Saturday, 27 April 2013

April 2013 giveaway entries

Assalaamu alaikum,

I started a giveaway last week and the deadline was today so I just wanted to share all the entries with iHijabi readers because there were some really good suggestions that I think we can all benefit from.

The challenge was to write a short piece on: 'the plight of Muslims around the world and what you think we as Muslim individuals, communities and the Ummah as a whole, can do to improve the conditions of our people and our world'.  


Ambreen Ahmad

"I think the plight of muslims around the world is ignorance and due to this ignorance and negligence they have forgotten the true and real aim of this world which is to prepare well for the akhirah with our righteous deeds.The current scenario of muslim ummah can be solved by becoming more aware of our innerselves as muslims and realize our duties  and responsibilities as true muslims.The dilemma that the ummah faces currently is arrogance.As an ummah we are always letting each other down by spreading violence through sarcastic words,actions and behaviour,comparing and discriminating on the basis of wealth,social status and all other worldly possessions.I think we need to stop doing this by work collectively to hide each other's weaknesses and strengthening each other's positive capabilities to bring out the best in us as muslim ummah."

Amira Rafiq

"We live in a time where the imaan of us muslims is constantly being tested, acknowledging that every difficulty we face is a test determines whether we become successful in both this world and the hearafter. It is a sad reality that often we can forget that our faith is being tested by people surrounding us and we fall short to the tricks of the shaytaan and we let it affect our imaan. One big step towards changing and improving the condition of muslims in this world is by realising WHEN we are being tested by others around us and to to stand forth and be strong in these situations. A clear example can be shown through the very recent bombings in Boston; imeediately it was suspected to be a terrorist Muslim attack but subhanallah, the accusation was false. This should be seen as a means from Allah calling us and wanting us to become closer to him- He could have let the accusation be true and Muslims wouldve once again been labelled and been facing hardship in this world, but he wanted us his slaves to turn to him and show gratitude for the blessings he bestows us with.

Ultimately, we should always want to follow the sunnah and teachingsof our beloved Prophet PBUH. In a hadith it states that when one part of the body hurts, the whole body is in pain and such is the muslim ummah, when one believer is in hardship, the surrounding muslims should understand the pain and help the brother/sister as it linksto the hadith ' love for your brother what you love yourself' we should help out of love for one another, for Allah's sake. With these intentions insha'Allah it will become easier for us to build a strong bond amongst one another and help one another change for the betterment of this life and hereafter. Our ultimate aim should be jannah; insha'Allah."

Nura Ahmad

"To improve the plight and suffering of our global Muslim ummah, it is important we as Muslims are first educated in our deen. Alhamdullilah we have the Quran and hadith to guide us in our daily lives and behavior, and how we must treat others. I feel so many of the problems plaguing the Muslim ummah stem from lack of unity. As Muslims, we find ourselves constantly having to defend our religion and beliefs to the public, and we are being divided both by outside influences as well as from inside. As Muslims, we must support each other. In order to strengthen ourselves as believers, we must study Islam and understand it. With a deep understanding of our faith, we can then, inshallah, be the best ambassadors of our faith to the world."

Ambaur Yousaf
"In my opinion as  Muslim individuals no matter if we live in the east or the west we should strive to become the best we can be and influence others to choose the right path and in order to that we must recieve knowledge from the Quran and our Prophet Muhammed SAW's actions not Google and the inaccurate opinions of people we get nowadays that are brainwashed into our minds by society and the media. In terms of society we should be making groups and influencing muslims and non-muslims to join and share Islam together. We also should go to schools and have workshops going on worldwide to spread the message of Islam. As an ummah we should spread Islam through in lots of ways to the public, whether artisitically or politically so we can reach to all the public no matter what age, gender or religion as currently, through media we are being stereotyped and we are doing nothing about this. Our brothers and sister in Syria are suffering the result of our ignorance. This is the time to change and fly the flag of our Ummah as we come together and be one and stop living for worldly desires."

