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I’m going to use this post to introduce myself. In sha Allah, knowing more about me will allow you to understand my posts a bit better. So, where do I start? Well I’m a 23 year old Nigerian Muslimah living in the US. I was born and raised in a Muslim household and come from a pretty big family. I enjoy cooking, reading, learning and traveling. I am married, Alhamdulilah. My husband is American and reverted to Islam six years ago. We’ve been married for a year and currently do not have any children but in sha Allah, someday, we will.
I studied Islam, politics, development and economics in school and I've previously worked for non-profit organizations. Currently, I spend my time being an awesome wife, managing Striving For Modesty, being a matchmaker, working as a Younique Presenter, volunteering with various community organization, and now, contributing to Striving For Clarity. You’re probably wondering why and how I do all these things. Well 1. I love being busy and 2. There are so many things that I want to do and I believe that if I prioritize and manage my time well, I can do them all. Alhamdulilah, I have so far been successful in all of my endeavors. You’re probably also wondering how a ‘proper’ Muslimah can be a Younique Presenter. The simple response to that is- Islam has guidelines and boundaries and as long as one stays within them, all is well. There is nothing impermissible about makeup in itself. What can be impermissible is the manner in which it is used, such as being tabarruj(adorning ones self in the presence of non-mahram). I take care in ensuring that I don’t fall outside of the boundaries. I’m sure I’ll go into more details about this in a future post.
Islam is something that I consider an integral part of my life and I’m always striving to be a better Muslim. I love learning new things and I am always interested in discovering new knowledge about Islam. When I am introduced to new knowledge, I generally research it more in depth and if I find that the information is authentic, I ponder over how I will incorporate it into my life.
With that being said, it’s important to mention that I am extremely cautious of where I get knowledge from and who I ‘listen’ to when it comes to religious advice. My husband and I believe in following the Qur’an and Sunnah and practicing Islam in the manner endorsed by the Pious Predecessors. Most people would probably characterize us as strict or conservative. For the most part, we are conservative and prefer ‘adherent’ over strict.
We don’t celebrate or observe un-Islamic holidays(notice I said UN-Islamic and not non-Islamic) such as Christmas, Halloween, etc. in any way. We try to limit interactions with members of the opposite gender and outside of work and family, avoid gender mixing. We generally read the Qur’an everyday and discuss the ayat we read. We try our best to adhere to the deen and not look for ‘loopholes’. We pray, we fast, we engage in charity work and overall, try to represent Islam in a positive way.
I do observe hijab by wearing a headscarf and an abaya/jilbab. I previously wore niqab but I no longer do. At the moment, I am working on memorizing more of the Qur'an and preparing for Ramadan. I have grown over the years in regards to my adherence to Islam and I, in sha Allah, hope to grow and improve even more.
Overall, I look forward to contributing loads of interesting ‘tidbits’ to my “corner”. I love getting feedback and engaging in dialogue so please leave comments on my posts and ask questions!
About "Life Gems"
Welcome to another addition to "Lady_Meansie's Corner". This portion of my corner is essentially my blog. The posts will be short but packed with important reminders for fellow Muslimahs. Remember to leave your thoughts in the comments. I love engaging in dialogue with my fellow Muslimahs.