Scarflets Schedule @ Twins of Faith 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

As promised, this is our schedule for the Twins of Faith Malaysia 2012 conference which begins tomorrow inshaAllah.
Please share it with sisters whom you know will be attending the event, jazakumAllah khairan.
Let me know if you're coming. I'd love to meet you! 

p.s. Just got a phone call from Phenomenal Mukmeen. They said they'd be delighted to work with us too! Can't wait to post photos from the event, inshaAllah

Faith Friday: The Continuous Good Deed

There are three very important points in this hadith: doing good deeds, continuity and quantity. The Prophet didn't mention the "size" of those deeds to emphasise that Allah (subhanahu wa taala) loves good deeds regardless of their size and quantity and more importantly, He loves the ones that are done continuously. After all, raindrops make an ocean and one raindrop creates a ripple effect.

Nona's Henna Night & Nikah

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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I love having a blog. It's like keeping a journal except I can share it with the world so people can relate to me as a person, first and foremost, and then as a Muslim. Two of my childhood friends got married this year.  Vivy tied the knot in June and a few days ago it was Nona's turn, alhamdulillah. The galore began with Nona's Moroccan-themed henna night (malam berinai) which was held on Wednesday, solemnisation (nikah) on Thursday and the receptions on Friday and Sunday (Mateen's side).

When God Doesn't Give What You Want

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tired of trials and unanswered prayers?
Do you think the Creator and Sustainer of the whole universe cannot give you what you want?
You must realise that when He gives there's wisdom in it and when He withholds there's wisdom in it too.

"And those who have believed and done righteous deeds - for them is forgiveness and noble provision."
{Surah al-Haj, 22:50}

The key to opening the doors of Allah's mercy and bounty is 

Style Sunday: Nona's Bridal Shower

Sunday, December 16, 2012

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December is truly wedding season in Malaysia and another one of my friends is getting married this month. Although throwing a bridal shower is not a traditional Malay custom many Malay bride-to-be's choose to have one to add more joy to the anticipation of getting married. Ireena, whom we call Nona, invited me to her beautiful bridal shower at the Grand Hyatt hotel and I was thrilled to attend a girl's only get-together after a long week at work.

Faith Friday: No Limbs No Worries

Saturday, December 08, 2012

When my sister told me about an inspiring man with no limbs I knew I had to find out more about him. 

No limbs? I can't even imagine life without hands, I thought to myself.

I spent hours watching Nick Vujicic's motivational talks, including the ones in which he spoke about Christianity. I find many of the concepts discussed by him are similar to what can be found in Islam as well. Most of his motivational talks are easy to relate to regardless of one's faith. I watched him in awe when he demonstrated how he would get back up after falling down. "If a man with no limbs can get back up, why can't you?" he said.

UNRIBA: Emancipate Yourself

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

"Islam is a way of life."

Muslims say that all the time because our faith in Allah subhanahu wa taala impacts every aspect of our lives. That may sound overbearing to some people but in fact, we are in need of guidance in every aspect of our lives and in my study of Islam thus far there is one common theme: purity. 

Islam calls for the purity of the heart, mind, body and soul. This is achieved by being mindful of the things we consume and the activities we do. For instance, to have a sound heart we must stay away from obscenity and vulgarity. To be physically healthy we must eat in moderation and avoid food that is not clean. Similarly, to have a pure and wholesome life we have to stay away from corruption and injustice. 

Riba or interest is seen as a form of injustice in Islam but unfortunately it's almost inevitable these days. Riba has infiltrated into everything in this dunya

As part of their CEMAS (Campaign for the Emancipation of Money and Society) campaign, Crescent Collective has produced a short documentary on how youths in Malaysia feel about living in a riba-based economy with capitalism as the main driving force. I think it's a great effort to raise awareness about something we tend to sweep underneath the rug.

The goal of Islam is to liberate the human race from the proverbial ball and chains of this world. Everyone is a slave but at least we can choose God to be our one and only Master.

7 Deadly Sins

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Very wise words from Gandhiji.




