“The pain has been difficult enough, but knowing that the disease will never go away has made it even worse; every part of my life has been affected.”
The words of Zenab Shah in a recent interview with Aquila Style. Zenab is a twenty- four year old Muslimah from London, United Kingdom. She has suffered from several chronic illnesses since birth, but life got a lot harder when she was diagnosed at age sixteen with Ankylosing Spondylitis – Arthritis in the Spine and joints. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a painful, progressive form of inflammatory arthritis. It mainly affects the spine, but can also affect other joints, tendons and ligaments.
She started the Disabled Muslims Network (DMN) in January 2012 after years of feeling frustrated at the lack of support available to Muslims suffering from chronic illnesses or disabilities. The DMN is set up to support and assist Muslims with disabilities or chronic health conditions and to spread awareness about their needs, as well as to assist Muslim parents caring for their disabled children.
For More Information on the DMN, please visit the links below.
Zenab is also a contributor to the blog Muslimah Voices: Breaking Away from the Stereotypes