Forever young.

"Speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces."

About

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Shafiqah Othman is a Malay Muslim originally born in Singapore on 15 September 1994. She attended Anderson Secondary School in Singapore for 2 years before moving to Malaysia in 2008, and eventually completing her secondary school education in Sekolah Menengah Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam.

After obtaining her SPM certificate in 2011, Shafiqah spent two years of her life in a haze. SScreen Shot 2015-05-07 at 3.17.58 PMhe was not qualified to a college yet as she was still awaiting her citizenship for Malaysia. Somewhere between these two years, Shafiqah was confronted by an atheist who told her on social media that Islam is a misogynistic and oppressive religion towards women. It was only then that Shafiqah realized that she could not defend her religion as she had no knowledge of her beliefs, except for the basic things that she had been taught in schools. Thus, she started on her journey of self-discovery and spirituality. This led to her first post on Islam: “Does Islam degrade women?” which was meant as a response to the atheist that had questioned her. Unfortunately, she had lost his contact when she had finished writing it.

Shafiqah’s father, Othman Hamzah, is an 80s singer known for his song “Gadis Melayu” and “Musliha”. Although still singing, he is
now mainly a family man that is self-employed. He serves as one of her biggest role models, in terms of both character and spirituality. It was her father’s patience, moderation and kindness that spurred her further into wanting to learn more about Islam. He smiles through any adversity, and one of Shafiqah’s goals in life is to be able to adopt her father’s emotional strength.

Shafiqah started being active in the world of activism after her next article “Hijab: Compulsion or choice?” was read by Marina Mahathir, thanks to a Twitter friend. From there, she was introduced to Sisters In Islam and Musawah, and soon her network of public relations grew. She is currently the youngest member in the organization. She is also a columnist under The Malay Mail Online.

Currently, Shafiqah studies Diploma in Graphic Design in Management and Science University (MSU), Malaysia. She is hoping to forge her two interests, art and humanity, into one and use her talents to further her advocacy and help in spreading messages through a creative outlet.

“If I were to remain silent, I would be guilty of complicity.”Albert Einstein

32 comments on “About

  1. nagoreismail786
    July 6, 2013

    Excellent articles, please continue

  2. TERRY TAALIB-DIN
    July 13, 2013

    Going to link you article to my face book page I know it’s probably will to ok because it’s such a great observation.

  3. shaik azad
    July 24, 2013

    Keep up with your writting…and read the quran.

    • Anonymous
      September 22, 2014

      Shaik azad – Nothing special in the Quran, and a lot of contradictions. Only a fool will want to read it.

      • Anonymous
        April 20, 2015

        mind to explain the contradictions?

      • Politicalamity9
        December 15, 2015

        contradictions to what? your beliefs? hadiths?

  4. kuliahtube
    July 24, 2013

    Salam..jom layan kuliah agama..check out my website..www.kuliahtube.com
    tolong sebarkan.tq

  5. Azudin O Fuad
    July 24, 2013

    I found this blog of yours yesterday and I am impressed. Well done

  6. Anon
    July 24, 2013

    Interesting articles. Found out about your blog yesterday as well. For the fun of it, being a Singapore Girl, your email address is cute. By any chance, are you the daughter of Othman Hamzah, the singer? hehe..

  7. kochebin
    July 25, 2013

    This is the first time i see a young malay girl talk about religion against the normal stream of understanding.Keep up the good work.I will certainly visit your blog again.Lets change the mindset of our degrading religious society.

  8. mamu06
    July 25, 2013

    Salam Shafiqah. I was directed to your blog by a blog that I regularly read Outsyed The Box. Your piece on Hijab is excellence and well researched. My congratulation to you. I’ve add your blog to my regular read and will come back for more. Keep writing. May Allah bless you and your loves one with bountiful rahmah and barokah. Cheers, Hj.MNJ

  9. shema
    July 25, 2013

    For a 19 year old, you are well read and rather thorough in your research. On this, I congratulate you.

  10. Mujesh Jay
    July 26, 2013

    good blog here……….every religion goes through reformation……….we all must be open minded……….anyway good job….

  11. Salam Shafiquah.. i am a follower of OutSyed The Box. I found your blog there. Well, you are a wonderful writer. Love your writings. You are bold, i should say. All my best wishes. Selamat Berpuasa and advance Idil Fitri greetings.

  12. Your admire
    November 6, 2013

    Salam..in your age 19 years old..your writing and the way you writing has show you not 19..But more than 19..By the way..congrate and contiues writing..

