Selamat Bulan Berpuasa! Wherever you are in the world, I hope that your fasting days and nights are filled with peace, dua and prayer.
My latest SBS Voices pieces is up – My Ramadan memories from four different countries. Thank you, SBS Voices team, especially Candice Chung, for being such supporters of my writing.
I’m still in Ramadan Survival Mode with three small kids subhanAllah, and it comforts me to know that the deeds most beloved to Allah are the obligatory ones. This isn’t the season of my life with long tarawihs at the masjid…that season has passed (for now) and I’m grateful I made the most of that era while it lasted.
These days, I’m content with praying at night with my husband while our kids are asleep. One day, inshaAllah, when they’re older, we can all go to the masjid together.
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Published by Raidah Shah Idil
Raidah Shah Idil is a student counsellor, poet, writer, and creative instructor with a passion for YA (young adult), fantasy, sci-fi and detective fiction. She was born in Singapore and moved to Australia at the age of 12. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of New South Wales in 2005.
After working as a marketing copywriter and studying the Islamic Sciences in Amman, Jordan for nearly two years, she returned to Sydney, got married, then moved to Malaysia. While working as a part-time tutor at Axiom Learning, she works as an online counsellor for Seekershub Global. She has completed her Diploma of Counselling through the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. Her full-time job is raising her baby daughter. Everything else is squeezed in between. Literally. Her writing has been published in The Feminist Wire, SISTERS magazine, Daily Life, Lip Mag and Venture Beat. Raidah’s poetry was recently published in the ‘Armed With Only Our Souls’ online DDFS chapbook by New York poet Caits Meissner. Her debut double-featured novel, “Finding Jamilah and the Story of Yusuf” was published by MyLegacy publications in early 2014.
In her spare time (ha), she reads, listens to audiobooks, goes on walks, and is always on the lookout for tasty noodle soup. She currently lives in a green, leafy suburb in Kuala Lumpur with her husband, three small children and mother-in-law.
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