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the magazine every Muslimah should read! November/Thul-Hijjah 2012/1433 issue #10

Dina Toki-o Autumn/Winter 2012 Trends Make Your Own Dry Shampoo!


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interview dina toki-o!

fashion Autumn/Winter 2012 trends The bridal/casual you


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“But we’re just friends!” being muslim is being green!

30 recipe

boys koshari

did you know?

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muslim heritage in today’s world egypt in the quran

others all ears

Fun facts about egypt book review


52 + 53 d.i.y.



diary of an optimistic student du’aa fun stuff


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UM EL DUNYA Um el Dunya means “Mother of the World” which is basically Egypt’s nickname as it is the world’s oldest civilization.

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August/Ramadan 2012/1433 issue #9

issue's writers: Aamenah El-Sherif Asmaa Ehab Fida Islaih Kadeeja Nourin Little Miss Sunshine Mariam Ashraf Mariam Syed Menna Fateen Nouran Amin Romaisa Sebaihia Ujala Shujat Uswah Walde Shaira Hafsa Sumaira Reyaz Thoraya Abdelqader

editor in chief: Menna Fateen

editor: Asmaa Ehab

design & layout: Menna Fateen

cover girl: Dina Torkia

Any comments, suggestions or questions? Email or tweet us @muslimahgirlmag or post on our wall!

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EDITOR’S NOTE Ezayakom? (That means ‘how are you all?’ in Egyptian Arabic dialect!) As you have probably guessed from the cover, this issue’s featuring Egypt as the 4th country in our world tour! Our 10th issue is packed with fun stuff including fashion, advice and facts you probably never knew! Flip the pages until you find our interview with Dina Toki-o and then flip some more ‘till you bump into famous Muslim scientists from the past! Also make sure to check out our new column by “All Ears!” which is an ask column answered by ‘Little Miss Sunshine’! I really hope you enjoy this issue! P.S. You HAVE to try the “Zalayba” (and Koshari) recipe! I promise you you’ll absolutely love it even if you don’t have a sweet tooth. (I don’t!)

menna fateen

Menna Fateen Editor-in-chief

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“BUT WE’RE JUST FRIENDS!” By: Kadeeja Nourin


irls stop pondering over the topic... You read it right. A statement we hear from a large number of teenage girls. Yes, you may be just a friend but a friend to what extent?? What kind of friendship do you own ? Does he treat you like a sister? Now, we are all Muslim girls trying to learn Islam and submit ourselves completely as Muslimahs. Are we really allowed this kind of friendship? We believe Allah is watching us every second... Will this friendship of ours make Allah happy or displeased with us? Teenage is a period in our life

when we feel ‘’Ahh I’ve finally grown up, now let me live my life!’’ Yes indeed, teenage is the last phase of growth and initial stage of adolescence. Our mind will be filled with curiosity, excitement, depression, anger and whole lot of other emotions mixed together, some of which we blame on hormones which keep fluctuating vigorously at this age. Islam does not ask Muslim women to be without studying or working. Allah actually made it obligatory for every Muslim to seek knowledge. Women or girls are given freedom to go to schools and universities for the sake of gaining knowledge. But

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there are certain guidelines to follow in order to preserve our identity as Muslim women. We are those people who love our Prophet (peace be upon him) more than our dear ones, hence it becomes obligatory on us to follow his lifestyle what so ever. Women are one of the most beautiful creations of Allah (subhana wa tala) and of course have the power to attract men. Some behaviors or gestures of ours leads them into evil things even without our knowledge. Teenage girls sometimes think “Well, I AM in my hijab so there’s no problem for me to mix with boys, right? They won’t be attracted to me!” Do you think like this as well?

advice Hijab is an attitude. Just covering yourself won’t do. You have to be careful while looking, talking, laughing, eating etc. in front of boys. Girls are generally soft spoken, and when you talk sweetly to a boy he might think you are an easy person and might try being mischievous with you. All mannerism of yours is watched by males surrounding you since it’s their nature especially at the age of adolescence. So it is our duty to be modest in all ways possible and save them and us from doing haraam acts. “And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons or their sisters' sons, or their women or the servants whom their right hands possess, or male servants free “there is no harm in talking of physical needs, or small children to a non-mahram as long who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike as you are in your limits and their feet in order to draw attention preserving your modesty” to their hidden ornaments. And O you Believers, turn you all together towards Allah, that you may attain Bliss.” (Quran 24:31). Men are also asked to lower their gaze and protect themselves from the attack of satan. Islam is a complete religion and forbids anything and everything that may lead to evil acts and eventually disgrace in dunya and akirah. There is no harm in talking to a non mahram as long as you are in your limits and preserving your modesty but to be with a non mahram inside a closed place is forbidden because satan takes the third place in there. Once we girls start caring for our modesty then for sure boys will understand the matter and stay away from thinking or acting in an indecent manner. Some girls feel boys respect girls who talk and mingle with them freely and they think only then they are considered as new generation girls. That thought is a completely wrong one. A boy respects a girl who is modest in her dressing, who maintains the limits while

