The One on Public Speaking

Bismillahirahmanirrahim. A few weekends ago, I got a call from Akbar of Critical Xchange. He asked me if I could share this blog during the Young Southeast Asian Muslim Forum. The rational me knew that this would be a great avenue to meet Muslims from the region. But I was scared. You see, I have an…

Ordinarily Extraordinary – Aida Azlin

  Assalamualaikum! Tell me more about 114.co. Why did you start it? Ma Sha Allah, The 114 happened quite a while back! Plenty of fond memories, and valuable lessons learnt. I started wearing the hijab pretty recently, in 2012. When I first started wearing it, I knew I had to re-learn my religion. I felt very… rusty….

Ordinarily Extraordinary – Hafizah Ghazali

  Assalamualaikum! Tell me more about how Lasalle College of the Arts happened. I was in Madrasah Al-Maarif Al-Islamiah for 12 straight years. We didn’t have options for humanities. All we had was core geography. I had the best geography teacher in the world, honestly. She’s very sincere in teaching. She really wanted to see you…

Ordinarily Extraordinary – Mariati Yahya

1) Assalamualaikum! You seem to be involved in a lot of activities. You teach art, you travel, you write. How do you manage your time? Alhamdulillah, we are given the same 24 hrs per day. Different people manage their time differently. Being a retiree has its perks. I can manage my time more easily. I do…

Ordinarily Extraordinary – Suhaimi Sudar

If you don’t mind, could you tell me more about your condition? I suffer from mild cerebral palsy since birth. It’s a neurological disorder that affects my motor ability and physical movement. Generally, my limbs are weak. What challenges have you faced? In school, sometimes it’s difficult for me to follow the lesson as I…

Ordinarily Extraordinary – Nuurun Naqiah

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. Tell me more about yourself. Ok… I am not used to talking about myself. I am Nuurun Naqiah and I’m 25 this year. Can you prompt me with some questions? -laughs- Hahaha! Alright… What inspired you to start baking and cooking classes? Ok, I will let you know some background. I’ve always been exposed…