Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Cape Malay weddings

Cape Malay weddings;

Malay weddings are usually hours long (if not entire day), as in this order;

The Nikah - Wedding Ceremony held in the morning at the masjied (from which the area the bride resides), normally an hour long. The Imam gives a sermon on marriage and advise on how the couple should treat each other and so forth. It ends with the groom reciting his vow and then signing of the marriage certificate. Brides these days attend the Nikah (sits at the ladies section), to hear her husband (to be) recite his vow and the sermon.

Breakfast - held for the men when the nikah is finished. The tables would be decorated with fresh flowers, hot and cold beverages, savouries and cold meats. The bride waits for her husband (at the venue of the breakfast & reception). She greets her husband and family, everyone there congratulates the couple, the bride signs the marriage certificate, has photos taken then gets ready to leave to change into second outfits. (bride usually wear red in the morning or if preferred any other colour in the morning, and white in the afternoon)

Gardens - Capetonians traditionally goes to 'Çlaremont Gardens', but lately its changed, now theres the 'rose garden', 'muizenberg beach', 'the castle', 'the train station', I've noticed that westridge gardens in Mitchells Plain has become very popular. It has a large beautiful section of roses and an arch. Most of the photos are taken at the gardens or beach which ever is the chosen place. Some family members tag along to keep the kids all dolled up and happy.

The reception - Upon arriving at the reception the 'wedding party' enters the venue first, with the bride and groom to enter last (to make a lasting impression). (At this stage the bride & groom are exhausted of the festivities and smiling for photos.) After the couple enters and has more photos taken , sits down, a prayer is said they have supper, greets family and friends. The groom including all other males get ready to leave the reception for the masjied and then leave to the abode of the married couple.
The Hajji's then accompany the bride to her husband.

At the residence of the bride and groom - Family and friends gather, the imaam or father of the bride gives a short sermon, a prayer and some more photos are taken of the happy couple.

I was at Century City, Canal walk the other day to do some shopping when I saw all these gorgeous dresses, accessories, cake designs, table decor, venue decor etc
It is an absolute MUST SEE!
So if you're getting married and  haven't made your way down there yet,
check it out! 

salaams :)

Camel Hump Style



I love to "fancy up" my scarf, whether it be with a bow, flower, brooch, beaded motives or alicebands.
So if you're going to a special event, just going to the cinema or spending time with the girls, add some sparkle to your hijab :) with diamante hijabi pins or printed underscarves, the satin underscarfves are gorgeous, something different to the normal lace or printed underscarf.

If you have a photo of your fave hijab style, dont hestitate to send to us at


Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Slm ladies,

Purple and pink are probably 2 of favourite colours to date :)
I love the combinations here of pinks and purples, these are absolutely gorgeous!

I have a challenge for all ladies

The challenge will be for muslim and non- muslim ladies to wear hijab/headscarf, maybe try a new style other than the everyday pashmina wrap or square scarf. Tell us your motivation or your experience of the hijab/style chosen.
The facebookers and bloggers shall be the judge, so click 'like'and spread the word.
The best hijab style+motivation shall be rewarded with a prize, insha allah.

Send photo's to, we'll post it on the Cool Covers SA blog and facebook page.


Monday, 27 February 2012

Jakarta designer Hannie Hananto - "Hijab rock"

Check it out on "Jakarta Fashion Week 2012"
"Redefining muslim Wear"

I absolutely love her style, very funky, very different.
Love her combinations.
(excited face) Cant wait to pack out the leather and wool items, will post some more pics soon.

 (smile and wave) salaam

Get ready for Autumn ladies :)
Pack out your pashminas, chunky knits and boots!

There are loads of ideas to pin your scarf for a winter's day, so keep on visiting Cool Covers SA for funky stylish ideas.

wslm ladies, have a fantastic day further.

