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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
NFL Player Penalized After Touchdown Celebration


Husain Abdullah pictured above praying after TD. Photo provided by USA Today's, Denny Medley
By Jasmine Roziers

Husain Abdullah, a Kansas City Chiefs football player was fined for his celebration after scoring a touchdown Monday night during a game against the New England Patriots . The NFL has rules against excessive celebration; however, according to Yahoo Sports, the rule for excessive celebration technically does not work in Abdullah's case. "The excessive celebration rule is actually kind of vague with players." The safety was flagged 15 yards after he knelt down to the ground to praise Allah. NFL has been in the media lately for controversies, so this is not their first time in the past two months that fans have called the NFL out on their rules and regulations. Yahoo Sports, also makes a point in that, "The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty Abdullah received sparked a quick outrage on Twitter where it was noted that plenty of Christian players mark their scores with a sign of deference, reflection or tribute to their higher power." Several players from Tim Tebow to Brandon Marshall have made religious celebrations after touch downs. Why is it that Abdullah is fined, but the other athletes of a different religion have not been? However, the NFL admitted the mistake earlier today and said they should not have punished Abdullah. The photo above was courtesy of USA Today.
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Monday, September 29, 2014
What is Jilbab?




By Monica Vandiver

What is a Jilbab?

Jilbab: a garment, a dress. Usually that type of attire which conceals the shape of a person’s body. ‘Jilbab’ is usually worn by woman that adheres to the advice Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) gave his blessed family regarding its necessity. From the ayah of the Quran we learn that women are to uphold the jilbab as a religious injunction. It also helps to ward of the stares of strangers as the shape of a dignified person.
There's no reason why faith and respect cannot be fashionable. With this jilbab, neutral-colored pant and classic belt, this is a classy outfit for a day out or for a day in the office.  This is a perfect template for any body size or shape that looks classy and sophisticated while dressing respectfully.
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Young Girl Slandered On Website By Social Media Users


By Jasmine Roziers
An 11-year-old girl, Jenna Al-Shammary became a national name after her performance in a theater play in Saudi Arabia. Al- Shammary sung the National Day song for the play but instead of praise, she received slander and hate on the popular social media website, Twitter. The reason for the uproar over Al-Shammary is because she went on stage to perform without her hijab. The young girl was also wearing red lipstick. The Twitter users expressed their outrage with comments such as calling the young girl "immodest". The girl's father gave his comments about the users slandering his daughter to the Saudi Gazette, “My daughter is a young girl! She’s not as old as was reported on the social media websites. Besides, she sang in front of senior government officials with other children,” the father said."
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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Former Miss Belgium Converts

Lindsey Van Gele (Right) with husband, Mamoutou N’Diaye
By Jasmine Roziers
The former Miss Belgium winner of the 2012 pageant, Lindsey Van Gele has converted to Islam. Gele announced her conversion shortly after being married to football star of Belgium, Mamoutou N’Diaye. 
“I became a Muslim when Mamoutou asked for my hand. A civil marriage was not enough for me. Moreover, I wanted to support my conversion,” Van Gele said in an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws. Gele says that she has been Muslim for about two years now. The photo above was provided by World Bulletin.
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Friday, September 26, 2014
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22 Secrets Girls Who Wear Hijabs Will Never Tell You


1. There are about a million ways to tie a hijab.


Should you tie it round the back so it lies flat on your head? Or should you go for more volume? There are SO MANY DECISIONS.

2. And we can’t buy a new outfit until we’ve found a hijab to match.

Whether your hijab is from New Look or Whitechapel market, you need to think about coordination.

3. But despite owning millions of them, we repeat our favourite five all the time.

4. We don’t wash our hair as often as we should, because we know you won’t see it.

And it means we get an extra half hour in bed.

5. Covering our entire bodies means we get really hot in the summer.

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If you’re gonna hide your hair, the rest of you better be covered too. A hijabi’s gotta do what a hijabi’s gotta do.

6. Which means we seriously question our decision every summer.

7. Getting home is one of the biggest highlights of the day.

Taking off your hijabs is a glorious moment, especially if you tied it too tight in the morning and you’ve had a hijab-headache all day.

