Thaakirah is a woman of great compassion and wants people to know that “Mercy always wins…”
As someone whose story had begun at the mere age of three, she has had a long journey to revival. This began when her parents separated in her early childhood of which she speaks about in her book “Mercy” under the chapter “I will not always love you.”
From that ripe age, she felt like life couldn’t feel normal or okay again. She knew from then that there would be a myriad of challenges to come. She describes this as a “soul calling” and speaks about how she knew she would have to “Fight” for everything in life; including her rights, her voice, herself.
When asked about what it took to overcome her struggles, Thaakirah leaves us speechless by saying: “It took everything from me. It took me having to be completely honest with myself… completely vulnerable with myself.” She mentions having to stare at the “naked, raw image” of herself and how she has had to peek through at her own personality traits, her own truth, and her own self under all the masks to get where she is today.
Thaakirah had 3 turning points in her life. The first one was being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and is only given a month to live. The second thing was losing her twins two years ago. And finally, the third and the most heart-wrenching turning point in her life was losing her grandfather on the fifteenth of August, 2020.
She describes this as “The ultimate hardest thing that I had to deal with in my life was losing him. He was not only my rock, he was not only my strength, he was everything to me.” She says: “Losing him was like losing a part of myself.”
Despite all of this, Thaakirah knows that she is no longer “crippled” by her trauma and she’s turned her struggles “into something beautiful, into power, into mercy…Nothing is hard to overcome because now I live for him… I live to make him proud and in that make myself proud and I’m proud of the woman I’ve become.”
“Thaakirah means one who always remembers God,” she says. This is what kept her hopeful throughout her journey, she knew that despite her feeling like God wasn’t listening at times, she had to have faith in Him and understood that with time things would work out for her.
Thaakirah wants people in her situation to know that “Nothing happens without the decree of the Almighty. Whatever happens to you should not define who you are.”She goes on to explain how we are not our bodies but our souls. Our souls are “unreachable to any sort of pain” and “limitless.”She speaks of the freedom you’ll find when you realize that you are not your body but your soul.
Through her struggles, she has become a “better human… a forgiving human.”By forgiveness, Thaakirah also explains how she has forgiven herself and set herself free from many “Stigmas.” Her book “Mercy” was launched on “Remembrance day” which is the day on which World War one ended. “I wanted to remember the day that my World War had ended too,” she said.
Thaakirah has also been involved in a lot of community projects and is grateful to everyone who has come through for those. She is currently working on her NGO called “The rise revolution” and has intentions to help youth at risk. She won the “The woman of wonder” award last year for her work in gender-based violence and her ability to speak her truth. These are just some of the highlights of her accomplishments.
She feels like all her struggles have made her more educated on abuse and how to be there for people, especially the youth going through the same issues. She has also achieved the confidence to say “No” when she isn’t comfortable and that has been one of the most prominent changes in her life.