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Monday, July 27, 2009

The latest trend in nail art

This is really weird and :
1. I would never wear this
2.Not only looks horrible , but i think also the mantainance is it hard
3. U will look like "X-Mas tree" :)
4.We can not take wudhu
5. Islamically is it makrooh to wear nail polish

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hijab cartoons

Three types of hijab :)

Category of hijabi styles

Not the correct way of hijabi ( the first two )

And the last two is it the inadequate hijabi which we see everyday on some arabic countries.... ( sorry i didn't mean to upset anyone )
Is is nice, but Islamically is it totally wrong !

Ear and Nose Piercing

In Arabia a girl usually had her ears pierced at birth, and a Bedouin child may have had them pierced in two or three places.
The holes were kept open with silk cords until she was old enough to wear earrings. There were even some pieces of jewelry which attach to the nose, and then attach to other head ornaments.

Well, to be honest i never knew this , i always belived that only indian have this tradition ( as we see the pic below) ....

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Arabic Jewellery - Hand of Fatima - Part two

Arabic jewelry reflects the culture and heritage of people from the

Mediterranean through the Middle East. Each piece of jewelry has a meaning

and in some, a long history.

The Hand of Fatima

An Islamic alternative name for this charm :Eye of Fatima or the hand of Fatima , regarding to Fatima Zahra, Prophet Muhammad’s daughter. The other meaning in Jewish is Miriam’s hand , as regards Miriam, the sister of Aaron and Moses. It is a sort of “protection of the hand” or The hand of God“.

The evil or wandering eye is recognized by Islam. Mohammed the Prophet( saw) spoke of it, but he told his disciples to recite verses from the Qur'an to avert it, but he never recommended carrying the Khamsa, "a distant souvenir of paganism like talismans and other cabalistic symbols," ( the Fatima amulet is called a "Khamsa" in Algeria, from the Arabic word for five).
The scolars said the Hand of Fatima, medals containing verses from the Qur'an and even illuminated paintings from the Koran that some Muslims hang on the wall 'should all be banned.

Throughout northern Africa, Turkey, and in other parts of the Middle East, you can see Muslims wearing the "Hand of Fatima". This is an example of Berber jewelry that has involved religion and superstition. Fatima was the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad who married Ali, the nephew of the Prophet( saw). (It is from their descendants that the Shi'a Muslims claim a direct line of authority over Muslims.) Miracles were attributed to Fatima, such as when she prayed in the desert, it started raining. She is described as a faithful, holy woman.
This article from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Turkey tells of the importance of jewelry named for her:

"Almost all Anatolian (Turkish) jewelry has a special meaning of its own and its own story, and the 'Hand of Fatima Necklace' is one of these, a lovely piece of silver and gold from which silver hands are hung and in whose good luck the women of Anatolia (Turkey) believe. Its romantic story is as follows: One day Lady Fatima (daughter of the Holy Prophet Mohammed) was roasting halvah (a sesame honey cookie) in a pan in the garden when suddenly the door opened and her husband the prophet Ali entered along with a new and beautiful female slave. When the Lady Fatima saw her husband's beautiful young concubine (slave-girl), she was deeply grieved and in confusion began stirring the halvah with her hand. Because of the grief in her heart she never even felt the pain of her hand mixing the hot halvah. However, when her husband hurried to her side and exclaimed in surprise "What are you doing there, Fatima?" she felt her hand burning and the pain. Thus it is from that day on the hand of the Lady Fatima has been used in the Islamic world as a symbol of patience, abundance, and faithfulness, and thus it is that girls and women wearing this necklace from whose end the hands hang believe the hands of Lady Fatima will bring them good luck, abundance and patience."

From a Moroccan Treasures website we learn:

"The motif (pattern) of the Hand of Fatima is used everywhere in North Africa, especially in jewelry and in door knockers, naturally, because it keeps away the Evil Eye, considered to be a problem there."
"Fatima was the daughter of the prophet Mohammed, but in fact this hand has been around before Islam, and there is still much right hand-left hand magic in Morocco. The left hand is for doing bad things; it also protects against the evil eye if you put it palm up in front of you (so naturally that's an insulting thing to do to someone, implying they have the evil eye)."

But we as a trully muslims, we should never fall into those innovations over our religion, and follow the footsteps of Sheytan, this is not part of our religion as for we must follow the corect Qur'an and Sunna !

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bedouin jewellery history - Part one

The Bedouin, (from the Arabic badawī (بدوي), pl. badū), are a desert-dwelling Arab nomadic pastoralist, or previously nomadic group, found throughout most of the desert belt extending from the Atlantic coast of the Sahara via the Western Desert, to Arabian Desert. Non-Arab groups as well, notably theBeja of theAfrican coast of the Red Sea are sometimes called Bedouin.