Style Sunday: Iconic Women Awards Night

Sunday, December 02, 2012

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Last Friday night I attended the Anugerah Wanita Ikon 2011/12 (Iconic Women 2011/12 Awards) which was hosted by local magazine, Wanita, and graced by Her Royal Highness Queen Haminah. My sister was one of the recipients of the awards that night due to outstanding academic achievements, alhamdulillah. There were two types of awards - Wanita Ikon (Iconic Woman) and Gadis Ikon (Iconic Young Lady) - and my sister is now the reigning Gadis Ikon Pendidikan 2011/12 (Iconic Young Lady - Academic category). I've got more pictures from the night if you'd like to see them! 


Monday, November 26, 2012

The good treatment of orphans is mentioned many times in the Qur'an. Generally, as a society we don't really give much thought about orphans. We tend to neglect them and that's a terrible thing but here's one of many efforts by Malaysians who want to remind us of the role we play in helping the needy. Every year in the city of Malacca the day of Ashura is "celebrated" by inviting orphans and widows to  receive gifts and donations from the community. This year 120 young orphans - from babies to elementary school students - were invited along with their families. My family and I drove down to Malacca on Saturday and took this opportunity to follow the sunnah (tradition) of Prophet Muhammad who advocated kind treatment towards orphans. He was reported to have said: "The best house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are well treated. The worst house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are ill treated. I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that," indicating his two fingers.

Kickin' It in Korea: Daejeon {Part I}

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Annyeong haseyo! (hello in Korean)

I've been meaning to blog about my trip to South Korea for a very long time but life has been hectic these past few months. I just started working as well so that means I probably won't have time to blog except on weekends. Bummer! Anyway, I was in Korea from early to end of September 2012. It was towards the end of summer and around the same time 'Oppa Gangnam Style' was released so you can imagine people's reactions when I told them I was going there. "Oh! Gangnam Style!" "I hope you get to meet PSY!" It's amazing how Korea has become synonymous with that song.

Faith Friday: Attaining Khushu' in Prayer

Friday, November 02, 2012

Definition of khushu': A state of mind that contains serenity, tranquility, dignity and humility during prayer, which springs from one’s heart when standing in front of Allah in humility and submission.

Over the years I have learned that one of the most important aspects of being Muslim is knowing and understanding the purpose and significance of solah (prayer) in our daily lives. Following that, it is vital that we understand the significance of having khushu' during prayer because only then will we understand the beauty of prayer and that it is a blessing not a burden.

"Successful indeed are the believers. Those who perform their prayer (solah) with all solemnity and full submissiveness." {Surah al-Mu'minun, 23:1-2}

Sometimes Bad Things Happen

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Food for thought.

My Muslim Identity Crisis

Saturday, October 20, 2012

It's remarkable how fast this year has gone by and I know I haven't blogged as earnestly as I used to. The truth is I've spent the last 8 months in Malaysia trying to figure out some things. It has taken me a while to feel comfortable enough to admit this but for the last one and half years I haven't felt completely like myself. It was as if I had lost a part of myself. When you're trying to become a better Muslim it's very easy to get caught up in the do's and don'ts or in Islam, the halal's and haram's. For me it was very subconscious but also a result of people projecting their idea of the ideal Muslim woman towards me.

I miss being "me" without people judging me because I am a Muslim blogger. I understand why people have expectations of me and I'm sure most of them have the best of intentions but they don't personally know me, the life I've been through and the effort I'm making to be a better Muslim. I may wear hijab and write a lot about Islam but I don't want to be labelled as a "religious" Muslim.

I'm Muslim. That's it.

Style Sunday: The Drape Effect

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I have lost count of the number of weddings I've attended this year. It seems Malaysians love to get married! That means there's a wedding almost every weekend and while it's good for us to wear our finest dresses more than once, it's also nice to appear with a fresh, new look every now and then. When I have a fashion emergency and need something pronto I turn to They're known for their speedy delivery (and not to mention, great selection of clothes for both men and women). 

top: ZAWARA Devonna blouse in blue from (worth every dollar at only RM 99!)
bottom: a baju kurung (traditional Malay dress) skirt

PMS = Temporary Insanity

Friday, October 12, 2012

PMS can cause wild, uncontrollable mood swings in some women, who may go from crying spells to angry outbursts and anxiety attacks, then back to a stable emotional state — all in one day.  Everyday Health

Is PMS classified under temporary insanity? 