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advice talking to him, who is smart enough to save herself, who is independent and who keeps a good relation with everyone. If you don’t believe me ask your brothers and fathers about what girls they respected and preferred as their life partners when they were young. Boys are tempted by a girl’s behavior and beauty. They have a tendency to do evil mainly because girls don’t guard their modesty. They might say you are cool and act as if they enjoy your company, but they would defi“A boy nitely talk about you in a disrespectwho is ful way behind your back. Let’s not be among those girls who do anything to be attractive to dunya, rather lets be smart enough to realize that this dunya (life) will pass away soon and if we want a ‘’happily ever after life’’ we have to please and be attractive in the sight of Allah. Let’s take care of all our actions and pray to Allah to help us guard our modesty and save us from all torments of dunya.

respects a girl modest in her dressing, who maintains the limits while talking to him, who is smart enough to save herself, who is independent and who keeps a good relation with everyone.”

Girls teenage is a time period which gifts you with a perplexed mind. Getting closer to your religion will help you out of all sorts of problems affecting you. Just make sure you gain good knowledge and practice it in your own life and show others you are a true Muslimah. Make your actions so graceful, your behavior so polite, your tongue so careful so that people recognize and respect your religion and you as a modern muslim girl.

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“I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity.” “I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.” -George Bernard Shaw

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KOSHARI This traditional street recipe is one of the most famous recipes in Egypt. It’s absolutely delicious and savory and stomachfilling!

INGREDIENTS • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 2 cups uncooked white rice • 3 cups water • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked elbow macaroni • 1 cup beluga lentils, soaked in water • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 5 onions, minced 1. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and reduce heat to low. Sim- • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 3 tablespoons distilled in a saucepan over medium-high mer until lentils are tender white vinegar heat. Stir in rice; continue stirring 15 or 20 minutes. Stir in 1/2 • 4 ripe tomatoes, diced until rice is coated with oil, about teaspoon salt. 3 minutes. Add 3 cups water and 4. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable • 1/2 cup tomato paste • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil; oil in a large skillet over reduce heat to low, cover, and medium-high heat. Cook the • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper simmer until the rice is tender and onions in the oil, stirring ofliquid has been absorbed, 20 to ten, until they begin to brown, • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 25 minutes. 10 to 15 minutes. Onions • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted should be a nice caramelized pepper water and bring to a rolling boil brown color. Add garlic and over high heat. Stir in the macacook another minute. Remove roni, and return to a boil. Cook from pan, drain on a paper the macaroni uncovered, stirtowel-lined plate. minutes. ring occasionally, until the it has 5. Place half of the onion mix6. Serve by placing a spooncooked through, but is still firm to ture into a saucepan. Mix in ful of rice, then macaroni, the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain the vinegar. Add the chopped and then the lentils on well in a colander. Return macarotomatoes and tomato paste, serving plates. Sprinkle ni to cooking pot, cover and keep black pepper, 2 1/2 teawith some of the browned warm. spoons salt, cumin, and cayonions, then top with 3. Soak lentils for 30 minutes. Drain enne (if using). Bring to a boil tomato sauce. and rinse; drain again. Bring 2 then reduce heat to mediumcups water to a boil in a pot and low and simmer about 12 stir in lentils. Bring to a boil; cover


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INGREDIENTS For The Sugar Syrup • 5 cups sugar • 2 1/4 cups water • 1/2 lemon, juiced • 1 tablespoon rose or orange-blossom water


For The Batter • 4 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 lemon, juiced • 2 2/3 cups warm water • Light vegetable oil, for frying, plus more for coating spoons

1. To make the syrup: Combine sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat, and simmer until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Add rose or orange-blossom water, and simmer for a few seconds longer. Remove from heat, and let cool. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. 2. To make the batter: Whisk to combine flour, salt, and yeast in a large bowl. Gradually stir in water, beating vigorously until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for at least 1 1/4 hours. Uncover, and beat once more. Cover, and let rise again, about 30 minutes. 3. Heat 2 inches of oil in a deep saucepan over

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medium-high heat until the oil reaches 375 degrees. Dip two tablespoons in a small bowl of oil to coat. Working in batches, spoon about a tablespoon of batter into hot oil. Fry, turning occasionally, until puffed, crisp, and golden. Reduce the heat a little so that the fritters are thoroughly cooked without getting too brown. The light batter produces irregular rather than round fritters. 4. Using a slotted spoon, remove fritters, and transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Dip fritters in the cold syrup for a few seconds to coat and soak up some syrup. These are best served hot, but they may also be served at room temperature.




