I’m Fida Islaih, born…in the US with Palestinian and Malaysian blood. Yet I feel more than that, growing up in a diverse community
Who are you?
Salaam readers, I’m Fida Islaih, born here in the US with Palestinian and Malaysian blood. Yet I feel more than that, growing up in a diverse community. I love chocolate and reading. I’m studying in college and a budding author. I enjoy writing poetry and stories based off of my experiences. I blog at fidaislaih.blogspot.com. I have self published two poetry collections and am working towards publishing two novels within the next year. I also enjoy having two cats, Tiger and Shadow.
Give us your favorite quote and tell us why it means so much to you:
“What lies behind of us and what lies ahead of us is tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
This is a quote I love because it tells me to forget, not worry and to live in the present.
What Ayah of the Quran do you hold close to your heart? Why?
“With difficulty comes ease.” and “Allah doesn’t burden a soul with more than it can bear.”
Those are two Quranic verses I hold close to my heart with all the frustrations I go through in this world.
1. What is your favorite book?
As a bookworm I love so many books. I can say I love MORNINGS IN JENIN and DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? It’s the two books I’ve reread multiple times.
2. Who inspires/inspired you?
I have to give the typical answer that my parents are my inspiration/role models. I also love what Yasmin Mogahed has to say.
3. What is the best lesson your mother/mother figure taught you?
From my mother and other women in my life I’ve learned to love, be open, fearless. I don’t have to be quiet. It’s okay to be sensitive and follow your passion. I’ve learned that my faith is many things. It’s okay to take risks.
4. What advice would you give your 13 year old self?
The advice I would tell my 13 year old self is to not be afraid of new things. That it’s okay to reach out for help. You don’t have to be so quiet. I still would give the latter advice to myself. As for my trials my regret is being quiet. I should have said more than stop or run to my parents. Yet I’m glad seeing that happen I push myself to stand up for myself today. I also wish I thought more about certain things than just letting it go. I stay grounded by reminding myself that this may be what Allah wants for me, that He will help me.
5. What are your hopes for your children?
I want my children to be in a world more accepting of who they are. I hope they know they don’t have to fall into society’s grasp. I hope they follow their passions.
6. What is the biggest trial you went through in your life and how has that changed you?
My biggest trial is living with a muscle disability. I’ve learned to push through it. With that I’ve learned I have more strength than weakness. .
7. Any regrets? What’s something that you wish you’d thought about more before you did it?
Some thing I regret is being aggressive with my point of view. I should have listened to others before talking.
8. How do you stay grounded in your work and/or spiritually grounded?
I start and end my day with bismillah. I remind myself why I am doing this and how I can do this for the hereafter.
9.&10. How do you bring about real change? What do you hope to be remembered for?
I hope I bring change and am remembered by my actions that you don’t have to do something like a high paying job just for money. That you should do something because of your passion. I hope my poetry and stories written inspire others.
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