Because it should be. Although I haven't had "wild" mood swings I do feel I've been having "uncontrollable" emotions. There is no other explanation for the way I've been thinking, feeling, acting and saying lately. And the worst part is I don't even know when I'm PMS-ing. I'm either oblivious to my craziness or it feels completely justified until that light bulb moment occurs and I finally snap out of it. This moment can happen anywhere and anytime. When it happened to me today I felt guilty, horrified and embarrassed all at once as I walked down the supermarket aisle with a blank look on my face. What on Earth came over me? I'm a horrible person. Why did I say that? Why did I do that? He must think I'm insane! Everyone must think I'm insane. I think I'm insane. I can't turn back time! Can I disappear under a blanket and not come out of bed for the rest of the week now? These were some of the thoughts that circled my mind after the light bulb moment.

Style Sunday: Cape Town

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Cape Malay Quarter by Vincent Mounier

I haven't done a Style Sunday post in aaaages. I can assure you that you aren't missing out on too much. I'm quite the simpleton these days. By the way, no, I'm not in Cape Town, though I really wish I were because it's in my list of top 10 cities to visit. It's just that this outfit I wore yesterday is a fusion of Malay and African influences. The maxi dress is from and it's by Pink Jambu, a Malaysian brand which incorporates batik into its designs, and the hijab I donned looks like an African turban except I've styled it in such a way so the hijab would provide more coverage. The combination of the two cultures reminded me of Cape Town because of the famous Cape Town Malay quarters called Bo-Kaap.

Apart from the cutting and colour, what I like most about this dress is the quality of the cotton material.

Faith Friday: The Servant Leader

Friday, October 05, 2012

I love reading hadiths. They're like short stories that provide insight to the message of the Qur'an and the hadith qudsi below is one that made a huge impact on me.

"Allah (mighty and sublime be He) will say on the Day of Resurrection: 'O son of Adam, I fell ill and you visited Me not.' He will say: 'O Lord, and how should I visit You when You are the Lord of the worlds?' He will say: 'Did you not know that My servant So-and-so had fallen ill and you visited him not? Did you not know that had you visited him you would have found Me with him?  

Rinad Tamimi Won the Scholarship But Does She Deserve It?

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I'd like to officially congratulate my friend Rinad Tamimi on winning the 2012 AMP People's Choice Scholarship! Thank you to everyone who voted and supported her. It really does mean a lot to her and her family and they are very grateful to each and every one of you. On a less exciting note, Rinad has been receiving personal attacks about her rallying "Muslim votes" and "Palestinian votes" and as her friend I have to say something to the people who have been doing so. 

A Box of Love from England

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I believe one of the best things about being a blogger is "meeting" like-minded fellow bloggers and readers whom I would probably never meet if it weren't for my blog. My blogger friend, Ashi,  is one of those people to me. I often tell her that if we knew each other in "real life" we would be best friends. You know, hanging out and sipping chai all the time. We had this uncanny connection from the get-go.  She's kind, humble, sincere, funny and smart. Plus, I'm pretty sure she has a cool British accent. Who wouldn't want a best friend like her? While I was away in Korea she went through all the trouble to send me this parcel and I was overjoyed to receive it when I returned from my trip. I love snail mail! 

Wanna find out what's in this candy cane reminiscent parcel?

Travelling Monk

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The travelling monk, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, September 2012.

This moment caught my attention because when I think of monks I don't think of airports. I think of monasteries. An image of monks meditating peacefully and concentrating on their spiritual journey is what pops up in my head. Like many, I have confused spiritualism with ritualism. 


