I am so sorry to my readers, I have not been able to post on my blog for sometime now. I have gotten a full time job a few months ago and have been focusing all my time on my job and family. I was so busy and really tired I found it challenging to even find time to relax. Anyways I thought I would try to begin posting a little bit here and there and try to work my way up to at least once a week InshAllah. My next couple blogs will be some reviews on cosmetics(mini eyeshadow palette and eyeliner) and face cleansers(cleansing pads) which I have tried out, there will be some photos as well as some of my thoughts on the products. Please stay tuned for the upcoming reviews InshaAllah. Thank you to all my subscribers.

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Hijab store review series *MIA hijabs*

Salam Ladies,

I apologize for the delay in making this blog post but there were some other more urgent things going on in my life as of late. The next hijab shop I am going to review is MIA hijabs.

I first came across MIA hijabs while browsing hijab pages on facebook, the company was just starting out on facebook at the time with just 300 fans but now they are up to 882 as I write this review, sure to reach 1000 very soon, Insha Allah. I really like the selection offered by MIA hijabs, it is unlike the other companies that I have come across. They always have something new and fresh that other hijab companies do not have. If you are looking for truly beautiful and unique scarves that you will not find in all the other shops, this is the place to be.

The customer service is really great, after I sent my email saying which scarves I have chosen to purchase, I recieved an email within just a few minutes and the transaction was complete. I asked if they could delay the shipment as I was in the middle of a move and they had no problem doing this, which I appreciate greatly.
When I recieved the package, I opened it right away and was pleasantly surprised. All the products were so beautiful and of great quality, better than I had expected. My favorite were the beautiful pins that I had purchased. They were really sturdy and of good quality. I have purchased pins from other places and the pin itself was a little wobbly and hard to pin as it was not made from sturdy material, but these ones are definitely worth the money and they still are in perfect condition.

Over all I will definitely recommend Mia hijabs if you are looking for unique products, with good prices and great quality. I will definitely re-purchase in the future, Insha Allah.

Rating out of 5*: *****

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I love Shukr!

Although I have never bought anything from there yet, I have been looking at this store for awhile now. I really love their selection of modest tops, skirts, pants, and abayas. Although the items are quite pricey, I have seen in the reviews that the clothing is top quality. One day In shaa Allah, I will purchase something from there. But for now, I would like to share with you some of the items I would LOVE to have from Shukr.

(click on the picture to get a larger image)

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my posts disappeared!

O.K, I am totally not impressed, I recently did two posts and they have just disappeared from my blog, has anyone else had this happen?

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Hijabi fashion Icon

I am loving Dina Toki-0's fashion, it is so modest, yes so fun and stylish. I am wishing I could pull this stuff on, but it just wouldnt look as good, unless I lose some weight of course. I just wanted to share some of her styles that I'm loving! You can check out more on her facebook page.

(I am not claiming ownership, these belong completely to Dina Toki-o)

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Hijab store review series *Alnisa Hijabs*

Salam lovely ladies! I am so sorry I have been missing in action lately, I have just been spending alot of time trying to get my store running smoothly and finding great products to stock, but now I have some spare time and decided to return with another review for my series. Today I am going to be focusing on Alnisa hijabs.

Al nisa Hijabs is a U.K based hijabshop with their own website. They have a proud new owner Lubna Ali, she is doing a great job Mashallah. Al Nisa hijabs has so many beautiful products to choose from. I have had only one experience so far, but I must say that one experience has made a lasting impression. I have been browsing through their shop before,, but did'nt have the funds to make a purchase at the time. As luck would have it(not literally luck, because I don't belive in it but....)there was a contest going on at the time. It was a 'name the hijab' contest and Alhamdulilah I was chosen as the winner. Now I could finally get all the beautiful scarves I have been eyeing for awhile. My prize was a 25 pound voucher for the shop. I did have to add a little bit of funds to get the items i wanted, but even so I got sooo many items for sooooo cheap.

