FatimaAlainah is a beautiful, young lady who uses her social media platform to inspire thousands and raises awareness of Muscular Dystrophy.
Here’s what she had to say..
What are your greatest achievements thus far?
My greatest achievement for me was that I was on the front cover of Asian image magazine. I’ve always wanted to do modelling but I’ve just never been confident in my own body. I came to realise that there’s hardly any disabled models, it’s very rare you see one on a front cover of a magazine.
I’m really proud of myself for pushing myself to do this. I know that I do inspire a lot of people out there and I know this will inspire more people.
What are the greatest challenges you have faced with your condition?
My greatest challenge with my condition was loving my body. For a long time, I struggled with my appearance. I’ve always been a confident person, but I’ve just never been confident in my own body. With being in a wheelchair and having a slightly curved back due to my scoliosis, I used to be uncomfortable with taking photos and even posting them. I’ve started posting outfit photos on my Instagram because I want to create awareness that there is such thing as a “perfect body” and disabled bodies do matter.
“Don’t let your disability get in the way of following your dreams. If I can do it, so can you.”
How does the community that you live in react towards you? Are they understanding, friendly, helpful, accepting?
The community around me are truly amazing. I do have the odd few people who will ask me or my mum 100 questions why I can’t walk. But the rest have accepted me for who I am and I know they truly love me.
My amazing parents, sister and family friends have always supported me throughout. Whenever I go out and meet people in my area, they are truly inspired by me, and I know that if I need something, they’ll be there for me.
Has your disability been a hindrance or got in the way of achieving your life goals and dreams?
No, it hasn’t. My disability has given me more confidence. I’ve always followed my dreams despite my disability. My little sister has always inspired me to keep going and to do what makes me happy! I do struggle at times to achieve my dreams but with great strength, I know I’ll get there.
How has your disability empowered you?
Being in a wheelchair has made me stronger, I know that with great determination I will get where I want to be. From a young age, I knew that I was different from the other people and it did bother me. But as I grew older, I came to realise that I’m glad I’m different and unique. My wheelchair is my identity, it’s who I am.
Where would you like to be in 5 years?
InshaAllah in 5 years’ time, I hope I’m still the happy, confident person I am today.
Has your religion and faith in God helped you through the difficulties and daily challenges? If so, how?
Alhamdulillah I’ve always had faith in Allah. I’ve been through a lot in the past few years, but I’ve kept going. Every day I pray my Salah and make dua that Allah gives me sabr and that I have the strength to keep going. I know that what I’m going through is a test and inshaAllah I’ll be rewarded in the hereafter.
What advice would you give to your fellow disabled Muslims who are struggling with the daily challenges of living with a disability?
To those who struggle with a disability is to just have faith in Allah. Make plenty of dua, pray Salah and recite Quran. What we are going through is a test and if we’re not rewarded in this life, we’ll be rewarded in the hereafter inshaAllah.
And don’t let your disability get in the way of following your dreams. If I can do it, so can you.