed the above verse when he said:
“The Angels were created from light and the Jinn from smokeless fire.” (Saheeh Muslim)
It is this description of the Jinn which tells us so much about them. Because they were created from fire, their nature has generally been fiery and thus their relationship with man has been built upon this. Like humans, they too are required to worship God and follow Islam. Their purpose in life is exactly the same as ours, as God says:
“I did not create the Jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” (Quran 51:56)
Jinns can thus be Muslims or non-Muslims. However, due to their fiery nature the majority of them are non-Muslims. All these non-Muslim Jinns form a part of the army of the most famous Jinn, Satan[1]. Consequently, these disbelieving Jinns are also called devils. Jinns also become Muslims, as they did in the time of the Prophet when a group of them were amazed by the recitation of the Quran. God orders the Prophet to tell the people of this event:
“Say (O’ Muhammed): It has been revealed to me that a group of Jinn listened and said; ‘Indeed we have heard a marvelous Quran. It guides unto righteousness so we have believed in it, and we will never make partners with our lord’.”(Quran 72:1-2)
In many aspects of their world, the Jinn are very similar to us. They eat and drink, they marry, have children and they die. The life span however, is far greater then ours. Like us, they will also be subject to a Final Reckoning by God the Most High. They will be present with mankind on the Day of Judgment and will either go to Paradise or Hell.


That which clearly distinguishes the Jinn from mankind, are their powers and abilities. God has given them these powers as a test for them. If they oppress others with them, then they will be held accountable. By knowing of their powers, we can often make sense of much of the mysteries which go on around us. One of the powers of the Jinn, is that they are able to take on any physical form they like. Thus, they can appear as humans, animals trees and anything else. Thousands of people have sighted strange looking creatures all over the world - and it seems more plausible all the sightings of such creatures may have been Jinns parading in different forms.
The ability to possess and take over the minds and bodies of other creatures is also a power which the Jinn have utilized greatly over the centuries. This however, is something which has been prohibited to them as it is a great oppression to possess another being. Human possession is something which has always brought about great attention. But the true knowledge of this subject is rare. Over the last 3 decades the subject of possession has become very commercialized. During the 70’s, films such as The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby were used to educate people about possession. However, because such institutions (the film industry) were heavily influenced by Christianity, knowledge of the subject was non-existent. Rather then educate people about Jinn possession, films such as The Exorcist just tended to scare the living daylights out of us!
Only through Islam can we understand such a phenomena. We know as Muslims, that Jinns possess people for many reasons. Sometimes it is because the Jinn or its family has been hurt accidentally. It could be because the Jinn has fallen in love with the person. However, most of the time possession occurs because the Jinn is simply malicious and wicked. For this reason we have been commanded to recite the Quran frequently in our houses as the Prophet said:
“Indeed, Satan flees from the house in which Surah Al-Baqarah (the 2nd chapter of the Quran) is recited.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
If a person does become possessed, then the name of God has to be used in expelling the Jinn. If we look at the practice of the Prophet and his companions, we find many invocations to exorcise the Jinn. All of them invoke God to help the possessed person. How contrary this is to many modern-day exorcists. Many exorcists, often invoke the names of others besides God to exorcise the Jinn. When the Jinn does leave, these people believe that their way was successful. However, this is a ploy of the Jinn, as it knows that if it obeys the exorcist, then it has succeeded in making him worship others besides God. The Jinn often returns when the exorcist leaves, as it knows that nothing except the words of God can stop it from oppressing others.
It is not only humans which are possessed, but also animals, trees and other objects. By doing this, the evil Jinn hope to make people worship others besides God. The possession of idols is one way to do this. Not so long ago the world-wide phenomenon of Hindu idols drinking milk, shocked the world. From Bombay to London, Delhi to California, countless idols were lapping up milk. Ganesh the elephant god, Hanuman the monkey god and even Shiva lingam, the male private organ (!), all seemed to guzzle down the milk as if there was no tomorrow! Unfortunately people were taken in by this and many flocked to feed the Hindu gods. This feat was undoubtedly done by the Jinn as a classic attempt to make people worship false gods.

[1] Unlike Christianity, Islam maintains that Satan (Lucifer) was from the Jinn and not an angel. Angels do not have a free will to disobey.