Monday, September 17, 2012


I like to live my life in the fast lane. Especially during my pre-hijab days. After wearing the hijab I inadvertently slowed down a little, started changing some of my ways and contemplating more on my actions. I became more spiritual and my love for Islam grew. I spent more time with Muslims and my view on Islam and Muslims widened. I spent more time with people of other faiths, cultures and backgrounds and my love for humanity grew. I have had good and bad experiences along the way and these experiences have shaped me. I am growing up. Becoming more comfortable in my skin. Moulding my personal and social environment. Finding and creating peace in my life. 


Monday, September 10, 2012

That means 'hello' in Korean because I am in South Korea at the moment...

... and that's me holding a bag of baked goodies in front of Daejeon's most famous and oldest bakery, Sung Sim Dang in the Joongang-ro area.

Help Me Help Rinad Tamimi

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

UPDATE: Voting period has ended and Rinad has been announced as the winner.
There has been controversy surrounding the issue and I've clarified a few things here.

This is my friend, Rinad Tamimi. Her friendly and cheerful demeanour will make you think she's just another typical 17 year old. In many ways she is but in one way, she isn't. Rinad was born in Palestine where people are still struggling for basic human rights such as access to healthcare and education.

Happy Birthday Chloe

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Happy 23rd birthday to my tree-hugging, flower-sniffing friend, Chloe!
Hehe, okay, she's also a very talented artist and an amazing friend, mashaa Allah.
I don't usually do birthday shout outs on my blog but I miss her.
I also miss how we used to celebrate our birthdays together because they're just days apart. 
Hope you have a wonderful "birth-week", Chlo. 
(Yeah, I decided birth-days are lame. Why limit yourself to only one day of pampering?)
 May Allah swt bless you with love, happiness and barakah always.

xox, Sha 

Happy 55th Independence Day, Malaysia

Friday, August 31, 2012

Google's tribute to Malaysia's 55th Hari Merdeka (Independence Day). The hibiscus is the country's national flower.

I know it's almost too late but I would like to wish all Malaysians a Happy 55th Independence Day!

Yes, I am aware that Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo didn't gain independence until 1963 so technically, today isn't the entire country's Independence Day but I believe 31st August 1957 is still a significant date for us. Malaysia was colonised by various countries for hundreds of years. It began when the Portuguese conquered Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia) in 1511 which led to the Dutch, Japanese and British colonisation of Malaya until 1957. My late father was a young child when the Japanese colonial powers invaded Malaya and I recall a few things he said about his experience during that time. 

Recipe for Success from the Qur'an by Fatih Seferagić

Monday, August 27, 2012

While checking my Facebook last night I noticed one of my blog readers shared a video of this young man leading the Ramadhan taraweeh prayers and it caught my attention because she wrote that he is only 17 years old. Yes, Fatih Seferagić is a teenage hafiz (a person who has memorised the entire Qur'an) from Texas and he recites beautifully, mashaa Allah. I also watched the above video of him giving a lecture at a Muslim basketball tournament and felt really proud to have a young Muslim brother like him. Here he is helping his peers by educating them about Islam. How many young people can speak like this at the age of 17? It's clear that people who dedicate themselves to learning (recitation and interpretation) the Qur'an and are sincere in embodying and conveying the message of Islam are blessed with a special kind of eloquence and confidence. I hope to have children like him someday, inshaa Allah.

Sunsilk Lively Clean & Fresh Campaign 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

As some of you would know, my friends and I were featured in the recent Sunsilk Lively Clean and Fresh television capsules that were aired on TV 3 and TV 9. Many of my friends who aren't in Malaysia have been requesting to see them and I managed to get the mp4 version of the television capsules from the creative agency just for you lovely people. Sorry, they aren't in HD though. Don't you think my friends look gorgeous? Masha Allah. But I can't help feeling that I look like such a dork especially in the beginning, to be honest. Clearly an amateur... tsk tsk.

Eid ul Fitri 2012 Outfits

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

EID MUBARAK / SELAMAT HARI RAYA my lovelies! Please forgive me if I've hurt or offended you in this blog. Yes, I'm human and I make mistakes. Lots of them. I hope you are all enjoying your time with your loved ones. Truthfully, I'm sad Ramadhan is over. I feel like it came and went too soon but alhamdulillah, isn't it great that we were able to experience another Ramadhan? May Allah swt accept our good deeds and allow us to embody the spirit of Ramadhan for the months and years to come inshaa Allah. 

