Assalamualaykum and merhaba everyone! I'm back from Turkey and I had a phenomenal time, alhamdulillah. I wanted to blog about this before leaving but things didn't work out that way. I was featured in Hijab Fesyen's August 2014 edition issue under their "Blogger Sukses" (Successful Blogger)  section. It was kind of them to feature me, honestly. I don't think I have achieved much but God willing, I hope to fulfill more of my goals and aspirations so I can help the community in any way I can.

If you don't live in Malaysia and/or you don't read Bahasa Malaysia, I'll briefly describe what the article was all about - from blogging to my online business. Most bloggers attain fame and popularity by sharing all the fun things they get up to and I love reading about them but I personally feel it would be misleading for me to portray my life that way.  I started blogging because I wanted to change people's perception about Muslim women in the West and also to help Muslim women who can relate to me and my thoughts and struggles as a Muslim and a woman. Over the years I have made many acquaintances and friends through my blog and it's been an eye-opening experience getting to know them. I feel blessed to have a blog!

The writer, Nik Hazirah, asked me to elaborate on the good and bad moments I have experienced in my life so far and I told her that I don't necessarily regard my experiences as essentially good or bad. They're just experiences that help us understand life better. Furthermore, ups and downs are part of anyone's life (lumrah hidup). I did include the fact that studying and living in New Zealand has changed my life because it exposed me to the beauty of Islam, whereby Muslims from various parts of the world with different understandings of Islam could come together and be united for the sake of Allah and spreading peace among mankind. To me, that is Islam, not what the Western (or in some cases, Eastern) media tries very hard to portray to its audiences today.

On to a lighter topic, the writer also asked me about ShaElaizaGalleria.com (sorry, the website is down for maintenance at the moment) and my Muslimah fashion inspirations. Why, Hijab Revival and Hijabs&Co, of course! Please show them some love (especially on Instagram) and if you can purchase the magazine do it while it's in stores until the end of this month.


Anonymous said…
Assalamu alaikum dear sister SHA,

You are a role model for born Muslims and revert Muslims.

Jazakallah Khairan.