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October Breast Cancer Awareness | Think Before You Pink

Hi all,

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Free Breast Cancer Awareness Month Printables at FrogPrincePaperie.com *Photo credit: Frog Prince Paperie

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, aka wear pink month.  This month companies everywhere are supporting breast cancer by featuring limited edition products to support research of breast cancer.  As I mentioned in my 20 Facts About Me Tag, my mom passed away from breast cancer when I was a teen.  This terrible disease affects 1 out of 8 women, according to NationalBreastCancer.org, and is the second leading cause of death in women. Please do take some time from your day this month to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms, how to do a self-breast exam, and what you can do to help further research. I, myself, take time to update myself on new research, myths and facts about the disease because you never know if an acquaintance, friend, relative or someone close to these people have just been diagnosed, receiving treatment after being diagnosed, in remission or perhaps passed away from breast cancer.

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In addition, bcaction.org, has started the “Think Before You Pink” campaign in 2002 which sheds light on how to become aware of supporting blindly companies/products that may be misinforming or doing little to nothing to further research on Breast Cancer, and calls companies to be more transparent/accountable about their pink products.  Therefore, before you spend your money remember to ask these 6 critical questions:

  1. How much money from your purchase actually goes toward breast cancer?

  2. What is the maximum amount that will be donated?

  3. How much money was spent marketing the product?

  4. How are the funds being raised?

  5. To what breast cancer organization does the money go, and what types of programs does it support?

  6. What is the company doing to assure that its products are not contributing to the breast cancer epidemic?

If you don’t see the information you want on the packaging of a product, you should write or call the company and ask.

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Get together with your girlfriends, and have a fun October Breast Cancer Awareness party! You can all donate directly to a cause such as The Breast Cancer Research Foundation or another organization that you believe will use your donated money wisely. And remember, make your party fun and pink with the free printables from Frog Prince Paperie!

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What October Breast Cancer Awareness products have you bought? or Companies do you support?

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not sponsored by any of the companies/organizations mentioned. All opinion’s are of AnUblog.com.  Please do your own research on companies/products that you would like to support.

Food for Thought Thursday | Yes, I Believe in Jesus too!

Happy Tursday everyone!


“If we don’t have peace, we’ll end up in pieces
Treat people the way that you want to be treated” -Mo Sabri


Today I came across an artist I had never heard of until today, Mo Sabri. My curiosity peaked when I heard his beautiful song Heaven is Where Her Heart is (Aisha), of course it resonated with me for namesake reasons and then hearing it a couple of times I thought the lyrics were beautiful as well.

Then I immediately wanted to hear his other interfaith songs and came across I Believe in Jesus. After hearing this song I flashbacked to about two years ago when I was taking organic chemistry and studying hard for an upcoming test. My non-Muslim friend and I were sitting at a table discussing some problems when I noticed a lady sitting across from us who kept glancing over at me, the hijabi. I didn’t think much of it and continued studying. After some studying we decided to grab lunch before heading to class. My friend and I grabbed our books and started walking the opposite direction when all of a sudden I felt a tap on my shoulder and it was the lady who kept glancing over at me. I was a little startled because right after turning around she started preaching Christianity to me and wanted to “save me” she also told me that “Jesus loves me” at that point I interrupted her and replied “yes, I believe in Jesus too!” And to that the Christian lady looked shocked said “oh ok” and simply walked away. And I went my merry way to grab some lunch.

This is just one personal example but I’m sure many others have faced similar situations, even the husband has told me of these occurrence.

I just want to humbly let all non-Muslim readers know that yes, we Muslims believe in Jesus too. And please also watch this enlightening video by Mo Sabri or just read the lyrics I’ve quoted below.

Lyrics:

Verse 1

This ain’t a song about bottles in the club
This is about a role model filled with love
A teacher, a preacher with guidance from above
Sent to represent a message of peace like a dove
In the west they call him Jesus, in the east they call him Isa
Messiah, Christ…the same person that you speak of
Ask me why I wrote this song I will tell you because
There’s too many people silent, it’s time for me to speak up
The son of a virgin, they say it is illogical
Probably improbable but God made it possible
Gabriel told Mary that her son would be phenomenal
His voice was always audible, The opposite of prodigal,
He overcame the obstacles, people attacking him
He was a walking hospital, with healing he was passionate
He cured the sick, raised the dead, shout out to Lazarus
I’m talking about Jesus of Nazareth

Chorus:

If we don’t have peace, we’ll end up in pieces
Treat people the way that you want to be treated
If you do believe it, sing it and repeat it
I am not afraid to say that I believe in Jesus

