On point 👌 esp when I read:
“I have to remind myself on an almost daily basis about the spirit behind my hijab. I style it and match it, but remind myself that it is not an accessory. It is a form of worship to my Creator that I get to show to the world every minute that I’m outside. And so I try to guard my hijab as I do any other form of worship. As its purpose is submission to God, I try to ensure that I am not simultaneously “submitting” to anyone else’s code of dress while wearing my hijab.”


Originally posted on MuslimMatters:

By Maryam S.

When I first started wearing hijab, my mother would pin it for me every day—a square scarf that she’d fold into a triangle, pin under my chin, and whose ends I would then tie into a little knot on my chest. I’d go to school (where my sister and I were the only girls in hijab) like that, thinking that I looked pretty good, especially if I was wearing a particular blue silky scarf that made 5th-grade me feel glamorous. There were other aspects of my wardrobe that I wished I could change at 10 years old (namely the many denim shirts with flower decals that my mother loved buying me so much)—but I can’t recall feeling inferior to anyone because of my hijab style (or lack thereof, really) at that point in my life.

Fast forward 15 years. My fashion sense has developed…

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“Who were you speaking to, O Messenger of Allah?”
“That was Ja`far bin Abi Talib in front of me with a group of angels. Allah replaced his arms with two wings with which he can fly wherever he wishes in Paradise.” اللهم صلي على سيدنا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم

Towards Enlightment


The following story was narrated by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him).

When Sayyiduna Ja`far’s right hand was cut off, he seized the standard with his left hand until that too was cut off. He then clasped the standard with both arms until he was mortally wounded. His companions took the standard from him and took him to the side. They found that he had been struck eighty times (by swords, spears and arrows) but all these wounds were on the front part of his body, not on his back or his side. This was because he remained firm and did not for a moment turn his back to the enemy. He was offered water but he refused to drink it, saying that he was fasting.

“You are fasting on an extremely hot day while being in the midst of this battle?” they…

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Tell be about love-sheikh Hamza Yusuf

Tell me about love-sheikh Hamza Yusuf

This video makes me tear every time I hear it 

True mahabbah for RasulAllah صَل الله عليه و سلم  is connected to Adab; high standard of character

حبّ رسول الله

صل الله على محمد صل الله عليه و سلم💛

اعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم. بسم الله الرحمن الريم

و الصلات و السلام على رسول لله و على اله وصحبه اجمعين

Asalamu alaikum

I hope this post will help/inspire/answer any doubts/questions/thoughts about Niqab

I have compiled a succinct list of reasons for Niqab from researching websites & have included my own thoughts. I wanted to keep this short so I didn’t go into details about things that are explained better on other websites.


-Firstly Niqab is an act of worship, to please Allah SWT, our creator
-its a part of the sunnah, the beautiful legacy left by our beloved صل الله عليه و سلم
-Niqab is another form of hijab. Try to think of all the reasons why you chose to wear hijab. The modesty, protection, hayaa, ibadat, and personal choice are all similar reasons for Niqab.
-Niqab deals with hayaa and understanding the difference between the public and the private sphere (home vs outdoors)
-builds Taqwa (awareness of Allah SWT)
-part of spiritual jihad, to purify nafs(ego). ask yourself: who are you dressing up for? what is your standard of beauty?
It is spiritual problem to be obsessed with personal appearances, or showing off one’s beauty or to seek validation and appreciation from other people to feel beautiful.
-Niqab eliminates the idea of superficial beauty
-In the west, Niqab becomes a form of da’waa of Islam, and reminder of the Muslimah Identity


-Niqab is NOT EXTREME. Technically, everything is covered already, except the face and hands. Adding one small extra piece of cloth shouldn’t seem so drastic.
Niqab is not a bad image of Islam or Muslim women.
-The Ummahat al-Mu’mineenرضي الله عنهم were commanded to do so. They are THE role models that all Muslim women should aspire to. ^the commandment is mentioned in surah al-Ahzaab verse 53.

