There are seven ancient Islamic traditions, that the Natural Muslim woman uses to enhance her beauty.
1- Kohl natural eyeliner. I've been asked by many women what eyeliner I use. This perfect eyeliner that hardly smudges and is good for the eyes, is called kohl. The natural Muslim woman uses it daily, and applies extra when she's at home with her husband for a sultry effect.
Modern kohl is made from soot and ghee, whereas the traditional preparation sometimes contained lead, so when one buys kohl they should make sure the manufacturer states it is lead free.
2. Henna. A flowering plant that is crushed and powdered, then used to dye the skin, hair and nails. It is an ancient custom that was widely practiced by Muslims and many other cultures, and it never went out of style for the Muslim woman! Applying it is encouraged in Islam.
Henna is mixed to a paste and applied to her hair to achieve a rich red brown color. Henna artists adorn women's bodies with intricate, feminine patterns that turn dark red and can last for weeks. Intricate henna patterns are done for the bride in preparation for her wedding. On any average day, it is simply applied to the fingertips and the feet. As a Western woman may like to paint her nails, the Muslim woman likes to dye hers with henna.
Many of the products labelled as henna today, are not really natural henna. Manufacturers claim that there is henna that comes out black, orange or yellow but the reality is that real henna turns out a deep reddish brown. If one buys manufactured henna, it could contain harmful chemicals. Pure henna is not harmful and doesn't burn during application. It's popular today for henna to be darkened with turpentine and other chemicals, but traditionally it was darkened with natural products like lemon juice and tea.
3. Fresh Water. Even 1400 years ago in the Arabian deserts where water was scarce, the Prophet Mohamad peace upon him mandated bathing with fresh water regularly, and he disliked shabby appearances and foul smells. Muslims wash their faces, arms up the elbows and feet meticulously in order to be in a state of cleanliness for the daily prayers. You can imagine how splashing the face regularly so many times a day improves skin complexion and gives her face a glow.
4. Olive oil. Known in Islam as a blessed tree, it is encouraged to be applied to the body and hair, and included in the Muslim diet. After bathing, it is used as a moisturizer for her face and body, and applied to her hair. Olive oil smoothens the skin and has powerful anti-aging properties. It strengthens the nails and conditions the hair. This Mediterannean fruit has miraculous dietary and cosmetic benefits.
5 The miswak. A twig from the Middle Eastern 'arak' tree, this was used by Muslims centuries before the advent of the toothbrush. She uses this to cleanse and freshen her teeth. Islam encourages all Muslims to cleanse their teeth with the miswak before every prayer. Those who put this into practice (and have a healthy diet and lifestyle) maintain strong, white teeth right into old age.
A 2003 scientific study comparing the use of miswak with ordinary toothbrushes concluded that the results clearly were in favor of the users who had been using the miswaak, provided they had been given proper instruction in how to brush using it.
6. Perfumes. The Prophet Mohamad peace upon him said, that the two most treasured things to him in this world are women, and perfume. Alluring scents are applied by the Muslim woman to attract her husband and revive the senses. Different kinds of perfumes is one thing she can never get enough of. Concentrated perfumes are very popular in the Muslim world because they are alcohol-free, and the scent lingers for longer. It is taboo for the practicing Muslim woman to wear perfume in front of strange men, who may feel that her scent is seductive. So she uses it when she is at home with her husband, closely related men (such as her son, uncle, or nephew) and gatherings of women.
7. Healthy Diet and Lifestyle. Any Muslim, male or female is encouraged to consume healthy, beneficial food and products and forbidden to consume things that are detrimental to one's health. The Islamic diet is drug and alcohol free, and cigarettes, now proven to cause lung cancer and numerous ailments, is not halal (permissible). So the Muslim woman has less risk of cancer, miscarriages, heart problems, liver failure and all the other illnesses that humans risk when they take up these unhealthy habits. One would not wish to take poison, so similarly substance abuse is like slowly poisoning the body over time. "They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food). Say: lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure." (Quran 5:4)
Life for the Muslim woman, is more about quality than quantity. The best things in life are not 'things'. She knows that every thing she has been given, has it's right. She shows gratitude to her Creator by taking care of her body and mind, of which will be hers for only a time. Trying one's best, then leaving her destiny up to The One who gave her the precious gift of life gives her a sense of fulfillment and peace of mind. This in turn, makes her content and gives her inner beauty, which outshines the temporary physical beauty of the body.
~ The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart. ~