Leave No One Behind…

WDSD 2019

Today, Thursday 21st March 2019, marks #WorldDownSyndromeDay, which aims to bring awareness to people about #DownSyndrome. By the way, did you know that #WDSD was chosen to be on the 21st day of the 3rd month to signify the tripling of the 21st chromosome that causes Down Syndrome? Clever, right?

Last year, I talked about my thoughts on labelling people, and how people with Down Syndrome should not be called ‘special’. The world calls people with Down Syndrome, autism, or other syndromes ‘SPECIAL’ and they are said to have ‘SPECIAL NEEDS’. They think sugar-coating ‘disabled’ will lighten the effect, but from my humble point of view, it only hurts even more. For a start, being labelled differently means that they will only be separated from the crowd. It makes them feel alone and puts them on a different path from us in life.

This year, the theme is #LeaveNoOneBehind. This is a call to action to people with Down Syndrome, and I am writing on behalf of all those with Down Syndrome. I strongly agree with this ideology, as I believe that we are no different from them. They are equal, and they deserve all the opportunities that we get! Just because they have Down Syndrome does not mean that they should be denied the right to have the same opportunities as us.

People need to stop having negative attitudes and discriminating others with any kind of disability, and we can’t underestimate them either, because they have the ability to do great things too, but only if they are given a chance. And I think that we all should join together and leave no one behind, so that TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!

Written by,

Omar Mukhtar a.k.a. The Pawsome Lion

#The12YearOldAuthor

#BornToWrite

#GeniusFreeZone

p/s: Like, comment and share this post to show your love for our friends who are rocking those extra chromosomes!

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Taking A Trip Down Memory Lane…

 

This was me exactly two years ago, when I first stepped foot in King Edward’s School for their open day – my ‘Harry Potter stepping into Hogwarts’ moment! I can still remember the 10-year old me, so wonderstruck and dreaming that I would one day be a KES boy…and two years later, by God’s grace, I’m one of the students studying here at KES! Obviously, my journey to become a KES boy wasn’t easy. There was a lot – and I mean a LOT – of hard work along the way. But of course, on top of all that, I could never have done it without the support and prayers of the two most important people in my life: Mrs Mom and Mr Dad! And above all, I am beyond grateful that my mother is still here to witness it all. May God grant both of my parents long, happy and healthy lives so that they can witness many more of my achievements to come…InshaAllah!

So guys, if you have a dream, wake up and run. Don’t run away. Run after it! Never stop chasing your dream!

Blessed,
Omar Mukhtar a.k.a. The Pawsome Lion
#The12YearOldAuthor
#BornToWrite
#GeniusFreeZone
#throwback 18th March 2017

MY NAME IS SARA…AND I’M NOT UGLY!

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It’s been 4 weeks since we launched our anti-bullying campaign #KeepCalmAndSayGAPOEVER and we’ve been flooded by DMs from the many victims of bullying, from children to adults. You can’t imagine how heartbreaking it was for us to read all of the stories, knowing that many are suffering so much. Some of them have been bullied to such an extent that it has led to attempted suicide. One of them is a girl from Malaysia who would like to be called Sara (not her real name), and people have been poisoning her mind into thinking that she is ugly!

Sara is a victim of serious bullying. She has been bullied since her childhood for having dark skin by her friends at school, her neighbours and everyone around her. Poor Sara, she has not only been a victim of verbal bullying, she is also physically abused by her friends at school almost every day. Not only that, they also threatened her not to tell anyone. The result of all this has affected her self-confidence so much that she started wearing a mask to school. She constantly feels that she is ugly because of her dark skin so she is more comfortable hiding her face behind a mask. Recently, she attempted suicide to end her suffering…

Sara could be your daughter, your sister, your mother, your best friend or you. Or even worse, you could be the one who is bullying another Sara! And why is this all happening? Because of our sick obsession with the ‘fair is lovely, dark is ugly’ beauty standard.

If white is beautiful & black is ugly…then why did God create us in many shades & colours? Does it mean that God is unfair? ABSOLUTELY NOT! God is Al-Musawwir – The Greatest Shaper of Beauty. We are all God’s creation. Who are you to say that one person is beautiful and the other is ugly? Don’t you realise that if you are insulting somebody, you are insulting God?! That is a SIN!! How can you face God on the day of judgement when you know that you have insulted His creation? It does not matter who we are, where we come from, what shape we are or what colour skin we have, we are all equal! We should all respect and love one another so that TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD…TO BE CONTINUED!

