Customised, delicate, gold headpiece by @mayahmeen_london to jazz up a black abaya day (P.S. Your customer service was extraordinary and I loved all the personalised touches to my order... Thank you!) .
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Eid outfit no. 2! Kaftan is from @elegantabayas - I love the colour and details on this! Plus, this is one of the very few kaftans I've come across where the lining goes all the way to the ankles! (Thank you so much @elegantabayas!)
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I have a back log of reviews to do. Much apologies for the delay, but I've had very little time these past few weeks 😭 And a thank you to everyone who reads my long winded posts on the Sahaba Series (I really do try to cut it down, I promise! ☺️)
During his Caliphate, Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA) saw some armour of his with a Christian man. He decided to take the matter up legally, so he took the dispute to Shurayh (the Judge).Ali (RA) said, “This is my armor, and I have not sold it nor given it away.” Shurayh said to the Christian, “What have you to say about what his claims?” The Christian man replied, “It is my armour, although I do not regard him to be a liar.” Shurayh then turned to Ali (RA), “Do you have any proof (of ownership)?”Ali (RA) laughed and said, “Shurayh is correct, I have no proof.” So Shurayh judged that the armour was the Christian man’s. The Christian man took it and began to walk away but then returned. He proclaimed, “As for me, I testify that this is the judgment of the Prophets – the Amir of the Believers himself takes me to his judge and the judge rules against him! I bear witness that there is no deity deserving worship but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. By Allah, the armour is yours. I followed the army when you were on your way to the Battle of Siffin and the armour came out of your equipment.” Ali (RA) said, “If you have accepted Islam the armour is yours.” And then he put him in his horse. Al-Sha’bi (the reporter of this incident) said, “I was later informed by those who saw this man that he fought the Khawarij (alongside Ali) at the battle of Nahrawan.” Ibn Kathīr, Al-Bidāyah wa Al-Nihāyah Vol.8 p5 .
We must appreciate that Islam stands for a universal diversity, which is established upon the principles of respecting life and justice for all. Muslims were champions of justice: wherever Muslims went, justice travelled with them. Piety makes no sense if you are unjust, even if you are only unjust to animals.
Uthman Ibn Affan (RA) - The person most noted for Modesty.
Aisha (RA) reports: The Prophet (SAW) was lying down in his house with his thighs or his calves exposed. Abu Bakr (RA) and Umar (RA) asked to enter and when they did, the Prophet (SAW) remained in that position. They talked. Then Uthman (RA) asked permission and the Prophet (SAW) sat up and straightened his clothing. He was then permitted, came in and spoke with the Prophet (SAW). After he had gone, Aisha said: When Abu Bakr and Umar came in you did not sit upright but when Uthman came in, you straigtened out your clothing! The Prophet (SAW) said: "Should I not be shy of a man around whom the angels are shy?” [Sahih Muslim]
Modesty. What comes to mind? It could be wearing hijab, using clean speech or conducting ourselves with dignity around the opposite gender, etc. If we know we’ve fallen short in our modesty we feel the need to change in some way, e.g. wearing less makeup. But sometimes we find it difficult to change these behaviours. Why is that? Part of the reason is we overlook the inner spiritual dimensions of modesty; we try to cure the symptoms without dealing with the problem at its root. It is like trying to save a dried out plant by dipping its leaves in water.
Maybe what needs our attention is less apparent, like our attitude towards Allah (SWT) or the strength of our faith in Him. If we develop modesty and shamefulness in our hearts it becomes easier for our thoughts, desires, conversations and actions to reflect that modesty. Our manners and behaviour with His creation will naturally exude more modesty. So, outer modesty is a byproduct and manifestation of the God-consciousness and modesty we nurture within.
Some ways to help develop modesty:
1. Use clean speech
2. Continuously learn about the benefits of modesty
3. Strengthen imān as modesty is a fruit of imān
4. Reflect on Allah's Beautiful Names and Attributes
5. Consistently observe the obligatory and voluntary worship.
6. Actively practice modesty on a regular basis so it becomes natural.
7. See righteous people, listen to them and learn from their modesty