Contest Winners for World Hijab Day!

Lilac Prose

Hello! Hello! I hope you are having an awesome day (or night depending on where you are =D)!

Like many other Hijabis out there, I celebrated World Hijab Day by sharing my hijab story with all of you on my blog. I also collaborated with the hijab brand Hidden Pearls (I reviewed their scarves a little while back here) for a Facebook centric Hijab Day contest asking Hijabis their stories.

Lilac Prose World Hijab Day Contest Winners 3.pngI received a wonderful response and I am so touched by all the stories I’ve received. Thank you so much for sharing your hijab stories with me!

As promised, following are the names of the three winners who will receive a giveaway real soon In’sha’Allah!

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Congratulations! Please email your name, contact number and address at info@lilacprose.com. Until next time…cheers!

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Book Review: Muslim Girl Growing Up

“Muslim girl growing up, a guide to puberty” is an extremely beneficial book for growing up girls written by Natalia Nabil and published by Prolance.

This book is really a gem covering every aspect of puberty from physiological changes in a female’s body to what to do, Islamic rulings related to this phase and maintaining hygiene. Having such a book is really a requirement for the growing up girls who should learn about this phase in a detailed and easy way without facing any problems when they grow up.

I would really recommend this book to be bought for the girls as soon as they turn 9 as it’s a must have for every bookshelf!

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– Stoori

Book Review: Nanni’s Hijab

“Nanni’s Hijab” is a children’s book written by Khadijah Abdul-Haqq and published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

The story is about a little girl named Nanni who loves to wear beautiful hijabs while going to school and everyone adores her hijabs except Leslie, a new girl at school who envies her.

How she overcomes the bully and envy of Leslie is what this story is all about!

I really liked the way it teaches young children, one of the ways a child can overcome a bully. Also, it may teach a child the art of solving the problems of their own.

I would really recommend this book as it will instill the love of hijab in your young one’s heart plus the hijab day is not far away so, why not to gift this book to the children you know? 🙂

Nanni's Hijab

– Stoori

Winter Must Haves!

Winter is in full swing!

Aside from sweaters, beanies, gloves, socks, heaters & hot cocoa drinks, it’s important to take care of your skin which gets dry and dehydrated despite all the precautions. Don’t forget these essentials to include in your winter must haves:

1) A good brand moisturizing face cream and body butter according to your skin type and needs to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated.

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2) A hydrating lip balm with SPF to prevent cracked, flaky lips.

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3) A pair of silicone gel heel moisturizing socks which are made of soft medical silicone and protects the heels from peeling and cracking. The plus; it’s non-toxic and washable.

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3) A Humidifier

Cold, dry air saps moisture from your skin which causes many skin problems. The advantage of humidifiers is that it puts moisture back into the air, which can be very useful for the skin to prevent it from being cracked and dehydrated.

Important: Use distilled or demineralized water. This can save you a lot of work. Distilled and demineralized water contains less minerals and will save you from having to clean as often. Clean once a week.

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– Stoori

Giving Gifts: The Etiquettes Of Giving And Receiving

Giving gifts is one of the most easiest way to promote and express the feelings of love. Besides, it’s also a Sunnah.

On the other hand, the receiver feels a feeling of happiness and being appreciated. It is stated in a Hadith:

“The Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) used to accept gifts and used to give something in return.” (Sahih Bukhari)

Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) also emphasized on giving gifts in the following Hadith:

“Exchange gifts as that will lead to increasing your love for one another.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

But there are certain etiquettes that should be followed by both the giver and the receiver.

The Giver

The giver should prioritize his/her family, then relatives & nearby neighbors and then the rest of the people when gifting.

The importance of family is undeniable, and it is clear from this Hadith:

“If Allah gives something good to anyone of you, let him start with himself and his family.” (Sahih Muslim)

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As far as relatives and neighbors are concerned, it is proved from several verses that it’s a Muslim’s responsibility to be good to his relatives and neighbors & prioritize them from the rest.

Once Aisha (R.A) asked Mohammad (peace be upon him) that to whom she should give the gift? And he replied that the neighbor who was closest to her.

The Receiver

The receiver should receive the gift with thanks and appreciate it no matter if it’s an expensive thing or not. As Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said: “O Muslim women! None of you should look down upon the gift sent by her female neighbor, even if it were the trotter (fleshless part of legs) of the sheep.”

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Also, they should try to gift back something in return, whether if it’s any occasion or not.

May Allah help us to follow the etiquettes and ways of Islam (Aameen)

– Stoori

Life Goals vs Family Values

Every person has a dream, a desire, a goal, an ambition from the moment they pass their childhood phase. This dream pushes them to work harder towards their aim and it becomes a sole purpose of their life, the reason of their living. As it is said that life without a goal is like a race without a finish line: you’re just running to nowhere!

“We all die. The goal is not to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk

The choice or inclination towards a specific goal may vary from person to person.When on one hand, one person will dream to become a well-known religious scholar then on the other hand, another person’s dream will be to become a famous entertainer. Whatever the choice may be, the question arises: “Shall a person sacrifice their family values for the sake of their life goals? Is it worth it?

It’s a very important thing to consider and think upon because family of some individuals may appreciate their goals and even help them achieve it as it will not cross or violate any of the family values but unfortunately, it could be opposite!

Eventually, an individual will have the only choice to choose between either their family or their life goals and it would be the toughest decision ever.
As leaving an ultimate purpose and aim of your life is difficult, it’s even more difficult to sacrifice your family for it’s sake, who was always there for you through every thick and thin.

“”I am the person I am today because of all the people who have shaped me in every way.”” – Nicole C. Anderson

The family values differ for each person depending upon the religion they follow or the society they live in etc. so, it is important for a person to recognize the fact that either their family values are in accordance with their religious, social and moral values or not? Is it worth leaving your life goal for? Or they are just a bunch of some self-made rules and regulations, only causing a hindrance in the way of their goals?

When a person recognizes this fact, it will be easier for them to decide what to choose and what to leave!

Whatever decision is taken, it must be kept in mind that God comes first. Keeping in mind all the points that what is right and what is wrong, a person should be satisfied with whatever decision they take and trust His decree.

“”When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.”” – Joel Osteen

IMAGEEE

– Stoori

Book Review: Jasmine In The Wind

Ayesha Desai sent me her book “Jasmine In The Wind”, which is published by Prolance and I finally got time to write the review 🙂

The main character of the story is Afraa, who lives in Syria with peace along with her family, which includes her father, mother Dalia, her baby brother Yahya and her maternal uncle Yasin but suddenly, the atmosphere changes!

The only thing she could see is the destroyed houses, the thing she could hear is the sound of sirens in the air and the pleasant smell of jasmines is replaced by the unpleasant smell of bombs.

Eventually, when the situation worsens and her grandfather’s best friend Reeza’s house,which is next door gets destroyed by bombs, accompanying his death, they decide to migrate and leave Syria.

During the journey, they face a lot of difficulties and have to bear the separation of many loved ones, but finally, they reach their new destination called “Deutschland.”

Being in an unfamiliar country, having no proper place to reside, having communication problems and above of all, missing their home country “Syria”,
it is very hard to adjust for Afraa and her family along with other Syrian refugees but they have no other choice than to work and adjust according to the new habitat.

What I liked about this book is that the difficulties that Syrian refugees are facing, the hardships which are faced during the migration process is explained in a very detailed and beautiful manner by Ayesha Desai. It is a must buy for school going children who are interested in discovering the stories about different countries. So, grab one to enhance their knowledge:-)

JASMINE

– Stoori