Friday, December 31, 2010

Enhancing Our Inner Beauty

Assalamu'alaikum Wa Rahmatullaahi Wa Barakaatuhu. Halo dear Hijabers, how are you doing? We wish all of us always in highest iman and health, insyaAllah. In this post we would like to share with you about our Islamic Study Group with NooR Magazine.
On 14th December 2010, Hijabers Community was invited to attend Islamic Study Group at Noor Magazine. Hijabers attending this event include Anneke Scorpy, Ghaida Tsurayya, Wulandari, Ekamayya, Sendy Monarchie, Dian Pelangi,  Restu Anggraini, Hanna Faridl, Liya Asri, Noria Hasibuan and Fithri Widanarty
Anneke, Ghaida, Wulan, Mayya, Sendy, Dian, Restu, Hanna, Liya, Noi, Fithri
The Islamic Study Group opened by Noor’s Editor in Chief, Mrs. Jetti Rosila Hadi followed by the reading of Surah Al-Mu’minun 1-11 as well as the interpretation by Ghaida Tsurayya and Noria Hasibuan.
Ghaida & Noi read Surah Al-Mu'minun 1-11
The theme for this gathering is ‘Welcoming Islamic New Year by Enhancing Our Inner Beauty’. Most people often concern only their outer beauty rather than their inner beauty. Outer beauty is the physical look of a person that can be seen with our two own eyes while inner beauty is the personality of the person that we can only feel it.  
It is inevitably that all people judge a person firstly from the physical look, hence many people are busy enhancing his/her outer beauty rather than the inner beauty; by going to beauty salon, fitness, having body treatment, skin care, and wearing beautiful outfit so that they can look beautiful. But in fact, to look beautiful from the outside is not enough to make us a person with a fascinating figure, because the real beauty is actually coming from the inside.
Outer Beauty has its limit, it cannot be upgraded continuously; it has its climax point where it cannot improve further, in fact it will slowly decrease through time. Where as for inner beauty, it has no limit; people can upgrade it continuously throughout their lifetime. The older a person gets the stronger their inner beauty if they keep upgrading and maintaining the quality. Hence it is very important for us to concern more on sharpening the inner beauty rather than the outer beauty. 
The Islamic Study Group: We look serious but also fun, indeed
With a great inner beauty, we will automatically understand and aware that outer beauty is also important. But at this stage, we have understood that the outer beauty is only the supporting tool for characterizing our inner beauty but that is not the main thing in our life. We have to always remember that Allah SWT, the One who creates us, does not see us from the look or the body of a person but from the quality of their heart.
Then, how to bring out our Inner Beauty? Inner beauty in Islam is based on Adab (manner) and Akhlak (character), which are exemplified by the Prophet Muhammad SAW in his Hadith and Allah SWT in the Qur’an. Hence, Adab includes all that is good; every noble characteristic, or trait. Some examples of adab in Islam are the followings:
  • Adab of salam: Say salam completely, “Assalaamu’alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu.”; start to give salam ; try to greet in return with what is better that it or (at least) return it equally (Suraah An-Nisa 86)
  •  Adab of eating & drinking: Start eating by saying Basmallah and finish it by saying Hamdallah.
  • Adab when sneezing: Lower the tone, close mouth and face, and also say Alhamdulillah.

Examples above are just a little fraction of Adab in Islam, they are still more lessons about Adab in Islam but we will not discuss them here. Furthermore, Adab that applied continually will become an Akhlak (character). Abu Huraira narrated, that the Prophet Muhammad SAW said:
“I have not been sent as a Messenger, except to perfect character (Akhlak)” 
He also said that: “The nearest of you to me on the Day of Judgement will be the one who is best in character.” (HR Bukhari) 

All participants of Islamic Study Group at NooR Magazine
That was the summary of our Islamic Study group with Noor Magazine. Thanks to NooR Magazine for inviting us and sharing knowledge about ‘Inner Beauty’. Insya allah from now on, besides beautifying the outside, we also keep beautifying our inside too. Bismillah.  

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hijabers Community: How Did We Start?

Hijabers Community was founded on November, 27th, 2010 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Around 30 women from different backgrounds and professions were gathered together to share their visions to form a community that insyaAllah will accommodate events related to hijab and muslimah. From fashion to islamic studies, from hijab style to learning Islam, anything that will make us a better muslimah insyaAllah. And it is hoped through this community, every muslimah can meet new friends, get to know each other and learn from each other.

Hi there! How are you doing? We hope this message reaches you in the highest iman and in good health inshaAllah. And may all of us always in Allah’s mercy and protection. Amien. :) First of all, we want to greet and welcome all hijabers around the world to this new blog. Hello and welcome! ;)

This community may be based in Jakarta - Indonesia and the events are conducted in Indonesia. However, we aim to update every event in this blog so those of you who cannot attend or lives overseas can have a peek and get to know what we've been up to ;)

How did we start? Right, the initial idea of establishing the community was actually coming from Ria Miranda, Dian Pelangi, and Jenahara Nasution. These three amazing muslimah invited their friends and tried sharing the idea to the floor. Alhamdulillah everyone responded it very well and very excited. It turned out all the invited muslimah shared the same visions and missions.

They are Adritia Pratami, Noria Hasibuan, Puput Utami, Fatimah Rommy, Tantri Havid, Annisa Fathiya, Dian Ayu, Nabilla Ayumi, Putri Astrinia, Nauli Alamsyah, Restu Anggraini, Sendy Monarchi, Hanna Faridl, Lulu Luthfiyah, Nalia Rifika, Fifi Alvianto, Ghaida Tsurayya, Inna Rovi, Nadya Agusyana, Ola Fadly, Wulandari Sofwan, Febby Pramitha, Eugenne Effects, Fitri Aulia Hamdy, and Kara Rahmamitya.

These young muslimah came from different backgrounds, and professions, some of them even live abroad or outside Jakarta. But for this special moment, they are willing to step aside from their daily routine and join the first meeting of Hijabers Community.

Anyways, we also wanna share some pictures during the meeting which was taken at Tia’s House. We were having a potluck event where everyone brought their own food. Alhamdulillah!

Some of us may have met before but some haven't. Nonetheless, the gathering was full of fun, everyone got along very easily and happily. We just could not wait meeting more new friends and would gladly welcome you all to join our community. That’s for sure! Sounds great isn’t it? :D
Tia - Tantri - Febby - Puput - Restu - Wulan - Fitri - Nadya - Ola - Sendy - Icha - Inna - Dian - Fika -Ria

 Psstt, wanna see some candid pictures of our meeting? Here they are.. :D

 ..we look so serious at that time..

So, that’s it for now. We hope we could share more updates to you all very soon ;) 

Hijabers Community