Recycle Your Hijab Into Cushion Covers

I have lots of square hijabs which I didn’t use often. So rather than letting them sit unused in the cabinet, I’ve decided to turn them into cushion covers.

Best thing about this is that the cushion feels extra comfy as the material is actually wearable.

No sewing needed, because I’m using Furoshiki: only knots and folds. Furochic Cushion Wrap

This is the result of my trial today:

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The more stiff the fabric, the better the cushion looks. And prints will look better too.

Besides cushion covers, you can even use this technique for gift wrapping.

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Organic Living: Learning from The Eco Muslim

Allah has given us the trust to look after this Earth, besides looking after ourselves. Therefore, inculcating habits like eating organic foods vs junk foods, using less plastics, preserving the environment by not littering are all part of being a Muslim. In fact, Muslims should lead the way in this cause and not just be an observer or worse, the culprit for the damage.

I once felt guilty of using too many baby diapers (for my two active tots), these made up the bulk of my daily rubbish. So while searching the Internet for an opinion on this problem, I came across Sister Zaufishan’s article on why using plastics is not encouraged. Yes, it was a slap in the face for me. And I received another slap in the face yesterday while hearing Shaykh Hamza Yusuf speaking about how we should learn to lead an organic lifestyle. That it is part of being Muslims.

Let’s take simple baby steps from today to do what we can, based on our own capacities to save the Earth that God has entrusted us with. Here are some really relevant reasons why – bring it on Sister Zaufishan!

 

Fab Fitness: Viral Dance Zumba VS Great Singapore Workout

Hey hey hey… guess what? As I was searching for the Great Singapore Workout Video that my 4 year old daughter wanted to watch (her school uses this video for their exercise session), I stumbled upon the Zumba.

It wasn’t my first time hearing the name. I had read about many places offering Zumba sessions. But watching the Zumba was the first for me.

All the while, I thought it will be some Capoeira-like moves, or something too fast for me. Obviously I don’t have the stamina for Tae Bo moves.

But no…it was pretty do-able. There was also the belly dance bit in the middle. If any guy is reading this post, well, stop dreaming. I think Zumba is more suitable for ladies. Yes, an enthusiastic aerobics-loving Muslimah like me.

And the Great Singapore Workout video, I watched it too, and dear daughter was jumping and swinging her arms wildly. The new version was a little different (more dance moves but I preferred the older music),  than what I used to do in school 18 years ago .

Oh, did I just say 18 years? How time flies ya? I remembered then, back at Cedar Girls’ Secondary School. The old grandstand, the memorable place where I used to watch the school band members having their practices, while revising my notes. It was also where our morning assemblies were held and on certain days of the week, right after the national anthem and school song, the student leaders would be on the grandstand to guide us through the Singapore Workout.

I never regret going to that school. Not only were the teachers great. The environment was right for studying and also for keeping fit – brains and brawns.  The school put a lot of emphasis on high fitness levels, and hence, the regular morning jogs and workouts. The school was also rated the top in sports on the national level.

So, I must now go back to that fitness level. Time to switch on the power moves, do the Zumba! Plus the Great Singapore Workout with your kids.

Planting a Seed – Do Something Positive for Allah

If the end of time comes, and you find yourself planting a seedling. If you are able to, before the actual end comes, finish planting it. So we never give up, Because you would rather meet your Lord having planted something and  done something positive, then meet Him without having done that thing. We are always looking toward our Lord. We don’t necessarily look at the fruits of this world.
~Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

This is the beginning of the new adventure. The realisation of how life should be always be focused on Our Creator Allah. I want to come back to remember You more than I previously did.

O Allah, please guide me through this effort and all the other people who are reading this. May You help us to plant the seeds even if the end of time comes.