Shop for Hajj!


By Sabina Rizwan Khan – Freelance writer and certified Youth Trainer

“Umm e Tooba”

“Umm e Tooba” lives up to its tagline “Beauty of Modesty”. This fantastic shop is situated in Kurta Gali, Tariq Road. It is an optimum mixture of huge variety and fine quality. You can easily get all sorts of Abayas and Hajj products. Their price range is very reasonable. All products are of top quality. A huge variety of Abayas, scarves, Hijabs and Chaddars are available, from plain to coloured, simple to hand embroidered. Hajj products include Ihrams, belts, scarves, air pillows, and a two-function bag to carry prayer mat and slipper bag. Facility of alteration is offered and all products are available the year around.

Address: C-955, Zaidi Studio, Near Jheel Park, Tariq Road, Karachi.

Telephone: 34301023 / Cell: 0322-2223571

“Hijab ul Hareem”

Providing top notch quality is what “Hijab ul Hareem” believes in. Located at main Tariq Road, this shop offers all types of Abayas and Hajj products. A wide range is available in Hijabs, Abayas and scarves with discounts. Hajj variety includes Ihrams, belts, prayer mats, scarves, caps, travelling bags, etc. Prices are pocket friendly and alterations are available. However, the best news is that “Hijab ul Hareem” has five branches all over Karachi, so you can visit the nearest one any time. All products are accessible all around the year.

Products and price range:

Ihram for male: Rs. 1650/- (towel material)

Ihram for male: Rs. 1000/- (cotton material)

Belt: Rs. 200/- (parachute material)

Belt: Rs. 450/- (leather)

Ihram for female (cotton): scarf with head cap: Rs. 325/- to Rs.800/- (sizes from extra small to extra large)

Ihram for female (jersey): scarf with cap: Rs. 375/- to Rs. 775/- (sizes from extra small to extra large)

Plain Abaya (black/coloured): Rs. 3000/-



“Hussein Itar House”

“Hussein Itar House” serves with variety and quality. Placed in central Gulshan-e-Iqbal, it offers all Hajj products at easy prices. These items include Ihrams, belts, caps, etc. Though only plain Abayas are available for ladies, but one can get scarves, Hijabs, gloves and Chaddars very easily. Along with this, as their name suggests, you can get wide range of alcohol-free perfumes and Itars. All items are available all year. Bulk order should be ordered with delivery time period of at least 1 week.

Address: Shop no. 5, Royal Terrace, SB-4, Block no. 2. Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.

Telephone: 34813662 / Cell: 0321-3932689

“Basic Hijab Shop”

“Basic Hijab Shop” depicts elegance and quality. Conveniently located at main Tariq Road, it presents huge variety in Hajj and Abayas. Products of high quality are offered at affordable rates. Hajj products include Ihrams, belts, scarves, travel bags, prayer mats, etc. Abayas range is good, with excellent material along with scarves, Hijabs, shawls, gloves, pins, etc. Other items exclusive here are Itars, beautiful Tasbeehs and travel soaps. Products are available the year round.

Address: Lavish Mall, Near Rabi Centre, Tariq Road, Karachi.

Telephone: 3858886


The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling

By Sabina Rizwan Khan – Freelance writer and certified Youth Trainer

I still remember the amazing stories my father used to tell me when I was a kid. He was a great storyteller, and he still is. Every night before putting me to bed, he would tell me enchanting tales. He would mention each and every detail; he would describe the ambiance from the costumes and props to the funny names of characters. He would even change his voice and act the story out for me. These are among my best childhood memories.

All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by. Every family has a story which defines it, distinguishes it from the rest and stands for the values transmitted. Stories of family background represent how the family has grown into what it is today, what customs have prevailed from older times and how the thinking of people has evolved over the years.

When history was not recorded, there were stories. Stories handed down from parents to children were the prime means of cultural roots. This is very important in its own way, because I believe those who are not conscious of their history are fated to repeat its mistakes. In olden days, tribal people valued the stories of their ancestors as their most cherished and precious treasure.