Nadiya Marintez
"1. Raise awareness 
2. Learn to be content with what you have. Encourage brothers and sisters to stop being materialistic. 3. Charity starts at home. Give to the local and needy. Maybe rent local space in your area and cook food for the homeless and poor. 
5. Be grateful. Learn to live with less than you have. Use a day in a month to spend a night on the street or help the hungry search for food. Put yourself in their shoes and you will learn that there is always someone worse off than you. 
6. Suffering is not just internal physical, it's also mental. Help brothers and sisters re unite with their faith. Praise them when they do good rather then critiquing their faults"

Maryam Iqbal

Asa, Bismillah! We need to hold on to Allah's rope (Quran and Sunnah) tightly, as we have strayed heavily away from it. It's all about moving 'Back to Basics'. Quran is a personal letter from Allah to each and everyone of us, we need to open it, read it, contemplate, ponder, teach it, and make it a part of every second of our lives! Everything will fall into place itself, inshA! We seriously need to do 'amar bil ma'aroof and nahi a'anil munkar'. We need to stand up, love our Deen, be proud of it, and lead others."

Aqeela Mahroof
"Firstly I think that the Muslim Ummah need to be confident in themselves and be proud of their Islamic identity. We need to automatically give da'wah with our personality. We need to have the optimistic attitude of "We can do this together". Others suffering are our sufferings on a humankind level. Imagine to yourself 'what if I was in this position?' 'what if that was my mother/father/brother/sister who was shot down or killed?' 'What if it was me who didn't have a house?' This would change the way we think about issues. We should then also start up organisations and take action, or even work with running organisations to actually make a difference in the society, whether it be nationally or internationally. But before doing all this remember that every action should be for the cause of Allah (swt). Make this an intention. Wake up each day with an intention to strive in the path of Allah. And He (swt) will come running to help inShaAllah. Pray for the troubled around the world and say Alhamdulillah for the blessings we have been provided with."

Shaheeda Motiwala
"Well seeing as no one saying anything I think the world needs to be taught tolerance and acceptance, the difference between culture and religion and also morals and ethics. These build emotional and mental character and would allow people to use these feelings as well as their understanding to themselves identify where they are going wrong. And honesty needs to be imbedded in one and all. The basics of being good humans that's what the world needs! Just my initial thought! I could go on forever lol" 

Safia Noreen

We need to know our history. Muslims have no idea the fascinating facts of science and Islam. Which Islam revealed 1400 years ago and science is only discovering now. We also don't know about the amazing heroes in our history because it is not taught to us. All we really know about is the prophet and key sahabah. But there are so many amazing Muslims we know nothing of.
Second we need to teach Muslims to be proud of our history. Most Muslims don't have anything to be proud of and don't know how to defend our deen. This includes hiving young Muslims yje confidence to be so proud of their history and to know it inside out. Muslims don't know their own story so how can they be expected to help anyone.
Lastly the mosques need to get more involved in this and not be just a place of prayer where people are taught the ritualistic aspect of our deen. But also reach out to young people and teach them this missing Muslim narrative. "

Umme Fatimah Qazi  
"Allah (SWT) says in surah Ra'ad part of ayah 11:
"God does not change the state of a people, unless they change their selves"
So i would like to suggest lets follow Quran and the the example of the Prophet SAW and his SAW seerah.
1. Step one firstly work on ourselves individually and try to strive of Allah's raza. According to surah Al-asr:
Work on two things.
Eeman & A'mal-e-Salayeh

2. Step two is to work with others as an ummah. Acording to Surah Al-Asr, Do two things again.
Enjoin eachother to truth and Enjoin eachother to paitience.

All muslims constitute= muslims ummah, so if each one of us focuses on ourselves firstly and then make his positive contribution to the ummah in shaa Allah condition will improve and their will be no suffering

Husna Z.A
"We should be proud to be Muslims and practice it according to the Quran and Sunnah. We shouldn't be shy in spreading awareness about the suffering Ummah around the world and the easiest way would be through Facebook, Twitter and other social medias. While we're doing that, we should make dua for them and include them in our prayers. Human value should be placed rather than just plain statistics such as what is happening in Burma, Palestine and Syria. We can also join the organizations that are fighting for their cause. If we can't volunteer, then a simple donation would mean a lot for them to help those in need. Besides that, we should also be united and be a true ummah, taking effort in understanding and accepting each others differences in backgrounds."

