Assalam Aleikum and Welcome to the Hijab City!
My name is Alina and I am the founder of The Hijab City online hijabs and accessories store. In the upcoming blog posts I am hoping that you can get to know me better as a person. I will also try to be more beneficial to you by sharing some Islamic knowledge that I have as well as non-religious based topics such as tips and lessons that I’ve learned in my business etc. in sha Allah. So, shall we begin?!...:)
The idea of creating The Hijab City began from the moment when I got inspired by the Kuwaiti beauty bloggers and their gorgeous hijab styles. They really know how to style their hijabs on point Ma sha Allah and it’s honestly very inspirational especially when you are a new Muslim and you didn’t find your hijab style yet. They manage to transform a simple jersey scarf into something very fashionable and stylish looking. Dalalid is one of the beauty bloggers that I follow and here is how she styles her hijab. Such a beautiful gentle touch of crystals on a jersey fabric she is usually wearing impressed me. I had to find the same or at least something very similar to her hijabs. Unfortunately, I had a hard time doing that. Since I couldn’t find the similar scarves anywhere, I had to sit and try to design the scarves myself. So, I went to the local crafts store and bought some jersey fabric as well as Swarovski crystals in various sizes and colors and then I just began designing. Surprisingly, I absolutely fell in love with the outcome and I told my friends and family that I embellished the scarf myself. They were positively surprised and began to encourage me to start selling those to other people. So, I began to make scarves embellished with metals and Swarovski crystals to order for some of my local hijabis, but I understood that I needed something more than that. Since I’ve been looking for an interesting business opportunity at that moment, I came to the conclusion that: why not if I try to launch my own online hijab store so that more people could experience the quality and the beauty of my Swarovski embellished head scarves as well as other high quality fabric hijabs? That’s where all the REAL work began.
One night I sat down and began to look for the factories, suppliers, materials and etc. I had to come up with an interesting logo and name for the company so that it could be unique and different from the already existing hijab companies all over the world. So, there it was, the Hijab City! The idea behind the company name the Hijab City was that I would offer various hijab styles and fabrics based on what Muslim women wear from country to country. As you see, I am not targeting one specific nationality of Muslims, but I rather focus on our multinational Muslim population. If you noticed, we already have our first the Touch of Kuwait collection, which is mostly inspired by the Kuwaiti beauty bloggers and their hijab styles. In future, I am planning to release more hijab collections, but for now let me keep it a secret ;) So, the overall set up along with designing the website took roughly four months. But I’ll tell you that it’s absolutely worth it! Every single second that I spent working was extremely beneficial. You gain new experience in business, economics, marketing and computer skills. To be honest, you learn so many new and interesting skills that you might never learn at a University.
To wrap up with this story I want to add that all life I lived with an idea that when you are doing something you are passionate about, you are going to be good at it! And that is soooo true, I’m telling you! What I loved about the whole set up process that I did not feel burdened or overstressed about it and everything went smoothly Alhamdullilah. I enjoyed learning something new each day. Taking pictures, setting up the website, arranging deals with suppliers, finding materials, marketing and advertising were absolutely new things for me since I haven’t deal with it before, but thanks to the passion about this business idea everything was doable, smooth and exciting Alhamdullilah.
Most importantly, I wouldn’t be able to go through all of it without the help and blessings of Allah (SWT) Who is always by my side. Constant Zikr (Remembrance of Allah), Dua (supplication), Salaat al-Istikhara (the Sunnat prayer that you perform before staring any new task, see below) and strong imaan (faith) are the keys to success in anything that you plan on doing.
Of course, the support of family plays a role in your success as well and I'm very grateful for all of them who supported me from the very beginning! Not to make this post too long, which I think I already did, I will continue with my story in the future posts in sha Allah.
Assalam Aleikum dear sisters ,
P.S. Salat Al-Istikhara is highly recommended before you have to make any important decision (big or small) in which you seek from Allah guidance and wisdom. It is highly beneficial to be performed before any job interview, when choosing a school or University, before starting a new business, and even before making nikah (matrimony contract). Some people say that it is better to perform before you go to sleep, some say that it does not really matter when, but what matters are your intentions. Eventually, you will feel guidance in a certain way because Allah knows what is best for you. اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَخِيرُكَ بِعِلْمِكَ وَأَسْتَقْدِرُكَ بِقُدْرَتِكَ وَأَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ فَضْلِكَ الْعَظِيمِ فَإِنَّكَ تَقْدِرُ وَلَا أَقْدِرُ وَتَعْلَمُ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتَ عَلَّامُ الْغُيُوبِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ خَيْرٌ لِي فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاقْدُرْهُ لِي وَيَسِّرْهُ لِي ثُمَّ بَارِكْ لِي فِيهِ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَعْلَمُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْأَمْرَ شَرٌّ فِي دِينِي وَمَعَاشِي وَعَاقِبَةِ أَمْرِي فَاصْرِفْهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْدُرْ لِيَ الْخَيْرَ حَيْثُ كَانَ ثُمَّ ارْضِنِي بِهِ ‘Allahumma inni astakhiruka bi’ilmika, Wa astaqdiruka bi-qudratika, Wa as’alaka min fadlika al-‘azlm Fa-innaka taqdiru Wala aqdiru, Wa ta’lamu Wala a’lamu, Wa anta ‘allamu l-ghuyub. Allahumma, in kunta ta’lam anna hadha-l-amra Khairun li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or ‘ajili amri wa’ajilihi) Faqdirhu wa yas-sirhu li thumma barik li Fihi, Wa in kunta ta’lamu anna hadha-lamra shar-run li fi dini wa ma’ashi wa’aqibati amri (or fi’ajili amri wa ajilihi) Fasrifhu anni was-rifni anhu. Waqdir li al-khaira haithu kana Thumma ardini bihi.’ (O Allah! I ask guidance from Your knowledge, And Power from Your Might and I ask for Your great blessings. You are capable and I am not. You know and I do not and You know the unseen. O Allah! If You know that this job is good for my religion and my subsistence and in my Hereafter–(or said: If it is better for my present and later needs)–Then You ordain it for me and make it easy for me to get, And then bless me in it, and if You know that this job is harmful to me In my religion and subsistence and in the Hereafter–(or said: If it is worse for my present and later needs)–Then keep it away from me and let me be away from it. And ordain for me whatever is good for me, And make me satisfied with it). The Prophet added that then the person should name (mention) his need. Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 21 Hadith 263