Free Palestine : Global March to Jerusalem

Friday, March 30, 2012

Jumaah Mubarak everyone!
Anyone attending this tonight? 
A little birdy told me Aishah Amin and Maria Elena will be there inshaAllah. 

Marina Bay, Singapore

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A view of the Marina Bay Sands resort. 
Do you know what's that funny looking thing on top of those three buildings?

The Marina Bay Sands resort infinity pool! How crazy cool is that?! 

Update: Back from Singapore & My Love for Airports

Monday, March 26, 2012

Salaam all, 

I'm back from my weekend vacation in Singapore, alhamdulillah. I didn't really take lots of pictures there because I wanted to enjoy my holiday and not worry about pictures. So here are some that was taken when I arrived Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). I love KLIA. It's just so pretty and clean. And there's that thing called duty free shopping ;) I think I love airports in general (especially clean ones!). They represent freedom and new discoveries for me. 

I like to travel in comfort and this dress was perfect. I love the design and fabric. 
Dress: Venus maxi dress by

Featured: InTrend's Top 65 Malaysian Blogs

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Salaam everyone, 

I know I haven't been writing as much lately. I've been feeling under the weather since my return from Jakarta but inshaAllah khair. All I need is some TLC and bed rest. Before March comes to an end I want to tell you that my blog was featured in InTrend again, yay! This time 'Colours of My Life' was chosen as one of InTrend's top 65 Malaysian blogs in their March 2012 issue. Alhamdulillah and many thank you's to InTrend! I'm also happy to tell you that my friends' blogs were featured too -  The Hijab Diaries by Aishah Amin, Bows and a Rose by Adriani Adnan, Shop SputnikSweetheart by Ami Schaheera and Pastelina by Shea and Adriani. Congratulations ladies! 

An Intimate Conversation: Suhaib Webb

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A discussion that blew me away. What a combination mashaAllah. Imam Suhaib Webb and Ustadh Usama Canon tackles several contemporary Islamic issues such as how Islam can be practiced in today's context. \

"Making things hard and difficult is the job of the foolish. Making things easy and palatable is the job of the scholars."

And that's exactly what Ta'leef Collective is doing. Many Muslims (born Muslims and converts) are struggling with their faith today. Just like you and I. Alhamdulillah, Ta'leef Collective was initiated to help people from all walks of life to find Islam and peace within themselves. Please do what you can to help. No good deed is a small deed and no sadaqah (charity) is looked upon lightly by Allah (swt). You can be a part of something great even with $1 or by spreading the word. To help someone increase their knowledge of Islam is a deed most noble in the sight of Allah (swt).

Find out more about Ta'leef Collective and their 90 in 90 campaign HERE

"For those who give in charity, men and women, and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan, it shall be increased manifold (to their credit), and they shall have (besides) a liberal reward." {Surah Al-Hadeed, 57:18}

Creativity & The Spiritual Path: Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

For the first time in Malaysia and hosted by the one and only 
an Australian graphic designer, photographer and artist who has worked with the likes of 
Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Sami Yusuf and Usama Canon. 

A Wedding in Jakarta

Monday, March 19, 2012

Salaam all,

I just got back from a 6-day holiday in Jakarta, Indonesia.
I am exhausted! *phewh*
 Did all sorts of things and even attended a wedding.
I know weddings are meant to be happy occasions but I couldn't help but feel a bit sad. 
The groom's parents recently passed away. 
Innalillah wa inna ilayhi rajioon
His late mother was a family friend and it was her final wish to see him get married. 
Before she passed away from breast cancer she was hospitalised. 
Even though she wasn't well she would find any opportunity to go out of the hospital to buy things for the wedding preparations. 
To think that she wasn't able to be there on the day itself made me feel so sad even though the atmosphere was joyous.
But who's to say she wasn't there in spirit, right? 

The bride was stunning, mashaAllah
Thought I'd share some photos to show you her beautiful dress. 

