Asalam alaikum all,
Although I have opened my shop again about a month ago I haven’t had the chance to update you on what’s new and what’s going on yet. First of all it’s great to be back. I realized that this little hobby of mine was actually quite a stress reliever. Since I opened up again I’ve been a bit happier with everything even though I’m being ruled by a madam who’s only a few years old and a toddler who jumps on top of me every morning telling me in her own baby language that she owns me and I can’t do anything about it. Before it was a bit too much, but now I see the beauty of it all. How funny is that?
Recently my brother-in-law got married. Okay it wasn’t recently but considering I missed the wedding it still feels like recently and I don’t know why. Anywho his new bride and I were having a pleasant conversation on Skype, you know as you do, and we came to the topic of having hobbies. It’s common that when we get married we have to let go of things we used to enjoy doing. I had a lot of hobbies when I was single, and I’m sad to have had to let go of some of it for pots and pans and diapers. However I’m glad I got to keep some of my hobbies while I had the chance. I’ve thought about giving up jewellery making time and time again because it’s just hard to keep up with it when you are a full time mom, but I’m glad I didn’t. This was exactly what I told my sister-in-law, you can be a full time wife and mom but just having that one thing for yourself to enjoy will keep you happier in the end.
Whether it’s reading, drawing, painting, video gaming – you name it, if it makes you happy then don’t give it up. When you get older and your children will leave the nest what will you have to look back on? Memories? Memories are great and all but they don’t keep you warm at night, in fact they do the opposite and make you feel even more lonely. At least keeping up with a hobby will help you expand your horizons to other things and the habit of keeping busy so you won’t have to feel like your life has changed so much.
Anyhow enough with my life advice lol.
So now that life is a bit much nowadays with the two little ones and playing the wife I have had to reduce shipping to one day. Mondays are shipping days! At least I’ll try to get your packages done by Mondays. If your packages are larger than usual then I’ll send you an e-mail if I can’t ship it on time. Also if your orders are rather small and easy to complete I may send it off after receiving the order. I’ve posted all this detail on the shipping and returns page so at least my pages are up to date! If your order is urgent or you really need it soon please just send me an e-mail before you order and I’ll let you know if it can be done!
Also if you haven’t seen it already I do have a blog site which I update prom time to time. Give it a whirl and tell me what you think! Here’s the link: http://hijabpinshop.blogspot.com/
And last I’m coming up with new designs and styles that I hope you will love to wear as much as I love making them. I have been approached for wholesale pins so send me an e-mail if you are interested. However you will have to purchase over £100.00 worth in order to get a percentage off. That’s really the best I can do considering I gotta sit here and make all this stuff!
That’s all for now I guess, take care my lovelies and if I can ask my lovely sisters to please help me spread the word of my little shop by liking and sharing my posts and site I would really appreciate it very much. May Allah (swt) bless you all with happiness and good health always inshaAllah and ameen!
It’s good to see that the hijab has evolved into such a necessity with Muslimahs as it is wearing a top or a pair of pants – it’s become such a norm and style that it truly identifies us, but what bother’s me is those who refuse to acknowledge us still. There are still those miscreants out there who want to call us rag heads or turban heads who choose to remain ignorant about our identity or refuse to accept our beliefs as a norm in society. It seems that no matter what we do to make hijab as fashionable and modern as possible there is still the stereotype there…so what do we do?
I know that being in hijab requires us to attain a measure of modesty in speech and in manners – but sometimes I think we were taught to be too modest and too well mannered – that we tend to want to just fade in the background so that no one would pick on us for wearing hijab. However that just makes us more vulnerable in society doesn’t it? I believe that if we remain too quiet or modest it makes people believe that we are so oppressed that we would never speak against any injustices against us.
There is something to say about showing good character and modesty as part of our nature and faith in religion – it certainly shows others with good character what our religion teaches us – being kind, being patient, respecting others, So although it is good to show good manners and be modest when amongst public – I say we shouldn’t shy away from society all together. We still have the stereotypes hanging over our heads – we still have whispers of the word ‘terrorist’ around us when we pass by the ignorant few. So why shy away from who we are?
