She Looked At My Hijab and Said...

As Salamu-Alaykum, my lovelies!

A couple of weeks ago, I got the best surprise. A good friend of mine, who used to live in London (but chose to run away to faraway lands), sent me a message saying she was coming to London to visit. It was all of a sudden and out of the blue, and I got really excited because I don't get to see her very often at all.

We made plans to meet up a day or two after her arrival. The plan was to meet up in a café somewhere and talk for hours on end. On my way to meet her, I decided to drop by Thorntons - a chocolate company - to get her a small gift.

Now, I love chocolate. I was just saying to a friend the other day that chocolate is probably the most constant consumable in my life - I have some But I digress. So there I was, in this chocolate heaven, and it was synonymous with being a 5year old at a toy store (and Thorntons isn't even that big!). After some deliberation, I finally decided on some beautifully packaged box of elegant chocolates and rushed to the counter.    

I was already running late, so I hurriedly handed over the chocolates to the salesgirl and dived into my bag for my wallet. I looked up, card in hand ready to pay, and the salesgirl had still not scanned my order. Uhm...hello?

Calmly, she looked at me and then she looked at my hijab, and then back to me and said, "Sorry, just wanted to let you know that this particular box contains alcohol. Do you still want to purchase it?"

Subhanallah - how beautiful of a gesture was that? I thanked her profusely and told her that no, I did not want to buy anything containing alcohol. Or pork. She stepped out of her till area and walked around the store with me until I found something that was halal and gift-worthy. I paid and thanked her again, and I still think of her kindness from time to time. 

And also, how beautiful that the hijab - the unfortunate cause of prejudice, discrimination, ridicule and mockery from ignorant and close-minded individuals towards many Muslims around the world - ended up being the reason I didn't unknowingly purchase a box of haram chocolates. 

Girls, the real lesson here is this - check properly before you buy, regardless of how rushed you are for time. We will not always be lucky enough to come across kindhearted sellers like her. But if and when we do, we need to share these positive stories to remind other Muslims that yes, we may be judged by others based on the way we look. But sometimes, it may be for our own good. 

Allah (SWT) wanted us to stand out and not blend in - and He is omniscient. 
He knows what's best. 

OOTD: Bubblegum Pink

As Salamu-Alaykum, my lovelies!

There's something very special about pleats, lace and bubblegum pink.

I woke up feeling super girly today, so I decided to incorporate all three into one outfit... the result of which is below! 


...As I am nowhere near as fashionable as the rest of you bambinas, this will probably be the only time I post a picture of myself ;-)


As Salamu-Alaykum, my lovelies!

Sometimes, I feel like my day-to-day routine gets in the way of life. Well, in a sense, my routine is my life. I spend a bulk of my (week)day at work, and sometimes I feel like there's not much time to do anything else once I get home. Before I know it, its bedtime... and then I wake up the next day and have to do it all over again. 

Don't get me wrong - I'm not against a healthy routine. It gives your life a sense of rhythm. It prevents idleness and gives you a purpose in life. However, we sometimes forget that life is bigger than that. We get so caught up doing mundane things that we often forget to allocate some time to do something that really counts. 

And what really counts? I mean sure, getting an education and progressing in our career are both very important aspects of who we are and who we will become. But sometimes, we get so engrossed in these things that we neglect other equally important aspects of our lives. 

How many times have we skipped breakfast, or forgotten to have lunch because we were too busy, or because we were running late? We don't have the time to eat healthy or balanced meals, so we opt for ready-meals that fill up our stomachs with absolutely no nutritional value. We might be able to justify it now, but in retrospect, what good is all the money you make if you won't be around long enough to spend it?

The same goes for neglecting family, friends and religious duties. As the saying goes, "no one on their deathbed ever says they wish they had spent more time at the office". More often than not, it's the little things. Things you do for yourself, and things you do for others. Things that create fond memories here on earth and things that will stand between you and Hell in the hereafter. These are all things we need to remind ourselves to do .. things we need to create time for.

On that note, I have decided to add a new element to my blog called "THE WHEEL". All you have to do is click on it and you will receive your one little thing to do for that day. Just one little thing to add to your to-do-list for that day that will either benefit you, or someone else. I have added THE WHEEL to the main menu, so it is very easy to find. I'll add more tasks to it as time goes by, and I will also take any suggestions. Also, if anyone completes any of the tasks and has a story to share about it, please feel free to do so in the comment section below the wheel! I hope this helps us all to do that extra one little thing a day that will make a positive change to ourselves, or to somebody else.

If you do just one thing today.... spin THE WHEEL!