May God grant them a blessed and happy marriage and children who will be the coolness of their eyes.
   And May He grant the groom's parents a place in Jannatul Firdaus. Ameen.

xoxo, Sha

You are What You (Don't) Eat

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

An interesting perspective on why Muslims fast

Colourful Sunday with Dian Pelangi & Wardah

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Scarflets and I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting the gorgeous Indonesian fashion designer, Dian Pelangi, and the founders of Wardah Beauty Cosmetics last weekend. I first knew Dian through HijabScarf and then Dian's blog, The Merchant Daughter. As a Malaysian, I have to admit Indonesians are very creative and naturally, Indonesian hijabis are very stylish. They're not afraid to be different, that's for sure! That's why I was stoked when I received a message from Ami Schaheera who co-ordinated the meet-up. I wasn't able to attend Dian's boutique opening on Saturday but I was more than happy to meet her and the Wardah team on Sunday. (You can read Shea's and Ami's posts about the boutique opening in Kuala Lumpur. Or check out Ami's Facebook album here. Plenty of browse-worthy pictures!)

Here's a little fun fact for you. Dian Pelangi translates to 'Dian Rainbow'. Pelangi is not her actual name but she was given that nickname because her parents have been in the tie-dye textile business for 20 years. And  tie-dye fabric is called 'kain pelangi' (rainbow fabric) in Indonesia. Didn't know that? Now you do ;) 

We were the first few to arrive Chinoz in KLCC. So we did what we do best: eat and take pictures. 

Yummy triplets. Their desserts, I mean. 
Fira, Shea and Lyna decided to try the creme brulee. 


Saturday, March 10, 2012

In case a little bird hasn't told you yet....
I'm on Twitter now! 

Faith Friday: The Born-Again Muslim

Friday, March 09, 2012

Just the other day I was chilling out at my friend's house when one of our friends walked in and saw me without hijab for the first time in a very long time. "It's like the old Sha again!" she exclaimed. 

Lately people have been asking me why and how I decided to change and become a "religious Muslim". (By the way, I don't consider myself more pious or religious now. More dedicated and spiritual, perhaps.) Some people assume that this change was motivated by a bad life experience. I understand why they would think so. Many people who go through this change usually went through something horrible to make them turn to God. That's not my story. Well not entirely. I did lose my Dad and it was life-changing but it wasn't enough to make me take that huge leap of faith.

Make Kony Famous

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Just imagine if the same could be done for Palestine. 
It has been made "invisible" since 1948. 

Something Remarkable

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Faith Friday: On Why We Should Forgive Miss Badu & Be Kind to Non-Muslims

Friday, March 02, 2012

I read a hadith a while ago which came to my mind when people were criticising Erykah Badu for her "tattoos". There is a difference between condoning something that is haraam (forbidden) and forgiving someone for their lack of knowledge regarding that which is haraam. As Muslims, I think we can all agree that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent to us as a mercy and to teach us to be merciful with others. The Prophet (peace be upon him) himself said, "I was only sent to perfect noble character." (Ahmad)

But today, Muslims are harsh with one another and worst of all, they are harsh towards people of other religions. Where is our compassion? How did we become so hard-hearted and arrogant? If you study the seerah of our Prophet (peace be upon him) you will realise how humble he was. This is Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) I'm talking about. Allah's Chosen One. Amongst all His Prophets, he is the one whom we have been commanded to say salawat upon. Yet he still carried himself with humility and treated others with kindness and compassion.

Badu and Her Tattoos

Thursday, March 01, 2012

One of my readers e-mailed me yesterday to ask what is my take on the whole Erykah Badu fiasco which recently took place in Malaysia. If you haven't heard about it, the gist of the story is that her concert which was scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday was cancelled because a local  newspaper published a controversial photo of her. The photo displays a half naked Badu with a couple of tattoos on the top half of her body. Two of them represented the name of God in Arabic - Allah. The Malaysian Minister of Information, Communications and Culture said the tattoos were "an insult to Islam and a very serious offense.....the exhibition of the symbols [in that manner] for Allah and Prophet Muhammad were unacceptable to Malaysia's majority Muslim people."  

The R&B and hip hop singer was apologetic about the situation and explained that "she had no tattoos and the 'Allah tattoo' at the center of the controversy was body art from a photoshoot referencing "The Painted Lady", a character from the 1973 surrealist film The Holy Mountain by Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. In the film, "The Painted Lady" was a character who had various names of God etched on her skin." Badu also said that "she knew the meaning of the symbol, and that her photo had included the symbol for other names of God, including Jehovah and Yahweh. She said the interpretation of the Jodorowsky imagery was, "We are all one.""