8. Every other day is a bad hijab day.

Especially when girls like YazTheSpaz89 always look flawless.

9. We watch hijab tutorials on YouTube.

We have learn how to do all the different styles somehow.

10. Sometimes we stay in all day and we get to use the excuse that putting on a hijab is too much effort.

Our hair needs to breathe! Or so we tell ourselves so we don’t have to get up.

11. That’s why we sometimes take forever to open the door.

We’re just faffing around looking for a blanket to cover our heads.

12. We tell lies when people ask us dumb questions.

Yes, Voldemort lives at the back of my hijab. Yeah, I shower in it too. In fact, I never take it off.

13. We judge other hijabis based on bun height.

People with higher buns are just attention-seeking, especially if they use extra equipment to boost it up more.

14. We spend a lot of time avoiding hugs from strangers.

Especially men.

15. We have really nice hair underneath.

You’ll just never see it.

16. Our hijabs act like a pair of ear muffs, which means we sometimes can’t hear you.

So there’s a rule: You say sorry three times and then just nod and smile.

17. If we drop our lunch, it ends up in our hijab.

It’s kind of like wearing a portable lunchbox.

18. All extreme sports are a write-off.

Layers + movement = sweat levels that can’t even be described.

19. And, despite popular belief, our hijabs don’t act as umbrellas.

We get just as wet as the rest of you.

20. The wind is not our friend.

21. When the word “terrorist” appears in the news, we mentally prepare ourselves for a string of misinformed questions.

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22. But most importantly, we’re really proud of our choice.

22 Secrets Girls Who Wear Hijabs Will Never Tell You
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Thursday, September 25, 2014
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By Monica Vandiver

Women in their 20's and 30's are putting a new twist on the traditional Hijab head dress. While keeping to the modesty, some are dressing in clothes today from name brand teen stores such as Hollister, Pink and Ambercrombie & Fitch-- which is okay. These modern, yet modest looks are the best of both worlds. A Muslim woman does not see many other women dressed the way they are while out in public in the United states, so individuals decided to bring a new style into the mix that incorporates their teen years as well as respecting the god.
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Qatar withdraws from Asian Games in hijab row


Women's basketball team pulls out of tournament after international body refuses to allow team to play wearing hijabs.


Qatar has pulled out of the women's basketball competition at the Asian Games after refusing to abide by international regulations preventing them from wearing hijabs.

The Qatari players had been asked to remove their hijabs before their opening group game against Mongolia on Wednesday, but chose to forfeit the match instead.

According to International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules, Article 4.2.2 dictates players cannot wear "headgear, hair accessories and jewellery". 

With no sign of the rule being relaxed ahead of their scheduled match against Nepal on Thursday, Qatar decided to withdraw from their remaining games at the 17th Asiad, which is being run under the slogan: "Diversity Shines Here".

"We have decided not to take part in the remainder of the Asian Games women's basketball competition," an assistant with Qatar's National Olympic Committee told Reuters news agency by telephone.

Nepal's players took the court for 15 minutes at the Samsan World Gymnasium, passing and shooting among themselves, before the forfeit was announced.

Both Qatar games were recorded as 20-0 defeats on the Games' official website.
Discrimination allegations

The wearing of hijabs has become a big topic in sport in recent years, with Muslim athletes complaining that they are being discriminated against.
We knew about the hijab ban but we have to be here. We have to show everyone that we are ready to play, but the International Association is not ready
Qatari player Ahlam Salem M Al-Mana
Judoka Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani hit the headlines at the 2012 London Olympics when Saudi Arabia demanded she be allowed to compete wearing a hijab.

While international judo federation rules at the time barred her from doing so, Shaherkani was eventually allowed to compete wearing a modified veil.

Competition at the Asian Games is conducted under the regulations of the sports' international governing bodies, meaning athletes in other sports are free to wear hijabs.
All four bronze medal-winning rowers of Iran's lightweight women's quadruple sculls team wore hijabs on Wednesday, while Kuwait's Najlaa I M Aljerewi and Iran's Aghaei Hajiagha Soraya wore them in the triathlon and badminton events on Thursday.