A hijabi has as much right as the next girl and that girl has as much right as the next guy standing in line in this whirlwind of ignorance and hypocrisy of times. Don’t let your hijab let you shy away from your rights as a human being, and don’t let anyone think that just because you are showing respect to them that you are oppressed or are weak in any way. Like the saying goes – don’t take my silence for ignorance, my calmness as acceptance, or my kindness as weakness.
I want to raise awareness for something that is completely unrelated to anything I’ve spoken about before, but I feel that the more we make our brothers and sisters in Islam – or any religion or faith aware the better it will be – Although I’ve never really spoken out about anything political in my life – I just feel like lately there has been a lot of injustice being done and such cruelty should be recognized and stopped by everyone.
You have probably seen a lot of news lately about the fight between Israel and Palestine over land. Although this has been happening for years – lately there has been a lot of bomb attacks from Israel onto innocent civilians in Palestine. The horrible pictures and videos I’ve seen have brought me to tears and left me wondering why we as Muslims can’t even lift a finger to help our brothers and sisters in Islam who have no one left to turn to? Every day they are bombed and innocent children are being put to death. Innocent children as young as 6 are being taken from their families and being put in prison for unknown crimes. Palestinians are waking up in hospitals to find their family members are dead and they are the only survivors left.
What is their crime that these innocents should have to suffer like this?
I ask you all to please please please, if nothing else – pray for our brothers and sisters in Palestine, pray for all the brothers and sisters and children around the world who are suffering this kind of horrible unjust death. Pray to Allah (swt) that if nothing else at least not to let them suffer any more, not to let children be burnt alive and not to be taken from their families, their mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers without just cause. They are only children. We are letting them destroy our future before it begins.
Ya Allah save our brothers and sisters in Islam from those who cause them to suffer without just cause, save and protect the innocent children of war, and if not in this world but in the here after let them receive their justice from those who have caused them to suffer in this world for there is no escaping You and truly You are Just! Ya Allah keep us on the straight path, and give us the courage to always speak true, and always do what is right, and give us the courage to help out our brothers and sisters in Islam and especially the young innocent children. Ameen sum ameen.
Free Palestine, free Syria – free our brothers and sisters in Islam from the hypocrites, the terrorists and the so called leaders who have turned a blind eye on the innocents. May Allah (swt) give them what they deserve if not in this world then in the hereafter inshaAllah and Ameen.
I recently met up with a friend of a friend to whom they wanted to encourage to wear a hijab, and because I owned the hijab pin shop they were hoping that I would teach her a few tips and tricks on how to wear hijab. Now because this lady had never worn a hijab, nor by the looks of it, was interested at all in wearing a hijab, I could tell this would be a challenge for me.
Personally it took me a few years to get used to the idea of wearing hijab. I had to realize and come to terms with all the things I would be giving up – not only my love for artificial jewellery but even my love for hair-dos and even perhaps my make-up! Although I could wear make up with hijab it was just because I had started practicing my faith and keeping up with my prayers where I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the re-decorating of my face every time I did wudu!
So as my love and understanding of my religion grew my need to be so materialistic diminished. I gave up having the need to get up an hour early every day just to do my hair and make-up before I went off to college every morning. I actually gave up on a lot of materialistic things and views and began to see what was more important in life.
But that’s another story…
Anyway getting back to my friends’ friend I really didn’t get a chance to talk to her about hijab. I had a brief conversation which really made me feel so sad and so hysterical at the same time. While we were talking she mentioned how she had seen some girls with a style and “that one where I can wear earrings and my neck shows but my hair is covered”.
Are you serious? (this is where I went hysterical for a bit, not trying to show it of course!)
So I said, so you basically want to wear a turban like a sikh or something? What is the point of wearing hijab then?
Her reply was that ‘at least my hair would be covered right? At least I’m wearing the hijab’.
Seriously? Really? Am I supposed to say something like ‘oh you know what you’re right!’? I said ‘what is the point of covering your hair when everything else is showing? If you just don’t want to show your hair then shave your head and be done with. That’s not the point of hijab, hijab is to cover yourself so that nothing obvious is showing’.
It’s so sad that the newer generation seems so confused about hijab because of some of the influences out there where the standard is to be stylish no matter how far off religion we’ve come to be.
For the record I just want to say that hijab – once and for all – is not just a big cloth we use to cover our hair – frankly in my opinion it’s not the hair that is so important to cover as much as the body. There is no point in covering your head while you’re practically wearing an outfit that shows all your other ‘assets’. Sorry girls, that’s not allowed. Is that how far we’ve come? Is that how lost we are? Doesn’t anyone know what hijab is actually translated into???
