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Ameen Ceremony & Importance of Learning Quran

Happy Jummah/Friday!

Paki outfit couple peach blackBack in September the husband and I attended an Ameen ceremony for our nephew, however I wasn’t able to post about it earlier since I was busy.  Today being Friday, the day that is considered an Eid for Muslims is also a day that most Muslims take time out of their day to attend Jummah namaz/prayer in congregation, and read/listen to the Quran.  Thus, I thought today would be a nice reminder on the importance of learning to read the Quran, if you don’t already or trying to make reading the Quran and it’s translation a daily habit.  Of course, this is  a reminder to myself first since I am guilty of forgetting to do this even though I carry around my cellphone everywhere and it has a great Quran app.

ameen ceremony stage decor balloons

The backdrop was DIYed by my SIL she created it with fabric, the balloon columns were created by my BIL from Tampa.

An Ameen/Bismillah ceremony is a celebration for the child who has taken time to learn to read the Quran in Arabic.  For most kids this can take a few years to accomplish as this is a class they take concurrent with their regular studies.  You have to first learn the Arabic alphabet, then learn how different vowels/accents apply, learn to read Arabic words and then finally learn to read sentences.  As the child learns the basics, they are also taught the importance of wuduu, Islamic procedure of washing body parts before prayer and reciting the Quran, and short surah’s for everyday.

candy gift cards and gifts ameen

Candy, gift cards, and gifts for Islam/Quran related games

blue white gold balloon decoration

I’m my husband’s muse. But in reality this is the only overview of the decor without the guests. At this point we were adding the final touches to the decor. All decor ideas were of my SIL.

The Quran is made up of 30 books/chapters, has exactly 114 surahs, the longest surah is Al-Baqarah (the cow) which consists of 286 ayat/verses, and the shortest are found in the 30th chapter which are usually first to be memorized to be recited in daily prayer.

flower vase blue bismillah celebrationThe Ameen ceremony is a big milestone in a child’s life and is one of the best accomplishments not only for the child but also the parents.  The ceremony is thus an encouragement to other children and their parents to enforce the importance of learning to recite the Quran, and to become a life long student of the Quran.

Cholay and Coach clutch

There was lots of yummy food like cholay!

ameen islamic game

Here we are playing a fun game where we had to unscramble Islamic words using a number keypad.

Today more than ever we need to understand the Quran not just read it.  We are being questioned about what exactly the Quran say’s but don’t know how to refute misunderstanding. We need to understand the verses that are constantly misquoted and defend the true message of the Quran. I would like to end this post with a quote from an article I read today on MuslimMatters.org called Top Five Misquotations of the Quran.

The Qur’an is a message to humanity that repeats 114 times, “In the Name of God the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful.” The Qur’an instructs Muslims to show goodness to those who do evil (41:34), to speak words of peace to those who are hostile (25:63), to call to the way of God with wisdom and beautiful preaching (16:125), to treat peaceful non-muslims with the utmost kindness and justice (60:8), to be the best of people towards other people (3:110), and to respect freedom of religion (2:256, 10:99). There is simply no plausible way to understand the Qur’an in a manner bereft of mercy, compassion or peace. Any sincere and reasonable person looking at these passages must necessarily recognize that the Qur’an stands for mercy, not for destruction and violence.”

Here are a few more snaps courtesy of the husband.  Thank you so much for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!
peach black velvet paki oufithijab paki oufit|HOOTD deets|

Paki outfit – custom | Earrings – bought from boutique in Devon | Watch – Movado | Bracelet – Swarovski fidelity | Bag – Coach clutch (love this style and this) | Nail polish – Inglot (similar can be found here)

|Decor deets|

Decor idea & games thought of by my sister-in-law (mother of the nephew), backdrop fabric bought from fabric store, vases from Walmart, table linens rented | All balloon creations were created by my husband and his brother from Tampa, of Celebration Balloon -check out this post for ideas too |

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*Any quranic/Islamic mistake or misquotation on this post is that of my own, Ayesha of AnUblog.com. Thus, all is for general purposes only, and to share decorating ideas.

HOOTD | Fall for Plaid

Hi all,

Zara blanket scarf 2014Plaid is quintessential during this time of year, however since I’m originally from Florida I never cared much for it until the pass two years when I would notice more and more people wearing plaid starting Fall.  Of course, that made me fall in love with plaid and while I’m still working my way toward buying more pieces for my wardrobe I thought I would start off with the ever-so-popular Zara plaid blanket scarf. Doesn’t this blanket scarf make a great accessory?

Grey maxi cardigan check scarfIn addition to the amazing plaid scarf, I’m pairing it with two other favorite items currently the maxi cardigan that I bought from Nordstrom during their anniversary sale, and the OTK boots by Franco Sarto which are dupes for the coveted 5050 boots.  This time around I knew Fall flies by in Chicago so I’ve been wearing these pieces, especially the scarf and cardigan, with several different outfits. The cardigan will definitely be staying in my closet now since it is way too cool in Chitown for any thin cardigan.

red grey outfit OTK bootIt was quite windy when we took these snaps so I’m not preggers! Maybe also bloated since it was after the halal food festival which I was disappointed in this year due to the lack of food stalls and more organization. So while I took some snaps there it isn’t enough for me to rave about, but if you would like to get an idea you can read about it in my last year’s post here.

Franco Sarto motor otk boot

We moved indoors for the rest of the snaps since the ones outside were hard to take with the crazy wind. Here I am admiring my boots– so comfy!

Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend!

|HOOTD deets|

Scarf/hijab – random old (similar here) | Plaid blanket scarf – Zara (similar here) | Maxi cardigan – Nordstrom (similar here) | OTK boots – Franco Sarto motor (splurge option) | Tunic – Target (similar here, and here) | Bag – Longchamp medium le pliage

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*All products purchased by me.

Wear it Wednesday | Fringe

Happy Wednesday!

Nordstrom Leith Fringe Cardigan Vest

It has been a really long time since I did any type of hijabi outfit of the day post so I thought I would share one of my favorite purchases for Fall — this beautiful fringe sweater vest.  As soon as I saw it in Nordstrom I knew it had to be mine! After having the in-store tailor alter the fringe length (gratis) to fit my height I took it home, and have worn it out several times already.  This fringe sweater vest has good weight to it, it’s actually quite affordable and completely on trend.

black sweater vest and maxi dress

Fringe is big for this season and for the upcoming seasons in outerwear, shoes, handbags, scarves, etc. Basically, everything you can imagine but it does seem a little daunting to me on a leather jacket so I think this sweater vest has the perfect amount of fringe without being overwhelming.  It is quite warm and cozy for Fall, and a lovely transition piece like I did here with my favorite Summer faux  wrap maxi dress.  Faux wrap maxi dresses is where it’s at! They are just so easy, comfortable, and make you look put together with just one piece.

faux wrap black and white maxi dressHave a wonderful day, and thank you for visiting!

|HOOTD deets|

Scarf/hijab – random old (similar here) | Faux wrap maxi dress – Hijab Habit (similar here, and here) |Fringe sweater vest – Nordstrom on sale! (alternative)  | Bag – Kate Spade (similar here, and here) | Accessories – Alex & Ani (exact here and here)

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*All products purchased by me.

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