Posts from May 2014

Quran teacher in West African, may God have mercy on her

May 27, 2014

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Eyes Steady

May 26, 2014

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My eyes were glued to the fashion magazine ‘Elle’ as a kid. I loved the fashion spreads, the fashion trends, the beauty reviews. I would fold down the pages of magazines for the clothes and accessories I wanted. I saved fervorantly for a ‘Louis Vuitton’ bag (though I never had the guts to make the purchase). I paid almost a hundred dollars for a ‘coach’ umbrella that broke the week I bought it. The best gift I ever received was a ‘Tommy Hilfigher’ sweater from my oldest sister.

Sometimes a Kanye West song plays in my mind, this line always stands out: “She’s been dealing with some issues that you couldn’t believe single black female addicted to retail”. Consumerism certaintly isn’t a ‘black thing’ but I was definitely that girl. I wanted name brand things, I wanted luxury clothes, and when I had the money I would pay for it. Fast forward to now I can’t remember the last time I drooled after designer digs and though I still shift through the latest runways of my favorite designers the abundance of practically naked women in fashion magazines repulses me.

For a bit I was anti- fashion. None of it matters. It had no value. Now, I think, I have a more balnced approach. It is importance to recognize that for many people fashion is extremely important because it represents there sense of self. I’ve also come to the realization that tuning out from the world, though it may save you, doesn’t save the world. If everyone with modest sensibilities rebukes fashion, fashion will be left to the indecent and they will perpetuate their aesthetic on to the masses. I want the world to know that modesty is beautiful and I need to know it for myself.

I want to walk in to a room and have my clothes be a representation of who I am, to the degree it can, as much as I may dislike it the clothes you wear helps you relate to others before you ever say a word. I started a tumblr called themodestedge.tumblr.com just to showcase fashion that is both modest and “edgy” (whatever that means). For me when I look at this space on the web it makes me happy. It’s like I’ve created a little world were modesty is the norm. Many dislike the hijabi blog movement, and I myself have been a critic (here) but they are doing a service to the world by showing that you can be beautiful, attractive and modest. Of course we all don’t agree as to what modesty is but we can agree that these bloggers are more modest/ more covered/ and show an outwardly Muslim appearance -and appearance that says “I love fashion but God comes first”.

I believe in having zuhud (abstinence/ renunciation) as an end goal so the idea of buying and having a lot of clothes makes me uncomfortable. Everything we have is from God and we will be questioned as to how we used his blessings so in some ways its easier to have less to be accountable for. I go back and forth with fashion and the value that should be placed on it. I only have a few thoughts, no conclusion -how about you?

There is no god but the one true God

May 26, 2014

An Ode by the Ghostic al- Shaghouri:

“…Heed not the words of him who forbids your love, Listening is but tribulation. It is the all in all in origin, Those who would prevent love have no action; The forbidding of love is naught but, Sent from the Bestower of Gifts…” May God give him eternal joy and happiness

On Images

May 22, 2014

People are concerned
I am concerned
For our children
The images they watch
The broken families they are shifted between
The pasted eyes on the TV screen
The pre-marital sex they’re encouraged to engaged in
Telling them to be safe with objects between them
But who will account for the pain they live in? READ MORE

Go Somewhere, Anywhere

May 21, 2014

tumblr_n5m3a1KkbV1s6ugjwo1_500When I was younger I actually had no desire to travel, and by younger I refer to only a few years ago.  I’d been to different places in the states like D.C. and Philadelphia but the idea of abroad travel never seemed desirable, Where would I go? And for what? Well after two of my sisters moved overseas I had many reasons to travel. READ MORE

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