Nessa Uddin
"Give Dawah to friends and family, even going back to basics, talking about manners and etiquette. Explaining the beauty of Islam and how easily it can be implemented into daily lives. Explaining how the little things we take for granted- such as giving a smile, helping your partner or family member wash the dishes, comforting someone in need, things like this hold big rewards, every little counts. I can go on and on, the list is endless! x"

Farah Rehman

How to improve the condition/suffering of the Muslim Ummah through my eyes.
First and foremost the youth need to take a leap of faith (excuse the pun) and really stand up for what they believe in. Practice what they preach, do t pray your salad behind
closed doors, who are you ashamed of bro? You think your homies are going to judge you? Allow all of that and think about the One that IS judging you. We're writing our own stories, the youth have the chance to make theirs the best. Step up to the mark and own the Masajids like you own the footy fields, forget five-a-side on the pitch come pray five times five in a row, the best buzz ever. 
But on a serious not; I believe Masajids need to be more accommodating to the needs of the youth. What's the purpose of having a khutbah in a language no brother or sister is going to understand; the imaams need to reach out to the youth. The Masajids, as they were once, need to be the hub and the hub of the Muslim community. Through this will the ummah learn of the struggle if our brothers an sisters In deen around the dunya.

I will announce the winner later today or tomorrow on  facebook , a winner will be chosen at random so please stay tuned to the iHijabi facebook page

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Review | Boutique Al-Khaleejia

The Prophet peace be upon him said: "The Almighty has mercy upon he who is considerate of the buyer when selling and considerate of the seller when buying."
I love writing reviews for Muslim businesses online because I like telling my readers about new companies that can cater to their needs Islamically as well as help those businesses out by giving them a platform to tell people about their company. Unfortunately today I'm writing a not so good post about a company that has recently cheated customers out of hundreds of pounds. I've tried to keep the review as balanced as possible and have even left links at the end with both good reviews from bloggers as well as negative reviews from customers.

I found Boutique Al-Khaleejia on facebook a couple of years back and was really impressed by their beautiful khaleeji style abaya's as well as very unique designs. I was later contacted by them in May 2012 asking me if I would write a review on some of their shayla's, I messaged the sister back and forth and she seemed like a really lovely down to earth sister, we talked about our personal lives and all the reviews on her facebook page and by other bloggers were glowing. However, I never did receive the items for review because the owner was moving houses and was really busy among other things. After doing a bit of research online recently and reading many reviews from early customers as well as later ones I was shocked at what happened to this online company.

One of the first things I read about them in a negative review is that they replicated other designers work, thus ripping off actual designers. Back tracking on those e-mails I sent to the sister she did mention that she doesn't design any of the abaya's herself but that some of their designs are inspired by other world famous designers such as DAS, she mentioned that she works with a team of designers in the middle east that make the abaya's & jalabiyyah's and can also custom make abaya's for sisters as well. However what  many of the original designers were not happy about was the company using their pictures without permission.

From what I have gathered I can tell that the sister I was speaking to was the first owner of the company (Dania), she has since sold the business and cut off all ties with the tailors she was working with as well as the model she uses in her business pictures (Christine Sisk) . The new owner of this company has taken money off customers for the abaya's and has not paid the tailors or got back to her customers, some customers have received their abaya months after it was due and even then in very poor quality, nothing like what is described, others have not receieved their orders at all or been refunded. The new owner blames the old owner and the very few responses people have received from the old owner say that she no longer has anything to do with it and it is the new owners problem.

The reason I write this post is not to expose someone of their sins or whatever but because I am obliged to keep you guys updated with what's going on in the online world of 'Islamic' modest clothing business. I don't know what happened to sister Dania and don't know who is actually to blame in this situation but I am shocked that the company is still up and running after so many people have complained.

The abaya I was looking to buy was around £130, at the time I was still a student and didn't have the money to spend so I left it but I can only imagine the anguish of sisters who have been cheated out of such an extortionate amount of money with no explanation.

Many people have tried to speak to the old owner and the new one directly to no avail, it seems to me like earlier customers were very satisfied with their products and Dania was doing a great job but in the last 6 months something has happened that resulted in a lot of un happy customers. The tailors as well as the model for the company have also both come out and told customers that they've lost all contact with the owners and it's true that everyone involved with the company in the last 6 months have lost a lot of money.

