Assalamualaikum and Happy New Year! How is everyone first week of January so far? Mine is, Alhamdulillah, everything is going smoothly so far. Mudahan it will stay like this til the end of the week… or end of year hehe. Aminnn Insya Allah.
So since it is the first month of 2018, it is the usual New Year, new me feeling, right? So what’s your 2018 resolution? Honestly for me, I haven’t got the time to come up with mine yet cos December was the busiest month for us in CbA. Alhamdulillah for that. So yeah, I don’t have a resolution yet haha but I’ll try to figure out one soon hehe. I promise.
Every month, CbA came up with a new theme. In conjunction to January and New Year, we came up with ‘New resolution, new mission and self betterment’ theme. It also means, “let’s turn everything to a new page”.
Whereas for Inspiring women feature of the first week of January is Dalia Mogahed. And no, she is not Yasmin Mogahed’s sister or relative haha. Dalia Mogahed is the first Muslim woman in White House back in 2009 served on Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as the president’s advisor on how faith-based organizations can help government solve persistent social problems. Like wow! First Muslim woman in the White House and advisor to Former President Barack Obama… So empowering. Can I be an advisor to our Sultan now? Just kidding. Anyone can dream, right? Hehe.
Other than that, she was also a TED speaker where she shared her experience of being a Muslim living in America before and after September 11 attack. I would recommend everyone to watch her TED video, https://www.ted.com/talks/dalia_mogahed_what_do_you_think_when_you_look_at_me#t-659270. After watching it, I feel very blessed to be living in Brunei and not ever to experience the post September 11 treatment by the non-muslim. I envy her strength and patience to had to go through all those everyday. I wish I have her strength with me to go through all the ups and downs. So.. Guys, please watch it and you may find other inspiring stories and messages from other TED speakers.
May Allah bless her work and not to forget, her dakwah too.