Thursday, March 26, 2015

One Chinese Muslimah Facebook page!


Good Day my dear sissies!! I decided to get back on Facebook (this time fitnah free insha'Allah!) and I just wanted to share my Facebook page with you all! It is a SISTERS ONLY page and I will be monitoring it closely and will block any men who try to add themselves (FEAR ALLAH!) and just wanted to make it a page where we can get together to share beautiful reminders and share our blogs and just our love for sisterhood and Islam insha'allah ! Love to meet new sisters from all around the globe! Here is the link below! 

xo
Khadijah! 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Chinese-Muslimah/832401643480968

Sunnah Style review







First off,  I just wanted to let everyone know this is my first (eke!!!) product review! I have never done one before and also because I have never bought any Islamic wear online (usually all are gifts and from KSA Alhamdulillah!) So here is my first review! Hope you all find it useful insha'Allah ! 

Not long ago I won my FIRST giveaway (wowww!!!!! Alhamdulillah) and it was from
none other than Sunnah Style!! Even though I never shopped online, I always recommended Sunnah Style to others because 
1. I like how they do not use ANY images of women drenched in makeup as models (they don't even have any images of faces masha'Allah!) 
2. The products they carry look to be like very good material! 
3. I just like the way their products look ! 
So when I won my $50 gift certificate, I was ecstatic ! Although their products are a little on the pricey side and $50 didn't really get me everything I needed (without me putting in some extra money) I was still thankful nonetheless! This was a perfect opportunity for me to test out some of their products Alhamdulillah! 

So here goes my review! Bismillah, 

I ordered a one piece no-pinch niqab in lilac and a knee-length khimar in lilac as well ! I was hesitant to spend so much money on a khimar because the regular price was $28.99 (and it may not be a lot to other people, but since I have never shopped online before and some of my friends have gotten a khimar on Amazon for half the price, I was a little iffy) BUT the great thing about Sunnah Style is they have a sale every week and I kept waiting, hoping that the khimar would go on sale and it did! Alhamdulillah it was $21.99 ! The niqab was $14.99 ! My friend had also wanted to order the same niqab as me and a two layered niqab so she added her purchases to mine) For four items the shipping was $9.95 which I thought was very reasonable, and I spent $23.00 (more or less) of my own money. So I placed my order and checked out.

Even before I received my products I was greeted with AMAZING customer service. I was constantly notified about the status of my order. Once I placed my order, it confirmed with me that my order was processed, then I would receive another confirmation that the payment went through, after that I was notified when my product was shipped! I am the type of customer who NEEDS to be notified about the status of my order.I like to stay in the loop and communication between customer and company is VERY important to me, and I felt I got that with Sunnah Style Alhamdulillah! 
(sidenote* I had an experience with this crafts websites called crafts and create and they are the WORST EVER! DO NOT SHOP THERE. You will get cheated with your money, and they have the most confusing and WORST customer service you will ever have to go through. Nobody knows what they are doing and it's just TERRIBLE! Sorry I didn't meant to get off topic, but I wanted to compare a GOOD experience - Sunnah Style vs. a TERRIBLE experience). Insha'Allah I will write a review about that place (even though I didnt even receive what I originally wanted to order because their system is HIGHLY unorganized - TERRIBLE TERRIBLE ecommerce) 

ANYWAY...so my online experience with Sunnah Style was very positive Alhamdulillah!

I was notified with an estimated time 5-10 business days of and I wasn't really keeping track but I felt like i received my order closer to 5 days than 10 ! So I ripped open (yes, I was too excited!) the package and was so impressed with my pieces! Both of them are made in Jordan (wow!!) and the material is soft and light. I fell in love with the colour (though I ordered both in lilac, the niqab is a slight tint darker than the khimar but honestly, it's not a big difference and you can barely tell !) 

I had been given a khimar as a gift from a dear friend which she had bought in Dubai and since then I was looking for a simliar khimar like that which was knee length and good material...WELL , I found my match! The material of this khimar is wonderful! The material is opaque and feels very soft! You can tell it is a HIGH QUALITY crepe material! Masha'Allah! Here is more information regarding the khimar! I love how the website is clear with information and provides you with what you need to know!