Basketball remains the exception.

FIBA said earlier this month it had held discussions on the issue and was introducing a two-year 'testing phase' on what players can wear, though that only applies at the national level, not international competitions such as the Asian Games.
Taking a stand
An official from Incheon's organising committee had sympathy for the Qatari players but said the Games had to follow FIBA's regulations and that their hands were tied.

"There is not much IAGOC can do to help the Qatari players.We can't change FIBA regulations right now even if we consult with them," the official told Reuters by telephone. 

"Personally I feel sorry for them. All the other sports allow hijabs."
The situation has left Qatari athletes confused and angry.

"We have to take this stand," said Qatari player Ahlam Salem M Al-Mana on Wednesday. "We knew about the hijab ban but we have to be here. We have to show everyone that we are ready to play, but the International Association is not ready."
The Asian Games, which prides itself on diversity and inclusiveness, has brought 9,500 athletes from 45 countries to Incheon to compete in the world's second biggest multi-sports event after the Summer Olympics.
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Defacing of Muslim Prayer Center In Brisbane

By Jasmine Roziers

Queensland police in Brisbane, Australia are investigating a crime of vandalism. The vandals defaced an Islamic prayer center around Tuesday or Wednesday. The police have framed the time of the crime around 8:30 am- 3:30 pm. The vandals spray painted degrading words in white colored spray paint. The words read something along to lines of Muslims needing to "die" and they need to go back "to their own country." According to Brisbane Times, Detective Rob Graham of the Queensland police department says, "There [were] a number of pieces of evidence ... located in the near vicinity. Fingerprints and touch DNA are certainly going to shed some light and also this is a place where there is a high volume of CCTV activity and we're very optimistic we'll be able to determine who committed this offence [sic] in the near future." This is not the first time Australia has had problems with racism and islamophobia. Police report that this is the second time this has occurred in the same city in less than a week, a mosque in Queensland was also vandalized last Friday.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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By Monica Vandiver

According to TwoCircles.net, the Muslim fashion economy is not a dominant one, but it is a growing one. The fashion economy is expected to rise to $322 billion by 2018. While there is not a popular name brand throughout the Muslim culture, local stores are making their names known. The footwear and apparel departments of the Turkish culture are almost as large as the US's. The western Muslims entail the US and Canada's footwear apparel and footwear economy spending about $21 billion in 2012. Not having a dominant Muslim culture name brand fashion presents a great opportunity for manufacturers, retailers and deisgners, and economists are taking adavantage of that throughout the world.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Hijab Style



By Monica Vandiver
In verse 24:31,

The Qur'an says, (which means):

"And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty, that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must appear thereof; that they should draw their "khimars" (a head cover that hangs from the top of the head down over the neck, shoulders, etc.) over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, and their sons, or their husbands' sons, their brothers, and their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free from physical needs, or small children
who have no sense of the sexes, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention totheir hidden ornaments. O ye believers!"

**some people call these items (such as scarves, etc.) "hijaabs", but actually the word "hijab" is meant to describe the FULL hijab,
complete cover from head to toe.


A Hijab is a dress that is meant to cover the women's head and neck from the age of puberty. There is not only one way to wrap the cover up, though.
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By Jasmine Roziers

Anyone who subscribes to any newspaper or watches the news knows the name ISIS. ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The acronyms brings terror to citizens all over the world, including those in Iraq and Syria. However, American citizens are really feeling fear, so much so that a business owner has gotten threats and harassment for even having the name Isis in her business. Meet owner, Julz. Julz owns a makeup business named Isis Artistry in Las Vegas, Nevada. Julz does makeup for on-location events, like weddings and photo shoots. People assume because of the name that Julz supports ISIS;however, that is not the case. Julz explains to CBS Local where the name originated from when she opened doors in 2008, "'[Isis] is an Egyptian goddess that symbolizes love, marriage and beauty,' Julz said. 'It’s very unfortunate now that ISIS is the same name as my company and it’s just this horrible radical fundamental group that is doing these horrible acts of terror.' ” Despite the criticism and threats that Julez has received lately, she says that she will not change the name of her makeup business.
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Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
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By Jasmine Roziers