Preparing for Eid ul Fitri (Hari Raya Aidilfitri) is a lot of work in Malaysia and I forgot that as the last time I celebrated Eid here was in 2007. What do I mean by a lot of work? If you didn't know, Eid is celebrated for an entire month in Malaysia and we invite people to our home for a month. Yes, Eid ul Fitr is a very big deal here! And Eid (Hari Raya) clothes are a big part of this annual celebration. It is tradition for Eid clothes to be custom-made but it is common for people to buy ready-made Eid outfits these days. I personally wanted to be simple this year and the lovely Chloe Idris suggested that I should post some pictures for you guys... et voilà!

Day One: Abaya-like dress by Rimba in eggshell

The Eid Video That Made Everyone Cry

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Every year various Malaysian companies and directors will produce advertisements that are centered on family values for major religious celebrations in the country, including Hari Raya Aidilfitri, known as Eid ul-Fitr to celebrate the end of Ramadhan. I know my Malaysian readers would have seen this Bernas advertisement on television already but I think my non-Malaysian readers would appreciate it too. 

Word of advice: Get your tissues ready! 

How to Have Beautiful Eyes

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

{photo credit: lonely planet}

Our eyes. We don't really think much about them, do we? But we know without our eyesight life would be completely different. If I were blind I would feel immobilised but there are blind Muslims who read, learn and memorise the Qur'an and some even become Imams, mashaa Allah. They don't allow their lack of vision to stop them from doing something as challenging as memorising the Qur'an. It makes me wonder, "What about me? What have I done with the blessing of eyesight? Have I done more good than bad, or otherwise?" 

Lailatul Qadr

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

How Can You Say God is Just?

Monday, August 06, 2012

People often question, "Why do good things happen to bad people? How can you say God is just?" 


Sha Elaiza in The Star, Hijabista and on TV!

Friday, August 03, 2012

I was recently interviewed by Kevin Tan from The Star newspaper about my feat of fasting from music during Ramadhan. The article is published in today's print so go get it TODAY! I'm also featured in the August issue of Hijabista magazine for a  fashion shoot called "Beautiful Dancer" along with Shea Rasol from My Amethyst, Eyqa Sulaiman from SugarScarf and Sue Anna Joe from Budu dan Belacan . Although, I should say the skinny jeans I wore in the shoot is not something I would wear in public especially as a hijabi...

The Prophet & The Passersby

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

An interesting hadith to reflect on especially in the materialist culture and society we live in. The rich are idolised and celebrated simply for the wealth they have amassed and the worldly status they hold but the poor are ignored, looked down upon and ridiculed because they are not "privileged" enough to think, live and behave like the rich.  We so often make the mistake of treating the rich with more respect than than we do the poor and we try so hard to emulate the celebrity lifestyle. I don't think this hadith is saying the rich are bad people in general but I think it highlights how the less fortunate or the poor have a special status in God's eyes especially if they endure His tests with patience and redha. In other words, never underestimate people and Allah's love for the less fortunate. 

There's so much more to unravel, in my opinion. What's your personal take on this hadith?

Being ME: Muslimah Empowered 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

After living in a Western country for many years I've come to realise there were things I had taken for granted about Muslim countries. I am now able to appreciate the "little" things about living in Malaysia.  Things such as being able to hear the adhan (call to prayer) from my house, the availability of halal food everywhere, and most of all, more access to Islamic knowledge. I am very fortunate to have attended many Islamic talks and events in Kuala Lumpur this year alhamdulillah e.g. Productive Muslim, Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani's "haul". This is what I feel has been missing in my life all those years in Dunedin. 

On the 30th of June I attended Being ME: Muslimah Empowered, a women-only conference organised by Mercy Mission. The array of speakers made it impossible for me not to go - Yasmin Mogahed, Myriam Francois-Cerrah, and so many more!

What if This is My Last Ramadhan?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Shaykh Dr. Tawfique Chowdhury reads a message from his patient, a dying Muslim: 
"I only have one word to say - regret."