My father’s stories helped me learn. I count them as one of the main reasons behind my creativity and ability to pen down my feelings.

While listening to a story, our sense of hearing is involved; naturally, our imagination becomes stronger as we try to visualize environments and characters in our own way.

Stories are not merely a source of entertainment for young ones – they provide us with a sense of familiarity of the real world. Stories transmit important information, values and morals. The informal sittings of storytelling are an indirect way of family communication, where every individual participates and a lasting bond is established.

Storytelling allows children to relate to personal experiences and develop their own understanding and perceptions of the world. Stories facilitate every individual to learn something new, through which they can rediscover themselves.

Young people are inspired to ask questions, which is the very first step of learning. Stories have the strength to inculcate the right usage of words in the right context. As these contexts will be repeated in real life, learning will be reinforced for better mental development. Also, every member finds the liberty to agree or disagree with the morals and ethics of the story. This leads to intelligent debate and discussion between parents and children without any pressure to conform for the sake of agreement. Parents get to know their kids and kids get to understand the elders better.

Unfortunately, this beautiful tradition is diminishing in today’s times, where visuals have taken the place of the imaginative world. Now, children are more engrossed in television cartoons, video games and the internet, which in a way have damaged their natural imaginative capabilities. Storytelling has become an alien concept, to which many kids cannot relate any more. Even parents or elders do not have much time to engage children in such activities.

Our religion Islam is full of beautiful stories. Stories of the different Prophets have always been my favourite since childhood; I recall reading the stories of Musa (as), Yousuf (as) and Isa (as). Also, the stories of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa) are mesmerizing and enchanting with astounding moral lessons. If parents and teachers engage in storytelling in a captivating manner, I am sure it would help our children understand their religion better.

We need to revive the lost tradition of storytelling, in order to construct in our children a better understanding of life. The love for knowledge will be awakened in the youth only when they are intellectually nurtured at the basic level, and storytelling is an essential way to engage minds towards betterment.

Parent’s Resource

A highly recommended author for children aged 9-12 years is Michael Morpurgo. This award-winning writer has served as the Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005, taking him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading. His stories are special because they are sensitive, thought-provoking and heart-warming. If narrated by a parent to the child at bedtime, they can work wonders in helping children understand the realities of life and how to tackle them. They also provide excellent topics of discussion between a child and a parent, offering unique bonding opportunity

Teaching Moral Intelligence

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Consider a child performing outstandingly in his studies, being a fine sportsperson, having an avid interest in the latest technology and excelling in co-curricular activities. But when it comes to his personal conduct, he lacks self-control, shows signs of aggression, can be disrespectful to his elders and younger ones and bears a low level of self-consciousness.

This is one concern which almost every parent has nowadays. Parents often experience that their child performs well academically, but, unfortunately, loses the battle on morality grounds.

Have you ever thought about the cause of this problem as a parent or educationist? What areas do we need to improve to teach our children to become better human beings?

The child in the introduction obviously shows signs of higher intelligence. Students who perform well most of the time are considered to have a high IQ. But at times, they have a low moral IQ, which is now considered to be a pivotal attribute in personality development.

Moral intelligence is a mental capacity to determine how to apply universal moral principles such as integrity, responsibility, compassion and forgiveness ( It is also an ability to distinguish between right and wrong.

Dr. Michele Borba, a former teacher and an internationally renowned consultant and educator, in her book titled “Moral Intelligence: The seven essential virtues that teach kids to do the right thing” firmly advocates seven vital virtues: empathy, conscience, self-control, respect, kindness, tolerance and fairness. Dr. Borba believes that ethics is a prerequisite for positive and productive personality development. Parents should teach their children these qualities, so that they become better people.