Bah! What is the point? I mean really!?
In the end I really couldn’t help her only because I didn’t get the chance to have a one on one conversation. When you are new to hijab you really have to think about what hijab means before you proceed to the next step. There is no point in just ‘covering your hair’ and wearing hijab just to please someone when you can’t please Allah (swt). Hopefully next time I meet up with her she’ll have explored her options a bit more…
And maybe I’ll try not to act like a crazed hijabi….lol.
Hijab pins are often made of artificial metal and beads and often tend to tarnish after a short while. It doesn’t matter if the hijab pin is made with a gold metal or a silver they tend to darken over time no matter what we do.
Since I’ve been wearing hijab pins for a while (my own that is) I figured I’d let you in on the little secrets that keep them looking like new for longer periods and the best methods to store them. Although I do post idea’s on how to care for your hijab pin on each of my product pages, I have a feeling some people tend to miss that second tab that’s marked “Care”. I tend to make some hijab pins ahead of time so I’ve kept hijab pins for long periods looking like new. So you can trust me these ideas are effective!
Lets talk storage.
I’ve seen some hijabi’s explain that if you keep the hijab pin in the small organza pouch that everyone has seemed to get a hold of and send to their customers it will last longer – WRONG! The pouch is not made of metal, air will still seep through, in fact even if it’s a fabric cloth it still lets it some air. I would say purchase a set of small resealable baggies and separate each pin in it’s own bag. Or at least separate like metals like silvers with silvers and golds with golds. The less in a bag the longer it will last!
Another thing to remember is that with all those dangling chains and beads hijab pins tend to have nowadays it’s a good idea to keep it in a separate bag just so it doesn’t get tangled with other hijab pins or other jewellery. You can always purchase a plastic storage box that has sections to keep your jewellery in place. Usually you can find them in the dollar or pound stores.
Remember that as soon as you’re done wearing your hijab pin store them away immediately to prevent air and liquids from getting to them.
Lets talk tarnished hijab pins.
Let’s face it, we can’t make our beautiful hijab pins last forever no matter how much we love them. I always try my best to send each hijab pin or similar sets of hijab pins in a clear plastic baggy to prevent it from starting to tarnish on the way to it’s customer. You see there are two main things that cause jewellery to tarnish: liquid and air. If you get water on your hijab pins more than likely it will tarnish even quicker than just exposing it to air, however once your hijab pin is exposed to air it’s on a clock, and then it just takes a few weeks maybe months to change colour. The less you expose it to air, the longer it will last. If you get some sort of liquid on your hijab pin lets say water or perfume then it’s on an even faster clock. Keep your hijab pins dry!
If the inevitable has already happened and your favourite hijab pin has tarnished then there are some things you can do to possibly make them look like new again. I’ve only ever tried this on my silver hijab pins, if you try it on gold I’m not sure of the result…
Anyways, for silver hijab pins, even if it’s chains or what not, if they have tarnished and turned dark then get a little toothpaste, any toothpaste, and try rubbing it on the hijab pin with your fingers. Try a corner first to see if the dark tarnished area shines like new. You should end up with all that gucky stuff on your fingers and a bright shiny new hijab pin. You can also try rubbing the hijab pin with a piece of cloth, but that’s not as effective on metals. You can however rub your glass or crystal beads with a cloth as that always makes a hijab pin look like new.
Well this is all I could think of for now. If I have any more ideas then I’ll pass them on inshaAllah.
Recently I’ve been messaging a sister who is a new revert to Islam. She was pleased with her recent purchase of my hijab pins and I asked if she would write me a testimonial. To my surprise this beautiful sister told me a little story about one of her inspirations to become a Muslim. I wanted to share her beautiful testimonial with all of you …
That small detail called hijab pin…
The first time I saw a hijab pin was before my conversion to Islam while watching the Canadian sitcom “Little Mosque on the prairie”…I used to love the female character of Rayyan, a very feminist and practicing young Muslim woman who inspired me a lot in my conversion…she always was wearing beautiful hijabs, beautiful and colorful scarves that in every episode were decorated with something dangling called “hijab pin”…those days I was dreaming about being a Muslima, wearing a scarf like her, and I was wondering where I could have bought those beautiful pins…well, for many years after my conversion I’ve been looking for them, on-line or in hijab stores, but I’ve never found something like HijabPinShop …
Receiving my hijab pins from HijabPinShop was for me like receiving a big gift from a dear sister in Islam …also the small packages of every single hijab pin are so beautiful and show how much love u put in what you do with your own hands…indeed these hijab pins are made…with lots of love…for Allah and for His Sake…
May Allah reward you,
Lucia Kawthar from Italy
JazakAllah Khairun to you sister for sharing this with us and welcome to the beautiful religion of Islam! .
