Monday, 30 April 2012

Needle, thread & fabric

Assalaamu alaikum!

If you follow me on facebook you would have seen me talking about some abayas I designed and may even have seen some preview pictures of them, well today I'm just going to post full pictures of those abayas and some other stuff. Both abayas have been designed for parties and occasions and obviously not for everyday wear.

I actually designed two abayas one which is sea green with a black lace layer on top and the other a light baby pink with a slit at one side revealing some peachy pink lace.

The first is this black & sea green abaya

This is actually a plain green silky satin type abaya and a black lace abaya which is a bit bigger and longer to be worn over the green one, so they can both be worn separately or with other things. I like clothes which I can change up, adapt and wear again to create a completely different outfit altogether, you'll see the black lace in action again later on in this post.

The second abaya is a light baby pink one with a slit on the left side

The tailor didn't actually make this one quite how I wanted it )= It feels a little short (and will defo be with shoes). I designed this one so that I could wear a corsage or a big brooch wear the slit started to dress it up for parties. The brooch in the pictures is actually a hijab accessory from Unique Hijab Pins. The baby pink abaya is again a soft silky satin fabric but more matte than the sea green one above. This abaya doesn't quite drape the way I want it to and I'm not sure if that's a fault in the design, fabric or tailoring.

Do you remember before I said I liked changing and wearing my outfits again in different ways? The next outfit is just that a mix between the above two abaya.

In this one I safety pinned the slit of the baby pink abaya from the inside and wore the black lace one on top. You see how that changes the way the previous two abayas looked? I wore my Arabian Nites abaya on top because I didn't want to show all of the inner abaya, the brooch in the centre makes it look like this is one complete jilbab with a slit down the middle and another fabric underneath. The lace with the lighter colour stands out more as you can see more of the pattern of the lace with the baby pink abaya underneath than in the sea green abaya in the first picture.

So that's it for now (= what do you think of these? Like? No like? InshaAllah soon I will learn to sew so more of my designs can come to life (and look how I want them to)

Review | Samias Treasures

Assalaamu alaikum ladies!

I haven't done a review in a while soooo today I'm going to tell you about this little gem Samias Treasures (= [Click on the name to go straight to their FB page!]

I was sent 2 hijabs and 2 brooches from their collection to review...

First up are these gorgeous brooches!

One thing that struck me when I first took these out of the package was just how sparkly they were, I actually struggled to take a good picture of them close up because the flash kept bouncing off the stones.

The first brooch has a small in at the back which you attach to your clothes, it's in the shape of a ribbon with a bow at the end..very pretty indeed.

The second pin is a kilt pin with diamonte's and a bow which has two dangly strands that move. I found the pin was a little blunt at the end which made it hard to get through my hijab, this isn't really a problem but can leave holes in delicate scarves, however, this can be easily fixed by using a nail file to sharpen the pin and is something I have done with similar pins in the past.

These are just two from their range of stunning brooches and jewellery so don't forget to check out the rest of the range iA.

The first of the two hijabs is a blue polka dot one.

I absolutely love this maxi hijab, the colour is beautiful and gives your outfit a fun retro look. Floral patterns are everywhere and have been for the last couple of summers so I wanted to see something different and unique and I'm loving polka dots at the moment. The hijab is a maxi hijab so is very wide and long giving you great coverage. The scarf is thin and lightweight, made from cotton so the hijab is perfect for this spring/summer. This hijab also comes in a nude colour.

The second hijab is a maxi crinkle hijab with polka dots and bows.

Again this grey & black hijab is a maxi hijab so good coverage, it's a crinkle hijab so wont sit flat on your head but will give your hijab a bit of volume, if you would rather not have volume in your hijab you could always iron out the crinkles. Half of the hijab has polka dots on it and the other half has bows so the possibilities of what you can do with it are endless! Because it's a maxi hijab if you fold the hijab in half and want o only show the polka dots you can do so without the scarf being too narrow. This hijab is shorter than the blue one shown above but is easier to wrap if you're not used to dealing with so much fabric. This hijab comes in black, navy blue and pink colour too, to check out the pictures of the other colours in this range click here

The great thing about Samias treasures hijabs is the amazing offer they have on them. You can buy them for £4 each or 3 for £10. I haven't come across another online hijab store with such a good offer. They also have great offers on everyday straight pins which you can purchase for 50p -£2 click here to check that offer out!

