Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Redefining the Abaya

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For years an Abaya has been nothing more than a black dress available in different sizes and different fabrics. Then in the past decade or longer they evolved into something more fashionable. They became not only an overcoat, but an accessory.
All over the Gulf region you can find Abayas decorated with rhinestones, pearls, piping, embroidery and in some places even diamonds. In the past few years, as more and more Muslim designers emerge, and more renowned designers have started designing for Muslims, the Abaya has undergone a drastic evolution. This is not your mother’s or your grandmother’s Abaya. It is no longer synonymous with a Niqab wearing woman or even necessarily a Muslim woman. Today the Abaya is glamorous, modern, dazzling, and yet most importantly still modestly beautiful.
Here are a few Abayas from DAS in the UAE who are at the forefront of those redefining the Abaya.
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YOGA IN SALAT - dailyhijabi.com/blog

I’ve been suffering from back pain lately but it comes and goes. So I’ve been looking up some stretching exercises and yoga poses to help alleviate what feels like pressure on my lower back. One of the yoga poses I came across is the cat-cow pose. As I was reading the instructions for the stretches, it dawned on me that they were a bit similar to the pose we strike while we’re in sujood. Here are the instructions:
Begin on your hands and knees; shoulders should be directly over your wrists and hips directly over your knees. Inhale and slowly arch your back into cat pose (marjaryasana), lifting the chest up and away from the belly and extending your tailbone toward the ceiling. On the exhale round the back into cow pose (bitilasana), gently contracting the belly, then bring the chest down to rest on the thighs in child’s pose (balasana). Repeat six times, increasing your range of motion.
While I’m not saying that the move is exactly like being in Sujood, it just reminded me that every move we do in Salat can be considered a stretch that increases our range of movement and flexibility.
That’s the beauty of Islam, every aspect of our worship is good for us. Whether it’s due to spiritual benefits, emotional currency, or even our physical health. Five times a day we have the opportunity to not only be thankful to our creator, but to seek forgiveness and mercy as well as get healthy. Which is why it is very important that when we pray, we pray correctly and do our prayer as precisely as possible.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

I am a Yoga Teacher . At least that  is the first thing I would like to be known from all the things that I am ... When I teach yoga, i flow without much effort ...It is like as if I was born to do it...I could do lotus pose even when I was only 7! Do i believe in being reborn?  (Never brave enough to find the answer)...

I recently converted to wearing hijab . No one forced me! (surprise ! surprise! who could anyway)...
One day I heard God's voice whispering to me that I no longer have anything to prove. I have proven it all! To everybody that matters! So from my long flowy brown hair to a long flowy hijab .... for I am still the same person and THIS IS MY STORY.
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