Assalamu alaikum | Peace be to You!
We want to welcome you to the Ikhlas Greetings family. Ikhlas Greetings founded by a Malaysian-American family, strives to be a company that operates according to the prophetic teachings. Living in the west, Muslim identity is crucial. It is a struggle to keep the Muslim identity and not to be swayed by the materialistic and fast life. We admit that every time we meet Muslims we are excited, as we can greet them with Assalamu Alaikum.
Started by creating cards for our families and friends living overseas, Ikhlas Greetings strives to create unique products particularly related to a Muslim’s every day life and special occasions.
Our passion in arts and crafts leads us to produce our own designs especially Salaam greeting cards that can help families to bond, Insyallah.
Why did we choose the name Ikhlas Greetings ?
When we searched the appropriate name for our greeting cards business, we wanted it to reflect the feeling of our work, products and services. Ikhlas came to mind since we want to do everything, whether in friendship, relationship or work with pure sincere in our hearts. The company Ikhlas Greetings was then named as a means of reminding ourselves and others to be sincere with our Creator, to ourselves and others around us.
The word Ikhlas, an Arabic word, means sincerity. Also it’s the name of a Quranic chapter, Al-Ikhlas and a Malaysian word.
The creative team behind Ikhlas Greetings
Siti Nuriati Husin
Founder and President
Siti, our artist/designer and founder, creates all the designs. An accomplished portrait artist whose work has been published and featured in a book, ‘Diana in Art’ in London, newspapers and magazines in Malaysia and United States, her work in pastel and colored pencil never fails to wow the viewers. However, she left the love of portraiture to venture into the wider arena of arts and crafts.
Her interest in handmade cards began when she designed her own wedding invitation cards. Her love in paper crafting bloomed in the end of 2008 after leaving portrait business for good.
Siti works from her home studio where she conveniently juggling her tasks between family, arts and business. She holds several positions in her days: being a wife, mother, homeschooling teacher, artist/designer and business owner. She also occasionally works as a voiceover actor for Malaysian language.
Contact Siti by using the Contact Us menu option.
David Friedman@Dawud Freed
David grew up in upstate NY and the San Fernando Valley in California. He attended performing arts magnets for junior and senior high school. In addition, he was a member of California Youth Theater and starred as Frank Llyod Wright in a narrated performance(Narrated by Ed Asner and Lynn Redgrave) at the Hollyhock House Theater.
Furthermore, he studied acting professionally at Beverly Hills Playhouse and did many small bits and extra work in feature films, TV shows, and music videos. Also, he studied and performed improv at the LA Comedy Connection Theater. David also has an interest in photography and writing and has had several pictures and articles published in the LA Daily News.
Concurrently, David was studying Computer Science at California State University Northridge (CSUN). While attending CSUN, he participated in many extracurricular activities. He was the student government's Fundraising Director and also performed in a German play after having studied German for only a semester!
Later, he decided that he loved computers, but didn't want to be a coder. He finally figured out that he loved language and debate, so he switched his major to Communication Studies, and kept computer science as a major. For several years he was on the dean's list and he graduated witha BA with honors from CSUN.
In 1998, David met his future wife to be, Siti Nuriati Husin. Then, in 2000, he reverted to Islam and later that year married Siti in Malaysia. Also, he restarted his interests in photography and filmmaking.
He studied filmmaking at Los Angeles Valley College in his spare time. He recently produced, wrote, directed a short film, 'Examples of his work can be seen at the following links: Tramp's Treasure Trek 2, David's Photos.
Recently, David has been studying Adobe's suite of software and Joomla. He designed the website Ikhlas Greetings using Joomla and Virtuemart. He also enhanced the site using some custom php. He is also developing new film projects.
Check out DawudFreedMedia.com for more information.
It is our sincere hope that you will find our line of ‘Your Everyday Islamic Greeting Cards’ help you to bond with your loved ones.
Our Stylish Corner Bookmark Line will encourage you to read. Our fun Paper Name Portrait Line is unique to brighten the day of your little ones. Last but not least, our Corner Bookmark Surfaces for the DIY crowd.
Thank you for your support, feedback and encouragement. We always appreciate any ideas customers share with us because this is how we improve and grow better to serve everyone. Please feel free to email us and we will do our best to help you, insyallah.
Sincere thoughts and wishes,
Siti & David @ Dawud