It’s always great to hear from other Moms and Muslimas around the world. Sharing tips as sisters makes great conversation! Enjoy the helpful advice from these sisters who generously took the time to share their valuable advice with us! If you would like to share your tips on Muslimommy, fill out the form below.
Meet Mom Muslima #1 – Faaiza Daya of www.muslimhousewifesa.wordpress.com
I am Faaiza Daya, stay at home mother. I live in Gauteng, South Africa. I am a mother of two toddlers. My son is 5 years and my little girl will be 3 in November.
Best self care tip: Take 15 minutes every morning before everyone is awake and put makeup on. Even just to put mascara and some gloss. That few minutes of mommy time and just seeing to yourself makes a huge difference.
Best parenting tip: Pick your battles…not all of them have to be fought.
Best organizing tip: Make homes for everything that way at the end of the day you can put the minions away.
Best spiritual tip: Take 5 mins every day and read a hadith or story of the sahaabahs to your kids…I love the fazail a’maal.
Meet Mom Muslima #2 – Mariam Arafat
My name is Mariam Arafat. Residing in the United Arab Emirates with my family. I am homeschooling mom of two amazing kids mashAllah. Girl 10 and Boy 6.
Best self-care tip: At the end of the day, take a relaxing bath with Epsom salt and a candle lit in the bathroom. Get dressed in comfortable pajamas, have your camomile tea, and read a book, even if it’s just a page, enjoy this time.
Best parenting tip: Make dua for your kids, hug and kiss them more, they will grow up soon.
Best organising tip: Do Little every day, so it doesn’t become an enormous task at the end of the week.
Best spiritual tip: Make dua in sujood, pour your heart out in front of the Almighty, the nearness that you feel to Allah SWT cannot be explained in words
Meet Mom Muslima #3 – Jameela Ho of www.ilmaeducation.com
Jameela Ho pre-k teacher and mother to two teenagers from Australia.
Best self-care tip: Eat plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables throughout the day. You’ll feel better, your mind will be clearer and your body will have the energy it needs to thrive and heal itself.
Best parenting tip: Hug, kiss and cuddle your children when they’re young and even when they’re older. Do it all the time. This is the best way to stay connected.
Best organizing tip: De-clutter constantly so you don’t have a build-up of things that need to be stored.
Best spiritual tip: When you get up in the morning take a moment to find something to be grateful to Allah for.
Meet mom #4 – Naazneen Khan
Naazneen (Khan) Sali-Ameen, mother to a beautiful 3 month old boy…dietitian and head of Health and Wellness for Nestlé South Africa. Aadam is 3 months old and is my little champion.
Best self care tip: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Motherhood is overwhelming, to say the least, and it’s important to Keep Your Cool! When someone offers help, TAKE it…whether to cook a meal, help tidy up or even just to keep you company one afternoon.
Best parenting tip: Don’t be too hung up on raising a text book baby…have guidelines for yourself, but don’t be too rigid. You don’t want to miss out on your baby’s beautiful development while fretting about why he didn’t poo at exactly 7am.
Best organizing tip: Be ready for anything.
Best spiritual tip: Remember to always give thanks to the Almighty for what you can see He’s given you and for what you can’t see.
Meet Mom Muslima #5 – Tasneem
Assalmu Alaikum, my name is Tasneem from Cape Town, South Africa. I am a former instructional designer but now a stay at home mom with a passion for seeking knowledge in the path of Islam. I have two kids, alhamdulillah a boy of 9 and a little girl of 3.
Best self care tip: Keep your mind active! Take up a hobby – remember before you were a wife/mom you were a person (lol) don’t lose yourself. Do something that helps you to express who you are.
Best parenting tip: Stay connected to your kids. Develop a ritual that allows you to have some special bonding time. Allow them to express themselves in this time, without them feeling worried that you will judge them or scold them.
Best organizing tip: Have an organiser!!! Lol.
Best spiritual tip: Make time for reflection. The best time is before or after fajr, when it is still tranquil.
