[Faith Friday] How Do We Fix a Broken World?: Reflections on the "Global Tawbah" lecture by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Friday, August 29, 2014

"Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness]." (30:41)

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is a contemporary American Muslim scholar who has inspired many people, particularly Western (or Westernised) Muslims who can relate to the issues highlighted in his books, classes and speeches. I attended one of his events in Kuala Lumpur last night. It was a lecture entitled "Global Tawbah" and he addressed several concerns in relation to the modern Muslim world and ummah.

I have come across individuals who say that religion is the root of evil because it has caused many wars and atrocious acts. I admit a lot of terrible things have happened in the name of God and religion but a lot of wonderful things have happened in the name of God and religion too. Do they not count for something? We cannot make a blanket statement like that without considering the other side of the argument and which one makes more sense. And what about agnostics or atheists who commit crime and violence? What would be their reason?

The act of tawbah, repentance or turning to God, is one of the most integral aspects of being Muslim. As humans we are driven by our ego, lusts and emotions. Yes, Allah (swt) created us with these qualities but He also created us with intellectual capabilities so we may we able to practice self-control.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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!

Eid #OOTD + Trip to Turkey (I want to meet you!)

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Salaam everyone! A belated Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim readers :) The last 2 weeks have been really busy for me  because a) it was Ramadan and b) I'm planning a trip to Turkey, inshaAllah, hence the lack of posts. Today I'd like to share some pictures of my Eid ensembles from the upcoming ShaElaiza Galleria collection. If you follow me on Instagram (@shaelaiza) you would have already seen them there but if you don't, here they are. 

Wearing the intricately embellished Elissa blouse in white and grey

Presenting the stunning Valentina scarf in dusty pastel green

Technically, Eid is over but Malaysians do like it to celebrate it for a month so Selamat Hari Raya to those who are doing so :) Anyway, YES, I'm planning a trip to Turkey, inshaAllah, and it would be absolutely lovely to meet with any sisters who are living in Istanbul. If that's you or someone you know, do get in touch with me at shahirahelaiza(at)gmail(dot)com