The big players in the Islamic fashion industry predict that the fashion business for Muslims will increase severely. The Islamic fashion industry was the key piece to the missing, yet booming fashion industry. According to the Saudi Gazette, the spending rate of Muslims spend on fashion will increase to a whooping $322 billion by the year 2018. The Saudi Gazette also reports that, "Globally, spending on clothing and footwear reached about $2.1 trillion in 2012 and this figure is expected to reach $2.9 trillion by 2018. Spending by the Muslim population is expected to grow from $224 billion in 2012 to $322 billion by 2018, comprising about 11.2 percent of the global spending, the report noted." The big spending countries are Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, as of 2012. Thanks to the internet and social media, the world has become a smaller place with the spread of ideas and business being more accessible. With all this being considered, more Muslims can support Islamic businesses. This includes, fashion and footwear.
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East meets West

By Monica Vandiver

This picture illistrates the modest turban with the 90's look of the oversized sweater and work-out leggings. Bring back the good ol' days' fashions with a twist of modesty.





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Saturday, September 20, 2014
New Jersey Is Keeping It Modest At Modest Fashion Show

By Jasmine Roziers
The state of New Jersey hosted one of the largest Modest Fashion Shows last year and this year will be no exception. This will be the second time that the New Brunswick Islamic Center or the "NBIC" will host the event. The name of the modest yet chic fashion event is named HijabFest and the modest fashion show will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ. The HijabFest consists of seminars, fashion shows, workshops on different aspects of Islamic women's health, fashion and media. According to Central Jersey, "There will also be an opportunity to shop the runway looks and more at the the vendor bazaar featuring more than 30 designers from all over the United States. The Islamic fashion industry is a $96 billion industry, expected to reach $322 billion by the year 2018." The event is meant to spread awareness of modesty fashion and to enlighten those already aware of the Islamic faith. The event was so popular last year that the event will be held at a bigger venue due to the high volume of guests expected this year.
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Friday, September 19, 2014
The Muslim Miss World Crowned


By Jasmine Roziers
Last night, the third annual Muslim Miss World was broadcasted to show off the world's most beautiful and muslim women. The beauty competition was hosted by the World Muslimah Foundation and held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The World Muslimah Foundation is a Muslim women's group. The Muslim Miss World is usually held in Bali; however, this year the contest was switched due to protest against Islamic rebels in the area. The winner was crowned and she is Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Miss Nigeria. The contest consist of Islamic wear, knowledge of the Qu'ran and beauty. The photo above was courtesy of the Daily Mail
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Does California Need To Revamp Discrimination Laws?


Does California Need To Revamp Discrimination Laws?


By Jasmine Roziers
Most states in the US have laws to prevent employee-based discrimination. The laws were set to prevent discrimination against a person for their sexual orientation, religion, creed, race and handicap. However, California has been under fire for their lack of enforcement on the laws set in place for the state. KCET explains how a young girl applied for a job at a beauty supply store and got the job, without the hijab. The tune changed when she showed up to work with her hijab on.
She was later given an ultimatum, she either had to take off her hijab or leave the store. how she was instantly dismissed because of her hijab. The young girl tried to open the mind of the manager ,"After explaining her religious beliefs and the significance of hijab to her manager -- an expression of devotion to God and symbol of modesty and privacy expressed through religious dress that is not unique to Islam -- she is still sent home. While she is allowed to keep her job and continue wearing her hijab, the young woman sees a cut in work hours, and is assigned to work in the back of the shop."
Most of the post-911 fear has changed the way other religions see those of the Islamic faith. KCET reports the alarming facts, "Despite a 2012 California law prohibiting religious discrimination in the workplace, many Muslims described instances of a hostile work environment, alleging harassment about terrorism, politics or religion, retaliation and wrongful termination, and failure to accommodate religious practices, such as wearing hijab, growing facial hair or taking prayer breaks during the day. Employment discrimination composed the highest number of complaints in the report, at 15 percent." Christians and other religious groups have a horrid taste in their mouths after 9/11; however, discriminating against an entire group over a few individuals actions is not right. Especially after the state modified the laws to include all parties that can be discriminated against. Religion or faith does not change ones work ethic or their character.

