Kohl for the eyes

22 09 2008

Kohl for the Eyes
By Hezreen Abdul Rashid

It is known as sirma in Punjabi, kajal in Hindi, katuka in Telegu and kuhl in Arabic. Whatever name it is known today, the exotic antimony was traditionally worn to beautify the eyes back during the bronze age. Yes, vanity had its own language during pre-historic times.

Kohl which has been made infamous by the Bollywood divas is a black substance mixed with other ingredients from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Women of the Arabian Peninsula use kohl as eyeliner, mascara and eye shadow. Apart from making the eyes look brighter and larger, kohl was once believed to have value as a protection against various eye diseases. Its dark colour controls the sun’s glare in the desert, and thus it is used by both men and women of the desert.

But that’s not the only reason why kohl has been highly prized as a cosmetic. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) urged his people to use kohl regularly for the following reasons- “Use kohl made of ithmid on the eye for it brightens the eyesight, and strengthens and increases the growth of the eye lashes.” Prophet was said to have a small container for keeping kohl, from which he applied in each eye three times every night before sleeping.

Aisha R.A , Prophet’s wife once said: “I used to pack Allah’s messenger’s things for him. I would pack some oil lotion, a mirror, a pair of scissors, a kohl jar and a tooth stick.” It was also said that the Prophet also took with him a kohl jar as part of his toiletry. When used, kohl makes a black line around the eyelids to enhance the shape of the eye. It is perfectly permissible to use by both men and women.

Although kohl is harmless since it is available in its purest form, caution need to be taken for it may contain lead which can lead to intoxication. But it’s an understatement to say that the commercial eyeliners are safe to use for even these contain chemicals that could be more harmful in the long run. Thus, kohl is safest to use provided that its ingredients have been checked and verified.
So chuck away the industrial eye liners and gaudy eye-shadows. History has proven that kohl is women’s best remedy for beautiful and healthy eyes. After all, it’s been used for centuries and no cases of blindness have ever been reported.

So if even Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Carribean has no qualms about using kohl, what say we give this exotic eye make-up a try- for the sake of our eyes?


Muslim Fashion by Washington Post

11 09 2008

I came across these 3 great videos by Washington Post from welovehijab.com (another website that we like!).

I really like the lady in first and second video’s explanation about Hijab. She has a great way of communicating the message in clear and concise manner. I also like the reddish maroon scarf on her too!

The 3rd video showed how to the model only changed her scarf to go from daywear to nightwear. A tip I found really useful.

Enjoy the video! =)

(video linked from Welovehijab.com)

Heartwheel Journal

9 09 2008

I have been enjoying my Heartwheel journal after downloading them a few days ago and I thought of sharing this wonderful product here.

What is it actually?

It’s actually a 30 days journal tracking your progress as you work towards getting your heart closer to Allah. And Ramadhan is definitely an excellent moths to start.

I really like the quote written on the website. ‘That which is measured improves’. It is very true indeed. Everybody wants to get better in life, becomes healthier, wealthier, and in this Heartwheel journal case – getting our heart closer to Allah, which is the best goal of all!

However, how would we know we are making any progress, or how can we manage our improvements if we do not take steps to actively measure and inspect our progress? That is why I really love this Heartwheel journal because it allows me to do just that.

See for yourself what I mean by downloading it here.

Short Story Contest

4 09 2008

MuslimMatters.org Presents:
Co-Sponsors: AlMaghrib Institute & Texas Dawah Convention (TDC)

Nights of Power: Short Tales of Inspiration.

Ramadhaan is the best and most blessed of months, one in which we challenge ourselves to strive and improve in ‘ebaadah, emaan, and akhlaaq: an emotional month of soft hearts and tears of taqwa. Every Ramadhaan is a month of personal challenges, spiritual growth, learning experiences, and beautiful memories etched into our very hearts.

Now, MuslimMatters wants YOU to share a particularly poignant Ramadan moment with us. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us bow our heads in awe at the Mercy and Might of Allah ‘azza wa jal – in 1000 words or less!


A great idea by Muslim Matters! There’s great prizes to be won, cash included (ka-ching!)

I can’t wait to start writing mine 😉

Ramadhan stories for all!