Fabric TypeMaliki Crepe
Fabric TextureHigh quality crepe with slight ridges in the fabric grain
Fabric WeightMedium Weight
Front Length33.5" (85 cm)
Back Length56" (142 cm)
 When i wore it outside for the first time I was very pleased! It has been chilly this past week so I wore an extra sweater under my abaya and a thick wool vest underneath the khimar and it was still large enough and did not show any part of my body Alhamdulillah (even when the wind blew!! I know we all are so concerned about this! lol)

I wore my khimar with my new niqab and WOW Masha'Allah !!!!! This niqab is the most comfortable and best quality I have worn so far (and I have many niqabs masha'Allah!) I have some from Saudi and some from Egypt, and I DO love the materials from Saudi and Egypt (though the Egypt niqabs all say they are from Saudi lol) but they ALWAYS pinch my eyes (because I wear glasses) and that really bothers me! I decided to go with the no-pinch niqab and what a great choice! I liked how the description section for the niqab stated that the no-pinch was GREAT for those who wear glasses! I like companies that consider their customers and how not EVERYONE is glasses-free! It is very hard for me sometimes to find the right niqab because of this issue! The niqab was comfortable and I also liked how there was enough tie space for the niqab (some tie back niqabs have the shortest tie space it barely fits around my head lol ! ) I like how I could tie the niqab into a bow ! The niqab is light weight and opaque as well and very breathable . Great quality and great material ! Here is the information for the niqab I ordered :

Fabric TypeSoft Fine Chiffon
Fabric TextureSoft with a grid-like weave for breathability
Fabric WeightLightweight
Niqab LengthRegular - 18"
Niqab Back ClosureTies
Niqab StyleOne Layer
I have a lot of black so I wanted to get another colour and since I  live in a small town in the US, and I already stick out like a sore thumb, I decided to go with this beautiful purple colour. I would imagine the eggplant is much darker (because they do offer a darker purple) but I really like this purple. It may seem a bit lighter in the light but I still consider it to be quite dark. But it is opaque and that is all that matters alhamduillah! I took some photos with me wearing the items. Keep in mind I am wearing a sweater underneath my abaya and a very thick wool sweater over my abaya and still the khimar does not show much outline of what I am wearing underneath! 

I have written all the pro's and my only con would be that if you are on a budget, then this shop isn't really for you. They do have a VALUE line with beautiful simple, plain abayas for a reasonable price (and i'm sure the material is just as good as the khimar and niqab) but they only offer black right now for the value line. Also, the niqabs and khimar are not part of the value line. Personally, I think because I receive niqabs as I gift, I would not pay more than $15.00 for one unless it was a two or three layered. But the Sunnah Style niqabs are well worth it! The material is really worth the price and I think you are getting a good value with the quality of the product! You ARE getting what you ARE paying for, and that is great quality! I was very satisfied with my purchases and I probably would purchase another niqab from them insha'Allah ! Since my husband is only a student and does not work, and we are on a tight budget, I would probably wait patiently for the niqab and/or khimar to go on sale again insha'Allah ;) (since I have quiet a few to last me for now insha'Allah!). I think I might consider trying an abaya from the value line as well! If you are a working woman or your husband is working and you have a disposable income, I really suggest and encourage all the Muslimahs to shop at sunnahstyle.com because you are definitely getting your money's worth! Great quality, great modest styles, and great customer service! What more could you ask for in an online shop?! I'm so proud and happy to say that Sunnah Style is based in Toronto, Canada! Yay! 

I hope you enjoyed my thorough review ! If you have any questions or comments feel free to do so in the comments below (please be polite and kind, otherwise your comment will not be published and it will be ignored!) If anyone needs me to do a product review you can e-mail me at onechinesemuslimah@gmail.com ! I would be more than happy to review some more products insha'Allah! 




I probably should have ironed it before I wore it lol! But i was too excited masha'allah!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Niqab ban in Canada.

As many of you know, the Prime Minister of Canada has decided/ or is working towards banning the niqab for any one who wants to become a Canadian citizen, which means that they will have to remove their face veil during their oath in court. I'm not sure if he or any of these non-Muslim Canadian citizens knows except that it is a MUST that a woman shows her face during a pledge or any time when they are in court giving a testimony. This ban is not even necessary if they even KNEW what our religion allows and does not allow! If you are a Canadian citizen, I please urge you to send the Prime Minister an e-mail with this template and let him know what he is doing is totally against Canadian values. This is a SHAME and something needs to be done bidhniAllah. Please know, it is one thing to just sit back and wait for something to happen and something to change, but it is another thing to actually step forward and take initiative and MAKE that change yourself.

"Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves" (Qur'an 13:11)




To Whom it May Concern,
(http://pm.gc.ca/eng/contactpm)

With all due respect Prime Minister, you should really research the rules of banning the niqab in court well before you ban something that does NOT need to be banned. In Islam, the woman who testifies in court is ALLOWED and MUST show her face before she pledges any sort of oath. Please learn our religion, before you try to preach it to others and stir up anti-Muslim bigotry with Canadian citizens. Please see below for the PROOF that it is PERMISSIBLE to uncover your face during such circumstances:

It is permissible for a woman to uncover her face when she is giving testimony in court, whether she is a witness in a case or is there to witness a deal, and it is permissible for the qaadi (judge) to look at her in order to know who she is and to protect the rights of all concerned.

Shaykh al-Dardeer said: “It is not permitted to give testimony against a woman in niqaab until she uncovers her face so that it may be known who she is and what she looks like.” (Al-Sharh al-Kabeer li’l- Shaykh al-Dardeer, 4/194)

Ibn Qudaamah said: “The witness may look at the face of the woman against whom he is testifying so that his testimony will speak about her in specific terms. Ahmad said: ‘He cannot testify against a woman unless he knows who she is.’” (Al-Mughni, 7/459; al-Sharh al-Kabeer ‘ala Matan al-Muqni’, 7/348, bi haamish al-Mughni; al-Hidaayah ma’a Takmilat Fath al-Qadeer, 10/26).

It is permissible for a woman to uncover her face in front of a qaadi (judge) who is to rule either in her favour or against her, and in this situation he may look at her face in order to know who she is and for the sake of protecting people’s rights.

The same rules that apply to giving testimony or bearing witness also apply in court cases, because they serve the same purpose. (See Al-Durar al-Mukhtaar, 5/237; Al-Hadiyah al-‘Alaa’iyah, p. 244; Al-Hadiyah ma’a Takmilat Fath al-Qadeer, 10/26).

(http://islamqa.info/en/2198)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Message to Canadians.


With the recent events that have been stirring up in Canada regarding the niqab ban during citizen oaths and the anti-Muslim campaign that Harper has on his agenda, I can not help but to voice my opinion as a Muslim woman. I don't think it is EQUAL or JUST for a man to speak out against what a woman should and should not wear nor can I just sit back and watch this man dive deep into his bigotry and racism remarks! So I voice my opinion and I encourage all Canadian Muslimahs to do the same (in a manner that shows the beauty of Islam and that we are indeed tolerant and accepting of other faiths and cultures- though we may not necessarily support them, it does not mean we do not respect them!) To each their own, so why can't we Muslims be left to our own !


Dear Canadians, Stephen Haper/Islamaphobe(s),

All this hype over the niqab is not going to ban terrorism nor stop it at it's tracks. Majority of terrorists are men and i dont know what the niqab has to do with all of this! I am a Canadian citizen, born and raised in beautiful Canada! I am also a convert to Islam and I pay my taxes and respect and embrace other cultures and religions. The beautiful thing about Canada (well, I don't know if I can agree anymore) is that it is supposed to be a country of tolerance and acceptance to different nationalities and it is a country that fights the stereotype of inequality towards minorities. As a Muslim woman, I value everyone's opinion, even the hateful ones because it just shows how many uneducated Canadians there are in my country and this gives me the opportunity to educate them. Firstly, in Islam, if we need to show our face for identification purposes, there is NOTHING that prohibits us from doing so, in fact, it is a must that we show our faces. Secondly, most of the people you tell to "GO HOME to your country" are already in their country. Many Muslims were born and raised in Canada and just because they are Muslim, it does not mean they are all immigrants. Canada is my country and I am a proud Canadian, though I do not agree with any of this bigotry and racism, I really value the country as a whole and it's diversity. I respect others and I expect others to respect me. We all live in the same country and Muslims make up a big part of the Canadian population. We all have the same goals and that is to FIGHT TERRORISM and STOP CRIME and RAPE and all the other things which YOU all condemn and hate. We are human beings too and we have rights and deserve our rights JUST like everyone else. Just because a woman chooses to cover her face or cover her body, it does not give anyone the right to tell her what she can and can not wear because then THAT would be called inequality. We, Muslim women NEVER tell other non-Muslim women what to wear, and we never tell them to cover up or expect them to dress a certain way. Clothing is a choice of each and every individual. We were all created differently, if we were all the same then what fun would that be? Islam teaches Muslims to live harmoniously together with other non-Muslims and to respect them. Just because of a few handful of bad sheeps who are not even representing Islam in a correct manner and are painting a bad picture of Islam, that does NOT mean that is what Islam is all about. We all have brains and intellect, and most importantly a heart. You can not generalize every single person who is a Muslim to be a terrorist. There are around 2.5 billion Muslims in the world and if all Muslims were terrorists, well then there would be no one left on this earth. Muslim women are human beings too, they are mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. They are doctors, students, lawyers, and many have are just as educated as you all are. Let us all look at the bigger picture and try to come to a common ground and GROW UP and think like adults. Bullying is for little kids in the school playground during recess, its time we all grow up and start working together instead of AGAINST one another. THAT is what a true Canadian citizen is and I wouldn't expect anything less from someone who calls themselves a Canadian.