Written by,

Omar Mukhtar a.k.a. The Pawsome Lion

#TrueStory

#BullyFreeZone

#AntiBullying

#BullyingAwareness

p/s: What would you say to Sara?

Goodbye Harry Potter…Hello ALI POTTER!

SURPRISE…MR ALI POTTER IN THE HOUSE, YO!

Today, me and my little sister Fatimah brought a special guest onto our show! Ali enjoys role playing, and this time around, he decided to dress up as none other than…Mr ALI POTTER! Harry Potter is one of Ali’s favourite characters, and he loves to dress up as him. However, Mr Ali Potter is a wizard in training and his magic is still a bit rusty, so #TheStruggleWasReal when we tried to interview him! If you love magic, make sure you watch the whole video coz there’s a BIG SURPRISE waiting for you at the end of the show! And if you want to see more of our videos, don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe to our YouTube channel THE FAMILY UK – more vlogs coming your way very soon!

p/s: DISCLAIMER: No people were hurt by magic during the making of this video!

World Book Day

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Today is World Book Day! As I see Mr Dad busy preparing costumes for Fatimah and Ali, I can’t help but miss those days in primary school when I dressed up myself. The most memorable costume would have to be the one for World Book Day 2017! I always preferred to be different from other people. I hated those ready-made shop-bought costumes because most of them were Disney cartoon characters. So in 2017, instead of dressing up as a character from a book, I came as…an author! Yes, that’s right, an author! I always believed that I had an author in me somewhere, screaming to get out!

As a big fan of Charles Dickens, I chose to dress up as him during his childhood, the darkest hours of his life, when his family was in debt and his father was sent to prison. He was only 12 years old but he was forced to take up a job in a shoe-shine factory to earn money for his family at this time of his life.

I can clearly remember the night before the big day…

Mrs Mom was really ill at the time, and Mr Dad had his hands full not only looking after her, but Fatimah and Ali too. So there I was, still no costume ready – but I guess I was lucky! If Cinderella has her own fairy godmother to prepare her outfit to the ball, then I too have a fairy god-uncle who came to the rescue! My Mamajee was the one who saved World Book Day! He searched through my wardrobe, looking for something he could work his magic on. He stayed up all night preparing the costume. He even went as far as cutting up gloves and sewing on patches for my trousers one by one!

So here it is, my costume for World Book Day 2017, handmade specially by my PAWSOME uncle! And it’s not just handmade, but handmade with love. It may seem like a normal costume, but really, the love, care, time and effort that has gone into it is what makes it so valuable and heartfelt! And that’s what made this World Book Day one of the most memorable ones!

Sentimental mode on,

Omar Mukhtar a.k.a. The Pawsome Lion

#The12YearOldAuthor

#BornToWrite

#WorldBookDay

p/s: Since it’s World Book Day, I can’t help but think that if Mamajee was a book character, he would definitely be Gandalf from ‘Lord Of The Rings’ because he is kind, wise and he always has magic up his sleeves! What about you? If you were a book character, who would you choose to be?

Happy Namesake Day!

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When I was born, some people from Malaysia laughed at my parents for naming me ‘Omar Mukhtar’. According to them, it was a backdated name. They said, “You live in England, why would you give him a name like that?”. The funny thing is that living in England, none of the local people who lived here ever made fun of my name, even at school, students and teachers alike. My parents call me by my full name ‘Omar Mukhtar’, or ‘Mukhtar’ for short. I did choose to be called ‘Mukhtar’ at school too, because ‘Omar’ is also my father’s name and it could get confusing. Even though my friends and teachers found it hard in the beginning to pronounce the name ‘Mukhtar’, they didn’t choose to call me ‘Omar’ just because it was easier for them. They all respected my decision and tried their best to pronounce it. They never call me anything I didn’t want to be called.