Introduction: What does the Qur'an say about jewelry? In the Qur'an it states that men should not wear gold jewelry, dress to show off, must be modest and not show power or wealth through clothing or jewelry. Women had more freedom to wear jewelry to make themselves beautiful. Women of many cultures loved to wear jewelry long before Islam arrived with its influences. Women wore earrings, necklaces, belts, ankle and hand decorations, nose-rings, and more. In these cultures, jewelry was often a sign of wealth and part of the girl's dowry that she took with her when she got married.

Bedouin jewelry is common throughout the Middle East, and is usually made out of silver. Jewelry was often a part of a bride's dowry. A Bedouin bride carried her entire wealth on her person in the shape of silver jewelry and it was hers to dispose of as she wished. Gold jewelry was primarily for women; men wearing gold was discouraged in the Qur'an.

A woman’s jewelry symbolizes her status as a married women and later as a mother, as it is customary to gift one’s wife with jewelry for the birth of each child.

Arabian Bedouin jewelry is significant not only for its aesthetic qualities, but also for the historical influences it exhibits. During the course of its own evolution over many centuries, the jewelry of the Bedouin has incorporated techniques and styles of the jewelry of other long-dead civilizations. This has excited archaeologists, as these very personal objects provide a window to the past and the people who owned them. Observers have noted that similarities in the design and craftsmanship of Bedouin jewelry can be attributed to the cross-influence that migration and trade had on the region.

In Arabian custom, the color of certain stones is also deemed to affect their powers. Green, blue and red are regarded as possessing protective abilities. For that reason turquoise, agate, coral and colored glass are among the most popular materials used in antique jewelry.

Traditionally, jewelry has also been thought to have magical powers. Turquoise in particular is believed to ward off the “evil eye.” At one time, popular legend had it that a turquoise stone would glow when its wearer was happy, but when the wearer was sad, the stone would become dull. Another popular myth was that the tiny tinkling bells prominent on so many pieces of Arabian jewelry would protect the wearer by frightening off malevolent spirits with their noise.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Traditional Saudi Arabian houses

Paintings are very interesting from a cultural perspective is it present almost in each arabic house.
There are three main architectural styles on the Arabic peninsula: western, central, and southern.
On the western coast, the climate is hot and humid, and the houses are built to maximise the movement of the air through the rooms. The windows are built to catch the wind, there are often straight lines through the house, and the ceilings have ventilation openings to let the rising warm air out.

In the central parts and towards the east, the climate is hot and dry, but the temperature changes between the day and night are big, so the houses and streets are built to provide the maximin shadow while they accumulate warmth or cold.
The thick mud walls cool down during the night, so the houses are pleasantly cool during the day hours, and towards the evening people move out to courtyards. Then, when the cold night air forces them to go inside, the house is nice and warm until the morning hours.

The third style is found in the south, on the high altitudes, where it is cooler and where it rains more.

In a short a fast detailed - from the street, one enters the house through an elaborate doorway and steps into an entrance hall known as a dihliz.
The ground or entrance floor is reserved for men, and one never risks meeting an unveiled woman there.
The upper floors belong to the women, and a visitor cannot go upstairs without an escort.
The entrance hall floor is covered with sand or a kind of mortar called tubtab.
On one or both sides of the entrance hall are raised benches where the master of the house sits and receives casual visitors, drinks tea with them and smokes his water pipe, or shishah.
On either side of the entrance hall - sometimes on both sides - and raised above floor level, is an important sifting room called the maq'ad, which serves as a business office, or reception room for intimate friends.
It may also function as a sleeping room during hot summer afternoons, or as a storeroom for merchandise or luggage during the pilgrimage season.
Even in the most modest of houses, social activities play an important role; therefore the maq’ad is usually spacious, high-ceilinged and well-decorated. In older, wealthier houses, the maq’ad is replaced by an even more luxurious room known as the diwan, with carpets on the floor and cushions for sitting or reclining along the walls, where the men meet for receptions, take their dinner and talk business.

The advantage in beeing arab is that most arabian houses still retain the old character, in combining the old fashioned nature with the modern and luxury.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Paris Hilton in Dubai

I love so much the jalabeya she wore at the coference in Festival City's Intercontinental Hotel.
Have a look, what do u think? Isn't it like a princess in a fairytale?

Paris Hilton

Paris takes to the catwalk

And of course how i can't notice the beautiful jeweleries she wear??
That's gorgeous....
Paris Hilton pictured at yesterday's press conference.

Here in Wafi Mall...

And this in Dubai Mall..

Paris Hilton

I don't know if the dress she chosed is it matching with those oriental jewels ....

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shayla and Abaya Fashion show

I know this is quite old, it has been kept in 2008 Dubai Bur Juman Center , but i still admire these graceful garments.

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