3 09 2008

If you haven’t already known, there’s one special storyteller that has been producing great stories and books for more than a year now!

She is none other than Sis Zabrina, The Life Storyteller.

Her blog, which attracts more than 50, 000 visitors worlwide has been warming our hearts with inspiring and motivational stories derived from day-to-day life events.

Her 2 books, Life is an Open Secret: Think About It and Life is an Open Secret: You, Me and We has been gaining a place in the heart of Malaysian readers, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike!

Sis Zabrina has decided to post daily stories on her blog during the whole month of Ramadhan.  Isn’t it just great news!

Enjoy your stories lovelies 🙂

Ramadhan Mubarak to all

2 09 2008

Ramadhan Mubarak, Ramadhan Kareem and Happy Fasting to all!

May this Holy month be a month filled with ibadah and productivity. While our soul be replenished, let the hand remain active in working, writing, cooking, sharing, and giving.

May Ramadhan will also be a good month to start spicing up this blog!

Warm regards,

TUMW team.

Fatima Al-Fihri – Founder of the Oldest University in the World

4 08 2008

Great Women of Islam
Fatima Al-Fihri- Founder of the Oldest University in the World
By Hezreen Abdul Rashid

It was a clear sunny day when a noble family journeyed from Kairouan, Tunisia to Fes in Morocco. It was in the early ninth century and many families chose to migrate to the bustling city in the west. For Mohammed Al-Fihri, a wealthy merchant from Tunisia, Fes was excellent avenue for him to continue the family business.

Both his daughters, Fatima and Mariam were well educated. After inheriting a large amount of money from their father, the girls vowed to spend their entire inheritance for the benefit of their community. Whilst Mariam headed the contstruction of the grand mosque Al-Andalus, Fatima planned on the building of another mosque called Al Karaouine which was said to be the largest in North Africa. It was in the midst of the construction of the mosque that the University of Al-Karaouine ( which is still part of the mosque today) was set up.

The University of Al-Karaouine was highly regarded back then as one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world. Today, the Guinness Book of World Records has recognised it to be the oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning in the world.

Fatima Al-Fihri was certainly a lady of foresightedness for the location of the university within the compounds of the mosque attracted scholars from far and wide. Fes, being the most influential cities in the Muslim world has been renowned for centuries as the centre for religion and culture. The university produced great thinkers such as Abu Al-Abbas al-Zwawi, Abu Madhab Al-Fasi, a leading theorist of the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence and Leo Africanus, a renowed traveler and writer.
That was not all, the unviersity played a leading role in cultural and academic relations between the Islamic world and Europe. A renowned Jewish philosopher and theologian Maimonides (Ibn Maimun) studied under Abdul Arab Ibn Muwashah. Apart from that, Ibn al-Arabi Ibn Khaldun and Al-Bitruji (Alpetragius) were all connected with the university either as academicians or as students.

As time went by, the university gained the patronage of politically powerful sultans. It compiled a large selection of manuscripts that are currently kept guarded in the library. Among those manuscripts are volumes from the famous Al-Muwatta of Malik written on gazelle parchment, the Sirat Ibn Ishaq, a copy of the Qur’an given to the university by Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur in 1602, and the original copy of Ibn Khaldun’s book Al-‘Ibar.

Alongside the Qur’an and Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), other subjects that were also taught were grammar, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, history, geography and music. Gradually, a broader range of subjects were introduced in the university particularly natural sciences, physics and foreign languages.

Today, Fatima Al-Fihri is highly respected and looked upon by Moroccan women for her wisdom, perserverances and kind heartedness. It was her personal sacrifice that has made her to be an inspiration to all women. Even today, young Moroccan ladies speak greatly of their foremother who not only brought fame to Fes but has carved a name for being the only Muslimah who has built the oldest university which is still running today.

The Qur’an and the Hadith (teachings of the Prophet) inspires every man and woman to seek knowledge. This unique story of Fatima Al- Fihri has shed some light on the role and contribution of Muslim women to Islamic civilisation- It is this role which will hopefully denounce the narrow-mindedness of the western mind of Muslim women. Fatima has shown to us that even in the early centuries that women who are shrouded with the veil are just as willfull and intelligent as those of us today.