Posts by Syahirah Aiman Abbas
Global Citizen based in Jakarta- Syahirah Aiman is a multilinguist who loves reading and traveling. She has a good sense of intuition which she sometimes ignores to have a little bit more fun. Currently residing in Jakarta with her French-Algerian husband, she considers herself a global citizen and wishes to be beneficial to Muslims and all others.

I Became A Full-Time Wedding Planner After Planning My Own Dream Wedding...

An interview with Sarah Tsaqoffa from Fairytale Wedding Planner.

I had the amazing opportunity to interview Sarah Tsaqoffa, 25, founder and CEO of Fairytale Planner from Jakarta. Fairytale Planner was launched on the 7th of March 2015, with her planning her own wedding. Sarah, a graduate of Bogor Agricultural University, later got her friend on board, Latifa Habibah Haifa (Tifa), 24, an...
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Braving It Out In Jakarta: Get Around With These Public Transport Options...

Opting for public transport is probably the best way to beat the crazy gridlock traffic!

The gridlock traffic in Jakarta runs at an incredulous speed of 12-14 km per hour, says transportation analyst of the Jakarta Citizens Forum (FAKTA), Azas Tigor Nainggolan. Sometimes, taking the taxi is out of the question due to the slow traffic. So, you might just want to go local and...
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Conversations: A Syrian’s Life In France...

'I Don’t Really Feel That I Belong Here'

The zephyr accompanying me lifted my spirits, making my steps lighter, and my prance faster and easier. Toting a bag of candies, a cute pink blazer and matching t-shirt, I was excited to see her. It has been around 7 months since I last saw her –she was pregnant then....
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After 16 years of Islamic Education I Went to a Mainstream University to Study Business...

The hardest part was taking economics, finance and accounting modules.

3, 6, 5, 2. These numbers signify each phase of my mosque (kindergarten) and madrasahs (primary, secondary, and pre-university) education. 16 years in total. Looking back, it has been a long journey of memorizations, tests, exams, on 10 and more subjects at each time. It also had a fair share of...
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5 Interesting Facts About The Halal Food Industry...

There are more halal chicken than Muslims in Brazil?

Halal simply means permitted or lawful. So, when we are talking about halal food, it means any food that are allowed to be eaten according to Islamic Sharia law. The increasing awareness of Muslim consumers on their religious obligations is creating a greater demand for halal food and other consumer...
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What is the colour of Sabr (Patience) ?...

After you've waited, and waited a bit more. Until you think that it isn’t possible to wait much more.

I’d say it’s dark brown. A few more drops of hate and vengeance would set it to turn it black. Provoke further and push would turn to shove. It really takes steely determination to maim anger and stanch depression. It’s brown. Dark brown. Like warm reassuring cashmere, which protects you...
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Declutter your Wardrobe the Capsule way! or How to be an Ascetic...

The concept behind the capsule wardrobe movement is not unfamiliar to Muslims.

Remember that time when you wanted to go out: wardrobe doors swung open, clothes spilling onto the floor and the bed, but you just cannot find the suitable outfit? Introducing the ‘Capsule Wardrobe’, a term coined by Susie Faux which made a comeback thanks to blogger Caroline Rector. The main idea...
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What’s the Economic Value on the Hijab Before It Can Be Fully Accepted?...

Singapore has and always been more about GDPs rather than the Happiness Index.

Amidst the rallies and manifestos brought about in the Singapore General Election 2015, the hijab issue in Singapore is yet again in the spotlight. This time round, it is the Muslim public who voiced their discontentment over the hijab ban in the workforce –17,511 individuals to date have signed a...
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