The customer service from Samias Treasures is very good mashaAllah, you can get in contact with them via facebook and the sister usually replies pretty quick.

The packaging was quite standard but not bad, all the items came wrapped separately and in great condition. Alhamdulillah I cannot fault anything to do with the postage and delivery.

I would recommend this company to sisters looking for quality hijabs at affordable prices. So if you would like to check out their other hijabs or even purchase the items in this review click here and like their page....https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samias-Treasures-Page/172074799539184

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Review | Zaza's Grill

I used to attend Arabic grammar classes with two of my cousins in East London every Wednesday and after our last lesson last month my cousin and I decided to go and try out a Pakistani restaurant we used to pass all the time called Zaza's grill.

From the outside the restaurant looked quite impressive, very clean, chic and great interior design. We thought it would be expensive judging from the look of the restaurant but after a quick glance at the menu was actually not too bad.

We went inside and were shown to our seats (we didn't book beforehand), as soon as we were seated the waiters brought us the menu's and pretty soon after that brought over poppadoms, a variety of three sauces, water (which we didn't have to pay for) and were offered drinks. We were amazed with the speedy and friendly service.

The only thing I would say I was a little disappointed about was the menu, we went in thinking the specialty of the restaurant was grilled food (hence the name) but realised the dishes were more curry's and Indian cuisines rather than a variety of grilled dishes. The one grilled dish we found on the menu was a mixed grill dish so that's what we ordered. The wait for the food was quite long but I think it seemed longer because it was getting late and we actually had to get home, but the free poppadoms with the sauces kept hunger at bay. Our food came sizzling on the plate and looked deeelish! (take a look for yourself)

We ordered Peshawari nan with the mixed grill and it was also amazing mashaAllah! Sweet and soft just the way it should be (= I honestly cannot fault the food or the service because it really was a nice meal and I would go there again. Was a little disappointed with the drink as I was really thirsty and felt like it wasn't really enough, but overall it was a lovely dinner. After we finished (or couldn't finish) I asked for a box to take home what we couldn't eat and gave it to my mum who also loved it. My cousin even ('accidentally') started walk out with the plate of salad until she realised what she was doing and we both couldn't stop laughing (along with the waiter) LOL but I'll let her off she had a long week.

The restaurant is a family friendly restaurant with 100% halal food (obviously) the atmosphere is really calm and relaxing with a touch of class, it's spacious and would be ideal for dinner with friends as well as bigger parties.

Thank you to the brothers at Zaza's for a great meal!

Check out Zaza's grill online where you can also make a booking http://www.zazas1.co.uk

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Spiritual | My journey to the Holy Cities

WARNING: Image heavy post

Assalaamu alaikum WR WB!

So I got back from my trip to Saudi Arabia for Umrah and yes it was an AMAZING experience like words cannot describe, ask anyone who has ever been. I mean how do you explain the feeling of walking in the footsteps of the prophets pbut and their companions, how do you put into words seeing the things you have read about in the Quran and seerah of the Prophet pbuh? It is the ultimate get away/holiday/spiritual break/once in a lifetime journey/ historical venture/ spiritually, physically and mentally cleansing trip that Muslim men and women from all over the world and all walks of life make or strive to make.

I thought I would upload the pictures from each area and tell you a little bit about it.

Heathrow to Jeddah international 

These are just pictures at heathrow airport and on the plane journey there...

Clouds over Europe



View from our hotel room...construction work -__-

The beautiful house of Allah built by Ibrahim AS and his son Ismail AS

My little bro overlooking the ka'aba

Stunning architecture

And again

My little bro LOVED getting zamzam water

Mmmm the sweetness of ZamZam

My little bro and cousins inside the Haram

Lol little munchkins praying mashaAllah

Again the amazing architecture of Masjid-al-Haram

Jabal-an-Noor (Mount Noor)- Housing Cave Hira, where the Quran was revealed to the Prophet pbuh

This mountain is astonishingly high, takes your breath away just looking at how tall it is, and to imagine Khadijah RA would take food up to the top of this mountain for the prophet pbuh is just extraordinary =O

Great respect for the beloved wife of the Prophet pbuh and the people of that time, we can't even compare our major struggles to theirs.