Occult Activities of the Jinn

Through their powers of flying and invisibility, the Jinn are the chief component in occult activities. Voodoo, Black magic, Poltergeists, Witchcraft and Mediums can all be explained through the world of the Jinn. Likewise, so can the illusions and feats of magicians. Because the Jinn can traverse huge distances over a matter of seconds, their value to magicians is great. In return for helping them in their magic, the Jinns often ask the magicians to worship them and Satan. Thus the magicians take the Jinn and Satan as lords besides God. In our day, some of the feats performed by magicians and entertainers are without doubt from the assistance of the Jinn. Making the Statue of Liberty disappear, flying across the Grand Canyon and retrieving a ship from the Bermuda Triangle, have all been done by the Jewish magician David Copperfield. There is NO way that a man could do such things without the assistance of the Jinn. It would not be surprising therefore, if David Copperfield had sold his soul to Satan himself.
One of the most frequent activities associated with the Jinn, is fortune telling. Before the advent of the Prophet Muhammad, fortune-tellers and soothsayers were wide spread. These people would use their associates from the Jinn to find out about the future. The Jinns would go to the lowest heaven and listen to the Angels conversing amongst themselves about events of the Future which they heard from God. The Jinns would then inform the fortune-tellers. This is why before the time of the Prophet many fortune-tellers were very accurate in their predictions. However, upon the Prophet’s arrival the heavens were guarded intensely by the Angels, and any Jinn who tried to listen was attacked by meteors (shooting stars):
“And We have guarded it (the heavens) from every accursed devil, except one who is able to snatch a hearing and he is pursued by a brightly burning flame.” (Quran 15:17-18)
The Prophet also said: “They (the Jinn) would pass the information back down until it reaches the lips of a magician or forrtune-teller Sometimes a meteor would overtake them before they could pass it on. If they passed it on before being struck, they would add to it a hundred lies” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari). Thus, it is clear from this as to how fortune-tellers get predictions of the future sometimes right. It is also evident as to why they get so many wrong. Men like Nostradamus are an example, as some of his predictions of the future were correct whilst many were completely wrong. Unfortunately, the amount of fortune telling which occurs amongst the Muslims is also increasing. By visiting Muslim lands such as Morocco, one is able to see as to how much inter Jinn-fortune-teller activity there really is. If you look up at the sky on a clear night in Morocco, you will see the heavens ablaze with shooting stars! A clear display of the devils being chased away from the heavens.
Fortune-tellers also operate through the Qareen. The Qareen is the Jinn companion which is assigned to every human being. It is this Jinn which whispers to our base desires and constantly tries to divert us from righteousness. The Prophet said: “Every one of you has been assigned a companion from the Jinn. The companions asked:

Even you O’ Messenger of God? And the Prophet replied: Even me, except that God has helped me against him and he has become a Muslim. Now he only tells me to do good” (Saheeh Muslim). Because the Qareen is with a person all his life, it knows all that has happened to the person from the cradle to the grave. By making contact with the Qareen, the fortune-teller is thus able to make out that it is he who knows about the person. He looks in his crystal ball or the palm of a person and proceeds to amaze him with knowledge which no one else knows. The severity of going to a fortune-teller is such that the Prophet said: “The prayer of one who approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything, will not be accepted for forty days or nights” (Saheeh Muslim) and: “Whosoever approaches a fortune-teller and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammed.”
The effects of the Jinn are not just limited to fortune-tellers. Other activities such as oujia boards and seances, which are used to contact the dead, are manipulated by the Jinn. ‘Are you there Charlie? Speak to us Charlie!!’ are the sort of words spoken by anxious relatives (names are obviously different!) seeking to make contact with their loved ones. And it is when the Jinn starts to talk and communicate as ‘Charlie’, that the people are truly fooled.
One of the biggest manipulations of the Jinn is through visions. Through these visions the Jinns are more likely to lead people away from the worship of God then any other way. When a person sees a vision in front of his eyes it is something which is very hard to explain away. Only by having knowledge of the world of the Jinn and conviction in God, can a person fight such a trial. The countless numbers of visions of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary over the centuries has been a popular choice for the devils. It almost seems as if leading Christians astray is the most easiest trick for the Jinns! Not only are Christians fooled by these visions, but often the Jinns possess and begin to talk from their voices. To the Christians this is known as the tongues of the Angels and thus a proof for their faith. However, the amount of unintelligible nonsense and rubbish which is heard is a clear proof that this is in fact the tongues of the devils! For other people, visions of their parents or relatives are commonplace. By taking on the form of peoples parents, the Jinns can convince people that the souls of dead people still mix with the people of the earth. This is why so many people believe in ghosts.
The onslaught of satanic visions has also hit the Muslims. Many Muslims claim to have seen visions of the Prophet Muhammed and even God! By doing this, Satan is able to lead astray the weak Muslims. Through such visions, Muslims are often told that the commands of Islam are not applicable to them. The Jinns tell them that Prayer, Fasting, Hajj etc. are not obligatory for them. It is a great deception and unfortunately one which has been very effective. The extent of satanic visions still continues to this day. The recent death of Diana Princess of Wales sparked off great love and adoration for this woman. In fact the grief of the British people was such, that it was as if Diana was something divine. No sooner had the mourning of Diana reached its peak, that visions of her were already being seen at Hampton Court Palace! If these visions did occur, the desire of Satan and his army of Jinn to capitalise on this event, was evident. Such visions are clear attempts by Satan to lead mankind away from the path of God.