Moral intelligence should be taught during childhood, with parents and teachers playing a vital role in developing an understanding of the importance of morals. It takes a considerable amount of patience to inculcate such virtues in young minds. Following are simple but helpful guidelines for embedding moral intelligence in their children.

Know Your Child

This is the most basic requirement. Before going on to introduce new things, you should know who you are dealing with. Children are different and equally special in their own ways. Try to understand your child. What does your child like? What are his interests? What makes him angry, upset or happy? What are his strengths and weaknesses? Understanding your child will guide you towards helping him in a better way!

Develop a Chat with Your Child

Once you understand your kid, you will eventually realise that he is in need of a conversation. Communication is extremely important for both parties. It is fruitful for parents to conquer grounds through thoughtful discussions. However, this should be a conversation and not a lengthy lecture. Let them express their point of view, which is important in building their character. Always speak in a friendly, mild tone, with gestures assuring that you value, understand and love them. Never abuse or use derogatory or negative language.

Dealing with Mistakes

Even though children have an inclination towards virtue, as per their Fitrah, they still tend to make mistakes. Never instantly talk to a child, when he does something wrong – at that time, he is emotionally shattered and embarrassed, and you, as a parent, are angry and disappointed. Both will behave irrationally. Give him time to analyse what he did, let him understand and learn from his mistakes. He will learn to love, sympathise, apologise, respect and care gradually.

Practicing Virtues Yourself

In order to make your child learn, it is vital that you set an example first. Parents have a habit of telling their young ones to do the right thing, without doing the same themselves. By doing so, they lose their credibility. Practice what you preach! Remember that a parent is a child’s role model. You are his/her teacher, so set the best example for him/her to follow.

Significance of Family

Family holds great importance for a child. This unit works as a major learning institution for young ones, upholding greater values, virtues and morality. Make sure that your family stays together. Good and bad phases are a part of life. Through times of trial, when family members are there for each other, children learn the value of love, sacrifice and respect.

By being in a family, one learns to live with different kinds of people. This helps a child in accepting different ideas, trains him to respect others and develops adjusting approaches in his personality.

As mature and responsible members of this society, we must ensure that our morals remain intact. If we want our future generation to be the torch-bearers of our traditions and flourish as one nation, we have to teach them morals. In that way, our children will be well-behaved. Remember, if rational intelligence can help a child build his life, moral intelligence will help him live that life in a better way!

Moral Education for the Young

An average child is exposed to 9000 obscene scenes per year through the mass media and television. This places a heavy responsibility on the shoulders of parents, who should give to their children proper Islamic education – even when it comes to sex education. Parents should realize that sex is not always a taboo to discuss. One can find various examples in the life of the Prophet (saw), where this subject was discussed extensively with the companions. Our failure to tell children what they need to know is one reason why they face complicated situations when they grow up.

Allah (swt) says in the Quran: “…Say: ‘Are those who know equal to those who know not?’…” (Az-Zumar 39:9)

A few tips for parents, who want to instill the moral aspects of life in their children:

  • Start from a very early age to instill in them the notion that the family system and the way of life of a Muslim is very different from others.
  • It is all right to be different and to not engage in what others are doing.
  • Explain that having a feeling in the heart is all right. But to express the same through action is entirely different and should be controlled.
  • Children should be told that just as they cannot drink alcohol and have pork, they cannot engage in immoral relationships.
  • Parents should control the music their children are listening to, TV programmes they are watching, magazines they are reading and clothes they are wearing.
  • Children should be told that what leads to Haram is also Haram in Islam. Adultery is a major sin, so anything that leads to it is also not allowed, e.g., dating, chatting, having flirtatious conversations, etc.
  • Children should be encouraged to spend their free time in extracurricular activities of their interest, so that their energies are involved in doing something constructive.
  • Muslim boys and girls should understand that not all arranged marriages are bad and that sometimes they are more successful than love marriages.
  • Every family member has a responsibility – parents towards their children; elder siblings towards younger siblings and so on.

– By Umm Saad