With her casual and laidback look,Sharifah Hasif Fadzilah Syed Badiuzzaman looks like a typical malaysian hijabi.But deep inside,she's no ordinary girl because she recently won the women category of the 51th international tilawah Al-Quran competition,an annual competition held in malaysia since 1961.
Sharifah khasif is a bright 27 years old lass who is a well known qariah and has been participated in many tilawah competition.Typically in malaysia,when it comes to the images of qariah,hafeezah(a woman that memorize alquran) and ustzah(religious teacher) they were associated with certain islamic dressing style such as jubah(long jalabiya),very very big hijab and niqab.But contrary to the people stereotype,Sharifah khasif proves that dressing appearance doesn't matter to her.She is a modern qariah that is not shadowed by those image.
As quote,she said :
-To me,let fashion against the wave,but not against the aqidah.About clothing choice or fashion,ask your heart.What important is honesty(ikhlas).Only god knows whether we are ikhlas or not.There's no need to shadow the sight of public by wearing such clothing.Its better just to be yourself.
-Even though I'm a qariah,it doesn't mean that i have to dress up like a ustazah,wearing a large hijab with niqab and wearing stocking.Thats not who i am..I'm comfortable with my style,simple and laid back.I have to be honest with myself
-What is important is holding tight to your aqidah and know how to limit between halal and haram.I'm also aware ,of how to style hijab and dress up according to age and situation.
Not having a formal islamic education,she is raised by her strict father to learn Al-Quran since a young age.Her family upbringing teaches her to read Al-Quran every time after each prayer.Her father would send her and her brothers to learn alquran in masjid and various places.She also has participated in many Al-Quran competition since the age of 7.As the result,she is now fluent of 7 style of taranum(way of reciting Al-Quran with certain style/rhyme) which is bayati, soba, nahwand, rast, sikah, hijaz, dan jiharkah.She credit her late father for her sucess that has bring her all over the world,from Iran to South Africa
I adore Sharifah Khasif,for her to change the perception of muslimah dressing in my country.Because over here,there are still many people that would judge you by what you wear.For example,if you're an Islamic teacher,you're often subjected to certain islamic dressing image,people would expect you to wear like that.And you will wear according to what this people verify to avoid their fitnah.I must say that her image is an eye opener to the people here to not judge people by what they wear