Protection from the Jinn
Because the Jinn can see us while we cannot see them, the Prophet Muhammad taught us many ways to protect ourselves from their harm, such as seeking refuge in Allah (God) from the accursed Satan, reciting chapters 113 and 114 of the Holy Quran, and reciting the words taught by God in the Quran: “Say: ‘My Lord! I seek refuge with You from the whisperings (suggestions) of Satan (devils). And I seek refuge with You, my Lord, lest they may attend (or come near) me.’” (Quran 23:97-98)
Saying Bismillah (in the Name of Allah (God)) before entering one’s home, before eating or drinking, and before having intercourse will also keep Satan from entering the house or partaking with a person in his food, drink and sexual activity. Similarly, mentioning the name of Allah before entering the toilet or taking off one’s clothes will prevent the Jinn from seeing a person’s private parts or harming him, as the Prophet said. Strength of faith and religion in general will also prevent the Jinn from harming a person.
Reciting Al-Kursi verse in Arabic (Quran 2:255) provides also a strong protection against the Jinn, as we learned from the story of Abu Hurairah (one of Muhammad’s companions) with a devil.[1]
Also the Prophet Muhammad said: “Do not make your houses like graves, for Satan runs away from a house in which al-Baqarah chapter [chapter 2] is recited.”(Narrated by Saheeh Muslim)
These Arabic verses and prophetic sayings were some examples of how a Muslim would get protection from the Jinn. Islam teaches us how to deal with all of God’s creation - and not just the Jinn. A true Muslim should not fear Satan or the Jinn, because Islam taught us about them and how to get protection from their harm.
The world of the Jinn is one which is both sinister and intriguing. By knowing of this world we can explain many of the mysteries and issues which bother us. By doing this we can avoid the extremes which the people have gone to; nothing being more extreme then worshipping others besides God. By learning the monotheism of God, we defend ourselves from these hidden allies of Satan:
“Indeed he (Satan) and his tribe watch you from a position where you cannot see them.” (Quran 7:27)


[1] Abu Hurairah (a companion of Muhammad) said: “The Prophet Muhammad put me in charge of guarding compulsory charity collected in the month of Ramadan. Somebody came and began to take away some food-stuff from it. I caught him and said, ‘I must take you to the Prophet of God.’ He replied, ‘I am a needy man with a large family, and so I have a pressing need.’ So I let him go. When I saw the Prophet next morning, he asked me, ‘O Abu Hurairah! What did your captive do last night?’ I said, ‘O Prophet of God! He complained of a pressing need and a big family. I felt pity for him and I let him go.’ The prophet said, ‘He told you a lie and he will return.’ I was sure according to the saying of the Prophet that he would return. I waited for him. He sneaked up again and began to steal food-stuff from the charity. I caught him and said, ‘I must take you to the Prophet.’ He replied, ‘Let go of me, I am a needy man. I have to bear the expenses of a big family. I will not come back.’ So I took pity on him and let him go. I went at dawn to the Prophet who asked me, ‘O Abu Hurairah! What did your captive do last night?’ I replied, ‘O Prophet of God! He complained of a pressing need and the burden of a big family. I took pity on him and so I let him go.’ The Prophet replied, ‘He told you a lie and he will return.’ (That man) came again to steal the food-stuff. I arrested him and said, ‘I must take you to the Prophet of God, and this is the last of three times. You promised that you would not come again but you did.’ He replied, ‘Let go of me, and I shall teach you some words with which God may benefit you.’ I asked, ‘what are those words?’ He replied, ‘When you go to bed, recite Al-Kursi verse (Quran 2:255), for there will be a guardian appointed over you from God, and no devil will be able to approach you till morning.’ So I let him go. Next morning the Prophet of God asked me, ‘What did your prisoner do last night.’ I answered, ‘He promised to teach me some words which he claimed will benefit me before God. So I let him go.’ The Prophet asked, ‘What are those words that he taught you?’ I said, ‘He told me: When you go to bed, recite Al-Kursi verse from the beginning to the end and that by reciting it, there will be a guardian appointed over you from God who will protect you during the night, and no devil will be able to come near you until morning.’ The Prophet said, ‘Verily, he has told you the truth though he is a liar. O Abu Hurairah! Do you know with whom you were speaking for the last three nights?’ I said, ‘No.’ The prophet replied, ‘That was a devil.’” (Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