DRY SHAMPOO By: Romaisa Sebaihia

Sometimes products like dry shampoos aren’t always convenient for us, either for some people because of the price or simply because we’ve used the last bit of the can to its final breath spray which is why a simple

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DIY using things which you can find around your house can be a little pick me up when you don’t have enough time to shower and leaving our hair looking a little... blah. It can sometimes really save the day.

d.i.y What you will need:



3 2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons baking soda


2 tablespoons cornmeal

small/cereal bowl

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2 tablespoons ground oatmeal



essential oil (optional)

(salt/pepper shaker) container (optional)

What you’ll need to do:


Measure out 2 tablespoons of cornmeal, cornstarch and baking soda into a small bowl


On its own, grind the oatmeal to turn it as fine as the other substances and add it to where the others are


(optional) If you chose to add essential oil, add a few drops of it into the mix for your DIY dry shampoo to have a scent


Mix it all together


Massage the mixture into your scalp or run your fingers through your hair as you would do to a normal (dry) shampoo



If you wish to regularly use this DIY then if you have a container which can sprinkle things out, e.g. a salt/pepper shaker, then you can pour the mixture into that, otherwise sprinkle the mixture straight into your hair

Finally, using a hairbrush of course, brush through your hair to smooth it out and remove the dirt/substances in it.

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By: Nouran Amin

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advice Surely the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of man; but most people know not [Qur'an 40:57]" We are always aware of what it is to be “green”. We are always taught in schools about the importance of recycling and how to protect our environment. We see the new inventions and innovations made to help make planet Earth a better place to live. I don’t think I need to tell you about its importance because I’m guessing most of you already know and whether you support being “green” or not, you can’t deny that protecting our environment is good for mankind. Okay, I’ll try to get to my point and make it more clear even though you probably guessed from the title what I will be rambling about.

-"We made from water every living thing" [Qur'an 21:30]. -"Consider the water which you drink. Was it you that brought it down from the rain cloud or We? If We had pleased, We could make it bitter" [Qur'an 56:68-70].

everything good you do to the environment even if it means turning off the water while brushing your teeth will be counted for your good deeds!

Trust me, this isn’t a boring article going on and on about “ride the bike to school, use paper lunch bags, always recycle, recycle, recycle” because even though I support that, I have to make sure to inform you girls about the relationship of being Muslim and being green.

-"No creature is there on earth nor a bird flying with its wings but they are nations like you [Qur'an 6:38]"

So, not everyone who is green is Muslim (duh!) but everyone who is Muslim is surely green. And if you didn’t know then don’t sweat it. I’m not trying to pressure anyone to go all crazy green because honestly who does that? But, instead I’m trying to bring awareness to that and to remind you girls that it is our duty as Muslims to protect our environment. So, remember everything good you do to the environment even if it means turning off the water while brushing your teeth will be counted for your good deeds!

“So whoever does an atom's weight of good will see it” -Surat Az-Zalzalah, Ayah 7

Yes, being Muslim is being green. It’s an act of worship to help save the environment and keep it at its best. Allah (SWT) gave us a beautiful display of nature and it’s up to us to keep it that way until the day of judgement. You need to know that it is a SIN to do harm to nature and its animals. The Quran explains the importance of being green and even Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has explained throughout his life the philosophy of nature. Below are a few passages from the Quran that provide evidence about being green.

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Interviewed by: Menna Fateen

Who doesn’t know LOVE Dina? She’s the aspiring English-Egyptian fashion designer and the popular fashion and make-up guru on You-Tube. Her own shop “Lazy Doll” will be re-launched soon with a line of modest clothing so girls could “keep it covered”! MGM has a little chat with Dina about her fashion and desiging career...

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interview MGM: When did you first discover your passion for fashion? Dina: “I first discovered my passion for fashion when I was seventeen and began studying it for Alevels. To be honest I've never really been into mainstream fashion, but the idea of creating something fabulous and turning it into a trend is something that appealed to me.”

MGM: Where do you get your design inspiration? Dina: “My inspiration comes from everywhere, anything I might see that day, or a conversation I may have that could just flick a switch in my brain and spark up an idea that is totally unrelated to the subject in conversation. I get inspiration from people too, I love studying street style, I think it's more interesting and will always be more interesting than mainstream fashion ever will.”

MGM: When and how did you start your shop 'Lazy Doll'? Dina: “I started lazydoll on my Dina Toki-o fan page just for fun, many of my 'followers' loved my hijabs so I started selling them. It was successful, so I thought why not make a website and have bigger variety and now inshallah when we re-lauch we'll be introducing T-shirts too!”

