Throughout my pain and loss, I found myself remembering Allah (swt) more often and turning to Him for help in a way that I had never done before. For the first time in my life, I felt like I understood what true tawakkul was. I was completely helpless, broken and in desperate need of my Creator above anything else. This stark realisation was humbling but also liberating, as I learned to sincerely place my trust in Allah and let Him deal with my worries.
Likewise, the word ‘sabr’ took on a completely new meaning for me altogether, as I realised it was more than just a word one says to others who are facing difficulties. In fact, I realised how hard it was to actually have sabr when faced with momentous trials and it was definitely something that I needed to work on.
Despite the trauma of what I had been through, I had a huge sense of gratitude for the countless blessings I *did* have. They are too numerous to write down here, indeed as Allah says in the Quran “Which of your Lord’s favours will you deny?”
This positive mindset was absolutely key in helping me to move forward despite the challenges I was facing. And it is from these life changing experiences that the idea for REFLECT jewellery was born. I already had Desert Rose Boutique and even though it wasn’t in good shape, it was the perfect platform to launch the idea.
Recognising the incredible power of faith in healing, I created REFLECT to help Muslim women from all walks of life feel stronger, more positive and connected with their faith through something as simple as wearing jewellery.
The powerful reminders featured on every piece were specifically chosen by me to encourage more patience, gratitude and trust in Allah, because we all face challenges in life no matter how big or small.
Similarly, we all have dreams we want to see fulfilled, but they must be followed by sincere dua and action, hence the idea behind the ‘Dream Dua Do’ reminder (which also happens to be my personal favourite!). And so in choosing these reminders, I felt they would resonate with every woman, no matter where she's at in the journey of life.