Awake in Dunya

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ramadhan is all about jihad, the inner struggle towards human excellence and achieving closeness to God. It is a time of spiritual awakening and awakened is how I feel right now. I stumbled upon this verse in the Qur'an yesterday and it rendered me speechless. How many times have we delayed something that will please Allah (swt) because we wanted to please ourselves and obey our desires instead of obeying Him? How many times have we said, "Let's have fun now and deal with all that religious stuff later."? 

5 Counsels on Spiritual Concern

Saturday, July 21, 2012

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May Allah swt help us to beautify our actions and intentions, Ameen

This is a very humbling read on the first day of Ramadhan.
Definitely something worthwhile to share with friends and loved ones. 

"And whoever volunteers good - then indeed, Allah is appreciative and Knowing."
{Surah Al Baqarah, 2 : 158}

{originally seen on Islamic Thinking}

Faith Friday: Fasting of the Ears

Friday, July 20, 2012

as written for

The more I study Islam the more I understand it is a religion which aims to purify the heart of its adherents, and the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadhan, is when Muslims curb their desires, amplify their ibadah (acts of worship) and increase their reflection on life. Think of it as a month-long spiritual boot camp. I use the “boot camp” analogy because in order to “survive” Ramadhan a higher level of discipline is required to practise a higher degree of self-restraint, which is one of the aspects of being pious in Islam.

FV: The Wedding Receptions

Thursday, July 12, 2012

After 6 years of friendship and courtship, my friends Fadza and Vivy finally tied the knot.
Together they founded and together they now stand as husband and wife.

Their nikah (solemnisation) ceremony was held on 29th June 2012 and their respective receptions took place on 30th June and 1st July 2012. Friends came from around the world to celebrate this beautiful couple, mashaa Allah! So more pictures less words, yes?

Vivy & Fadza's Solemnisation Ceremony

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The king and queen of FashionValet are finally hitched.
T'was a happy, happy night. 

Farewell June, Hello Newlyweds

Monday, July 02, 2012

This is partly why I've been so busy lately.

Amenakin & Sh. Abdal Hakim Murad on Beauty & Modesty

Monday, June 25, 2012

I adore Amenakin. I can relate to her in so many ways. In fact, she's one of the first few women who inspired me to wear hijab, alhamdulillah, and I'm so happy she interviewed a Muslim scholar I truly admire, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy Winter). He is a Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and the Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College. I love listening to his intellectual and insightful lectures on spirituality and Islam and I'm glad this particular interview took place.

Je M'appelle Baghdad

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tina Arena is one of my favourite singers of all time. She's one of the most beautiful women I've seen and has a painfully underrated strong, smooth and crisp voice that takes me to another place.  I found her song called Je M'appelle Baghdad (My Name is Baghdad) this morning and was stunned that I didn't know about it earlier. It reminded me of my Iraqi friends whom I've had the pleasure of meeting in New Zealand.

C'est belle chanson et vidéo. 

Can you hear the adhan (Muslim prayer call) at the beginning? 
This is for you, my friends, and to the beautiful people of Iraq.

We may not see you but you are never forgotten. 

(Lyrics and translation can be found here.)

Faith Friday: The Muslim Prayer {Part II}

Friday, June 22, 2012

Man prays beside a desolate road, Muslims Praying in Amazing Places

In 'The Muslim Prayer - Part I' I said that I would go through some FAQ's. After receiving feedback from my readers I've decided to break down this series in various parts because the purpose of The Muslim Prayer series is to help both Muslims and non-Muslims. Whenever I read books and listen to lectures I find myself learning things I didn't know before and I think it would be great for me to share with my readers.

Vivy's Picture Perfect Bridal Shower

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Engagement ceremony ☑  Bridal shower    Cute little girl stealing Vivy's spotlight 
 Nikah and wedding reception  In 2 weeks' time inshaa Allah

I shouldn't be blogging right now but before I forget to blog about it, here's a post about Vivy's bridal shower last Sunday. I know you guys will love the pictures! 

(Photos are courtesy of Ireena. Thank you so much!)

Stop Being So Negative and Suspicious!