MGM: When can we buy your designs? Dina: “I'm working it on it I promise, I have some collaborations in mind and inshallah maybe even a small collection will be available to everyone in the coming months. But for now I still take orders for one off pieces custom made.”

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interview MGM: What's your favorite thing about being a designer and youtube vlogger? And what do you most hate about it? Dina: “I don't have a favourite about being a youtuber, but when it comes to designing, there's nothing better than the feeling of satisfaction when you see the end result in all it's glory! What I hate about everything I do as a whole, is the amount of judgement I face every day and the rudeness that comes with it!”

MGM: What's your current favorite fashion trend? Dina: “I'm not huge on current trends, but during the summer I really enjoyed the ombre trend. I also love outfits and styles that are timeless, they'll always look great whatever year or season it is!

MGM: Why do you think modesty is important? Dina: “It's very important I think because as a woman living in the west for almost all of my life, everything here (and now it's just as bad or worse even in middle eastern or muslim countries i.e. Egypt) women constantly get judged on their sexual appearance and how attractive they are. The media is bombarded with sexual images, sex is used for advertising anything nowadays it truly makes my stomach heave. Modesty brings back a womans respect for herself and demands respect of others. That's not to say we can't look good and smart either.”

MGM: What are your dreams for the future?


Dina: “The goal at the end of it all here, is to become a successful full time designer, and I'd quite like to keep writing columns too. “

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interview MGM: What are you most proud of as a British-Egyptian Muslim girl? Dina: “To be honest, I 'm not proud of being English or Egyptian. I don't like pride it can be a very ugly thing sometimes. So as British Egyptian Muslim girl, I'm just happy that I am able to do what I love and inspire others in the process too whilst still remembering my origins and faith, Al Hamdilillah.”

MGM: What message would you like to give our readers? Dina: “It's been nice talking to you! Lol I hope you guys enjoyed that little read! And remember.. Til next time.. Keep it covered!”

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AUTUMN/WINTER 2012 beauty & fashion trends

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’ve left this article till the very last minute to make, but you know what?! It’s a good thing! Why? Because I wanted to collect all the lastminute and up to date trends and pieces for this fall/autumn/winter and bring them to you so that you can set the trend all season long! Scouring over the web, you can find tons of pins on Pinterest, blogs, magazines and articles and all about this season’s hottest trends and how you can style them through fashion and beauty!


BAROQUE ‘Baroque? What’s that?’ Is that what you’re thinking? Or maybe you do know what it is and you’re just thinking how you can incorporate this print into an outfit without looking like you’ve just time travelled from the 16th century so here’s some fashion and beauty pieces that you can add to your wardrobe that don’t look to out there and that can still be out together to become a modest outfit.


It IS that easy; a base coat, some plastic wrap and gold polish – simples!

BAROQUE LIPS what you need: burgundy lip liner


gold metallic shadow

fill in entire lip with liner

burgundy lipstick baroque lips by

you could use this 2-in1 product (Max Factor Flipstick) instead!

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3 finger print in gold shadow


apply layer of lipstick stawp gold shadow to the center of the lip



Anna Dello Russo, editor-atlarge and creative consultant for Vogue Japan, is collaborating with H&M, creating the ultimate baroque collection which items are being sold and available worldwide this season!


HERITAGE Colourwise, heritage is very appropriate for autumn because of its orange and earthy hues. You also tend to find the heritage look in warm clothing so that heritage is suitable in autumn for that reason too.

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fashion/beauty LOOK 3

KNITS This trend is sensible enough for these chilly months when we all wanna wrap up and just feel nice and cosy with our lovely, hot drinks. To spice up your knit jumper if you don’t like things plain, buy a striped knit one or maybe even an ombre/ tie-die one too.

A simple and inexpensive way to add knits to your outfit if you don’t want to ‘woolly’ yourself up too much is to just wear a snood, these are so nice to snuggle into, and you can find them in nearly every single shop now that they’re stocking up on their winter wear.


MILITARY The last trends have been about the texture and pattern of the look – but what about the personality? The military trend is all about toughening up your look through your outfit.

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fashion/beauty If you’re more feminine and would prefer to add a touch of military to your outfit in a subtle way then you can use the Essie nail polish in Golden Nuggets – it’s a nice glitter polish but with that military green colour. Another way of getting military on your tips is to simply do the camo pattern using 2 different shades of a green and some brown polish. Paint your nails with one of the green shades, wait for it to dry and with the other green and brown polish make blotches or camo looking stripes and you’re done! (Extra tip: Use a matte top coat like Essie Matte About You to add to the camo effect/look). Another tip: if you don’t want to change your outfit to a green/khaki colour but want to toughen up you’re outfit, just add some studs to your clothes and there you have it – it is easy to add studs to your own clothing pieces by buying them online or in a craft store for a very cheap price and adding them wherever you want on your outfit piece.