Friday, 24 February 2012

The ruling on 'shaping/plucking' the eyebrows;

A woman is not permitted to remove the hair of her eyebrows by plucking nor to modify them by a thread, razor, scissors or anything else, since such an action is considered a form of a prohibited Nams (plucking the eyebrows).
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) cursed those women who does such an action, whether it be to herself or to others.
In Sahih books of al-Bukhari and Muslim 'Abdullah Ibn Masoud reported that: "Allah has cursed female tattoo makers - and those females who get tattooed, and those women who have their superfluous hair plucked from their faces and those who get that hair plucked, and those women who get their teeth filed (to make space between them) for beauty, and thus interfere in Allah's Creation".

Im going to a tea party on Sunday and thought, Is the feet part of our awrah?
So I did some research, and found this,

The Prophet sallalahu allahi wa salaam said in a sahih hadith:
 “The woman is ‘Awrah, when she leaves [her home] Shaytān (satan - may Allah curse him) looks at her.”
All of a woman is awrah. Awrah is an Islamic term that means "beauty". There are different kinds of beauty out there and in fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) sexual beauty is termed "hard awrah". Hard awrah is what must be covered by our hijabs. HARD AWRAH IS WHAT IS COVERED BY THE JILBAB AND KHIMAR which are a fard obligation in the Holy Qu'ran.

The feet of  women do not have to be covered in front of non-maharams, because of the following hadith: Narrated Anas ibn Malik: The Prophet (sallalahu allahi wa salaam) brought Fatimah a slave which he donated to her. Fatimah wore a garment which, when she covered her head, did not reach her feet, and when she covered her feet by it, that garment did not reach her head. When the Prophet (sallalahu allahi wa salaam) saw her struggle, he said: There is no harm to you: Here is only your father and slave. (Hadith no. 4 Sunan Abu Dawud Book 32, Number 4094) . Fatimah R.A did not have to cover her feet or her head (and we know the head is an obligation of khimar to cover)

so seeing that we'll have lovely Sunny and warm cape Town weather over the weekend, I'll be wearing a sandal. :)
Here is a dua that is good to recite whenever getting dressed, but is very specific to the puting on of new clothes. It may be recited in English, but the sunnah is to do so in Arabic. Both are good and valid:
Allaahumma lakal-hamdu Anta kasawtaneehi, asàluka min khayrihi wa khayri maa suni`a lahu, wa a`oothu bika min sharrihi wa sharri maa suni`a lahu.

Oh Allah, Praise be to You. You have clothed me. I ask You for its goodness and the goodness of what it has been made for and I seek Your protection from the evil of it and the evil of what it has been made for.

(Reported by Abu Dawood and at-Tirmidhee)
Have a fantastic weekend!
Wa Alaikum Salaam waraghmatulahie wabarakatu

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Assalamu Alaikum,

Welcome to COOL COVERS SA, our aim is to inspire and encourage women of all ages that,

 hijab is an act of obediance;

hijab is Iffah (Modesty);
hijab is Tahara (Purity);
Hijab is a shield;
 hijab is Taqwah (righteousness);
Allah (swt) says in the Qur'an: `O children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc) and as an adornment. But the raiment of righteousness, that is better.'(S7:26).
 The widespread forms of dresses in the world today are mostly for show off and hardly taken as a cover and shield of the woman's body. To the believing women, however the purpose is to safeguard their bodies and cover their private parts as a manifestation of the order of Allah. It is an act of Taqwah (righteousness).
 hijab is Eeman ( Belief / Faith);
Hijab is often equated with piety, both by those who cover their hair and those who do not. Unfortunately, too many assume that a woman who covers must naturally be more religious or conservative than one who does not. This generates expectations and pressure on Muslim women in hijab , whose behavior is held to different standards, perhaps undesired on the part of the woman. 
 The scarf, an article of clothing, has sadly become a litmus test for a Muslim woman’s faith and devotion to God. (Allahu Akbar)
Hijab is Beautiful;
I hope that COOL COVERS SA will especially be an inspiration to our younger sisters Insha allah.
Enjoy and happy blogging!