Monday, June 18, 2012

A quick post to say 'Hello and have a great Monday!'
Get rid of negative feelings. Be positive. Stop judging people you don't know. Think positively of others.
If you can't do that, then approach the situation with positivity and leave the rest to God. 
Can't stay! Gotta go and get some work done ;) 


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Even when you tear its petals off one after another,
the rose keeps laughing and doesn't bend in pain.
"Why should I be afflicted because of a thorn?
It is the thorn which taught me how to laugh."
Whatever you lost through fate,
be certain that it saved you from pain.
~ Rumi, Petals

Sweet Like Candy: Ratu Adinda's Aqiqah Ceremony

Monday, June 04, 2012

Phewh! What a weekend it has been with wedding receptions and various invitations. After being out all day today I finally found time to update my blog. On Sunday, one of my closest friends, Ella, invited me to her niece's aqiqah and cukur jambul ceremony. If you've been reading my blog for a while you would have probably read my post about Nikky's wedding. Yup, she's a proud mama to 2 kids now! This aqiqah ceremony was held for her newborn daughter, Ratu Adinda. 

Sweet like candy: The theme was inspired by cotton candy. By the way, isn't she such a gorgeous mama?

Lorong: The Musical - A Look into the Dark Side of Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Last night I attended a musical at The Actor's Studio, Lot 10, called "LORONG: The Musical" (lorong means a small street or a lane in Malay) with my a close friend of mine who is the founder of The Hope Factory and a number of our friends. "LORONG: The Musical" is not your typical musical theatre production led by a famous director and starred by glamorous actors. "LORONG" tells a story about a young boy who grew up in Chow Kit Lane, a high-risk area in the city of Kuala Lumpur. He was abandoned by his real parents and was found and adopted by a transgender who works as a prostitute.

"LORONG" is a story about a boy, Adi, who faces challenges in society as an anak pungut (an abandoned child who is adopted by others, such children are usually looked down on by society).

"LORONG" is a story about the life of a transgender prostitute who decides to change for the better when he became a care-giver to Adi.

"LORONG" is a true story about love and compassion in a place no one thought these two virtues could exist.

Muslim World Tour: Mecca

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gibran is living my dream! Can't say it enough. 
Visit the Muslim World Tour website and be sure to subscribe to his updates.

Mystery Monday #2

Monday, May 28, 2012

Any ideas where this may be?

Read below and find out!

Style Sunday: Ethnik Batik

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pullman Hotel, Putrajaya

Faith Friday: The Muslim Prayer {Part I}

Friday, May 25, 2012

At varsity last year, there was an issue involving female Muslim students praying inside the Women's Room which was provided for female students to make themselves a cup of hot chocolate, eat lunch or and just hang out. This made some women feel uncomfortable because they didn't know what was going on or they felt they were being disrespectful when talking while a Muslim girl was in the midst of a prayer. In effort to solve this problem, one of the university's staff me asked why these girls didn't choose to pray in the mussolah  (prayer room) which was already provided for Muslim students by the varsity. Most of the Muslim girls said it was a hassle for them to walk all the way there because they were already in the library or they were rushing in between classes. The staff also asked, "What happens if you miss your prayers? Do you have to pray at a specific time?" 

Muslimah Empowered: Myriam Francois-Cerrah

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

(Read full interview here)

Myriam Francois-Cerrah is a woman I greatly admire. A Muslim convert. A writer. An intellectual. A journalist and a PhD candidate at Oxford University, masha'Allah. Amongst many other roles, she is also a wife, a mother and active bloggerShe is the perfect example of a Muslimah Empowered!

Mystery Monday #1: Afghanistan

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

For those who have been waiting to find out the answer to Mystery Monday #1, wait no more! Apart from Afghanistan, many of you said it was Pakistan or Iran which were very close. I'm proud of my readers for knowing so much about saffron too. Without going into detail about Afghan politics, here are some facts about Afghanistan and its people and culture.

Do you like my new blog feature 'Mystery Monday' so far?

{source: everything afghanistan}

For a great collection of pictures of this country check out Afghanistan in Photos