Essie Golden Nuggets

This trend is very simple as you don’t just need to find metallic only things, you can use gold, silver and even chrome to make a ‘metallic’ look. Jewellery is a really simple way to contribute to this trend since you can get gold, chrome and silver jewellery, etc.

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fashion/beauty LOOK 6


There are also metallic and chrome nail polish like the Essie Mirror Metallics collection, the Models Own Beetlejuice polishes and more. And don’t forget magnetic nail polishes like the Barry M Magnetic Nail Effects and the Nails Inc ones which also give a metallic look.

Oxblood is going to be a big trend for your nails this season - not a nice name, but definitely a nice colour

Finally these are some extra trends which you can actually combine them into the previous ones (e.g. Gothic – wear a black metallic top or just generally anything black, Studs – simply stud any of the military jacket or boots you have, or just stud anything in general! Leather – wear a leather, baroque printed clutch, etc.)

For a studded beauty look you can paint your nails a base colour and, when it dries, paint a base coat over it and while the base coat is wet, put special nail art studs onto it – simples!


+ + black lip liner

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violet lip liner

= deep red lipstick



Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide [in our hearts] as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah (14:38)

“Rabbana innaka taAAlamu manukhfee wama nuAAlinu wama yakhfa AAalaAllahi min shay-in fee al-ardi wala fee assama”

”‫“ربنا إنك تعلم ما نخفي وما نعلن وما يخفى عىل الله من يشء يف األرض وال يف السامء‬

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By: Sumaira Reyaz


inter is around the corner and what have you readied yourselves for dear sisters—don’t hyperventilate dearies, what I mean is have you checked your wardrobe for the oncoming winter fashion trends? Keep your worries in your shacks sisters because here I am to help you decide on your wardrobe this season and also to help the would-be bride on her fashion statement and how to make heads turn her way.


This section deals on the subject as to how to deal with your daily fashion woes this season: • Opt for a combination of black (which is the most common colour for abayas) with a headscarf in a combination of red and black print. • Better still if you are an experimenting fashion gal go for a combination of rhapsody (purple) with a combination of titanium (steel gray). Steel gray and purple go for a great twosome.

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fashion • The season emphasizes on hand embroidery such as herringbone, so go for a bit of a makeover in your abaya. Get the hem of your abaya as well as the cuff of your sleeves hand-embroidered with a bit of minute detailing in a broad set-up such as if you go for a five-inch broad sleeve embroidery then go for a ten-inch broad hem embroidery which will emphasize the look and stand-out in the crowd factor. • Go for crepes or satins this season, they will enhance your stand-out factor. • If you dont want to do anything keep your abaya (or whatever you like to wear) as it is and just couple it up with a scarf of any colour ‘in’ this season.

TRY A COMBINATION OF • Rhapsody and titanium • Rose smoke and french roast • Ultramarine green and rhapsody • Pink flambe and titanium

• Experiment with floral or abstract prints this season, if you are planning on going for a printed headscarf or an abaya but do not opt for any geometrical patterns , since they are totally out this season. • You could also add a little detailing to your headscarf by simply attaching a readymade motif which you can commonly get from lace shops. • Another mode of accessorizing your headscarf and adding elegance to your abaya is by pinning up your headscarf`s end just near the mid of your ear by attaching a fashionable brooch.

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THE BRIDAL YOU…. This section deals with the ‘hows’ and ‘whats’ of handling your bridal cries: The brides this season be sure you create a rich elegance and a fragile personality in your outlook and so be very particular in your choice of abaya which will compliment you and enrich the atmosphere as a whole. Follow these simple steps in finding your ultimate abaya or getting it custom-made for the bride in you.

LOOK ONE • Try going for a kaftan abaya with a heavily embellished border on all sides. • Make sure that the embroidery on the border should not consist of a majority of threadwork rather should be in zardozi i.e. Use of beads, glass beads, metallic threads, swarovski crystals, stones, chained stones etc. • Also make sure that you do not step into any sort of prints rather try to keep the base in a single colour or if you are experimental a double colour can do as well, depending on the colours, but in no case do go for a print, try to keep it subtle yet rich. • If you cannot get a bordered kaftan, try to get an embellished hem and a

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little embellished front and get a ready zardozi border from the market and attach it on all sides yourself or get it attached from somebody.

LOOK TWO • If you are not sport for a kaftan go for a simple flowing abaya • Try making the front-open look your statement look as it is ‘in’ this season and for a bride it is also very important that there be ease of wearing as well as of removing, both of which you will find in the front open set-up. • You can also alternate the style by customizing the front-open to a side-open one with a chiffon top layer followed by a base of crepe, which will make for a beautiful set-up that will set you apart. • Ask your designer to set up minute detailing with satin ribbon cutwork adding alongside swarovski crystals or stones which will add an elegance to your personality. • Try adding customized buttons to your abaya. • If you don’t want your abaya customized try to get something which fills up the above criteria or near and work it up a bit on your own.


