By: Gina Klaff
It's been more than a year since the Coronavirus was first identified and went on to become a global pandemic. Through the dark times, there has also been light in the form of many that have come together to strive for cure and healing. Many have asked Allah (SWT) through his infinite mercy to grant the sick Shifa. What does this word mean and what is its connection to illness.
“We send down (stage by stage) in the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe; to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss
Surah Al-Isra' Verse 82
The word Shifa translates directly to healing or cure. While there are Ayahs (verses) that contain the word Shifa (as in the example above), in essence, the entire Qur`an is a source of physical and spiritual healing for those who ponder upon its meaning. In Islam, we believe that all good and bad comes from Allah (SWT) for different reasons. When Allah (SWT) grants Shifa to people, it comes in different forms, some of which, as humans, we don`t understand. What we do know is that if it brings us closer to Allah (SWT) and brings out the good in us, then whether it was something we liked or disliked, it was in the form of a blessing.
By: Zaghra Savahl
What is it about journaling that has caused it to stand the test of time? What benefits does it provide? For anyone that's ever seen the movies The Notebook or Bridget Jones` Diary, you will know how integral journaling is to those stories. Much like real-life, journaling provides stability to centre your emotions, your psyche, and ultimately your sense of self.
The year 2020 has been tumultuous – to say the least – and 2021 just cranked up the turmoil. Many people have been practicing social distancing due to the pandemic, and they have found themselves in isolation, which can get lonely…very lonely. Adding on to the weight of the world's problems, being too much in your own thoughts for extended periods of time can have a negative effect on your health and your overall well being. It's safe to say that an outlet is needed. For many years, an outlet that has been highly recommended is journaling. Journaling is the practice of recording your thoughts, often in the form of a notebook, which has many benefits. This tool and practice is not only needed, but it is essential.
“By the time I got to junior high, I started to have emotional drama with hormones and puberty so that’s when it became a catharsis for me. I got a clear sense that I wanted to pour my heart out, have that emotional outlet and find emotional balance. I learned very quickly that I could soothe myself with my writing by telling myself my deepest secrets, concerns, and fears, and then give myself comfort
-Mark Matousek interview with Kathleen Adams, Journal to the self, 2014
With the daily pressures of life and the stress that it brings, journaling can be that source of comfort that you need, through both the highs and the lows. Let's take a look at how it can be of benefit to you.
By: Michelle Cabanas
Deciding how to dress when you're having a meeting or class virtually can definitely be a trip - Do I dress up? Do I dress super casual? Do I just not cover at all and hope I don't have to turn my camera on?
For those of you who do need to have your cameras on, now that it's winter time, you're probably trying to figure out how you can look elegant and modest while staying warm and comfy this winter season. The great part of being virtual though is that your shayla (hijab) will be the most that other attendees can see.
To help your decision on which hijab to wear, we've compiled a list of our top 5.
By: Michelle Cabanas
Sabr- to be patient, persistent, and persevering. As Muslims, through the Qur’an and Sunnah, we are taught the importance of being patient and having perseverance, even in moments of adversity. What better time to utilize these skills than during a global pandemic. Despite the chaos, turmoil, and uncertainty going on in the world today, remaining calm, having faith, and continuing to be strong is crucial. During difficult times, having sabr is key to overcoming hardships.
How will someone accomplish anything without perseverance? It’s not easy to persevere and stay patient, but with practice, embracing the true meaning of sabr, can become second nature. With all that is going on, remembering to persevere can be difficult for most.
By: Aminat O. OdunEwu-Seese/ @Lady_Meansie
Closed Abayas. Farasha Abayas. Open Abayas. Shoulder Abayas. Overheads.
So many different options! What do they all mean? Well that’s what I’m here to teach you-
By: Aminat O. OdunEwu-Seese @Lady_Meansie
Every business owner has a lot of priorities to juggle and managing how to balance all of these priorities is definitely an art form. If you follow me on social media, you know that not only do I own and manage Striving For Modesty, I am also the owner of Striving For Clarity and Flawless Academy. Alongside all of this, I recently joined the leadership team of an all-women travel company, Girls LOVE Travel as their Community Development Manager. On top of all of this, I still have my #1 job of being a wife and mother.
Happy World Hijab Day. World Hijab Day started as an initiative to encourage non-Muslim women to wear a headscarf for a day in solidarity with Muslim women. Since it's inception, many Muslimahs have used this day to share their stories behind why and how they embraced Islam. Below are links to a collection of stories from amazing Muslim women around the world.
By: Aminat O. OdunEwu-Seese
It has been 9 years since I started observing hijab and Alhamdulilah, I can confidently say that that decision is a major reason for where I am in my life today. If there's one question that I am constantly asked, it's "Why do you cover your hair?"
The Striving For Modesty team has been working incessantly over the last few months to relaunch SFM and make it a modest clothing brand that we know you’ll love. We factored in our ideas and all of the reviews and opinions that you’ve given us.