I am definitely have goosebumps whenever I think of publishing my first guest post for The Young Daie Project as this is the first project for Teahouse blog. However, I am much more excited and blessed to share a story of a sister who has dedicated her life spreading da’wa for the sake of Allah.
She is one of my best friend; with whom I shared my laughter, joy and also my wildest dream. Her encouragement, motivation and love are very soothing. As I know her personally, I can see that her personality is the exact translation of all her posters which she has made; making her the perfect candidate for The Young Daie Project.
Enough of my introduction. I will let her story to captivate and inspire you.
Dear readers, meet Hijabiz.
1) Who were you before you become ‘The Young Daie’? What was your life perspective and worldview?
SubhanAllah, Young Daie, I believe there are a lot more brothers and sisters out there that deserve that title more than myself. I am just a tiny servant of Allah; trying my best in spreading the words of Islam in any way possible.
Back then, I was just a typical Muslim teenages who were so indulge in this endless enjoyment of this temporary Dunya and my life is basically Dunya-centered. I see this Dunya as my ultimate goal. Being lost in this Dunya, I found myself being lost and I was unable to find the ultimate reasons towards anything that happened.
My perspective of life was, I would want to be the best human being for the sake of myself, to perform Salah, fast in the month of Ramadhan and perform Hajj. That was my view towards Islam. It is just centered around the five pillars of Islam while I realize not that, Islam is actually Ad-Deen, the way of life. My perspective towards life before I understand the true purpose of my existence was very narrow and Alhamdulillah, indeed I praise Allah again and again for showing me the straight path in this Dunya and Akhirah.
2) Was there any important moment before everything shifted? What happened?
I was once a Hijabi and due to my surrounding, influence of my friends, my indulgence in this Dunya, encourage me soon to leave my Hijab. For about two years, I decided to lead a life of endless enjoyment and being a non-hijabi. I am subjected to more freedom to do whatever I wish to, AstagfirullahAdheem.
A paradigm shift in my life was when, a question being asked to me by a friend, ‘What is going to happen to us when we die?’ As cliché as it may seems but that one particular question, make my heart stop beating for a moment, make my eyes stay awake for the whole night, make me unable to step outside my door as the one thing that I do not obey Allah was that, I leave what He asked me to do for the sake of this temporary Dunya? Is it worth it? I keep asking myself these questions and it left me with tears.
Soon, few days after that I decided to put on Hijab back and at that very moment, I must say, I felt alive back again and a girl with hijab is who I am. Not the girl without Hijab that lead a endless enjoyment of this Dunya. Thus, at that very moment, I have promised myself, to be a better Muslim than who I were yesterday.
3) Where are you now? What have you created? How you see yourself as a daie in the future? (It is time to share your dreams)
Alhamdulillah, I am more than bless to be given the chance to further my studies in Medical field in Dublin Ireland for 2.5 years and currently, I am in Penang, Malaysia for another 2.5 years to complete my degree InshaAllah Taala.
For the moment, again and again I must thank Allah for all the endless blessings that He shower upon me. The opportunity to be apart of Islamic Society back in university in Dublin and in college now, really nourish my Islamic understanding and knowledge. Thus allow me to take another step ahead in becoming a better Muslimah today than yesterday. Lesson from yesterday is what been gifted by Allah to help me go through tomorrow. Currently, I am the founder for Hijabiz Tumblr, Facebook Page, WordPress and Webs.com Alhamdulillah.
How do I see myself as a daie in the future? An interesting question MashaAllah. First of all, I must say, the need to keep on renewing my intention again and again, to remind myself of doing the tiniest deeds or the biggest deeds is solely for Allah SWT and none other. Next, I would like to increase my knowledge in Islam and Quran in order to educate other brothers and sisters out there that is in search of Islam. I would also, would like to increase my effort to broaden Hijabiz branch in spreading Da’wa through online approach by encouraging young Dai’e out there to start writing their own article in educating Muslims out there about Islam.
To add on, I would also would like to organize Islamic conference, Islamic campaign for youngsters out there, conducting a regular Quranic Circle weekly, produce a book under Hijabiz and last but not least, the essence to enable myself to reach all these is to take care of my self Tarbiya and relationship with Allah SWT. Without these 2 core fundamentals, everything will be impossible. Before helping people out there to reach and understand Islam, I must understand it myself first.
4) What is your advice to anyone who wanted to contribute for Islam but still not brave enough to embrace their dream or still clueless on how to contribute?
SubhanAllah, I may not be the best person to answer this question. However, based on my tiny experience, I always practice this principle. For whatever that Allah presented upon me, I believe it is specially gifted for me and it must have have been presented to me to help me becoming a better Muslimah each day.
Every singly deed, as small as it may seems, it will never be small in the sight of Allah SWT. Therefore, do grab as many chance as been presented to you to do anything that you could to contribute to Islam. As simple as, sharing a facebook status or as huge as attending Islamic Camp. Keep doing. As you will never know which deed of yours that will grant you Jannah.
Learn from everyone around you, choose one specific mentor and learn from him or her. Remember that Allah has placed specific people in your life to teach you something. There is always a first time in anything, but trust me, if your intention is solely for Allah, He will guide you through InshaAllah Taala. If anyone of you out there that is interested in contributing to Islam through online da’wa, feel free to drop me a message at Hijabiz Facebook Page. Last but not least, remember the verse of Allah which always motivate me to do more and more,
’Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving’
[Surah Mulk Verse 2]
Jazakallahu Khayran Katheera
Subhanallah, a very moving story. Jazakillahukhairan kathera sister for sharing our story with us. You can connect with Hijabiz through:
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