“The strong person is not the good wrestler the strong person is only the one who controls themself when they are angry.�

-- Prophet Muhammed

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Islam has raised the status of women from below the earth to so high that paradise lies at her feet. -Dr. Muhammad Fazlur Rahman Ansari

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did you know?

Fun Facts About Egypt

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Egypt is the 34th largest country in the world.


Some of the ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made out of stone.

Arabic is the official language of Egypt.




The pyramids of Egypt are the last remaining ancient wonder of the world.

The first pyramid made out of stone was built in 2650 BC.

Ancient Egyptians used to play a game very similar to todays bowling.

Egyptians invented the 365 days calendar.

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Luxor in Egypt is known as the world's largest open air museum.


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ecently, I went to a museum that was hosting an exhibition about “1001 Inventions,” a program designed to show people Muslim heritage in our world. While I was there, I found out a lot of interesting information about Muslim scholars that made an impact on our world. For example, many modern day things at home, in school, at the hospital, in the market, just to name a few, came from the ideas, inventions, and theories of Muslims! The most mind boggling, though, was that when Europe was having its Dark Ages, the period of ignorance before the Renaissance, Muslims in Asia made astounding, important discoveries that led to many modern day items being made. I wanted to share all of this information, because we should all know Islamic history. This article, tells about some famous Muslim scholars back in the day, along with some of Europe’s famous scholars.

ABBAS IBN FIRNAS Abbas ibn Firnas was born in the 9th century. He is most famous for producing a flying machine. However, he also perfected the technique of cutting rock crystal (quartz) and producing glass, which enabled him to make a sort of glass planetarium, complete with fake thunder and lighting.

Abbas Ibn Firnas

AL-JAZARI Al Jazari was an inventor and a mechanical engineer. His inventions, which were all mechanical devices, were so amazing and helpful that King Nasir Al-Din asked him to record his inventions in a manual. The manual, The book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, was completed in 1206, and was a well used guide back in the day. Al-Jazari

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did you know? AL-KINDI

AL-ZAHRAWI (Abulcasis)

Al-Kindi was an encyclopedia of a man; he was a physician, philosopher, musician, astronomer, chemist, and geometer, just to name a few. He is famous for his books, over 361. The books were written on a variety of topics, including math, time, perfume, and numbers.

Al-Zahrawi was a revolutionary physician and surgeon. He is renowned for his book al-Tasrif or The Method of Medicine. His book, which had over 31 volumes in it, gave detailed accounts on dental, surgical, and pharmaceutical practices. He also designed and illustrated over 200 surgical instruments, like syringes, droppers, and scalpels. He also is quite famous for his medical discovery of using catgut to stitch internal wounds. He also started the practice of storing drugs in little capsules of catgut until ready to be taken.


FATIMA AL-FIHRI Fatima al-Fihri was born in 9th century Morocco; she was a well-educated young woman who was very wealthy. She vowed to create a learning centre for her community, which eventually developed into Morocco’s number one university, alQayrawan.


IBN AL-HAYTHAM Ibn Al-Haytham was the master of optics. He wrote the Kitab al-Manazir, or Book of Optics. The Latin version of his book had enormous impacts on Roger Bacon and Leonardo da Vinci.


Ibn Battuta is renowned for his travel book, the Rihla. Ibn Battuta set off from Morocco when he was 21, and didn’t return for 29 years. He traveled through 44 countries by foot, boat, camel, cart, and horse. When he returned, he was asked by the Sultan of Fez and Morocco to record his travel in a book. His book is our window to the 14th century today.

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Ibn Al-Haytham



did you know? MARYAM IJLIYA AL-ASTRULABI Mariyam Ijliya al-Astrulabi was born in Aleppo, Syria in the 9th century. Her father was al-Ijiliya al-Astrulabi, and Mariyam continued her father’s work of making astrolabes.

JABIR IBN HAYYAN Jabir ibn Hayyan, known in the west as Geber, is known as the “father” of chemistry. His most influential work was devising and perfecting the process of sublimation, liquefaction, crystallization, distillation, purification, amalgamation, oxidation, evaporation, and Jabir Ibn Hayyan filtration. He also is very famous for discovering sulphuric acid by distilling alum.


Koca Mimar Sinan, or Sinan, was a famous arichteticure. He is most famous, however, for building the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, which has the tallest minarets in Turkey. He also built 476 other buildings.

