Little Pearls Kids Hijab/ Aisha Khan
As I write the introduction to this chapter, a plethora of emotions run through my mind. When Aisha emailed me the article about a week back, I had thought of a completely different intro. But as is said, everything can go from ice to fire in a matter of mere moments.
A few days back Aisha texted us in the group to inform that her 12 year-old daughter, Zayna Khan, has been diagnosed with lymphoma leukemia, a type of blood cancer which targets lymph nodes. We, as parents, cannot even begin to imagine the strain and emotional turmoil this family must be going through. It takes a lot of resilience and strength to not break down when you see your child suffer. It takes even stronger fortitude and Faith for such a young child to assure those around her that she has what it takes to go through such a test.
“Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives, and the fruits of your toil. But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who say, when afflicted with calamity, ‘To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.’ They are those on whom descend blessings from their Lord, and mercy. They are the ones who receive guidance.” (2:155-157)
Indeed, the tests and the rewards both come from Him. In His Mercy is our only hope. Zayna…you are in our thoughts and prayers. You and your beautiful family. May the Most Merciful, the Ash-Shafi, shower on your His Mercy and Shifa…may the As-Sabur grant Sabr to you and all those around you…and may He reward you immensely for this humongous mountain you must now climb.
Needless to say, Aisha has decided temporarily put her business on hold. I decided to still showcase it on the series to share with all who would like to know, her amazing journey. Send lots of love and prayers their way.
“My name is Aisha and I am the founder and owner of Little Pearls Kids Hijabs. I live in Toronto Canada with my husband and 4 kids. We have 2 girls 13 and 11 and 2 boys 8 and 1 years old. My parents are originally from Pakistan but my 5 siblings and I were born and raised here in Canada .
Growing up , My parents were very involved and active within the Muslim Community. We went to Islamic school and would attend Islamic events and conferences regularly. My parents would always volunteer and give back to the community. We now try to provide a similar environment for our kids to instill their love for the Deen and Ummah.
I have a lot of interests. I love trying out new things and challenges. Baking, cake decorating , painting , mehendi ( henna) and makeup to name a few. I also enjoy teaching and working with kids. Right now I love cooking all types of foods and making healthy meals at home !
Alhamdulillah we are blessed to always be surrounded by a lot of family and friends who live close by. My children enjoy spending time with both sets of grandparents and tons of cousins.
My husband and I both come from big families so we have alot of parties and events to attend. After spending so much time picking out the perfect outfit, my daughter would want to throw on an ugly mismatched hijab with random sparkles or beads. It would really bother me and I wanted to tell her not to wear it and that it would ruin her outfit . MashAllah She loved wearing hijab and I didnt want to discourage her from wearing one, so I would just let her wear it . It was a struggle to find good hijabs that fit. As they got older they wanted to wear wrap hijabs like me. They wanted to wear all my wraps . I would have to fold them and put dangerous pins and underpieces , and then have to constantly help them fix their hijab. I was fed up with the hijab situation but couldn’t find any proper kids hijabs that I liked. I knew right then that I need to create proper kids hijabs. Something small, comfortable and easy to put on that doesn’t require pins.
I wish I had a Little Pearls hijab growing up. I want all the little girls to be proud and confident when wearing hijab. With the rise of hijabi fashion and the pressure of social media trends I think it’s important for girls to develop a strong Islamic identity to help girls love hijab.
Like any other business I had many challenges. At first I started with getting my hijabs made in Pakistan because it was the most cost efficient. I was not happy with the quality and workmanship of the product. After having 2 bags full of hijabs that were poor quality I decided to get them made locally even if the price was higher.
Each hijab is made with excellent quality fabric, which I personally hand pick. We use only the best material with the perfect amount of stretch.They are sewn locally, so that I am able to maintain quality assurance. Once the hijabs are ready, I add the buttons and labels. We can guarantee an outstanding product!
As Aisha, Zayna, and their families grapple through such tough times, do keep them in your prayers and send lots of love an encouragement their way.
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.