The Journey of The Soul After Death

>>>Journey After Death<<<

This is more than a story! Pls try and read, maybe it may change your thinking about "Life."....

It was Halloween night. I made plans with my friends Omar and Malik to go watch SAW 3 at a nearby theatre in Santa Monica, California. We were running late and I realized that I had not prayed Isha but I didnt say anything because I did not want to upset the mood. “Ill just pray afterwards,” I told myself.
I only lived 26 years. My 27th birthday was exactly two weeks away. I always imagined I would live long. At least until age 60. It just wasn’t imaginable that I would have such a sudden, unexpected death. I  graduated from the University of Southern California three years earlier with a degree that means absolutely
nothing right now. Shortly after, I landed a job as the marketing director of a major clothing company. Aside from the usual life problems, I was living a normal life. My girlfriend of 4 years was starting to pressure me into us getting a place together. I knew I wasn’t supposed to have a girlfriend in the first place but I enjoyed her company and friendship. I wasn’t ready to give that up. I used to always tell myself that eventually I would marry her. Plus, what would these few years of living a sinful life mean by the time I got older?
My job, girlfriend and life-friends took up the majority of my time. It seemed I never had time to pray. I
hardly even had time to sit down and eat. Offering prayer was always something that irritated
me. I did give an effort to keep up on my prayers but for the last two years of my life I gave up. I pretty
much stopped praying altogether. I never made it home in time to pray that night. SAW 3 was a walk
through the rose garden compared to what I was about to experience. I was doing 80 on the route 10 freeway. At 12 midnight, 80mph is not considered speeding. Omar flipped through FM radio stations searching for the song he liked. Malik had fallen asleep in the back seat. I began to doze off too. I used to hate when that happened. I shook out of what seemed like a 10 second snooze. I tried to keep my eyes
open. But again I dozed off. Omar screamed, “HEY!” It was too late. The car struck the center
divider and spun back into the flow of traffic. An on coming car hit my door. That car was also hit
by another vehicle. We finally came to a halt somewhere in the middle of the freeway, a hundred
yards from the spot of the collision. I didn’t feel any pain. I was just dizzy. I heard Omar and Malik moaning as good civilians tried pulling us from the wreck. I wasn’t rescued until the fire fighters arrived. It was quite a
task recovering my battered body from my totalled car. Breathing became difficult. The fire fighters huddled around me and frantically applied device after device. “He’s not gonna make it,” I heard one of them say. I’m not gonna make it? How? I didn’t feel like I was dying. I felt nothing. My heart started pounding. I was soaked in sweat and blood. I saw Malik standing over the top of me with tears in his eyes. “Don’t quit on
me”, he told me. At that time I knew it was over. I started to cry. The fire fighters moved him away
as they made last attempts to revive me. I died. An angel came to me and removed my soul. I watched him fly away with it in disbelief. “How could you? I’m not even 27,” I pleaded. “It’s time,” he told me and left…
Two minutes later they pulled a white sheet over me. Omar and Malik, apparently doing better than me, pulled the sheet back to look at me one last time. They cried their eyeballs out. I had known them ever since I was 13 years old and had never seen either one cry. It was a depressing sight. The ride to the morgue, until then, was the worst experience I ever had. I was alone. It was dark and cold. I missed my mom. I missed
my brother. I missed my sister. I wished I had spent that last night with my family instead of with Omar and Malik. I worried what my mother was going to do when she saw me in this state. I was ugly. When we finally arrived, I was placed in another cold room with dozens of other dead people. I missed my family so much. Every so often a family came in to view their dead. I always thought it was my family but it wasn’t. Hour
after hour passed. No mom. No dad. I started to cry again. Then one odd hour I recognized voices.
My father walked in with my mother in his arms. His face was worn from stress. Hers wet with
tears. They just stared into my eyes and cried. I stared back. I wanted to tell them I loved them. I
