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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

49th Annual ISNA Conference in Washington, D.C.

We're very excited about the upcoming Islamic Society of North America Conference which will take place in Washington, D.C. over labor day weekend.

I will have the pleasure of speaking at the conference. If you are planning on attending, I would love to see you inshAllah. My session is titled Best Practices in the Mosque: Engaging our Community. I will be on a panel with Sr. Aisha Al-Adawiyya, Dr. Sarah Sayeed, and Dr. Sulayman Nyang. The session is planned to take place on Sunday, September 2nd from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in Room 152AB.

Looking forward to seeing you all there :-)

You can get more information about the ISNA Conference here:

http://www.isna.net/Conferences/pages/Annual-Convention.aspx

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hijabi-friendly options from the GAP!

Don't you just LOVE it when you go to the mall, and you spot something that is oh-so-hijab-friendly?  One of those pieces that you don't have to modify, or layer, or add sleeves to??  Well, we do too!  On a recent trip to the Gap we spotted this shirtdress and fell in love! 

Perfect oxford shirtdress

This dress is available in 3 colors.  The gray above, a light blue, and a plain white.  The fabric is absolutely fabulous and perfect for those hot Texas summers!  Just throw it on over your favorite pair of jeans, add your favorite hijab-style, and voila!  You're ready to head out the door.  Effortless chic in only a few minutes! 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

EID MUBARAK!!! BAYRAMINIZ KUTLU OLSUN!!!

EID MUBARAK from all of us at HijabiTopia. We all started our day with congregational Eid Salah at the Dallas Convention Center, where we got to hear Imam Siraj Wahhaj speak. Afterwards, we greeted all our friends, took some pictures and enjoyed the day with our families. Eid only has meaning with family and friends. Wishing all of you a wonderful Eid.

With Lots of Love,

HijabiTopia Team

From left to right
Nazreen, Elif, Nicole & Mary


Zahra & Janna

Our kids are best friends too!Princess Zahra is wearing her pink tulle dress.


Zahra with her mommy, Nazreen
Nazreen is wearing the nautical trend


Preppy Talal with Nicole who's rocking the animal print hijab trend :-)

Mary and Family
We love Mary's indian embroidered custom made dress.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Praying In The Rain

It was nearly approaching midnight when they walked out the door of their house. Thunder and lightning soared across the sky. “Mommy, I’m scared of the lightning,” said the six year old who looked very much like Dora the Explorer. “Don’t be scared, honey. Look, the lightning helps us see in the dark”, said her mother. Four ladies covered in black floor length abayahs (cloaks) with bright umbrellas and embellished flip-flops were half way down the driveway now. They were walking in one of the quietest neighborhoods in Dallas. Their street was quite dark indeed. Their block had only two street lamps. Since their umbrellas were taking up too much space, the ladies aged from six to thirty-seven walked in a line. It was a cute sight to see, although a bit strange. An onlooker would wonder where four ladies in black clothing were headed at such a late hour, especially in the pouring rain.


As they walked and chatted along the way, they unknowingly walked in to puddles of rain. They laughed in excitement every time the water tickled their feet. “Mama I got wet,” said the six year old. “It is okay honey, you are wearing flip flops, enjoy walking in the rain,” her mother said. They had now reached the corner of the mosque. The side streets and the parking lot of the mosque were full of parked cars. “Hurry up girls, we don’t want to miss the prayer for Laylatul Qadr” said their mother. The girls were very excited. Their mother had informed them that Laylatul Qadr is the night when the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), and on this night the angels would descend down to earth.

They tried to open the door of the mosque but they could not walk in right away. The entrance was filled with people. They squeezed in through the entrance and tried to make their way upstairs to the ladies section. “There is no room up there”, said one of the ladies standing by the shoe shelves. They walked upstairs to peek in to the ladies section. The security guard stood firm and said, “there is no room. You can not go in”. The ladies section was so packed that it was a mere miracle for it not to collapse down. The windows had fogged up from the humidity of the people, thousands who were praying in unison. Thousands had gathered in one place for the night that is better than a thousand nights.

The mother and her daughters sat close to the entrance. The Imam was now reading a special prayer for the ending of the recitation of the whole Qur’an, followed by the prayer for Laylatul Qadr. They sat there on the green carpet, in their wet abayahs, opened their hands to the sky and said amin (amen) to the prayers. On the carpet, next to them was a three year old sleeping while her mom prayed. They saw familiar faces from the community as well as faces they had never seen before. They prayed to Allah to guide them on the straight path, to forgive their sins, and make them from the people of paradise.

When the prayer was finished they decided to head back home in the same pouring rain. They walked, talked and laughed. When they reached home and changed in to their pajamas the six year old said, “Mama, this was the best night indeed. I will never forget Laylatul Qadr and praying in the rain".

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Donate A Hijab Program


Reem Saenz
Founder of The Donate A Hijab Program
is wearing our signature Comfijab in Black :-)

We wanted to share with you a very rewarding program that is going on now. Reem Saenz, a professional make up artist from Dallas founded and started the donate a hijab program. Reem is originally a revert from Mexico. As a new revert, Reem struggled to find Islamic clothing especially hijabs. She searched for a way to ease this difficulty for her future Muslim sisters and came up with the idea of this great program.

Reem has been working on this project for about 8 months, and has gotten wonderful feed back.

Those of us who live in countries where we can easily buy scarves in all the colors of the rainbow are privileged to have such a great selection. Many of us have an over abundance of scarves that we actually don't use. They either sit in a drawer or hang in our closets.

It is now time to make use of those hijabs by sharing them with someone who really desperately needs them. Here is information on how you can be a part of this exciting program.


1. Please visit The Donate a Hijab Program's Face book page and support Reem's efforts by clicking like.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheDonateAHijabProgram

2. Please mail or drop by (if you live in Dallas) any of your unused hijabs. All the instructions on how to donate are listed in the above link.

3. Please follow Reem as this project turns in to a world wide program.



Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hijab 2012








It's so exciting to watch hijabis compete in the 2012 London Olympics. As the world tunes in to watch different sports, they see a more positive and true image of hijabis. Whether they win the competition or not does not matter, what matters is that they show a strong presence and send a powerful message that unlike what the media portrays Muslim women are far from being oppressed.



Maryam Arzouqi
Kuwait
Does she look oppressed to you? I think NOT. :-)

Palestinian runner
Swalha
This girl can kick major asphalt. Hijabi Power!!!

Although there aren't any hijabis competing, my favorite sport to watch has been the Equestrian sports. Ever since I was little I wanted to be an equestrienne. On and off I dreamt about being the first hijabi equestrienne. I still dream about it, but I know that it's just a dream. I love horses and enjoy horse back riding. I could spend the whole day at a ranch riding and caring for horses. Another reason I love horse back riding is because it's sunnah. Every time I get on a horse, I'm reminded of our Prophet (P.B.U.H.). I wonder what kind of horses he rode, and how difficult it must have been to fight on horse back etc.

I hope and pray that we will inshallah see a hijabi equestrienne competing in the Olympics one day, even if it won't be me. LOL!

Here is a great video we recently saw and wanted to share.



Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Christian Girl Wears Hijab



Here is a very interesting article about a Christian girl who wears the hijab and has a hard time taking it off. Hmmmm... Girls who are having a hard time wearing hijab, feel like taking it off, or don't really think about wearing it, please read this...

http://www.islamnewsroom.com/news-we-need/893--christian-texan-wears-hijab-and-loves-it