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POETRY: The Liberator

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To be liberated means that we can clearly see, 
That we should follow a leader for all of  humanity. 

His name is Prophet Muhammad (Upon Him Be Peace): 
ALLAH raised him with Truth, so falsehood must cease! 

ALLAH sent to His Last Prophet, the Mightiest Message of  All… 
His heart was Right, so he heard ALLAH’s Call. 

Some people said Prophet Muhammad was mad and possessed: 
His wife Khadijah comforted him, for she knew he was blessed. 

Prophet Muhammad delivered ALLAH’s Message throughout the land; 
It is the Light of  Truth that will always stand! 

Prophet Muhammad taught humanity to constantly strive for Right; 
ALLAH, The One and Only God has everyone in His Sight. 

So always teach The Holy Qur’an from now to your death, 
And live ALLAH’s Universal Message with every breath! 

“May the Peace and Blessings of  ALLAH be upon Prophet Muhammad.”

by Muhammad Ali

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Fashion Designer: Rabia Zargarpur on why ‘modesty is always in style’

United Arab Emirates based fashion designer Rabia Zargarpur who owns the world renowned label Rabia Z proves how modesty is always in style in her latest S/S14 collection.

Rabia has always depicted the hijab as a significant piece within her wardrobe whilst donning the hijab during her studies in the US. Rabia came to terms post 9/11 attacks on the hijab her response was to ‘design creative outfits for the modern Muslim woman.

Through her own incorporation of the hijab Rabia soon let it be heard as liberating modest fashion piece. Rabia recalls ‘It kind of became like a conversation piece and just like that I was able to give them this insight on hijab and Muslim women.’

Growing up in the UAE, Rabia designed clothes using her mother’s manufacturing unit. After completing a business degree, she studied fashion in New York. Years of researching and branding later, she created demand for her designs and finally launched her label Rabia Z online in 2007.

A creator in modestly-chic clothing, Rabia has collections that consist of colourful abayas and ready-to-wear outfits, including everything from casual to luxurious eveningwear. Her latest S/S14 designs from the Mukhawara Collection are inspired by the traditional dress, the Mukhawara, influenced by her rich Afghan-Arab heritage.

Rabia states, “I promote modesty…the fact is that we have to live in this life, in this society and in these trying times. Our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said to choose moderation and that’s what I see.”