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Palestinian Mansaf Recipe

Palestinian Mansaf

Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian and Palestinian dish made of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt and served with rice or bulgur. To a lesser degree it is also found in parts of Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.[5] The name of the dish comes from the term "large tray" or "large dish" .


Ingredients:

- Jameed ( dried yogurt )
- Lamp meat
- Onion
- Rice
- Pine nuts and almonds

How to cook Mansaf:

1- Whey (dried yoghurt/ jameed) is washed and soaked in water for an hour, then mashed with the blender moulinex, then dried out.

2- Meat is washed and put in a tray and soaked in water.

3- Onion (chopped into squares) is added, then meat is boiled to be rather cooked.

4- Meat is removed and broth is taken.

5- Whey juice is mixed with the soup and left to boil, it can be thickened with cornstarch as wished.

6- Meat is added and it is kept on fire until soup and meat are cooked well.

7- Rice is cooked, and then two or three Arabic loaves are put in the tray.

8- Rice is put on the bread pyramidically, then pieces of meat are arranged on the surface.

9- Mansaf is decorated with the pine nuts and almonds.

10- Mansaf is served with hot whey juice and sprayed on mansaf as wished.


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Moroccan Traditional Clothing

Check out this amazing collection of moroccan caftans, this traditional wear is now know all over the world thanks to its class and oh so many designs.
This collection is more suitable for summer wear, and this year all shades of pastels have been adopted to create these glamorous caftans.
Which one wins your heart?





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Gorgeous Hijab style Tutorial


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Marshall University Students Spread Awareness of Hijab


By Jasmine Roziers
Marshall University in West Virginia are spreading awareness of the hijab to other students. The MSA or Muslim Student Association organized a booth at the university and brought scarves for women to try on. A alumna from Marshall University named Suzann Al-Qawasmi organized the event. She was quoted on OnIslam as saying, "So, we set up a table and brought scarves for girls to try on, just to see what it’s like. One girl said she still felt pretty even with the scarf on. That was the kind of reaction we were hoping for.” Al-Qawasmi was hoping to keep the MSA thriving at the predominantly white public university. OnIslam explains, "Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations. US Muslims are estimated to be between six to seven millions and a recent Pew research found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world." The members of the MSA hope to not only keep the club thriving, but to also give students of other races and religions a chance to learn about the often misunderstood culture. The photo above is courtesy of OnIslam
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Don't rush to be Married: A New Muslimahs guide to marriage


Since moving too quickly from conversion to marriage without adequate preparations can mean trouble, check off this list first.




