Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ice cold~

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine forwarded an email to me containing one man's idea on an issue in relation to our Muslim community. The author was discussing on what he thought as a growing trend among Muslimah today. It was on 'hijabster'. I later found out that the article was published at free malaysia today webpage.

The term 'hijabster' was made up by combining the word hijab and hipster. And so, if you take a direct translations of the two words, you will begin to understand that hijabster is basically Muslimah wearing hijab and which they follow the latest trend in the so-called hijab world.

Among other things that was discussed by the author was on the new speech style of these hijabster and places where they hang out. In a way, the author trying to stress out that these group of Muslimah simply wanted to look cooler. He gave his credit to both Yuna and Tajima as the cream of the hijabster MOVEMENT.

I remembered in one of the sittings which I had a few years back on hijab, I couldn't help but to feel admiration plus envy towards the women of Ansar. Envy of their strong conviction.. their Iman. It is said that when the verse of Surah An-Nur verse 31 was revealed, i.e. "...let them draw their veils over their bosoms...", upon hearing this, the women of Ansar quickly grabbed any available cloth and even to the extent of ripping apart their outer garment to make a veil out of it. They didn't even stop for a second to question it. They listened and obey the command of Allah. They were so convinced that what ever comes from Allah is no other than to benefit mankind.

Nowadays, even among us muslims, we questioned a lot. We needed to be convinced in almost everything before we finally agree to abide by the stated rules. In the case of hijab, some of the famous questions are; how big is the tudung? what is the length of the tudung? must I cover the neck? and many more.

Truthfully, I have nothing againt the so-called hijabster movement. Not at all. It came to me as "..at least they want to cover their hair". At the same time I am least bothered listening to someone using arabic terms occasionally in their speech while enjoying the cold frozen yogurt at tutti-frutti.

But if it's true as claimed by the author that these group of people trying hard to look cooler, then I think we should all try to answer this question - "How can I make myself looks cool in Allah's eyes?".

In the end, it comes down to one's Nawaitu and lest should we forget the true purpose of wearing hijab. I am quite sure that the women of Ansar looked the coolest in Allah's eyes despite their untrendy unfashionable veil. Wallahu alam...

Now that I've mentioned on tutti-frutti, I have not been there but oh how I am craving to try more of those yummy-licious froyo after having only 3 or 4 spoons of my biras' share. LOL... Does that make myself a hijabster then? Nahh.. I guess not. Since I am a die-hard fan of square cotton tudung! :P

And tell the believing women that they (also) should restrain their gaze (from looking at the men whom it is lawful for them to marry, and from others' private parts), and guard their private parts, and that they should not display their charms except that which is revealed of itself; and let them draw their veils over their bosoms, and (tell them) not to display their charms to any save their husbands, or their fathers (and grandfathers, and both paternal and maternal uncles), or the fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands (both their own and step-sons and grandsons), or their brothers (and foster- and step-brothers), or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters, or the Muslim women and the women of good conduct with whom they associate, or those (slave-girls) their right hands possess, or the male attendants in their service free of sexual desire, or children that are as yet unaware of femininity. Nor should they stamp their feet (i. e. act in such a manner as to) draw attention to their charms (and arouse the passion of men). And, O believers, turn to God all together in repentance that you may attain true prosperity. (Al-Quran 24:31)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's 2012 already~

I have just got to break the shell for 2012.

3 days before new year, I was thinking to put a summary entry for 2011. Half way through, I decided not to post it up anyway. It sounded too dramatic :P...

Then I told myself that I would put an entry to mark the first entry of 2012 on new year. But due to hectic schedule for the last 3 weeks, I didn't manage to keep my words.

And so today, while I was in the midst of completing marking my students' final, I had my laptop fixed on a social webpage which then led me reading one blog after another. In a way, it came to me as a wake up call of bilanya-nak-update-blog. To Jam, congratulations on the good news! :)

For most people, new year means new resolutions. Then again how many of us actually made resolutions but ended up not meeting them? I have kept mine simple this year. 

I was actually inspired by this one sister. When she offered me a ride to the office two months ago, she informed me of her target to help at least one person each day. Then just this morning, I stumbled on this short video on the youtube on Kindness boomerang. It's true, you could never tell what or how your random act of kindness could impact on someone else's life. Happy watching!