I first came across Yasmin Mogahed's work on SuhaibWebb.com during my final year at university. It was a stressful year for many of my friends and I, but discussions about Yasmin Mogahed's Serenity radio show and inspiring articles helped get us through our trials that year. When I returned to Malaysia I had the chance to listen to her speak live at the 2012 Being ME conference. This year I have been fortunate enough to attend her talks and meet her in person again, alhamdulillah. I was invited by the lovely Husna Musa to an afternoon tea session organised by Light Upon Light and Viva Palestina Malaysia, and when that ended we rushed to attend another lecture by Yasmin Mogahed that evening. So you could say I spent a day with Ms. Mogahed :)
One of the best parts is that ticket sales of both events went towards projects for women in Gaza, inshaAllah. Here's a little something for everyone who couldn't be with us that day.
Had to snap a quick picture with this lovely person, mashaAllah!
I wish all of you could have been there too! I recorded parts of her talks so I could share the knowledge with you. Amateur video recording and editing skills aside, I hope you will benefit from the snippets I've compiled, inshaAllah. If you simply can't enough of Yasmin Mogahed's inspiring words you can purchase her book "Reclaim Your Heart" and listen to her talks online.
By the way, for those in Kuala Lumpur, I hope you know about the Kuala Lumpur Palestine Film Festival that's happening this weekend. Palestinian filmmaker, Emad Burnat, whose documentary '5 Broken Cameras' was nominated at the 2013 Oscars will also be there with his family, inshaAllah. This is a once in a year event that you wouldn't want to miss! Furthermore, proceeds from ticket sales will help the rehabilitation of the agricultural sector and the pediatric Surgical Referral Centre in the Gaza Strip. Have a look at the films' synopses and be excited about the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Gazans and watch these great films at the Golden Screen Cinemas theatre at Pavilion Mall this weekend.