Meet Mom Muslima #6 – Naeema Parker
Naeema Parker from Cape Town, South Africa. Clinical psychologist and part-time lecturer. Mother of 2 wonderful daughters, aged 7 and 9 alhumdulillah.
Best self-care tip: I meet many women who have given all of themselves to others.. whether it be family, work, friends etc. They find themselves depleted physically and emotionally and need to be reminded that self-care is essential before being able to care for others. It’s not selfish, it’s self-preservation!!
Best parenting tip: Don’t compare yourself to other moms/ parents. It took me a long while to realise that I could rely on my own intuition and instinct with regards to parenting decisions. Still have to remind myself sometimes!
Best organizing tip: Write all those tasks down; big and small. Start small and keep chipping away at the list. Aiming to do the biggest jobs first can be very overwhelming.
Best spiritual tip: Feeling depressed or highly anxious is not a sign of weak Imaan. In fact, through our emotional struggles, we can eventually reach a place of feeling closer to the Almighty Insha-Allah.
Meet Mom Muslima #7 – Sadia
My name is Sadia from birmongham UK. I am a working mum of 3 little munchkins, 8 year old Maryam, 4 year old Eesah and 1 year old Ammara.
Best self care tip: It’s good to be a little selfish. Take at least 5-10 mins a day and do something you enjoy like reading, crafting or writing. Those 5 minutes for yourself will feel golden. After putting the needs of the kids and husband infront of yours for the whole day, it is important for your own mental well being to take some time for yourself.
Best parenting tip: Just go with the flow because every child is different. Get to know your child and cater to each of their needs specifically. When you nurture their individual interests rather than fitting them in the same mould, you will see them thrive and grow.
Best organizing tip: Well, I’m not the most organised person there is but I will get there In Shaa Allah. What I say is there is so much information out there just find the best practice for you and stick with it. But most importantly, stop thinking about it and just get up and do it! The less clutter you have the easier it will be to keep organised. If you haven’t used it in over 6 months its probably best to find it a new home.
Best spiritual tip: I think when it comes to spirituality most mums feel like everything else, it gets put on the back burner whilst you attend to your children, your husband and your home. This feeling sometimes leaves us feeling as if we are not able to give enough time to our own spiritual well being. Just keep reminding yourself that these everyday tasks are also being done for the sake of Allah and I am sure you will soon see how this adds barakah to your everyday routine In Shaa Allah.
Meet Mom Muslima #8 – Saajida Baksa
“Allah has placed us in a particular situation & environment for a reason. Focus on using your talents to be a valuable member of your community & grow in your role as a mother so that you inspire those within your home & surroundings.”
Saajida Baksa. I am a mum to 4 amazing children. I have a son aged 8 & 3 daughters aged 6, 4 & 3. Allah has granted me an opportunity to be a mother to an amazing little girl with a congenital heart defect. She has taught me courage & has a passion for life which is contagious. It’s not without its challenges, but alhamdulillah I have found Allah’s help at every turn. I’ve established a support group for mums with children who have birth defects, congenital heart defects, autism, down syndrome, pulmonary hypertension etc, better known as, our little super heroes. Find us on Instagram @Super_Mums_of_Little_heros, to share your story or be a part of ours.
Best parenting tip: Children are an Amaanah from Allah. Do the best you can to fulfill that amaanah by encouraging them to become adults of noble character. Encourage them to be kind, generous, honest and respectful. Cherish the time that you spend with your children, create memories by doing things together. Whether you reading a book, playing a board game, riding a bicycle or kicking a ball around, when they are older, these are the moments that will remain with you, and them. Trust yourself that you are the best person for the job and you are more capable than you think. Allah will entrust you with this responsibility because Allah is aware of your ability.
Best organizing tip: Work smarter, not harder. Ask yourself if something can be done more efficiently. Plan your day but always allow room to maneuver in case of something unpredictable occurring. Ensure that everything in your home, has a home. Your kids will also appreciate that they are aware of where all their items are placed and should assist with clearing up when necessary.