  13. Aymen Ezz
    April 24, 2014

    🙂 I enjoyed reading a couple of articles. Keep it up

  14. Lynn Cheang
    April 25, 2014

    Refreshing to hear a young Muslim lady speak out. Am following you and will be sharing your posts. Hope that will encourage others to speak up too to prevent your religion from being hijacked esp for political and control purposes. I believe because of the silence of majority of Muslims, that very silence had been taken as condoning the actions of the authorities to become more and more extreme. Latest case in point, hotels in the state of Pahang aren’t allowed to keep bibles in hotel rooms forthwith.

  15. Johnny
    April 25, 2014

    congrate and contiues writing…..pls : )

  16. Anonymous
    April 28, 2014

    explore quran and hadith…syariah laws and all the stories before
    speak about ALLAH “S LAW…we r just a servant who have to obey it…
    love ISLAM#

    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2014

      nice words friend

  17. Anonymous
    April 28, 2014

    Speechless. But in a bad way.

  18. tian huei
    April 28, 2014

    I found out your blog last night and start reading it. I have been reading it for hours. Love it.🙂

  19. Anonymous
    April 28, 2014

    Dear Shafiqah, love your quote “speak now or forever hold your peace in pieces”. I’m a Malaysian Chinese. I have zero interest in the political power tussle between the races as there is just too much general stereotype that other Chinese want to overthrow Malay rulings. Am in the finance field, therefore I would want to advance the country through advancing the financial market in Malaysia, just so that I can contribute without involving myself in political hassles, am just too lazy to deal with problems I admit.

    Why I’m saying all this? I want to continue to live in this country with respect that this is a Malay land with no interest in trespassing the Malay rights, and wish to see future Malay leaders to have the mindset with the like yours, to move the country forward. Like your bold way, and I hope whilst you continue to express your views publicly in this country, you are also saved from the evils that my harm you.

    Thank you.

  20. Harriet
    June 18, 2014

    Great to see one so young and yet matured in thinking. Good Job!

  21. Patrick O'Brien
    February 18, 2015

    … I’m delighted to have discovered your Blog. Thank you, and God Bless.

  22. Amatullah
    April 21, 2015

    Salam alaikum wr wb,

    It will be nice to see that brilliant mind be put into serving the One who created you and provide you with the very air that you breathe. Your not the only 19 year old who question their religion or culture. It happens as we are human, curiosity is in our nature

    Your idea of Islamic Views are define by the boundaries sets by your Malay Culture.

    I can see where your ideology coming from, Marina Mahathir and Sisters in Islam are the epitome of Liberal Islam. Don’t you find it odd, that you would think that you know better than God who created the Sun and the universe?

    Is that intelligent or merely ignorance out of sheer arrogance.
    Let’s think about this for a moment.

    Lets talk, i’m willing to answer any question regarding Islam objectively as i was once a lost soul like you and Islam sets me free from people opinion’s of me, and society standards of what’s right or wrong.

    I rather be govern by my Lord The Creator, than by another human fickle mind who constantly changing.

    • sfqomhz
      April 21, 2015

      Whoever said that I knew the universe better than God? More than anything, I’ve always said no religion is exhaustive enough for the Truth of God.

      Also, my ideology does not come from them. I’m affiliated with them because of my ideology.

      I have never found Islam to be restricting. Like you, it sets me free. But perhaps, in different ways.

      Wallahualam.

      • EVel
        April 18, 2016

        Unfortunate. The spiraling forces of untruths, and its non-existence, will haunt you, for you have positioned yourself, in this uncomfortable place. Free yourself. Think free, run free, fly free. All the best, young one.

  23. Anonymous
    May 5, 2015

    What you’re doing is important. Since you have the benefit of being published, don’t be afraid, and don’t apologise for your writing and your opinions. Malaysia needs more voices like yours. If you could write in Malay, even better; the message to open minds needs to reach the masses. We will support you.

    “Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – JFK

  24. Anonymous
    March 22, 2016

    it’s amazing how you represent us malay people no matter where they come from. but other than that, it’s also amazing that you try so hard to defend our religion

    you inspire me

  25. David Bhagvan
    September 10, 2016

    Shafiqah….please keep on writing. I’m a convert (but I’m not very sure whether I have made the right decision or otherwise) as I am very embarrassed at the stupidity and ignorance of majority Muslims in Malaysia. I find your writing very powerful and educating.

  26. tashrul
    November 3, 2016

    to love the Creator is to love the creation

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