From saying the shahada to “I do”, brand-new Muslimahs often jump into a marriage contract before they know much about Islam, or who they are as Muslims. While this may work out for some, for others it can spell disaster down the road as the new convert establishes herself in her new faith.
Everyone’s situation is different. Some new Muslim women find great partners that strengthen them in their new faith and help them adjust to their new path. Others find that they have married too soon, and to someone who is not overtly religious. And still others find that their union is not at all that they had in mind.
As the new Muslimah considers marriage, she should arm herself with knowledge of Islam, knowledge of herself and what she wants for her future. Before she plans a honeymoon filled with bliss, or picks out the perfect wedding dress, the new Muslimah should consider the following:
1. Marriage contract
This is something that many women who marry soon after converting are unaware of. In an Islamic marriage, the wife-to-be has the right to add as many stipulations in a contract. The husband-to-be must agree to these conditions and follow them, or the marriage is considered invalid.
The Islamic marriage contract is a kind of prenuptial agreement that protects the woman’s interests. If any of what follows in this article strikes you as important to add to your marriage contract, by all means do so.
2. Citizenship
Many sisters have been down this tragic path. The story goes: woman converts to Islam, falls in love with or receives a proposal of marriage from a man whose sole intention is to obtain citizenship in her country. As soon as his citizenship status is established, he leaves – sometimes even taking children and whatever wealth or property she has.
It is an unpleasant thought, but you must be aware that it happens – and frequently. When you are presented with a marriage prospect with someone who is not a citizen and wishes to move to and stay in your home country, be wary. Your best line of defence if you are considering marrying a man without even a visa would be to stipulate that he must obtain a visa through an employer and not you. 
If he loves you he will do anything possible to be with you. He will pay for you to come to his country and he will show you to the whole family. 
3. Where to live
The other side of the citizenship coin is that many new Muslimahs marry men who refuse to live in their new bride’s native land. If your prospective suitor wants you to live with him in his country, you need to understand what that entails. Will you be able to adjust? What comforts will you be leaving behind?
It will help to research the country in question. You may consider visiting expat lifestyle websites, on which people from your native country or region discuss their experiences of moving to and living in their new country.
4. Future ambitions
Understanding what your partner expects for the future is vital. Will he want you to be a housewife but you plan to go back to school and get a master’s degree? Does he want you to go to med school and put off having children when all you ever dreamed of was being a stay-at-home mom?
Will your husband be your biggest cheerleader, or will he be an obstacle? These are questions you should consider. The answers might help you avoid a lot of tough decisions and heartbreak down the road.
5. Spousal expectations
While you are on the topic of what you want for the future (number 4), gauge your suitor’s expectations on household matters, romance and any other issues that are important to you. Will either one of you be primarily in charge of domestic matters, or will you both prefer to negotiate duties? If and when you have children or pets, will the division of labour at home remain the same or change?
What do you expect from each other on the romantic front? Will you have regular movie and dinner dates? Do you expect gifts on special occasions? Are you able to talk about intimacy with each other and communicate your desires and preferences?
6. Level of faith
Many Muslims do their best to please Allah in all of their actions; yet some are perhaps Muslim only in name. As a new convert the distinction may not seem clear, but it is a big one.
As you come to learn about your new faith, you may become disenchanted with your husband’s lack of adherence to Islam. While you will have the opportunity to encourage your partner to become better, any decision to change will ultimately rest with him.
Ask your prospective husband if he prays five times a day every day, if he fasts during Ramadan and then some, if he gives in charity and his tithe, if he has made or intends on making hajj (with you hopefully!). And ask him if he is willing to teach you and to learn with you (no one knows it all).
7. Culture clash
Learn about the cultural expectations of the family you are about to enter. More likely than not, if you marry someone from outside of your culture, you may be pressured to assimilate. Some brides are okay with this; others aren’t willing to assume what they see as a second identity.
Every family is different. Talk to your husband to-be about what is expected within his cultural tradition. And ask if he or his family will expect you to follow these practices.
8. Polygamy
While Muslim men are able to marry up to four women, this does not mean that you have to be a part of a polygamous relationship if you are not comfortable with it. Ask your prospective husband if he is already married or intends to marry more women down the road.
If he is married or intends to marry again, and you are not okay with that, move on. If you are cool with being one of two, three or four wives, then that is up to you. However, if you live in a country where polygamy is illegal, do not agree to break the law. Polygamy is an option, not a requirement. We must follow the laws of the land in which we live.
Just like saying the shahada, saying “I do” is a life-changing decision. Marriage to the right person can make life more meaningful, more exciting and much more fun. So be sure you pick the right person by being straightforward and making sure both of your expectations are in the open.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Cape Town Causes Controversy Over New Mosque


By Jasmine Roziers
Cape Town native and Oxford scholar, Taj Hargey has caused quite the controversy in his country. Hargey has opened a new type of mosque. This mosque is different in that it is open to not only non-muslims, but also other patrons who have been denied access into a mosque. The mosque is known as the "Open Mosque". Hargey, the founder is quoted in IOL News saying, "South Africa’s first gender-equal, non-sectarian and interracial mosque. It will be non-aligned and would welcome Sunni and Shia Muslims at the same service. It is time for a 'religious revolution' in the Western Cape, Hargey says". Not all are welcoming the Open Mosque with open arms. Local residents have called the mosque the "gay mosque" and even called Hargey a "Non-Believer". Hargey's remarks against those are simply this, “It is all lies. It is libel and I will take legal action against those spreading these lies". Not only has Hargey changed the traditional set up of the Mosque, but he is defying expectations. The photo above is courtesy by The Telegraph.
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Hijab Care



