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Salam ‘alaikum,
So I got the following message in my inbox. I felt insulted by the whole thing so I decided to write a rebuttal (follows).

—Hijabii vs bikini—
By Dr. Henry Makow..

On my wall, I have a picture of a Muslim woman shrouded in a Hijab.

Beside it is a picture of an American beauty contestant, wearing nothing but a bikini.

One woman is totally hidden from the public; the other is totally exposed. These two extremes say a great deal about the clash of so-called “civilizations.” Continue Reading »

My Eid outfit

Salaam ‘alaikum,
Eid mubarak! Most of these items (except the shoes) are approximations of what I already have at home, not the real thing. But they are close enough!
Wassalaam,
Callista

Salaam ‘alaikum,
I have discovered Polyvore and here is my first attempt, using my brown outfit.
Wassalaam,
Callista

Current trends

Assalamu ‘alaikum,

OK ladies, let’s talk fashion. Has anyone been out to the stores lately? Is anyone else really disturbed by the new trends? In my area, there seems to be a really bad case of pregnant-cropped-babydoll meets 80’s flashy, gaudy ick. While out shopping for jackets the other day I found — I kid you not, I swear — a denim (dark wash) cropped (to the ribcage) babydoll/empire waist, double-breasted, belted jacket with elbow-length bell (yes, bell!!) sleeves and a Peter Pan collar. I mean, who buys this stuff? Who wears it? And don’t get me going on the bright or metallic bags. Or the bright rolled-short-sleeve jackets that have the boxiest, most masculine cuts? I thought we all (including the fashion industry) learned a thing or two from the 80’s. At least I was hoping. *sigh* And I could go on all day about all the babydoll everything — sweaters, cardigans, shirts, blouses — is there any store carrying plain ol’ blouses these days? You know, with those magical things called buttons?

And at least in my area there is a severe shortage of normal spring jackets. I take that back. There is a shortage of any spring jackets, period. I’ve even seen very few windbreakers. What are people supposed to do? I was looking for what I thought would be an easy find — a simple safari-type (single or double breasted) belted spring jacket/trench light enough that it could also be used as a suit jacket. Well I didn’t find any trenches, period. Or raincoats, or car coats or anything. How disappointing.

You see, fellas, this is why women must spend so much time shopping. In order to build a decent wardrobe, she has to dig and hunt and paw through all of the garbage the fashion industry packs the stores with to find the normal stuff. When she finds it, she must hope that it fits, that the color is right, that it is well made and of good quality, and then finally make sure that it’s a reasonable price. Men have it so easy. The shirts, jackets, pants, etc. basically all have the same cut. They just have to make sure that the measurements are right and they like the color. There is not all this trendy, gaudy, silly nonsense. Give us a break!

Wassalam,
Callista

An old friend

Assalamu ‘alaikum,

Last night I went to my first Dar-ul-Qur’an class in over a year. It’s been months since I opened the Qur’an. At first I was a bit leery, but then as I looked over the familiar surahs and began to read and run the words over my tongue and lips, I was filled with comfort and familiarity, as if greeting an old friend I haven’t seen in a while. I can hardly describe the way it made me feel. SubhanAllah, how can one feel this way about a book and in an unfamiliar language? The Qur’an is no ordinary book, and indeed I think I’ve read somewhere that it can have this effect on people, perhaps within its very pages. I guess I didn’t believe enough, or didn’t think that it was meant to be taken literally. SubhanAllah.

Wassalam,
Callista

Changes…

Assalamu ‘alaikum,
I have not logged into WordPress for a while and wow, everything is different!

You’ll also notice that I’ve changed my name. “Maha Abdo” was a pseudonym for several reasons and now it is no longer necessary, and I’ve gone with my given name “Callista” in a quest to reclaim my identity and figure out who I am again.

I have a new life now, and a new career involved in international development and ultimately trying to eradicate world hunger alhamdullillah.

I’m sorry if my absence was missed but insha’Allah but as I’ve finally logged back in I’ll take this as a good sign. I’m starting to regain my interest in things that used to interest me, which is also a good sign. Insha’Allah I’ll also feel the urge to begin blogging again.

Wassalam,
Callista

I love my brother

Assalamu alaikum,

Do you love the Prophet Muhammad (alayhi salatu wassalam) more than you love your parents, your siblings, yourself? It is a goal we should strive for as Muslims. Continue Reading »