When news broke that Malaysian TV personality Daphne Iking has married a powerful Malay businessman in 2011, jaws dropped.
The Sabahan beauty’s decision to embrace Islam and subsequently, marry Azmi Abdul Rahman, or fondly known as Joe –whose vast business interests included Redberry, The Malay Mail, Bernama TV and The Malaysian Reserve– came after she visited the Taj Mahal in India.
Still, a lot of people gave her a hard time for not wearing hijab or for practicing what the religion forbids her to do such as touching dogs and celebrating Christmas, with some even went so far as to label Daphne as a “faux-Muslim”.
Not cool, peeps. These kind of negative messages could easily make a person grow “tired” of Islam, as they would feel forced to do something to please the masses, instead of God.
In turn of events, this new year, just as Daphne was about to lose her faith in Islam, she had an amazing opportunity to work with an inspiring lady named Elfaeza from Ul Haq Productions, for an event which required her to don a hijab or scarf.
She described the experience to be life-changing.
“Islam is a beautiful religion. I’ve been studying it, especially after all the trials and turbulence in my life.”
Although the scarf will not be a permanent accessory for her (yet), fans who were more than thrilled to see Daphne’s new look took no time to flood her Instagram with sweet comments and even gave her a few advices:
Gorgeous indeed. You look like an angel and we wish you all the best, Daphne Iking! Sending our love from the other side of the digital screen. 😍❤️
P/S: Whether Daphne wants to cover her aurah or not, it is entire up to her and no one should not degrade or mock her for not doing so. #havesomerespect