By Monica Vandiver
Taking care of Hijabs can be very difficult: they are easily-worn-out materials and can be damaged if proper care is not taken. A website, Hijab Fashion Shop, gives a few do's and dont's of Hijab care. For a clean, long-lasting Hijab, first pre-treat, then wash in cold water and was in same colors or same pattern and hang dry. This will help for softer-material Hijabs such as silk and will aid in the lasting impressions of a Hijab. 
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Muslim Boxer Fights Off Her Stereotypes

Ambreen Sadiq. Courtesy of The Telegraph
By Jasmine Roziers
Meet Ambreen Sadiq. Sadiq is said to be one of the first female Muslim boxers in Great Britain. She is only 20 years old and has already had great titles to put under her belt. The Telegraph reports her impress boxing resume, "She’s a former UK national champion, has her own business teaching students how to box and coaches in her spare time. A play telling her story is being shown at the Edinburgh Festival." With all of Sadiq's success, there are only one obstacle that she has yet to knockout. Those obstacles are her family. Her extended family describes what she is doing not as a success "but a shame to the family." Sadiq was quoted as saying, “My dad’s family are Pakistani Muslims and they’re very into their community,” she says. “It was all 'you’re bringing shame into the culture’ because I'm an Asian Muslim girl. If I was a boy it wouldn’t matter.” Sadiq makes a valid point. Well known boxer, Amir Khan also from Great Britain has gained notoriety for his fighting. Sadiq is a true winner for following her dreams, regardless of what her extended family says. 
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Meet The Self-Proclaimed "Islamista"

photo courtesy of Boston Globe

By Jasmine Roziers
Meet the talented, young fashion designer, Sahro Hassan. Hassan is a young fashion designer who calls herself a "Islamista". At the young age of 18, Hassan knows what she wants in life and does not let her religion,stereotypes or her past get in the way of her dreams.
 After fleeing her home country of Somalia to escape a tragic civil war, she then was living in Kenya. Hassan was living in a refugee camp until she was 10 years old. At 10, her and her family moved to the United States to pursue happiness.The Boston Globe reports on Hassan's life now that she is older and free from the civil wars in Africa,
 "...Hassan has graduated from high school with honors. She has a business called Fashionuji and designs bold, edgy clothes for Muslim women that are 'on trend,' she said, but modest enough to meet Muslim religious standards. She took first prize in Maine’s Future Business Leaders of America competition and the 'Girls Rock Award' for entrepreneurship from Hardy Girls, Healthy Women, a Maine nonprofit. She just started a four-year fashion design program at Newton’s Mount Ida College." 
Hassan came from nothing and turned it into something with all her accomplishments. Hassan is truly an inspiration to all muslim women.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Five Stores With Great And Affordable Accessories

By Jasmine Roziers
Being an Islamic women requires to remain covered to protect their virtue and keep their dignity. Being modest is all about the highest form of respect to oneself; however, being conservative does not mean that one cannot accessorize with bags and jewelry. Accessorizing also does not mean spending a lot of money. Here are the following five stores with cute and affordable accessories.


   

1.Forever 21: The brand offers different styles of accessories at affordable prices.


2. Old Navy: Old Navy offers cute accessories though the prices can be kind of high, Old Navy offers a lot of deals and sales on their merchandise.
3.Claire's/Icing : Claire's/The Icing has always a crowd favorite, with their versatile accessories for even the younger generation at Claire's and mature pieces for the older girls, which is offered at Icing.
4.Target: Target is not only a grocery store, but they also sell great accessories. They have a wide variety of purses, jewelry, sunglasses and more.
5.Ami Clubwear: The online store has great deals and even offers free shipping for those orders in the US over $50.
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