Jabal-e-Soor (Mount Soor)

This is the mountain the Prophet pbuh and Abu Bakr AsSiddique RA hid in as they fled to Madinah

As they hid Abu Bakr kept telling the Prophet pbuh "Oh Rasoolullah, they are coming I can see them, they will find us" and the Prophet pbuh would reply "Oh Abu Bakr, have faith in Allah" they found a small cave and went inside as the Quraysh and their army came a spider spun a web at it's entrance and a bird made a nest, the Quraysh cam and thought to themselves they cannot be in there because obviously it would take time for a spider to spin a web and a bird to make a nest and lay eggs in it, and it didn't look like it had been disrupted. The Quraysh gave up their search and the Prophet pbuh and Abu Bakr RA made their way to Madinah.

Jabal-ar-Rahma (Mount Rahma) & the plains of Arafat

This is the mountain on which every person will be judged on, on the day of Judgement.

Masjid in Arafat, only opens during Ramadhan.

The view from the top of mount Rahma, there is a boundry outlined by yellow signs which show the extent of the plains of Arafat, during Hajj all the pilgrims must be within those boundaries at a certain time for their Hajj to be accepted. At the end of time (day of judgement) all the people past, present and future will gather on the plains of Arafat to be judged by Allah. It seems impossible but Allah is the Greatest, and when He says 'Be' it simply 'is'

My dad and little brother on a camel in Arafat, yes they have made every place a pilgrim may visit into a market place and tourist attraction, which is disappointing.

House of the Prophet pbuh (supposedly)

Somewhere among these Mountains of Makkah behind Masjid-Al-Haram lived the Prophet pbuh, his family and some of his companions RA

Mina -Stoning of the 3 shaytaans (during Hajj only)

In the distance you can see the walls which represent the big, middle & little shaytaans from left to right. During hajj all pilgrims must throw a certain number of stones over a certain number of days at these walls to represent stoning the devils.

The wall under the white canopy represents the shaytaan

Makkah to Madinah

My little brother spotting camels in the desert on the way to Madinah



At Fajr time this dome opens up to reveal the sky above, simply beuatiful mashaAllah!

Beautiful arcitechture of the Masjid, seriously could not get enough

Mount Uhud 

On this mountain the battle of Uhud took place- one of the biggest battles the Muslims fought.

This is a smaller mountain opposite mount Uhud. There were a few of the sahaba's RA on this mountain during the battle, they were instructed not to leave their positions and stay alert until the battle was over and only when declared by the Prophet pbuh. A rumour spread that the battle had ended as they saw the Makkans leaving their wealth and property, the mujahideen on this mountain assumed the battle was over and left their positions to claim victory and the spoils of the war, just then the enemy ambushed them from behind and many of the sahaba's were martyred. Near here are their graves.

Qiblatain Masjid 

At this mosque the revelation came to change the Qibla (direction of prayer for all Muslims) from Masjid-Al-Aqsa in Palestine to the Ka'aba in Makkah, hence the name 'Qiblatain' meaning 2 qibla's.

Battle of the Trench & the 7 mosques

I think the battle of the trench took place near here. There were also 7 mosques here, one called 'Fatimah az Zahra masjid' and others which I can't remember, these have now been merged.

Quba Masjid 

This is the first Masjid the Prophet pbuh prayed in when he migrated to Madinah.

SubhanAllah the reward for praying at this masjid is equivalent to Umrah, felt so privaliged to be there.

Shopping in Madinah

The shopping centres in Madinah are soooooo cool! Everything is so cheap compared to the UK, we bought abaya's for around £20 which are being sold here for over double that price. Will try do a Saudi haul on the things I bought soon iA.

Leaving Saudi )'=

Sky over Madinah, felt so sad.

Abu Dhabi

My brother on a metal camel at our 5 hour stop over in Abu Dhabi

So that's it really, my journey came to an end and I came back to dull, grey, rainy old London )'= Now I feel so depressed. Yes, I made du'a for all iHijabi readers and those who asked for specific du'as aswell, please make du'a for my Umrah to be accepted and for all my du'as to be accepted too.