If I came across this company and had only read the reviews written in early 2012 by bloggers such as misshijabi, hijabrevival and muslimah reverie I would have spent money on one of their abaya's and been in the same boat as many sisters who have been trying to get in contact with Dania and the new owner since November/December 2012.

Many customers have also complained that the owner has been very defensive and rude when it came to criticism whether it's from bloggers or customers themselves. I have found out that any negative comments on the facebook page from customers were deleted and people who wrote negative reviews on their blog were threatened with being sued for writing negatively about them and for using their pictures in the review (even though they themselves used pictures from designers that they were replicating)

What you can do...

The only thing I can recommend to sisters who were thinking about buying from this company is don't, wait until all the current problems with customers and paying the tailors has been sorted before you part with your money because at the moment nobody knows where the money's going or whether they'll ever get their orders.

For sisters who have paid and not received anything, you should contact the company that you paid through, Paypal has strict rules for buyers and sellers and if you don't receive your item online you can take it up with paypal who will try to sort it out for you. I would also recommend you speaking to your credit/debit card company and see if they can help you in any way.

When online shopping was new, people were really wary with using their card online and were afraid of being scammed by fraudsters or those who could not deliver on their promises, but lately everyone has become more relaxed with online shopping thus not checking out customer reviews or checking if the company is reliable before parting with their money. I would urge all sisters to be careful when shopping online because it is an easy way for people to rip you off, make sure you are convinced the company is well established and trustworthy before spending.

Since uploading the status on facebook about this expose I have received messages from other sisters telling me they have experienced the same thing with other companies.
One sister writes: "I read your last post on being ripped off by an abaya co run by a muslim sister.... I am wondering if it is the same I dealt with.... she did not reply to a custom made abaya I ordered for 200+ dollars that did not fit me even after she took my measurements and I lost 10 lbs, expecting it to be big on me.... it still fit too small... I tried to be as reasonable as possible, even paying for the shipping costs, so she could add material...but she did not even reply.... I contacted the credit card co and disputed the charge bc of this problem..."
This is the reason you need to be really careful, especially with custom made orders because I have experienced similar things with another company but have alhamdulillah got my money back for that. Sometimes you wont be so lucky, the company owners wont have a conscience and you wont get your money back.

I hope and pray everyone who feels like they have been cheated in this situation and similar situations get their money back and companies catering to Muslims implement Islamic rules in business, because ultimately you can hide from your customers but you wont be able to hide from Allah.

This post was not to demonise anyone, to scare you or to make you never spend money online, but to inform you of the dangers of not doing your research, so you are aware of potential scams even by 'Muslim' business owners. I have tried to be as balanced as I can after reading everything everyone has said about the company and have also tried to give the company benefit of doubt and all I ask is for them to come out and explain themselves to their customers in order to gain their trust back. All it takes is a bit of communication.

Below are links to reviews from the early customers as well as more recent unhappy customers

Early Reviews:




Recent Reviews:


https://www.facebook.com/boutiquealkhaleejia - if you click on this link and then click on recommendations you will see all the reviews from very unsatisfied customers

I'd like to stress that this is not very common and most businesses run by Muslims or geared toward Muslims are not that bad and most people do have good Islamic business ethics.

Peace, Love, Salaams & Du'as


Have you had any good or bad experiences with this company? If so leave a comment below. All rude comments esp using fowl language & spam will be deleted.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Giveaway | April 2013 sponsored by Hijab Fashion Shop

Assalaamu alaikum!

We've now reached just over 6000 likes on Facebook (and I'm feeling generous) so I wanted to do a giveaway to celebrate

In this giveaway you will need Like both iHijabi facebook page and Hijab Fashion Shop facebook page (If you have facebook).

You will then need to write a short piece on 'the plight of Muslims around the world and what you think we as Muslim individuals, communities and the Ummah as a whole, can do to improve the conditions of our people and our world'.  

Send this in to ihijabi@gmail.com with 'Giveaway APR 2013' written in the subject line as well as your name and location.

I wanted to do something that can get us thinking and see how we can change our communities & society in a more positive way so I do hope you guys come up with some good stuff that I can share with the world inshaAllah.

