Unveiling: Poetic Confessions of a Muslim Woman (Second Edition)

Yes, I am a Muslim woman who observes the 'hijab', but no, I don't actually wear the 'face veil'. Nonetheless, I must admit, it is as if my whole life, my innermost thoughts and feelings and struggles, the depths of my joys and sorrows, my experiences about love and life and faith, have been 'veiled' - until now. More

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About Raihanaty A Jalil

A question I get asked all the time is, "Where are you from?"
My response is usually as follows; "I was born in Malaysia, but my parents are both from Indonesia, but I've been in Australia since I was three... so I guess I'm confused!" But I suppose what has become clear with time, and what is even backed up by the results from two Facebook quizzes I completed is that, I'm "not even Asian" and I am very much a "Dinki-Di-Aussie"!

Though life has thrown its fair challenges at me, overall, I must say that I have truly been blessed with so much. I've completed a Bachelors Degree in Education and Science, majoring in Education, Chemistry and Pure Mathematics; I've had a short-lived career as a high school Maths and Science teacher; I've had an amazing and fulfilling 4 year long career as a youth worker; and now finally, I am embarking on this new journey pursuing my passions as a Poet and Writer.

There is a lot more I could say, however, one of my good friends, Latifa, perhaps said it best when she described, "...I’m discovering Raihanaty is more of an ‘onion’ than you will know. The layers just keep coming! But that, I suppose, is the mystery behind this woman."

Videos

Promo Video - Features my poem "Mother"
I was involved in coordinating a Youth Poetry Slam in my local community. In this promotional video about the event, I share one of the poems from my book, a poem I wrote for my mother back when I was a teenager.

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