Monthly Archives: February 2015

The GREEN heels of fashion

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GREENDEEN – by guest junior contributor Fatima Moolla, 17 July 2014

Are we enslaved by ‘fashion’?

”Oh children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness – that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember.” [Qur’an, Al-Araf, Ch7,V26]

We are living in such an era where people are competing as to who can dress to kill! Sadly, in this day and age we find girls competing with each other in their dressing, clad in Guess jeans, Sissy Boy heels, stunning jewels, tons of Revlon make-up and the latest, beautiful Kashka scarf. Our boys are no better with their name brand shoes, designer T-shirts and expensive sunglasses.  Another new status symbol that has manifested on the catwalk of the world is to have garments or accessories all shiny and bling, that makes a person look a million dollars. Old and young are falling prey to these trends. Have we all become slaves to fashion?

Simplicity of dress, Islam and spirituality

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Simplicity of dress is one of the signs of faith.”

[Abu Dawud]

Did you know that simplicity in dressing is a sign of faith? The very sign that we are scampering away from! A person blessed with Imaan believes the promise of Allah regarding the bounties of the hereafter and therefore works hard to attain the eternal rewards and beautiful clothes of Jannah,  and are thus not enchanted with the extravagant clothing of this world. By being spendthrift, are we not changing the course of the spirit of simplicity? How are we going to get to wear the dazzling clothes of Jannah if in this world we are over spending on name brands, expensive abayas and the like?

“Those will have gardens of perpetual residence; beneath them rivers will flow. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and will wear green garments of fine silk and brocade, reclining therein on adorned couches. Excellent is the reward, and good is the resting place.” [Qur’an, Al-Kahf, Ch18,V31]

We can choose the path of moderation when it comes to dressing and purchase clothes that are within our means, fashionable and yet still maintain the image of a Muslim. We need to express ourselves as individuals while striving to keep our Islamic identities. Avoiding extravagance in matters of dress and focusing on matters of everlasting significance is a good path to take to success in this world and the hereafter.

Social and environmental ethics behind our clothing industry

“And do not deprive people of their due and do not commit abuse on earth, spreading corruption.”

[Qur’an, Ash-Shuara, Ch26,V183]

Written by ,Fatima Moolla who is a teenage author from Devon, a little town bordering Gauteng and Mpumalanga. She frequently writes opinion pieces and articles on her blog Timeless Teenz. She believes that “success lies in believing in yourself!”. Email: timelessteenz@yahoo.com

Edited by Fatima Hassen Ragie

Published on:
Greendeen.msa.org.za

http://greendeen.msa.org.za/2014/07/the-green-heels-of-fashion.html

Posted by TTF team

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The importance of encouraging our YOUTH

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In order to help us overcome life’s challenges and drive us towards our potential we’re in constant need of motivation. Many would think that adults inspire youth, but that’s not true because we’re actually inspired by people who have accomplished so much at a really young age. They are the people who look beyond their struggles and refuse to be limited by what others think of them and open windows to possibilities.

Celebrities are not necessarily influential in society anymore because most are leading corrupt, valueless lives. Youth have an inclination towards world icons like Mandela and prominent personalities like Mufti Menk who don’t just inspire, but teach us how to live an inspirational life. As Muslims we are so fortunate to have the rich legacy of the greatest of men to walk the surface of the earth, Nabi (Salallahu alaihi wasalam). While we look up to legacies of the past, we also need someone to lift us up every time we are knocked down. There is need for support and motivation in order to stand tall and reach for the stars.

We are influenced by what we see and not what we hear, as the saying goes:“Actions speak louder than words!” Adults tend to only mention their goals, while youth go ahead and pursue them. One such example is of Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan who is the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Prize. The point that I intend highlighting is her determination to fight against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to an education. She has accomplished her mission, what is it that stops us from nailing ours? 

We have ambitions at every stage of our lives – It may be our academic performance at school like being top of the grade, or it might even be a special skill we have in writing or speaking, which we could further by taking little steps that could be the cause of us being an editor or perhaps a radio presenter one day. We don’t have the knowledge of what is in store for us, it might be a lucky packet with lots of surprises!

Some parents tend to make the mistake by discouraging their children who believe they have the potential to do great things. They unconsciously or unwittingly use the word ‘never’, by saying:

”You will never be able to do that, be realistic!”

This is one phrase that can scar a child forever. Rather give them a pat on the back when they achieve small goals. That will motivate them to do more and bring out the fighter in them. Our teen friends are generally the ones to congratulate us and say: ’Wow! I’m so proud of you”; “I’m sure you’ll be famous some day”; “I’m touched by your sterling efforts!” “That’s what you call inspiration!”

Amazing it is, but life without inspiration is like a childhood without magic. There would be no beacon to guide us, and no hope to climb higher up the mountain of victory. Inspiration most certainly can give us vision of what we can do with our lives. It is a lens that transforms what we see in the mirror, in the face of another and our perspective of the future. Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time: you just have to be patient and wait for it and learn from others.

 

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Written by Fatima Moolla

Published on:
Radio Islam Web
Opinion and Analysis

 http://www.radioislam.org.za/a/index.php/library/152-opinion-and-analysis/14084-the-importance-of-encouraging-our-youth.html

ONCE UPON A TIME…

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Once upon a time …

Like all good stories start; there was a boy and there was a girl.

They were fairly normal or they weren’t.

She had black hair or was it ember? He had brown eyes or were they hazel?

He grew up in a suburb like yours. She bloomed in a village, like me.

He was afraid of the dark and so was she.
More so than that, they were afraid of merely existing and not living.

Oh well, it really isn’t relevant. Since the one thing that they had in common with you and I, is that they wanted to change the world or die trying.

He was suffocating with ideas and she was drowning in a pool of potential.

Sound familiar?

THEY ARE YOU AND I.

Everyone wants to change the world, but few succeed. Among those who intend to succeed are the vibrant members of ‘Timeless teenz Foundation’.

We are a South African based organization for the youth by the YOUTH.
We are living in a time where temptations are beautified, and deceptions glamorized.

Thereby making it a challenging task to achieve our dreams and goals. We are here to assist the youth and bring about change in our society .

Therefore, our aim is to encourage the youth to be the kind of exemplary leaders we ought them to be.

We want to create young adults who will be confident and courageous in every ambition they would like to pursue .

We want to make a difference in our wonderful world, if not possibly a dramatic change.

We want to outshine the general public and be an asset for the community .

Our objective for this small organization is to guide the youth, broaden their minds in every aspect of life and encourage them to lend a helping handle to their respective communities. While the group consists of mainly Muslim youth, it is pleasing to note that it has been able to work with members of other communities as well, thus fostering the uniquely South African identity of Ubuntu.

We aim on doing voluntary work at old age homes, orphanages and child wards at hospitals. We would join campaigns, marches,host workshops and conferences of various types and also participate in community debates or speech contests etc. As well as host our own in due course.

For more info and registration

Email: timelessteenzfoundation@gmail.com

We will also have certain hashtags trending each month, on a particular topic, theme or crisis. Depending on the need of the hour.

Follow us:
@timelessteenorg

Visit:
timelessteenorg.wordpress.com

Unlike Neil Armstrong, we are a bunch of enthusiastic go-getters who are determined to leave our mark on the hearts of people and not the moon alone.

ARE YOU?