EUROPE’S FAMOUS SCHOLARS ROGER BACON Roger Bacon is known as the man who came up with the idea of the scientific method. However, he spoke Arabic (!) and told everyone that knowledge of Arabic and Arabic science was the only way to true knowledge. Actually, Ibn al-Haytham introduced the scientific method. Bacon quotes or refers to Ibn al-Haytham at almost every step in his book, Opus Maius. Roger Bacon’s chief guide in medicine was Ibn Sina’s Canon. Bacon also read many books written by Muslims that were translated into Latin.

LEONARDO DA VINCI Leonardo da Vinci was a famous figure during the renaissance, and even today. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, scientist, and inventor. He also created the Mona Lisa. Leonardo da Vinci is known for having inventing a version of our modern day camera. However, Ibn alHaytham invented the camera obscure centuries before Leonardo da Vinci.

NICOLAS COPERNICUS Nicolas Copernicus is said to be the founder of modern say astronomy; however, many, if not most, of his theories were based on those of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi and Ibn al-Shatir. Copernicus relied heavily on al-Zarqali and alBattani.


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did you know? TYCHO BRAHE Tycho Brahe is famous for (re)discovering the Moon’s variation, which was first discovered by Mohammed Abu al-Wafa al-Bouzjani, about six hundred years previously. Brahe also is credited for his famed mural quadrant, which was very similar to those developed by previous Muslim astronomers, particularly Taqi al-Din.

Tycho Brahe

JOHANNES KEPLER Johannes Kepler is renowned for discovering the laws of planetary motion, his work on optics, the founder of the theory of the camera obsucra, and the first correct explanation of the working of the human eye. However, Kepler relied heavily on Ibn alHaytham’s studies on light refraction; in fact, Kepler continued where Ibn al-Haytham left off. Kepler also developed the camera obsucra which was first discovered by Ibn al-Haytham.

All of the information above has been obtained from the book “1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World, second edition,” written by Salim T S Al-Hassani, Elizabeth Woodcock, and Rabah Saoud.

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Johannes Kepler


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A Sister From Hell? “I always have problems with my eldest sister, she interferes in my personal stuff always bugs me and when I try to complain to my parents they always blame me besides she's very good in turning things against me in front of them, why does she hate me aren't we sisters?” Dear Anon, Before I start I want you to make sure of one thing, which is your sister loves you no matter how bad or mean she was, after all remember that you are one family and whatever she does, she'll still always love you. The first child is usually a leading character who likes to control and be in charge of everything, your sister doesn’t do that because she wants to bother but from another perspective she cares about you , she is only showing it in a wrong way. She wants to feel that she's like a young mommy, responsible for someone, so why don’t you try to take it from that side? Why don’t you try to be her best friend, show her how important she is to you, share with her your problems maybe ask her for advice? Try to talk to her and tell her what bothers you, get her close to you in way that she would believe and feel how much you trust her.

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My Best Friend's Friend…. “We have been friends since 1st grade and all of a sudden a new girl came to our school and get closer to my best friend, very close that our friendship is not like before , she doesn’t let her sit beside me or spend time with me during recess, what's really bothering me is that my best friend is not taking any action towards this and whenever I talk to her she says that I'm her best friend and she's only her friend coz she's new and have no friends…am I losing a 6 years of friendship? “

Dear Anon, Have you tried talking with that new girl instead of talking to your friend?, I bet she still feels uncomfortable for being "the new kid in class". If you love your best friend then don’t lose her, don't let jealous or anger control your actions give her a chance maybe even try to join them when they sit together! Who knows, maybe your friendship circle will be three instead of only two just enjoy the time you're having together. Also bear in mind that people and friends will come and go all through your life, so open your heart for everyone, don't let go of your friends, good friends always last.

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By: Aamenah El-Sherif

Boys. They're only the opposite gender right? Wrong. In Islam, it's different. Allah (SWT) who created us and knows what's best for us has organized this relationship, so things can work out the best for everyone. Let's start with how to deal with boys, mostly if they are in school with you. Treat boys in school/class just how you would treat a classmate. Talk whenever there is a legitimate reason and try not to talk one on one. Also when you talk, try to keep your voice clear and your gaze low and be careful if conversations becomes a habit they will get used to you, and wrong things can happen easily. Watch the way you act around them, and the impression you make. Be careful, boys notice easily, so try to avoid laughing out loud or doing anything that is eye catching. You also want to be modest in the way you dress. Look presentable and be respectful. Many girls are bothered by boys because of the way they dress. Now another thing comes up, crushes. Why do you think they happen? Because the relationship isn't organized and the line is crossed. This happens gradually without being easily noticed. You find yourself enjoying at the beginning

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because you are happy, but this isn't real happiness. Soon, a tragedy could happen, and heartbreaks afterwards. It all happens fast. Now the big question, why is dating haram? The main reason is because, each human is created with an attraction to the other gender, so we must learn to control it, so it doesn't lead us to anything wrong. Another reason, is actually more of a realistic reason. Do you see all these people that date? All these problems that come with it? The cheating and the broken hearts? Why add extra drama and false happiness to your life? One day, you will find the perfect man, not one you will just be with temporarily, but the one you will be with for the rest of your life.


“Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire: that is MUHAMMAD. As regards all the standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask IS THERE ANY MAN GREATER THAN HE?”

- Alphonse de Lamartine, History of Turkey

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You're Muslim and it seems you know the boundaries with boys Yet you sit on the first day of school in your favorite class You take the first look at him and know he's not American It's only slowly that you learn he's an Afghani Muslim. You're full of happiness to know you're not the only Muslim in class that you don't have to be the only one explaining your faith to classmates But it becomes more than that exchanging Salaams and him with little teases to you through the day There comes a time when he needs help explaining a situation and after he wants to give you a highfive You stop and explain he respects, saying thanks that he, too, wants to be better You help, but also see you need to step away.

By: Fida Islaih

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poetry Oh you boy, don't stare Your stares give me nightmares I am only made to be pure Not for you to allure You and I should observe hijab Because we have to give "hisaab" Modest should be our soul In the society I have a role I am not for you to stare Your stares give me nightmares Don't you dare ask me out! I am not a girl who loves to pout I am one of Allah's servants If you like me, ask my parents Don't haste and be chaste Otherwise 'HELL', you will have to taste I don't like your nasty stares They make my eyes full of tears Mind my words, don't stare, Your stares give me nightmares‌Oh you boy‌Oh O' you boy!!!

By: Ujala Shujat

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ِAllah mentioned the Arabic word of Egypt (Misr) (‫ )مصر‬4 times in Quran are as follows:

Chapter 10 "Jonah" "10.87": And We revealed to Musa and his brother, saying: Take for your people houses to abide in Egypt and make your houses places of worship and keep up prayer and give good news to the believers. "12.21": And the Egyptian who bought him said to his wife: Give him an honorable abode, maybe he will be useful to us, or we may adopt him as a son. And thus did We establish Yusuf in the land and that We might teach him the interpretation of sayings; and Allah is the master of His affair, but most people do not know. Chapter 12 "Yusuf" "12.99": Then when they came in to Yusuf, he took his parents to lodge with him and said: Enter safe into Egypt, if Allah please. Chapter 43 "Ornaments of Gold""43.51": And Firon proclaimed amongst his people: O my people! is not the kingdom of Egypt mine? And these rivers flow beneath me; do you not then see? The Arabic word of Egypt in the following verse means any land and does not mean Egypt: Chapter 2 "The Cow""2.61": And when you said: O Musa! we cannot bear with one food, therefore pray Lord on our behalf to bring forth for us out of what the earth grows, of its herbs and its cucumbers and its garlic and its lentils and its onions. He said: Will you exchange that which is better for that which is worse? Enter a city, so you will have what you ask for. And abasement and humiliation were brought down upon them, and they became deserving of Allah's wrath; this was so because they disbelieved in the communications of Allah and killed the prophets unjustly; this was so because they disobeyed and exceeded the limits.

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What Happened to Goodbye By: Sarah Dessen

Review by: Asmaa Ehab People change. That’s what they do when they’re hurt. And everyone has friends, but not everyone has their two a.m.. And that was what happened to Mclean after her parents’ bitter divorce; she changed her ways towards her mother, and realized that, in her sixteen years of living and the four different girls she pretended to be, she didn’t have her two

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Monday A new day has begun with a fantastic sunrise beaming through my bedroom window. I usually don’t like waking up to the sunlight, I prefer to keep me curtains closed, I’ve slept so well last night that I don’t care anymore. My beloved cat, Fatso-don’t question his name, he’s incredibly fat-, jumped on my bed and started purring as he rubbed the top of his head against my temple. Allah, how I love that fat guy and he never stopped loving me back. Although he does get upset and stops talking to me if I forget to fill his bowl to the top. What can I say? Cat loves his food. I whisper the morning Zikr as I slide off my bed and head to the bathroom where I make Wudu and pray Duha. Mum always insists that I pray Duha so that my day gets filled with Baraka. I continue my morning rituals which involve brushing me teeth, getting dressed for school, and having breakfast with my family. We all say Bismallah and dig in, all the while thanking mum for cooking so early in the morning even on her workdays. Following out amazing breakfast, we all bid each other Salam and head in different directions, each to his/her work place, school or university I just love mornings with my family.

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November/Thul-Hijjah 2012/1433 issue #10 of Muslimah Girl Magazine  

MGM's 10th issue features Dina Tokio and the country of Egypt. Enjoy!

November/Thul-Hijjah 2012/1433 issue #10 of Muslimah Girl Magazine  

MGM's 10th issue features Dina Tokio and the country of Egypt. Enjoy!