There is a hugh market now for learning how to and making handmade hijab pins. So many new sites and Facebook pages are opening up specifically for handmade hijab pins. However I’ve noticed that a lot of sites are using the world ‘handmade’ a bit loosely. It is a bit upsetting for me as I toil away endlessly putting together one hijab pin using a million different beads and charms that some people are getting away with using simple techniques to quickly get the job done and get paid whilst no real effort is being made.
I’ve thought of bringing up the prices for my hijab pins since I am going through all the hard work and effort of making one hijab pin but then it’s never a way of bringing in more customers when your prices are too high! So I digress…
Anyway the easiest way to make hijab pins is really really simple. Just take out your favourite earring and disconnect the top bit where the loop is, and then take that loop and stick it onto a pin with a loop as well. It’s as simple as that!
You can also purchase beads from a local craft store and use a simple head pin to make stick pins. For example a long pin can also be purchased from a craft store, and then beads just to fill it up. Which beads to purchase is up to you. If you have a long pin about 3″ in length then you can use larger beads and charms, but if its a small pin between 1 – 2 inches then I suggest using regular beads approx. 6 – 8 mm. Using tiny beads are only good if you are going to use a lot of them to dangle like an earring. However if you want to make a hijab pin stick then the beads you use are going to be the focal point, so you want to use a nice bead that you can see properly.
To keep the beads in place you can use a glue or a plastic earring stopper or even a metal earring stopper. That choice is up to you! You can purchase a Make Your Own Hijab Pins Pack from the my shop.
I also have a video on how to use my pack and make hijab pins on my video library page Click Here
These are the procedures for basic hijab pins. Stay tuned and we’ll get into the more extravagant kinds later .
It’s come to my attention that there are a lot more hijab pin sites out there making their way into the Muslimah marketing world. I absolutely love the idea that Muslim women have their own niche in the market where we have expanded beyond comparison and at such a fast rate too! I remember when I first started making my hijab pins only two years ago there were hardly any other shops online selling handmade hijab pins. Now there are so many I can’t seem to keep track of all the changes and trends to the hijab pin itself!
It’s nice to know that we as Muslims have learned to express ourselves in humble, unique and exciting ways all for the love of our religion. InshaAllah one day my dream is that the bad image the media has portrayed about Islam will disappear and once again our religion will come into a golden age. InshaAllah we as Muslims will not be seen as terrorists or people of bad intentions but as a creative, loving and peaceful people with a means to contribute positively in this world. Far be it that any one individual should cause shame to our religion by committing heinous acts in the name of Allah (swt) and that our community should pay for their mistakes.
I just wanted to applaud all the Muslim sisters out there who are helping to make hijab a more positive image rather then a means of suppression made up supposedly by Muslim leaders by sharing your creativity and love for hijab.
I think hijab pins are now a permanent part of the new western market that funnily enough is starting to come to light in the eastern market. It’s a wonder they didn’t come up with it their before we did! However it doesn’t really matter who started it; I think it’s a good and positive trend that is here to stay. It will encourage younger Muslimahs trying out their first hijab to keep wearing their hijab and it will give them a means to make more positive paths in this world inshaAllah!
And that’s my bit about hijab pins
My hubby loves dhai baray for iftar – actually for any time of the year – and I never actually had them until I knew he liked them so I had to learn how to make them. They take some time getting used to but they do end up becoming a favourite. Here is a simple recipe for you to enjoy this Ramadan.