I love how my parents named all three of us – Omar Mukhtar, Fatimah and Ali. They didn’t simply just say, “Ooh, ‘Omar Mukhtar’ sounds like a nice name, I’m going to call my son that” no, they named us after the owners of the names, hoping that one day, we might become as great a person as they are – Omar Mukhtar, after the famous Lion Of The Desert; Fatimah, after the beloved Prophet’s daughter; and Ali, after the 4th Caliph. Our parents always reminded us how important our names are and that we must live up to them. They also told us to be proud of our names and never be ashamed of them, even though some people say they are old-school.

Truthfully, I am proud to be named Omar Mukhtar and I respect my parents for naming me and my siblings with such great names – I owe it to them!

Happy Namesake Day,

Omar Mukhtar a.k.a. The Pawsome Lion

#The12YearOldAuthor

#BornToWrite

#NamesakeDay

p/s: If you can learn to pronounce Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin and many other brand names correctly…then I’m pretty sure you can easily pronounce Omar Mukhtar, FATIMAH and Ali correctly too!!

The Case Of The Missing D🍩NUT…

The Case Of The Missing D🍩NUT…it’s no Sherlock Holmes mystery! Living by the 5-second rule certainly has its perks!

Good night from Birmingham,

Omar Mukhtar 😴

#The12YearOldAuthor

#BornToWrite

p/s: Anymore #POTTERHEADS out there? Make yourself heard in the comments below! 😉

R.I.P. D🍩NUT 😭

The wait is almost over…just a few more tweaks to make and my first book will finally be published! I’m so excited to be able to share this venture of mine with all of you. It’s been a long road, but with the guidance from my family and the support from everybody, I’ve been able to make it this far! Stay tuned for more updates on my book – COMING YOUR WAY VERY SOON!

Suko Do’oh,

Omar Mukhtar a.k.a. The Pawsome Lion

#The12YearOldAuthor

#BornToWrite

p/s: Follow me on my family’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thefamily.uk/ for regular updates! 😉

Publishing My First Book!

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KING EDWARD’S SCHOOL STUDENT PUBLISHING HIS FIRST BOOK

Yes, you read that headline right…to those who didn’t know yet, I’m publishing my first book! It’s been a while since I shared my humble story with Ms Nenie Kairuman from Berita Harian Singapura 🇸🇬 I was so honoured to be featured in a very prestigious Singaporean newspaper – thank you for your PAWSOME support! So I guess it’s not really a secret anymore. Are you eager to know more about my first book? Stay tuned for more news and updates – COMING YOUR WAY VERY SOON!

The 12-year-old author,

Omar Mukhtar a.k.a. The Pawsome Lion

#BornToWrite

p/s: Follow me on my family’s Instagram account @thefamily.uk for regular updates. Stay tuned for my new video tomorrow! 😉

A Poopy Story…

 

This half-term in Science, we’ve been looking at biology, specifically the development of babies. So, the Science department decided to adopt some babies so we could examine their growth over the next few weeks. Relax…they weren’t real human babies! They were only baby chicks, and really, the chicks were actually eggs to start with. So don’t worry, no human babies were harmed during our Science lessons!

I was actually lucky enough to witness the first few baby chicks hatching! The picture above is of me before the half-term holidays (credit to my friends Prnay and Daniel for the photos) when the Science teachers decided to give us a little treat and let us stroke the hatched chicks. You might think that it was enjoyable, and it was, until that sweet moment turned into chaos! Literally all the chicks started pooping on all of my friends! In the end, everyone was less concerned about the chicks than they were about washing chick poop off their clothes and avoiding the chicks as much as they could. I was lucky enough to quickly put down the chick in the picture the moment before it did a Number 2! So overall, my first experience holding newborn chicks was not what I expected!

When we had all sat back down (and all the chick poop was washed away) one of my classmates asked the Science teacher what would happen to the chicks when we finished learning about Biology. In response, the teacher said, “Well, they’ll be sent back to the farm where they came from and, in a few months time, they’ll be…well, they might be on your plate the next time you go to KFC!” And that’s how the teacher successfully managed to keep the class quiet for the rest of the lesson – you should have seen our faces then!

Have a PAWSOME Wednesday,

Omar Mukhtar a.k.a. The Pawsome Lion

p/s: Have you ever been pooped on by an animal? Share your #poopystory!