Friday, 16 December 2011

On Stereotype.

Do read THIS ARTICLE first before you read my entry. After reading it myself, I just felt the need to point out a few things:

1. Hijab does not translate to TUDUNG. Hijab refers to donning clothes that cover your aurah, not just the TUDUNG.

2. While we all have the freedom to stereotype, and I'm not saying that he is wrong for stereotyping. BUT, this article is making fun of women who are, in some way rising closer towards Islam. And to me, as a Muslim, making fun of people who are putting an effort to somehow be closer to their deen, is wrong. He should be supporting these young Muslim girls who were once 'hijabless' and have finally found the courage&hidayah to change for the better.

3. How is using arabic words a funny/bad thing in the first place? I don't understand the need to make fun of it. It's the language of Al-Quran for heaven's sake. Why doesn't he make fun of the Muslims who use f**k, s**t or such words every 5 seconds updating their fb/twitter status. I think it's a very beautiful thing that more Muslims now are starting to use terms like Salam Alaykum, MasyaAllah and Alhamdulillah instead of HI, OMG and WTH on a daily basis.

4. It bugs me that he doesn't stereotype groups like Muslims with blonde hair in bikinis, hands around their guyfriends in clubs and bars, you know, the type that think their so cool and 'open-minded' that they drink beer and celebrate holloween/christmas. Why attack the girls who only want to use some Arabic terms to express something? I absolutely see no wrong in that. There are so much more disturbing things happening in Malaysia right now. To write something as narrow minded as the article itself is even more EMBARRASSING to me than what the author feels embarrassed about in the article.

5. I wish these cheap-publicity articles would just stop because it seems like these people are trying to find anything they can to make fun of hijabis, it's almost disturbing. 

In the words of my sister Maryam,

"The author has a very narrow sociolinguistic point of view. People do not talk in a lingo based on the way they dress.

It's mostly because young women find a community of friends like themselves to form a support system. Yes, they are women in hijab who strive to be better Muslimahs everyday and at the same time be successful in facing the challenges of the 21st century. They make friends with Muslim sisters who are newly converts, Palestinians to name a few-who are the strongest women in their world, and exceptional international women figures who fight for Islam. So in a way, they use terms like 'hijab, iftar, wudhu' to find a common ground in the Muslim community. They are mostly women of high education, grew up speaking English, fond of English culture and ambiance, could pull off any fashion trend if they weren't in hijabs, but choose to be better Muslimahs. No, they are not 'Melayu Murtad'. Islam is one."

Quote from my sister's Palestinian friend,

"It's good to have someone noticing the rising of hijabi girls, especilly that this is the first thing a girl should wear when the 'natural alarm date that Allah sets for her" has come. the non hijab is the trend of other nations "which invaded us"!! Again this brings us back to the debate "in the west" about a Muslim girl covering doesn't mean she covered her mind, too. Using Arabic words, is NOT a bad thing when referring to Islamic terms cause this language happens to be the language of the Holly Quran. so, using these words is not a trend Mr.. it's the ORIGIN. Which ever language you use for it, is nothing but a translation..."

Oh and ex-UIA students(and im sure many other Muslims from all over Malaysia) are so used to all these arabic words like iftar, taaruf, etc,  its so not new, so *BIG YAWN* to this article. The evolution of hijab trend began even before Yuna & Hana Tajima. They just made it more popular. If you go to UIA in 2004, You'll see a whole campus of girls looking like this. Most of them are Malay though who also use Arabic terms.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Introducing The Special Makeup Artist For My Wedding...*drumroll*

It's every girl's dream to look exceptionally beautiful on her wedding day..therefore hiring the right makeup artist is very, VERY crucial. That is why I have decided to choose a very speacial MUA for my big day. She's not very known for her work but I think I have enough confidence in her, and most importantly I know she'll do a great job..the MUA I'm talking about is non other than.. Aishah Amin a.k.a me, myself and i:p Some of you might be like..Whaaaattttt...this girl is crayyyzaayyy... OK the reason why I decided to do it myself is because I believe that I know my features better than anyone else and I know what looks good on me. Plus I want to look and feel beautiful from my own eyes, not from other people's eyes..I've seen time and time again brides not feeling pretty on their wedding because of harsh makeup, even if other people think they do look pretty. Hence effecting their mood during their big day. I don't want that to happen to me.I think a woman should look radiant and glowing on their wedding day, instead of OTT(over the top) and drag. i'm going for no falsies, no eyebrow trimming. (btw a lot of Muslims still don't know that wearing falsies is haram it seems. it falls under the same category as wearing a wig/rambut palsu. please look it up if you're still not convinced)

Anyways, I believe that a woman should be confident enough to do her own makeup. I mean, helllooooo..even Kate Middleton did her own wedding makeup, and looked fabulous if I might add! But I'm pretty sure that confidence didn't just come from nowhere. I have to admit, it's not going to be easy doing my own makeup, I'll have to start practicing from now if I want to look radiant and fabulous on my wedding day!(xpe2 ade lg 6 bln, insyallah boleh) That is why I recently joined Anna Ismail's personal makeup class together with Nadia and Zuryn to learn a thing or two about makeup. If you're planning to do your own wedding makeup, I suggest that you join any personal makeup class that you think will enhance your makeup skills! The class I joined was so useful since I personally love makeup and now I can look pretty without having to hire a makeup artist! Here's what went down during the class:

I personally loved Nadia's earthy-tone makeup. However, our makeup guru wanted us to create different looks so that we could learn different techniques. And since Nadia was doing like a bronzy-look, Zuryn was doing a more softer-purple-ish look, I did an arabic-inspired look.

the final outcome *photos courtesy of nadia+zuryn:)
 For my nikah makeup I think I'm going to try something sweet and soft like this:
Just adorable!
And for my reception makeup. I'm opting for something a little more glamorous, perhaps something like this:

Just when you thought she couldn't get any prettier, she does THIS. T_T

Till then! xx