You will win any scarf of your choice from the Hijab Fashion Shop website.... http://www.hijabfashionshop.com/

DEADLNE: 27th April 2013

I look forward to all your feedback inshaAllah (=

iHijabi x

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Review | Jersey Scarves Comparison

Assalaamu alaikum girls!

I posted an update on the Facebook page saying that I have accumulated over 20-30 jersey scarves and that I'm a little bit obsessed with them. I will, inshaAllah, be doing a haul video/post when I get all of my jersey scarves together but today I just wanted to give a little overview on jersey scarves and the companies I have bought/received them from.

The 2 top companies I have got jersey scarves from are Hijab Obsessions and Hijab Fashion Shop...other places I have got jersey scarves from are The Pinned veil, Noble Starz hijabs, Rabia Z, Inayah and Primark.

Jersey Scarves are made from a stretchy jersey/viscose fabric which I find really easy to wrap and drape. They range in sizes from regular to maxi, they also range in quality of fabric. You technically don't need to wear pins because the fabric doesn't slip and stays in place, but if you wanted to keep it secure you can use pins without ruining the scarf. Some of the jersey scarves can be quite thick/heavy but you can also get thinner/shorter width ones which will be significantly lighter.

For those of you wondering how you wear them, the trick is not to try to be neat with them! I think jersey scarves look best when there are irregular folds & drapes....other wise watch the 2 youtube tutorials below one which is my fav style by Amena (start at 7:07) and one by Saman.

I have majority of my jersey scarves from Hijab Obsessions and I feel like these are the best quality ones out of my collection. They do have regular size but all the ones I have are maxi size, they're all incredible quality, really soft and drape really nicely.The variety of colours & styles (shimmer, snood etc) is also amazing and I've had a lot of compliments from hijabis/non-hijabi's and even non-Muslims with the jersey hijabs from Hijab Obsessions.

Aubergine Jersey scarf from Hijab Obsessions

Shimmer Jersey Scarf from Hijab Obsessions
Jersey Snood from Hijab Obsessions
You will see all the scarves from HO in my haul video iA.

I also have quite a few from Hijab Fashion Shop, I'm not sure if they're maxi or just regular but these ones compared to the ones from Hijab Obsessions are shorter in width and thinner. So if you want a more light weight jersey scarf I would go for the ones from Hijab Fashion Shop, they're also easier to manage because there isn't so much fabric to work with.

Jersey scarf from Hijab Fashion Shop

Jersey Scarf from Hijab Fashion Shop
Cobalt blue jersey scarf by Hijab Fashion Shop, worn by my cousin
The first ever jersey hijabs I bought were from The Pinned Veil, I got a black one and a brown one to begin with, they were really nice at the beginning and did drape really well but I have found that the brown one I got from there doesn't stretch as much now and so I find it difficult to frame the scarf around my face as it doesn't fold how I would like it to. I was really pleased with the jersey scarves from the pinned veil and still wear the black one (which is in good quality after 2-3 years of wearing it), however, because I liked it so much I ordered a light grey one from them and was really disappointed, the grey one was not soft and did not drape as well, it didn't fold how I wanted it to, rustled when I moved my head and felt really bulky. When I e-mailed to ask why the fabric for the grey wasn't the same as the black & brown I was told that they're not always made from the same fabric because sometimes the same fabric is not available in that colour, so I did not buy any more from them as I felt it was a bit hit n miss.

Brown Jersey Scarf from the Pinned Veil
I have a few from Noble Starz which are customised with lace, borders and little gems, again they're not made from the really soft jersey that Hijab Obsessions use and because of the borders you can't really wrap it normally and have to style it around the borders/patterns that have been sewn/stuck on.

Jersey scarf with border from Noble Starz

Jersey Scarf from Noble Starz
I have one jersey hijab from Primark, it is nothing like the jersey hijabs from any of the hijab companies and is really quite difficult to frame your face because of the stretch of the fabric. But I do like the colour of the scarf and it is really soft so drapes very well, you have to pin this one down a lot more but it looks really nice. (Also probably the cheapest £4). I have one in beige and my cousin has one in royal blue.

