For the love of the ICNYU Gala

program for the evening

program for the evening

On Sunday February 23rd, The Islamic Center at New York University (ICNYU) held a fundraiser gala to mark 35 years. I attended with one of my friends. Living in NYC my whole life I bumped into many friends and familiar faces that evening. It was a black tie event and everyone looked fab!

Sadia, Amira and I

Sadia, Amira and I

I graduated 6 years of pharmacy school back in 2007 from St Johns University and directly after was distracted by huge milestones in my life including licensing exams, starting a job,  hajj, pregnancy, birth of my first son, pregnancy and birth of my second son etc. During this time, I felt disconnected with my Islamic community mostly because I didn’t have enough time to attend events and my university- St Johns University rarely held events or I would not get notifications of these events.

ICNYU holds tons of events and I always knew when they were having events due to emails, facebook and word of mouth. I have attended lots of different events in the past. I have been familiar with ICNYU for over a decade, since back when I was in college and because my elder sister attended NYU. More recently I started coming to events at NYU and I never ever felt out of place. The Muslim community at NYU is so diverse and welcoming and it truly depicts Muslims across America. This is one reason why I wanted to attend this fundraiser. The IC at NYU caters to the Muslim population in NYC and it caters to it well.

Laila and Bari

Laila and Bari- the founding members of the IC at NYU. They were both presented with an award

Below are pictures of highlights from the event also including pics of my friends and I and unnecessary solo shots of myself. My apologies in advance.

 

Preacher Moss and I

Preacher Moss and I

Preacher Moss provided laughs towards the end of the evening.

The man of the hour- Khalid Latif- and he's looking exceptionally tall

The man of the hour- Khalid Latif- and he’s looking exceptionally tall

oh, it makes sense now

oh, it makes sense now :)

 

cool cats- Ismail and Khalid. Ismail took the previous 2 pictures

Ismail and Khalid. Ismail took the previous 2 pictures

With Sumaiyah, one of the organizers of the event

With Sumaiyah, one of the organizers of the event

**Up to date, they raised $130,000 from the fundraiser Mashallah. If you were not able to attend and still want to donate, you can donate to the IC at NYU here.

kaftan

kaftan

 

I wore a kaftan which I just purchased from my recent trip to Dubai. I blogged about my trip and you can read all about it here. This beaded and jeweled kaftan was only $40! I thought this gala would be the perfect opportunity to wear it. This Kaftan has light shoulder pads which enhances the shape and flow of the dress. It’s very loose but it has an inside tie belt which practically makes it one size fits all.

 kaftan

kaftan

I paired the kaftan with a turban hijab. This turban hijab was unique because I used 2 cloths. The green cloth on the turban is perfectly matching my kaftan because it was the extra pieces that I had to get hemmed from the bottom of the kaftan because it was extremely long. The 2 inch extra cloth was perfectly wrapped in the gold turban hijab and made both the turban and kaftan complement each other. The heavy detailed neckline required no necklace because that would be excessive.

Ayesha and I

Ayesha looking stunning in silver!

Nabila, Fariqua and I looking black tie event ready

Nabila, Fariqua and I looking black tie event ready

 

my date for the evening

my date for the evening

 

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last one, I promise

last one, I promise

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