couldn’t. I wanted to hug them. I couldn’t. Mom stroked my bloodied hair and kissed my forehead. Dad held her up from collapsing. He slowly pulled her away. I was to be buried the next day. When my parents left, it hit me. I never made Isha prayer! My heart  jumped out my chest. I owed Allah a prayer and failed to deliver it to Him. I had hundreds of missed prayers over the past two years. Now I was about to face Him. I felt powerless. For those of you who have never experienced guilt at death, there is not a worldly
feeling that amounts to it. It is guilt and sorrow at another level. I tried getting up to make Isha
prayer but I couldn’t move. It was over. I had no second chance. Then I began to think back. I
never knew my memory was so good. I had more than enough time to ponder as I was awaiting
my burial. I literally remember every single prayer I missed and reasons why I missed them. Most
were laziness, procrastination and neglectfulness. I knew I was in trouble. I wished they would
take longer to bury me. I failed! I failed! My girlfriend paid me a visit. She was a devil. When I was alive I
saw her as a pretty angel. My pretty angel who loved me and would do anything to make me happy. If I had the ability, I would have cursed her and demanded her to leave the morgue. She put her hand on my forehead. I allowed her to do that for the past four years. Now that I opposed to it, I could do nothing about it. The devil cried for hours at my side. She just would not leave. I felt cheated. I felt like she pulled a
joke on me for the past couple of years of my life. I hated this devil! She was ugly! She smelled
horrible! She finally left… As she walked out the door my heart was filled with fear and anxiety.
The funeral was simple. My body was washed. I didn’t seem to care that my naked body was exposed.
My worries far surpassed my desire to be modest. I was wrapped in three white sheets.
About 300 people attended my funeral. I was saddened not to see my mom at the funeral. I wished she came to see me one last time before they put me in the ground. I never knew so many people cared about me. Many just stared at the tightly wrapped figure in disbelief. Others cried and cried some more.
The mass prayed for me. Thousands of individual prayers were made. They asked Allah to
have mercy on me. They asked Him to forgive me. I wanted to pray for myself but I couldn’t
speak. I was helpless. I was carried to the hole in the middle of the barren desert. The people
followed. It seemed like slow motion. I didn’t want to go. If I had 24 bonus hours I would pray
non-stop. They lowered me into the ground. The anticipation was eating away at me. I had surely
failed life. I thought back on everything I had worked so hard to accomplish. I earned a college
degree. I had a well paying job. I spent hours and hours in the gym ever since I was 16 years old
developing my body. I had a pretty girlfriend who loved me. In that life, that was a badge of
honor. But as they were lowering me into this grave, which seemed like it took forever, I realized I
couldn’t use any of those “accomplishment s”. If only I had been that dedicated to praying
five times daily, I would have been at peace right now. Instead I am a nervous wreck beyond anything
you all can comprehend. Dirt fell in my hole. Darkness overcame my new home. The last
shovels of sand filled the grave. Everyone sadly walked away. The graveyard started to empty. Family
by family. Mine was the last to leave. I could hear their footsteps as they walked away. By nightfall
it was just me. All alone. My wrapping was soaked in sweat. I nervously awaited the angels to
come and question me. They finally did. My final judgment has not been reached yet. I am
now waiting for judgment day. Still lying here, alone, as day comes and night falls. Soon I will
meet Allah Himself and He will decide whether He will forgive me or not. I can only lay here, wait
and hope The All Forgiving, The Most Merciful forgives me and does not punish me. I hope. That
is all I have right now. Hope. 

The Glorious Qur’an says:
“Every soul shall have A taste of death: And only on the Day Of Judgement shall you Be paid your
full recompense. Only he who is saved Far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden Will have
attained The object (of life): For the life of this world Is but goods and chattels Of deception.” [Al-
Qur’an 3:185]
“Whatsoever is on it (the earth) will perish. And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour
will remain forever [al-Rahmaan 55:26-27]
“Everyone shall taste death. Then unto us you shall be
returned” [al-‘Ankaboot 29:57]

O’ People Turn To Allah Before You Turn To Dust!

Friday, 23 November 2012

The Camel "Hump" Hijab Style

This is a special post for all my dear Sisters who prefer this fashion by making a big 'bun' on their heads specially while wearing the hijab...
This is a fashion now considered by the modern day Arabs and it was already predicted by our Prophet (SAW) !!
Please read on what are the rulings on this.

