Posts by Regine Maryam
Philippines-- Regine is a youth community organizer specializing in inter-faith dialogue, volunteerism and policy engagement. She founded the widest youth-led social media network in the region - the Committee for ASEAN Youth Volunteers, and is a young fellow of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation, where she channels her advocacy for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar. Born into a devout Christian family, a Jewish wannabe, yoga enthusiast and a student of Islam, Regine loves to travel around the world, explore cultures, cook various cuisines, and catwalk global fashion trends.

I Was Blind For A Few Hours And This Is What I Learned...

Let there be light, in every loss of sight.

They say to see is to believe. But what if, for a split second, we all lose our sense of sight? What kind of world will we start believing and living in? Oftentimes, blindness is categorized as a disability. People even use the idiom “you are blind to this” as a statement of deception,...
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Mother’s Day is Every Day...

“Rahem” is the Arabic word for womb, which can also mean mercy. One of the 99 names of Allah is “Al-Raheem,” or “the Most Merciful.” It can be said that there exists a unique connection between God and the womb. We get a glimpse of how our Creator is like through...
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#CelebrateLove Through Jihad: Love Notes By A Mujahid For Valentine’s Day And Beyond...

To love somebody in jihad, to love the jihad of somebody – that has got to be true love.

Love – a word so powerful that it demands celebration (or lamentation) around the world; one special day that knows no religion, nation, family or tribe. Some may need the memories of Valentine’s Day, others don’t. Maybe there is a need for symbolic roses, hearts and chocolates. Maybe not. But we can easily agree about what...
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World Hijab Day Exclusive: The World Needs More Young Hijabi Volunteers...

Regine Guevara,Volunteers Head of the Committee for ASEAN Youth Cooperation, delivered her speech on "Muslim Women and Volunteerism" during this year's World Hijab Day.

One of our writers, Regine Guevara,Volunteers Head of the Committee for ASEAN Youth Cooperation, delivered her speech on “Muslim Women and Volunteerism” during this year’s World Hijab Day (February 1, 2016) to a mix of Muslim and Christian students and young professionals at the College of Saint Benilde, Manila, Philippines. The...
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World Hijab Day Exclusive: Modestly Beautiful On The Inside And Out...

The modesty movement is all about authenticity of one's beauty - who you are inside-outside, the genuine you.

Reflections on World Hijab Day by Azizah and Regine from the Philippines   Modesty – We all know what it means. But how often do people use this term nowadays? When was the last time we thought of ourselves as “modest,” or looked up to someone who was? Whenever we...
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How Millennials Can Play a Role in Building the ASEAN Community...

They say our generation has commitment problems. But at some point in our lives, we must learn to commit.

One of our writers, Regine Guevara,Volunteers Head of the Committee for ASEAN Youth Cooperation, delivered her speech on ” The Role of Youth in ASEAN Community Building” at the Grand Launch of ASEAN Young Leaders Association, UP Diliman, Philippines. As Zilzar Life is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we hope that...
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How Non-Hindus Can Appreciate Deepavali...

The festival of light is for everybody!

Every Filipino High School kid has most probably read the Ramayana, one of the two great Indian epics. Set around 1000 BCE in India, the story revolves around the hero Rama – a perfect son, a responsible ruler, a faithful husband. Briefly, Rama and his equally perfect wife, Sita, faced several struggles along...
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Migration, Mongols, Muslims and Moving On...

The Muslim Legacy in the Mongol Empire

“For nomads, forever on the move, finitude in space is allied to a sense of freedom blended, here again, with the experience of fleetingness, vulnerability, and humility.” – Tariq Ramadan, In the Footsteps of the Prophet During my flight back fro Mongolia to Malaysia, I was reading Tariq Ramadan’s book...
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Crowdfund This! The Mongolian Muslimah Trying to Build an Islamic Library for Her Country...

As if it's not already tough being a new Muslim, now she wants to build a library for #MuslimsInMongolia

“The Land of the Eternal Blue Sky,” or otherwise known as “Mongolia,” with its sunny weather that last about 250 days a year. The sun shines over this landlocked nation for most of the day, with the sun setting a little before midnight (around 10:00 pm), and rising soon after...
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How to Rule the Biggest Empire in History: The Mongols on Inter-faith Dialogue...

Mongols treated the faiths of other nationalities with great tolerance, helping them rule a wide territory.

You might have heard of this name before– Khan. It could be your friend from some Eurasian origin. Or you probably heard of Genghis Khan in history class, the first name that would come to us when we hear “Mongolia.” We know very little of how he and his people ruled half...
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