Jersey Scarf from Primark

Jersey Scarf from Primark

Jersey Scarf from Primark
I have one black jersey scarf from Rabia Z and it's quite short in width, I don't wear this scarf on its own or very often because it doesn't let me create the folds and drapes as with other jersey scarves and doesn't give the coverage I require.

Rabia Z jersey scarf

Rabia Z jersey scarf
So my recommendations lie with hijab obsessions and hijab fashion shop.... the quality of the scarves really are reflected in the price so if your wondering why some of the scarves are more expensive then you have to buy it and see for yourself, you wont be disappointed.

I have a patterned jersey scarf from Hijab Obsessions which I don't wear very often because it isn't as soft as the plain ones, doesn't frame my face/ drape very nicely and I can hear it rustling when I move my head (same as some of the noble startz patterned jersey scarves and the grey pinned veil jersey scarf)

I have done reviews for most if not all of the companies mentioned so you can check them out here:

Please note: the reviews below reflect my thoughts and opinions at the time I received the scarves, this post is an update and tells you what I think after using them for a few months/years. I have also got a lot more scarves from some of these companies and all information in the reviews below is correct at the time of publishing.

The Pinned Veil

Hijab Obsessions Colourful Jersey

Rabia Z

Hijab Fashion Shop

Noble Starz

I've just ordered these two scarves from Inayah Collection so I will do a review on them once they arrive inshaAllah.


I have recieved the scarves from Inayah collection (see image above) and I wanted to update the post with my views on them....

The jersey scarves from inayah are very soft, lightweight and comfortable but I think they're overpriced for what you are getting. Apart from a label with Inayah written on it they're not that much different to the jersey scarves from Hijab Fashion Shop in terms of fabric and size (I actually think they're from the same wholesalers to be honest because of the 100% viscose label).

I paid £12.95 each (+ 3.99 p&p) and you can buy jersey scarves from Hijab Fashion Shop for around £7.50. I still like the scarves and the reason I bought them from Inyah is because I liked the shades that they had to offer, which I couldn't find on the Hijab Fashion Shop website. So if you're thinking the price for inayah's jersey scarf is because there must be something better about the quality I can assure its not, the only thing I think you are getting for the high price is the brand and I'm not really into branded stuff unless it's reflected in the quality or is something I can't get anywhere else.

So if you're looking for jersey scarves I would do a bit of shopping around to get the best product for your money.

All the opinions in the post are my own, I have not been paid or reimbursed to make any of the comments, they are my honest views on the products in order to help sisters make an informed decision about the different companies out there.

Friday, 12 April 2013

The Urban Muslim Woman Show- Confirmed guest appearances

This is an update on The Urban Muslim Woman Show 2013, click here to see the introductory post to this exclusive event aimed solely at promoting strong and independent female professionals, entrepreneurs, designers and students within the Muslim community.

Announcing the first speaker for the Urban Muslim Woman Show

Lauren Booth

Lauren Booth is a broadcaster, journalist, activist and most importantly a woman of revolution. She is known for her passion about Palestine, media and Islam, Women's right in Islam and projects related to peace, faith and hijab.

Lauren Booth will be speaking at the Urban Muslim Woman Show on the 15th June 2013 at the London Novotel West.

Lauren Booth was featured in our 'Inspirational Muslims of Today' series of posts, to read about who she is and why we think she's inspirational click here

Acacia Label

Acacia Label joins the Urban Muslim Woman Show 2013 for the 2nd time.

A classy and exquisite eastern fashion label. Elegant and fashionable dresses crafted for everyone’s dressing requirements

If you follow YouTube guru's like Amena (Pearl Daisy), Dina Toki-O and Saman Makeup Hijabs you would have seen all of these lovely ladies in Acacia Label clothes, so I'm really excited to see the outfits Acacia will be bringing to the Urban Muslim Woman Show!


Sheikha is a fashion label specialising in Islamic and traditional Arab garments, here are just a few of those exclusive Sheikha outfits that I'm totally in love with. Again I cannot wait to see them at the event this year (gotta get saving for some of these beautiful dresses)

InshaAllah I will keep you guys updated with who/what else will be at this extraordinary event so keep checking back here (=

iHijabi x