Our Prophet (SAW) said:
There are two types of the people of hell that i not seen yet;
Men with whips like the tails of cattle with which they strike people,
and women who are clothed yet naked walking with an enticing gait with something on their heads that looks like the humbs of the camels, leaning to one side. They will never enter paradise or even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be detected from such and such distance.
[Muslim and Ahmad]

The Hadith is very clear and scarily also true, there are many Muslimah's today that wear Hijab who have really huge scarves around their head wrapped around to make a huge hump above their heads. To them this is a style which attracts people to look at them more. This defeats the whole purpose of Hijab.

When a sister makes a decision to wear the Hijab ALLAH swt is most pleased with her, for someone giving up their desires and submitting to ALLAH swt, to become a righteous person is an amazing transformation. But then you cannot make a compromise on that decision by giving in to the Dunya and following others in becoming cursed. Because that is exactly what you will be. Read the following.

Our Prophet (SAW) said:
"There will be in the last of my Ummah (nation of believers), scantily dressed women, and the hair on the top of their heads like a camel's hump. Curse them, for verily they are cursed."
In another version He said:
"...scantly dressed women, who go astray and make others go astray (away from the correct path or direction); they will not enter paradise nor smell its fragnance, although it can be smelled from afar.
[At-Tabarani and Sahih Muslim]

'Scantily dressed women' are those who wear clothing which reveals more than it conceals, there by increasing her attractiveness while opening the path to a host of evils.
If you have been doing the camel hump Hijab style, Stop it immediately and repent.
ALLAH swt is the most Merciful and most Forgiving and HE loves those who seek forgiveness and repent.

Hijaab Tutorial

Hijaab tutorial will be hosted in the following areas 

Umzinto 02 Dec 2012
Durban Overport : 20 jan 2013 
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Thursday, 22 November 2012

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Durban Designer Showcase

Durban Fashion Showcase

In support of the
Advice Desk for the Abused…

Durban Fashion Showcase 2013 will be hosted at the Mixed Zone at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday 30 November 2012, 19h00 – 19h30.
The aim of the event will be to showcase local couture designers and exclusive boutique houses, whilst raising awareness for abused men, women and children.

Durban Fashion Showcase 2013 will take place during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence and will also incorporate and support Thursdays in Black – Supporting a world without rape and violence.

Durban Fashion Showcase is proudly supported by the Post Newspaper, Moses Mabhida Stadium, KZN Fashion Council, local celebrities, local designers, and local businesses, Taxi Indaba, Paperspace, Publicity Matters and various well wishers.
Yusuf Moolla, journalist and Eastern Mosaic presenter, Miss India SA Koshicka Singh, Mrs UN Finalist Lisa Campos, and Mikail Hansa celebrity photographer and model are amongst some of the confirmed celebrities who will be taking to the catwalk to show their support for the event.

The inaugural Durban Fashion Showcase 2013 will bring together the talents of celebrated, established and emerging designers, and local fashion houses, showcasing the trends for 2013 on the designer catwalk.

The event will see local producer & model agency boss Danny Moodliar of Absolute Models at the helm as creative head, whilst former Durbanite Gitanajali Pather has lent her expertise in terms of artistic support.
The Durban Fashion Showcase is the brainchild of radio and television presenter and local media personality Faradh Patel, and is set to become an annual event on the local fashion circuit.
International Hair Stylist Shirley Naidoo-Hair Sensations, will bring her skills to the event whilst make –up artist Somayya Khan of En-visage will add glamour with her specialist make-up.
Designers include seasoned and contemporary designers:

RUTHY SAMAAI –Showcased at Bahrain Fashion Fashion week , Vodacom Durban July winner, creator of Couture, Jewellery , Fascinators


BLAKLISTED -NISHAI SOOKHDEO – PMB Designer showcased at SA Fashion Week 2012

LINDIWE KHUZWAYO – Seasoned Durban Designer, Winner & recipient of various  Awards

NADINE PILLAY – Seasoned local designer,

MIKE NARAINSAMY – Seasoned local designer – SA Fashion Week 2012 & designer at Durban Dusiness Fair 2012

PRINCESS CUT COUTURE -AMIRAH & TASNEEM MIA – An incredible duo with spectacular designs from Gauteng

SIMONE BASDEO – Gauteng Based Designer

Tickets for the Durban Fashion Showcase 2013 are available at Computicket.
Durban Fashion Showcase 2013 proudly supports 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence and Thursdays in Black.