Besan – 1 cup
Water – add as needed
Salt – 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/3 tsp
Baking Powder – 1 tsp
Potato – 1 medium chopped (see method for how to chop)
Yogurt Mixture Ingredients:
Yogurt – 2 – 3 cups
Sugar – 3 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Coriander – 1/4 cup chopped
Chaat Masala – 3 tsp
The first thing you need to know is how to cut the potato. Normally I don’t believe that people put potato in their dhai baray but I do and people love it. Take your potato and cut it length wise into four quarters. Then just simple cut the quarters into chips (like potato chips not french fries) and cut them about five millimetres thick. Does that make sense? So you have a bunch of triangles with one side being round.
For the Yogurt mixture just start off with adding the sugar and the salt into the yogurt. Make sure the yogurt isn’t too thick like pudding otherwise water it down a little so it’s like a thick liquidy cream. Use fat free yogurt and then you won’t need too much water or if you only have full fat yogurt you will have to water it down to cream it up. Taste that it is sweet and sour, not too sweet mind you. Put it in the fridge and start on the pakoras.
Okay so for your pakoras take your besan and add the salt, chilli, turmeric and baking powder. Mix in lukewarm water a little at a time until it becomes a good creamy paste. Add in your chopped potato’s and mix it all up. Get your oil ready and drop in a bit of the mixture to see if it’s hot enough. Add spoonfuls of your mixture with plenty of potato one at a time. You are looking to make a thick sort of pakora but not too thick as it won’t cook properly on the inside if it’s too big. Leave it on a medium heat for a while until it’s a nice orangey brown colour. Have a bowl of cold water ready on the side to drop your pakora into. This will cool it down quickly to put into your yogurt.
Leave it in the water for about 10 minutes until they are nice and soft. Then taking your yogurt mixture out of the fridge and put it into a nice bowl or serving dish. Take one pakora at a time, squeeze the water out of it as much as you can and drop each pakora into the yogurt. The yogurt should be enough that the pakora will only be peaking through the top. Now sprinkle your chaat masala and coriander on top and return to the fridge for an hour or so. Serve cold.
Just a note, a lot of people do put imli ki chutney into their dhai baray but you kind of have to make that ahead of time or buy it from the store. It’s not necessary but if you like it then use it as a garnish as well.
Pakoras are everybody’s favourite savoury snack after samosas of course. They are made with a variety of fresh ingredients depending on your taste. My favourite pakoras must have potato slices in them above anything else. You can even slice up eggplant really thin and add that in as well. I remember my first Ramadan with my hubby all he did was complain that I didn’t make pakoras for him….hehehe.
Basin (chick pea flour) – 1 cupPotato – 1 small to medium sliced into 3mm chips (or crisps)
Fresh Coriander chopped – 2 tbsp
Onion – 1/2 diced
Tomato – 1/2 diced
Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Fresh Green Chilly (optional) – 1 or 2 diced
Baking Powder (optional) – 1/2 tsp
Water – as needed
First you want to put your dry ingredients together that being the Basin, spices, salt and baking powder. If you don’t have baking powder it’s fine…it really just puff’s the pakora up so if you like it soft then add baking powder, but if you like your pakora’s crispy then leave it out. Then add in some water. Try adding a little at a time and mix the dry ingredients together until all the lumps are gone and you have a creamy sort of batter. You don’t want it to be too runny that you can’t pick up a load from a spoon but you don’t want it too dry so that it won’t even come off your spoon without having to use your fingers and what not. Then add in your tomatos, potatos, corrianders and chillies. I personally can’t take fresh chillies so if you can’t eat a raw chilly then leave it out!
You want to pre-heat a wok or a pot and fill it half way with vegetable oil. Once your oil has heated up you can begin to spoon your pakoras into it. If you are not sure your oil is hot enough add a drop of the mixture into the oil, if it rises immediately then your are ready but if it stays on the bottom of the pan then give it a few more minutes. Now pakoras are not a perfect size or shape so don’t go for perfection. Just make sure that when you add your spoonfuls at a time that it comes off all at once. Otherwise you’ll have floating pakora pieces that will just burn in the oil and make your life complicated!
Your pakora’s are done when they have turned a nice orange colour. If you add baking powder then you would have a softer pakora and you may have to wait a bit longer before you take out the pakoras because they may not be cooked completely inside. If you didn’t add baking powder and your pakoras are flat then they should cook out quickly.
Tomatos are an option too – normally people don’t put it in there but trust me, it’s goooood.