Islam does NOT encourage terrorism


(Sisters, I know its hard to read some of the comments on Facebook and other social media outlets when we see a news post regarding the niqab and anything that is anti-Islam. YOU CAN make a difference and you MUST! We must work together to fight the stereotype of Islam being a religion of terrorism and we must show them what the true Islam is all about! It is not fair that we are being singled out as a WHOLE just because of foolish idiots who fight in the name of Islam and because they have a political agenda which does NOT have anything to do with us or Islam! We must work together and spread the truth. We can not just sit back and watch all this happen, otherwise there will never be any change and these people will continue to step all over us. Always use your words wisely and think rationally before you speak with a non-Muslim. Never debate or argue but always leave them with something to think about. May Allah protect the Muslims all around the world and open our hearts to understanding the importance of spreading the beautiful religion and may He give me tawfeeq to practise what I preach! ameen! )

Saturday, February 28, 2015

With eyes to see

Born and raised in the West, I never realised much of the beauty of nature surrounding me. I was always too busy with the fast-paced world called life and I never really stopped a moment to truly appreciate the beautiful sun reflecting off the pure white snow or the different sounds made and colours of the birds outside my window. Before I became Muslim, I would often use my sight for things that added little to no value to my spiritual and emotional self. I never appreciated the true beauty around me until I reverted to Islam. Subhana'Allah, when Allah Guides us, He not only opens our eyes but also our hearts! For verily, even though I could see, I never looked beyond anything except for it's physical value.

"Have they not traveled through the land, and have they hearts wherewith to understand and ears wherewith to hear? Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are in the breasts that grow blind." (22:46)


I once traveled through the earth as a creature who could see everything yet my heart was full of darkness! When the gift of Islam touched me, I felt true to Allah's Mighty Words and as I read the Qur'an more and more, I could not believe the truth and Powerful Words of our Lord! The Signs of Allah were everywhere for us to see and to reflect: 

"Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby fruits of varying colors? And in the mountains are tracts, white and red of varying shades and [some] extremely black" (35:27)

"And among people and moving creatures and grazing livestock are various colors similarly. Only those fear Allah , from among His servants, who have knowledge. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Forgiving." (35:28)

It is He who sends down water for you from the sky, from which comes a drink for you, and the shrubs that you feed to your animals. (16:10)

Everything just became more clear to me and I looked at the world in a different light. The things I used to take for granted, were now things I marveled at with awe and excitement. It is as if I could see for the very first time! All the colours and the sounds of nature surrounding me were all beautiful creations of Allah the Almighty. How Perfect is our Creator! Who brings the night into day and the day into night! He, Who Provides us with everything we need. How grateful we should be for all the Blessings and His Bounties! We may not realize just how blessed we are because we often take our health and wealth for granted and we walk about the earth with eyes lowered to our phones or our laptops. When we just take a simple moment to lift our heads from our electronic devices, we will truly realize just how blessed we are. To be able to see the birds flock together, to be able to turn your head to the sky with eyes wide and bright, reflecting on the clouds that Allah has Held up without any pillars! Glory be to Him the one who made us something out of nothing! What a beautiful gift it is to be able to see and to breathe and to hear all the beautiful things that surround us. If you never took the time out to explore the Signs of Allah all around you, then now is the time. Do not let the darkness of the heart take over or the darkness of the grave overcome you. Look with your heart and you will truly see with your eyes all the true Blessings of Allah subhanahu wa ta a'la.

 (source : http://aateam.org/blog/seeing-with-our-hearts/ written by me for this blog)