Modanisa Setting a Wave of Hijab Fashion Globally

Modanisa Setting a Wave of Hijab Fashion Globally

"Our focus is to make women feel much Better": Spread of Islamic Fashion

Istanbul is making its way towards growing as a hub of fashion for the Muslims, a vision that reflects the amount to which the culture of Turkey is undergoing a change of paradigm under the rule of Erdogan which is thought to be influenced by the Islamic ideology.

Previously, under Turkey's hard-line secular system that was under the influence of the British, the abaya or hijab, was viewed as a sign of backwardness and illegal in government schools and offices.

But under the Islamist rule now, wearing an abaya is no longer seen as being backward and the Muslim women wearing the hijab are not seen as being oppressed by the Muslim men. In fact, wearing hijab and abaya is seen as a statement of freedom by the Muslim women. In such a scenario, we saw the rise of Modanisa that is providing a service where Muslim women across the globe can buy an abaya online within the comforts of their home just using the internet.

"Everyone was like, 'Muslim business? "' Said Kerim Ture, a former technician business executive that presently runs the Muslim fashion home Modanisa. Situated in Istanbul, Modanisa has become the symbol of hijab fashion for Muslims globally.

"Our focus is to make women feel much better," he clarified. "To feel the glamour and the glow inside, even when they are covered."

Mr. Ture said he did not come from a particularly spiritual household, but he does support the vision and policies of Tayyib Erdogan. "My mother has always been covered," he explained. "But my sister's doesn't use an abaya. It is a Turkish family."

The elaborate affair held at the railway station was the town's first such occasion. Designers from throughout the Islamic world introduced their collections there. However, the vast majority of the versions in the show weren't Muslim.

A small set of conservative Muslims protested outside the venue. One of the protesters told the gathering that according to the Quranic injunctions the Muslim women should be veiled, and he supposes that hukm (commandment) of Allah has become "a tool for immorality in the name of fashion and style."

Apparently, the reason for contention was that a few of the clothing exhibited appeared to push conventional borders: somewhat form-fitting shirts, a little skin here, a plunging neckline there. And this is not what Muslims consider an appropriate way of covering according to the commandments of Islam.

As the market for couture Islamic clothes has grown in recent times, mainstream designers are also jumping in to become a part of the trend. To sum it up, it appears that the hijab fashion trend is picking up beginning to challenge the mainstream ideals of liberty and more and more women are feeling comfortable in not revealing their skin to the general public.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Twitter's 10 Trending Topics That Made Us Quickly Forget About Sante Fe

Are trending topics only topics we speak on when they're trending?

Although Twitter has been a major resource for the latest news updates, users have been unsuccessful in keeping all topics that matter trending. It has been 12 days since the Sante Fe high school shooting and it seems as if the people I follow on Twitter have either completely forgotten about it, or have chosen to only speak on the issue when it’s a trending topic. School shootings have become such a norm that many people weren’t aware that there was a school shooting at Highland High in Palmdale, California on May 11 and another on May 25 at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana.

Here are some trending topics I believe distracted us after Sante Fe in no particular order.

1. Royal Wedding

Less than 24 hours after the Sante Fe high school shooting, the royal wedding was trending on Twitter. Although I didn’t watch it, my followers certainly kept me posted. People talked about Meghan Markle’s dress, her wedding ring, Princess Diana, the wedding guests, etc.

2. NBA playoffs

As the NBA Conference Finals came to an end, there were about four trending topics about it after every game. Chris Paul’s hamstring injury, Jayson Tatum dunking on Lebron, and the Houston Rockets missing 27 straight 3-pointers were just some things I saw people talking about. Now people are saying that they don’t even plan to watch the finals because the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are playing against each other for the fourth time.

3. Roseanne

On Tuesday, comedian Roseanne Barr tweeted that Valerie Jarrett, an Obama aide was the child of the Muslim Brotherhood and the planet of the apes. Following her comments, ABC canceled the reboot of Roseanne, which was scheduled to air on Tuesday night, Barr deleted her tweets and apologized and blamed her comments on a sleeping drug known as Ambien.

4. Starbucks

8,000 Starbucks coffee shops were closed on Tuesday across the U.S. for four hours so that employees could discuss racial bias.

5. Morgan Freeman

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the Bill Cosby verdict, eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment. A CNN report included anonymous comments from those women who say Freeman made comments on their body and they were cautious not to wear anything fitted when Freeman was around.

6. Harvey Weinstein

On Friday film producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and criminal sex charges. However, when Weinstein posted $1 million bail, it felt as if the indictment was a step in the right direction for victims of sexual harassment, but also a slap in the face for poor defendants.

7. Drake and Pusha T

This rap beef, which reportedly dates back to 2006, really got people talking when Pusha T released his Daytona album on Friday. Drake’s “Duppy” response to Pusha T’s “Infrared” diss track, Drake’s invoice for $100,000 to Pusha T and Pusha T’s comments that Drake has a secret child and Pusha T's usage of photos of Drake in Blackface have been common tweets surrounding this topic.

8. Kim Kardashian

Within the past week, TV personality Kim Kardashian West has been a trending topic at least twice.

On Friday Kardashian West was a trending topic was because of her response to Hip-hop artist Rhymefest. Shortly after Drake released his “Duppy” diss track and sent the invoice to Pusha T, Rhymefest asked Drake to use the money to “rebuild Kanye’s mother’s house for the youth of Chicago” and said West has abandoned the youth. Within Kardashian West’s response, she commented on Rhymefest wearing fake Yeezy shoes.

Kardashian West became a trending again on Wednesday after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Kardashian West’s meeting to discuss prison reform. While Kardashian West’s visit is was to request a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, who was convicted of drug trafficking, one person on Twitter compared Kardashian West’s meeting to that of rapper Rick Ross meeting with singer Rihanna to discuss Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line

9. Medicaid

On Wednesday, the Virginia Senate voted to expand Medicaid. While this is still a developing story, it is a point in the right direction for the 400,000 residents that have been without health insurance.

10. Unpopular opinion

While I’m unsure when this became a trending topic, it has been all over my timeline for several days now. Users have quoted tweets with their unpopular opinion about random things. However, some users are wondering how such “unpopular opinions” have garnered so many retweets.

While some of these trending topics surround pressing issues, not all of them do. The conversation surrounding school shootings has not stopped on Twitter. However, it’s not something that people tweet about on a daily basis. I remember seeing a young lady post a message on her Instagram story where she sent her condolences to the victims’ family and friends as well as the students at Sante Fe high school. However, the very next thing she posted on her Instagram story was her at a club.

We shall no longer accept pressing issues as norms, treat them as such and then demand legislators to do something about it. Until we refrain from paying attention to things that will not matter 5-10 years from now, this cycle will never end. Maybe this is the America Childish Gambino was referring to.

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