Jesus…I believe in Jesus
I am not afraid to say that I believe in Jesus
Jesus…I believe in Jesus
I am not afraid to say that I believe in Jesus

Verse 2

I’m just a follower of Jesus
What that means is: I follow what he teaches
I’m not the type of person that just wants to give speeches
I’m trying to be the person that will practice what he preaches

Yeah, ’cause I’ve observed people just say the words
But faith ain’t a noun, it is more like verb
That’s why I wrote this verse, to remind us to serve
‘Cause if you haven’t heard, faith is dead without works

How can we say we believe that God exists
If we always act the opposite, it’s ominous
How we only care about our own accomplishments, and we’re quick to break our promises
We gotta put a stop to this

We all sin, I know that we are human
But we cannot keep on using all the same excuses
Now it is the time we need to prevent the abuses
Listen up, I got the solution

Verse 3

Why does our religion always have to cause division?
In reality we’re all more similar than different
Jesus wanted unity, but nowadays it’s missing
We have to use our vision if we want to do his mission

Can’t we see we’re all children of Adam, brothers and sisters?
If you don’t agree, then you haven’t read the Scriptures
Picture when Jesus comes back to Jerusalem
Will he be happy with the way that you’ve become?

We’re living wrong but today’s a new dawn
So sing along to this song, like David singing the Psalms
Now raise up your arms, give alms with open palms
Jesus brought us a message to follow until we’re gone

Shout out to my dad and mom for blessing me in my youth
God’s essence is the proof that his message is the truth
And this song was just a lesson to remind me and you
To ask ourselves this question, what would Jesus do?

Please leave some feedback and support Mo Sabri.

Peace be upon you.

Food for Thought Thursday | Be With Allah and Allah Will Be With You

Happy Thursday everyone!

A humble reminder to myself. Alhamdulillah.

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Don’t let fear disable you when Allah is the best guide. With every hardship comes great ease and immense blessings.

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I don’t take credit for these graphics.

Have a blessed day.

Food for Thought Thursday | Faith in Allah

Hello everyone!

Today I have to share another beautiful reminder video from the Quranic Gems series by Nouman Ali Kan and Quran Weekly.

SubhanAllah!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Food for Thought Thursday | Golden Advice for Success in Ramadan

Happy Thursday everyone!

Have you heard of Shahbaz Mirza? While searching for Islamic and inspirational videos to watch this Ramadan I came across this black and white thought provoking video.

“Let’s analyze ourselves this Ramadan and ask ourselves how pure is my heart?”

Shahbaz Mirza has a great blog where he writes to inspire and also makes videos on YouTube. Check him out at http://www.shahbazmirza.com

Thank you/JazakAllah for visiting!

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Food for Thought Thursday | Modesty in High End Designers

Hello everyone & happy Thursday!

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Today for Food for Thought Thursday I will discuss high end designers. I know all of us have window shopped and browsed online collections from Chanel, Gucci, Georgio Armani, Burberry, Christian Dior, Prada, Valentino, etc. because we’ve all lusted over their beautiful fabrics, designs and coveted many of their collections at one point or another.

As you all know here at AnUblog we are all about modest fashion. Soon after I moved to Chicago I found myself window shopping high end designers on Michigan Avenue and admiring all the chic ladylike collections. Regardless of which high end designer I admired I noticed they focused highly on clothes that showed little skin and modest fit while being nicely tailored. When I browse these designer collections I visually imagine how easily they can be transformed into a hijabi outfit by simply adding a head scarf/hijab or coat or slim pants/leggings/etc.

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I was visiting one of my favorite blog’s and style inspiration Style Pantry where Gucci’s 2014 Resort Collection was featured and again I couldn’t help but admire all the ladylike modest outfits. At times when we think of high end fashion we associate it with snobby or stuffy personalities, yet all these well dressed men and women adorning luxury designers look very polished and chic. While it’s impossible for many of us to wear head-to-toe designer and it is also harder to maintain many luxury items, why not just take inspiration from these designers rather than high street fashion?

High street fashion which is readily available to all of us, are very pocket friendly, and many times (stores like forever 21, H&M and Zara) are known for creating dupes of items from high end designers, however mainstream fashion still isn’t modest fashion, and very easily can a modest fashionista get overwhelmed at a high street store feeling like there is nothing chic and ladylike to wear.

My personal opinion is there is more to high end designer than just their high price tags or it could be that there has been a major shift into more ladylike fashion and it will eventually trickle down into mainstream fashion- just like every other fashion trend (or maybe I can be hopeful.)

What are your thoughts on this high end vs high street fashion?

Thank you for visiting!

P.S. All photos were taken by me,Ayesha, when I visited LA back in 2010 with my family.

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