For further information contact:
Durban Fashion Showcase – 031 825 4994
Yusuph – 0799 541 541/
Faradh Patel 072  711 8338

Friday, 16 November 2012

The Pink Hijab Glitz & Glam Affair

Pictures from The Pink Hijab Glitz & Glam Affair will be featured in Ed.3 of The Life, Style & Fashion Mag .... on sale in December 2012

Fashion on the ramp .... Who was there from the A List .... Details on the Designers ... Find out whose behind the new Sofia Collection

All this & much more!

Apa Khadija Randeree

Apa Khadija Randeree Is A Life Coach & Empowerment Counsellor With 20 Years Of Extensive Experience Working With Women, Youth And Kids.She Is The Founder And Director Of Libasut Taqwa Institute, As Well As A Mother Of 7 Children.

Libasut Taqwa Empowers You From The Root Level. Nurturing You Into Truly Beautiful And Confidant Women Of Islam! Creating Peace, Love And Unity Within Ourselves & Our Communities. Libasut Taqwa's Motto Is  'Model With Us On The Ramp To Jannah!'

Apa Khadija's Means Of Inspiration Has Been Her Beloved Parents Who Were Sterling Examples Of Quraan and Sunnah.Her Love and Concern For The Ummah Is To Continue Sharing This Light As A Legacy Of Her Beloved Parents!

This Is Hosted In The Form Of Various Workshops and Productions For Women And Youth, As Well As A Specialized Kiddies Booster Development Program, And Her Yearly Empowerment Classes That Are Free To All Sisters.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Pink Hijab Glitz & Glam Affair - Event Review

On the 9th of November, Durban Muslima hosted its second Pink Hijab Event. Quite different from last year’s tea garden and conference, this year we highlighted this initiative with The Pink Hijab Glitz and Glam Affair, an event of food, fashion friends and family. The NMJ Islamic Centre was transformed to a haven of pink decadence with exuberant, extravagant fashion by leading design houses – Essence Collection, Mora Ammo, Nur el Ein, Zeeny B, Fanazish Couture and the launch of The Sofia Collection.

The response to the event was over-whelming.  

Durban Muslima, is no formal organization. It is in the process of registering as an npo. What started as a blog with a growing following, Shireen Mansoor, the woman behind Durban Muslima collaborated with Shenaaz Jamal and Safia Kazi to put this event together. “We had many issues to adhere to in putting together such a huge event and we tried our best to ensure that the event was to everyone’s satisfaction. “

We overwhelmed with positive feedback however there were some negative issues  from patrons which we would like to address some of the issues, here:
·         With every event, there are always hiccups and some issues are in our control and can be improved upon and some are beyond our control. Example the heavy downpour caused a lot of the patrons from arriving late to the venue, hence a delay in starting the program. The weather was beyond our control but us delaying the start was in our control and we ensure that our next event will start promptly on time.  After evaluating the logistics on the floor on the night before the event we included an additional 100 tickets and increased our catering requirements accordingly. After this we still experienced a frenzy for tickets and even had to turn away people at the door on the evening of the event. We encourage patrons to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment.
·         As Apa khadija from Libaas ut taqwa pointed out during her talk, in a gathering of women it is ok if ones hair is open or the arms are bare. At NO time was any of our models parading on the ramp with her satr exposed. This was merely to illustrate that within the right context, Islam is not restrictive. Also that we enccourage women to dress up for their husbands saving him from Hell fire. If she becomes the object of her husband’s affection, there will be no need for him to transgress.
·         At any time during the show there was no music played. During the fashion segments, we used vocals by Nasheed Artists – Maher Zain and Zain Bhika.
·         Food has been a complaint by many patrons, we have looked into this matter with much care and attention and assure patrons that at the next event will be more attention will be placed, on ensuring  that the food is served promptly and adequately.

·         Durban Muslima would like to thank every person that supported our event and took the time to send us feedback on the event. We have addressed the main concerns here, however  all the feedback received has been taken into account and we will implement actions to make sure that  with your advice and suggestions, the next event is even bigger and better.

·        The aim of these events is to provide an alternative for our young girls where they can get dressed and enjoy a night out with friends and family. The sad reality is that our girls are being led astray, frequenting the fashion shows at clubs and bars. Intermingling with and being drugged and raped by drunk non muslim boys! These fashion shows serve as our humble initiative to make a difference and we ask for the full support of the Durban Muslim community.