My scarves that I purchased:

I love, love, love all the scarves i recieved, they are all of excellent quality and the prints are just so unique and lovely. They are all great for the summer weather as well. I am also very impressed with the customer service end as well. Quick responses and helpful answers make the shopping experience very satisfying. If it wasnt for me trying to set up my own shop, i would've purchased again and again, but I do not have the funds available now, but maybe in the future Inshallah. If you have been eyeing Alnisa, I say go for it and have fun shopping.

Rating out of 5*: *****

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'The Butterfly Mosque' Book Review

Recently I have picked up my old favorite habit of reading again, I used to read everyday while I was studying Islam, but have become quite busy after having my daughter. Now that my daughter is almost two, things are settling down and I am beginning to have a little more time for myself. When I say little, I mean LITTLE.

So I was out at our local library and picked up two books that seemed of interest to me. The first one was 'The butterfly Mosque' written by G.Willow Wilson. The second was a biography of Muhammad(pbuh), written by Yahiya Emerick in a book series called 'Critical Lives'.

Today I will be focusing on 'The butterfly Mosque'. The author Willow Wilson is a convert to Islam and this book is a memoir of her journey to Islam and to love. The author was born in New Jersey in 1982 and raised in Colorado. Now spending most of her time between Cairo and Seattle. She also authored a graphic novel,'Cairo'. Below are a few excerpts of what some famous Islamic writers had to say about her book.

"A gorgeously written memoir about what it means to be human in
fractured world, told with warmth and a wit to spare. It will
stay with you for years." -Reza Aslan

"An honest and uplifting memoir...that embraces-not demonizes-
both Muslims and the west as critical foundations for Wilsons
spiritual Journey." -Wahajat Ali

This is the summary of her book, just to put it in a nutshell.

"The extraordinary story of a young North American's conversion to Islam and her ensuing romance with an Egyptian man, The Butterfly Mosque is a stunning articulation of a Westerner embracing the Muslim world

After graduating from university, Willow Wilson, a young American — and newly converted Muslim — impulsively accepts a teaching position in Cairo. There, she meets Omar, a passionate young nationalist with a degree in astrophysics. Omar introduces Willow to the bustling city, and through him she discovers a young, moderate nationalist movement, a movement that both wants to divest itself of western influence and regain cultural pride. When the two find themselves unexpectedly in love, despite their deep cultural differences, they decide that they will try to forge a third culture, a new landscape that will embrace some of each of their cultures, and give their fledgling romance some hope of survival.

Wilson weaves this engaging personal story with deep insights into faith in a fractured world, and gives westerners rare insight into an important young reform movement. Butterfly Mosque is an inspiring account of an unlikely cross-cultural love, and the moving story of two young people working within the boundaries of contemporary religion and culture to forge a life together against the odds."

I really enjoyed reading this book. Although the book got off to a slow start, that quickly changed a few chapters in. I really enjoyed the insights the author gave into her personal life. Her writing catches the trials of an American Muslim after 9/11, but I really think this book could help others to understand why people do convert and some of the things that they go through in their everyday life. In the book the main focus is all about Willow embracing Islam, life and love in Egypt, meanwhile trying to keep her American Identity. In the end she finds something that works for her.
I think one of the reasons I enjoy this story is because being a convert myself I can relate to the things she is going through and I can understand her feelings and attitudes towards some of the things mentioned in the book. I think even for born-muslims, they can get a sense of what it might be like to be a convert, and how the experiences can be quite different.
This story is also about Willow finding love in Egypt and marrying into a middle-class Egyptian family. She explores what it's like marrying into another culture and the trials, surprises, and joys that can come with it. In my opinion you can really feel the connection they have as a couple but also their differences make for a really unique love story. Overall I really enjoyed the experience of this book, but I wish Willow would have went a little deeper with her reasons for converting, because most of the story was after the conversion happened. In my opinion: Recommended Read!

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