-Niqab is not just a CULTURAL ITEM. Its used for religious purposes as mentioned above^.
-NOT ALL NIQABIS ARE SALAFIS. Islam allows various opinions on the permissibility of wearing one. Most schools of thought recommend it as Mustahaab.
-Niqabs can be worn in different colors & styles. Interested in buying, please check out these online shops:




-although the face is completely veiled, it is NOT A BARRIER TO COMMUNICATION. In the era of technology, phone calling and texting/messaging are more of a concern for “barrier to communication.”
-EYE CONTACT IS KEY IN COMMUNICATION. More eye contact is made with a Niqab on than without it.

In the west, Niqab is a PERSONAL CHOICE
-personal experience of wearing Niqab differs person to person, IT CANNOT BE LABELED AS OPPRESSIVE, in fact it is LIBERATING RATHER THAN OPPRESSIVE.
It hides one’s skin color, ethnicity, race, age, and femininity. This allows the judgmental people to judge the Niqabi by her Muslim Identity first.
Western fashion media makes $$$ by promoting the idea that women are ugly without makeup. with Niqab theres no need to waste time and money on makeup to coverup flaws in order to feel beautiful.

There all kinds of people who choose to wear it for different reasons. “Niqab is a reflection and extension of one’s identity, without it being the sum of one’s existence” 
Quoted from this insightful article – https://medium.com/aj-story-behind-the-story/for-me-niqab-is-a-feminist-statement-13ca2fc2fe9a

My personal reflection of Niqab

From my short experience of wearing one, I find Niqab highly liberating rather than oppressive. ESPECIALLY here in the West. Where I live, I feel blessed to be able to walk in the streets without being fined and without being deterred from entering a College/University classroom.
Mainstream media may not like to popularize the use of Niqab but comic cartoons are beginning to counter stereotypes: http://www.aquila-style.com/lifestyle/cosmopolitan-living/4-female-muslim-superheroes-countering-stereotypes/99117/ and so are, cute animated children’s cartoons, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pdbshf4iPE

check out this Youtube Documentary of a Niqabi in NYC sharing her experience of Niqab

Truly Niqab is a beautiful thing in Islam
& I can’t help but smile when I encounter another Niqaabi in the random streets of NYC
I hope to continue wearing mine InshaaAllah ^_^

May Allah SWT make it easy for those who wish to wear niqaab and may He make those who do wear it, steadfast. ameen


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An Appreciation by Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad

The mawlid eulogy by Imam as-Sayyid Ja’far ibn Hasan ibn ‘Abdal Karim al-Barzanji (1690-1766 C.E) Rahmatullahi ‘alaih is popular Muslim poetry in praise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam, universally recited to celebrate his birth (mawlid) on twelfth Rabi’ u’l Awwal. It is a poetic biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam with his birth as its main theme. And when a Muslim says ‘mawlid‘, every other Muslim knows it is the birth of the sweet beloved Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam that is being referred to. This mawlid eulogy, just like dozens of others, is based on the Holy Qur’an Kareem, Hadith Shareef and books of seerah (history). It is in two parts. The first is Mawlid Barzanji Nathr, a 19 fasl (chapter) history…

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Eventually the ‘love’ Fir’aun had for Musa (AS) died down… Musa’s friend in Fir’aun’s army eventually proclaims his Islam in front of Fir’aun, mentioned in surah Ghafir as in the following recitation by Sheikh Salman al-Utaybi:

The man tells the people that he sees similarities between Musa (AS) and Prophet Yusuf (AS), thereby implying his feeling that Musa (AS) was a Messenger from Allah. The people at the time of Fir’aun had studied about Yusuf (AS) as part of their ‘school curriculum’ of the time…

This is where Nouman Ali Khan stopped talking about the story and concluded with a remarkable comparative study he had undertaken between this surah, surah Qasas, and surah Yusuf, and this is where this short series of articles will conclude, inshaAllah…

The story of Musa (AS) focused around him and his mother… The story of Yusuf (AS) focused around him and his father (AS)…

Musa was…

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