Durban Muslima has come out of the event with more experience and knowledge and Insha Allah with the support of the public we propose to forge ahead with our forthcoming events:
·         The Purple Hijab Fashion Fenomenon  - A dinner and fashion show in aid of victims of domestic violence February 2012
·         The Women in Business Expo  

For more information on our forthcoming events, please visit: or contact Shireen Mansoor on 083-597-9602 / email: / bb pin 2a6fd61c

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The Pink Hijab Glitz and Glam Affair --- Feedback

We would like to thank all those patrons that visited and supported
The Pink Hijab Glitz & Glam Affair.

We are taking all complaints and recommendations seriously and will implement corrective and improvement actions accordingly to ensure that our next event is bigger and better than the first. Insha Allah.

Pics etc. from the event will be available in Ed. 3 of The Life, Style & Fashion Mag.

We have already announced our next event, to commemorate The Purple Hijab in Feb 2013.
So watch this space for more info.


A Touching Story for Married Couples

My husband is an Engineer by profession, I love him for his steady nature, and I love the warm feeling when I lean against his broad shoulders. Three years of courtship and now, two years into marriage, I would have to admit, that I am getting tired of it. The reasons of me loving him before, has now transformed into the cause of all my restles ...sness. I am a sentimental woman and extremely sensitive when it comes to a relationship and my feelings, I yearn for the romantic moments, like a little girl yearning for candy. My husband, is my complete opposite, his lack of sensitivity, and the inability of bringing romantic moments into our marriage has disheartened me about love. One day, I finally decided to tell him my decision, that I wanted a divorce.

“Why?” he asked, shocked. “I am tired, there are no reasons for everything in the world!” I answered. He kept silent the whole night, seems to be in deep thought with a lighted cigarette at all times.

My feeling of disappointment only increased, here was a man who can’t even express his predicament, what else can I hope from him? And finally he asked me:” What can I do to change your mind?” Somebody said it right, it’s hard to change a person’s personality, and I guess, I have started losing faith in him.

Looking deep into his eyes I slowly answered : “Here is the question, if you can answer and convince my heart, I will change my mind, Let’s say, I want a flower located on the face of a mountain cliff, and we both are sure that picking the flower will cause your death, will you do it for me?” He said :” I will give you your answer tomorrow….” My hopes just sank by listening to his response.

I woke up the next morning to find him gone, and saw a piece of paper with his scratchy handwriting, underneath a milk glass, on the dining table near the front door, that goes….

My dear, “I would not pick that flower for you, but please allow me to explain the reasons further..” This first line was already breaking my heart. I continued reading. “When you use the computer you always mess up the Software programs, and you cry in front of the screen, I have to save my fingers so that I can help to restore the programs.

You always leave the house keys behind, thus I have to save my legs to rush home to open the door for you. You love traveling but always lose your way in a new city, I have to save my eyes to show you the way.

You always have the cramps whenever your “good friend” approaches every month, I have to save my palms so that I can calm the cramps in your tummy. You like to stay indoors, and I worry that you will be infected by infantile autism. I have to save my mouth to tell you jokes and stories to cure your boredom.

You always stare at the computer, and that will do nothing good for your eyes, I have to save my eyes so that when we grow old, I can help to clip your nails,and help to remove those annoying white hairs. So I can also hold your hand while strolling down the beach, as you enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful sand… and tell you the colour of flowers, just like the color of the glow on your young face…

Thus, my dear, unless I am sure that there is someone who loves you more than I do… I could not pick that flower yet, and die.. ” My tears fell on the letter, and blurred the ink of his handwriting… and as I continue on reading…

“Now, that you have finished reading my answer, if you are satisfied, please open the front door for I am standing outside bringing your favorite bread and fresh milk…

I rush to pull open the door, and saw his anxious face, clutching tightly with his hands, the milk bottle and loaf of bread…. Now I am very sure that no one will ever love me as much as he does, and I have decided to leave the flower alone…

That’s life, and love. When one is surrounded by love, the feeling of excitement fades away, and one tends to ignore the true love that lies in between the peace and dullness.

Love shows up in all forms, even very small and cheeky forms, it has never been a model, it could be the most dull and boring form.. . flowers, and romantic moments are only used and appear on the surface of the relationship. Under all this, the pillar of true love stands… and that’s our life… Love, not words win arguments