Zara is an inspirational blogger who discusses various interesting topics, ranging from disability to fashion and more!
Zara uses her Instagram platform to share her love for reading with fellow book lovers.
We wanted Zara to share her experiences in life as someone with Spastic Diplegia.
Here’s what she had to say…
What condition do you have and how does it affect you in your daily life?
I have Spastic Diplegia which is a form of Cerebral Palsy and it affects my legs making it difficult for me to walk.
What are the greatest challenges you have faced with your condition?
I found it hard accepting my condition and loving myself – but as I got older, I’ve learnt to love myself and accept that Allah made me beautifully and in His perfect way.
What are your greatest achievements thus far?
Passing my driving test has been my greatest achievement so far.
How has your disability empowered you?
My condition has made me stronger as a person and has given me more confidence.
It has also given me the opportunity to help other women with physical conditions by sharing experiences via my blog. – If I can do it so can you!
Has your disability hindered you in achieving your life goals and dreams?
No. With the continuous help and strength from Allah I have never let my condition stop me from doing the things I love.
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
I hope to be healthy and happy with a little family of my own insha’Allah.
Has your religion and faith in God helped you through the difficulties and daily challenges? If so, how?
Yes definitely, I’ve always had and will have faith in Allah. I’ve been through a lot lately and only with the continuous gift of patience and strength from Allah and the amazing support from my family have I been able to get through the hard times alhamdulillah.
What advice would you give to your fellow disabled Muslims who are struggling with the daily challenges of living with a disability?
Know that Allah loves you and has tested you with the condition because you are strong enough to get through it – Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear.
So endure with a beautiful patience because after all patience beautiful things await.
How does the community that you live in react towards you? Are they understanding, friendly, helpful, accepting?
The community that I live in is awesome! – I do get the odd stare here and there or I’ll get asked what’s happened to my legs and I see this as an opportunity to educate and raise awareness.
Also, my family are amazing they’ve helped me a lot and I love them all so much.
What do you think of the Disabled Muslim Matrimony service?
I think it’s a great and a much-needed service that provides hope to people like myself of finding a spouse – especially with the stigmas within some Muslim communities.
May Allah reward you for your efforts ameen.
Check out Zara’s blog at zarawritesz.wordpress.com
Zara’s Instagram: @bookishbookling