Best spiritual tip: I have found that making thikr a important part of our household, makes everything easier. It’s also something one can do anywhere, while driving kids to school etc.
Meet Mom Muslima #9 – Amina Hassan
Asalamualiakum. I am Amina Hassan. I’m from Gauteng, South Africa. I am a full time educator at a state school as well as mum, nurse , cook, tutor, etc. to a busy 8 year old little girl.
Best self care tip: I have a very hectic schedule. When I am feeling a little drained I try to indulge myself to a body massage at our local spa. That hour away leaves my mind and body feeling relaxed and ready to tackle on anything.
Best parenting tip: When my daughter wakes up or goes to sleep at night , it’s with a loving hug and kiss, regardless of what arguments we had during the course of the day (believe me there are many!)
Best organizing tip: I have come to accept that having a busy eight year old in the house who is an aspiring artist, chef, dress designer, miniature food artist etc. will leave my house looking like a tornado has been through it on many days. I try to assign my daughter a corner in the house where she has a table to herself. All her supplies are kept there and they are easily accessible when the mood takes her.
Best spiritual tip: I try to encourage my daughter to do zikr. So she has a habit of doing zikr when she prays, is bored, or even when she is asking Allah for forgiveness when mistakes are realized.
Meet Muslima #10 – Theresa Corbin
Theresa Corbin, writer, thinker, blogger (islamwich.com), Muslim since 2001.
Best self-care tip: Know that self care is not selfish or self indulgent. Know you deserve to be taken care of and that you will do everything you do for others better when you do for yourself first.
Best motivating tip: Limiting yourself is limiting God’s ability to make you successful. What you are capable of achieving is up to Allah (SWT). So, just try.
Best organizing tip: “Mise en place” is a French phrase that informs the way I organize my life and everything in it. It means everything in its place. It is a technique professional chefs use to make sure everything is where it should be so they can do their job efficiently. This is what I try to do before I start my day. Making sure everything is in its place clears my minds and my space so I can be efficient.
Best spiritual tip: No matter what happens in life, God is really and truly the only one who deserves our absolute trust. Always and forever trust Allah (SWT) endlessly and with every fiber of your being. He is the only One who will never let you down.
Meet Mom Muslima #11 – Safiya Osman
Safiya Osman. In-house Fund. Johannesburg, South Africa. Mom to 2 boys ages 2 years and 7 months.
Best self care tip: Make time for yourself and take a break from the everyday monotony, even if it’s just once a week. I usually take Saturday for myself and go shopping, have a coffee or even get a massage. Look good for yourself and hubby won’t mind either. Don’t blame motherhood for looking sloppy and unkept. Make time for hubby as well. Date nights are important even if it’s just in the house.
Best parenting tip: Kids don’t need expensive toys or clothes, save that money for their education and rather spend time with them and give them your utmost attention. Love them, hug them, kiss them – they grow up way too fast. Treasure every moment. When they’re older they’ll remember that more than an expensive toy.
Best organizing tip: Prepare a menu a week in advance and make sure you have all the ingredients. As a woman, half your time is spent on deciding what to cook. I also spend Sunday mornings cutting up vegetables, onions, and doing the major prep work for my cooking for the week. Spring clean at least twice a year and donate anything you haven’t used in a year. Stop hoarding! When I declutter my house, I feel like I can think more clearly and I feel so much more organised.
Best spiritual tip: No matter how busy life gets always make time for your salaah. Make it a point to pray together as a family so prayer becomes second nature to your kids. Instill good character, morals and adhaab in your kids. Remember they’ll be someone’s husband, wife, father or mother one day Inshallah.
Meet Muslima #12 – Sumaya Soomar
Sumaya Soomar, wife/partner. HR Manager.
Best self-care tip: Always take care of yourself so you can take care of others. In order to take care of others, you need to have a healthy body, mind, and soul. You can’t give your best or do your best if you don’t feel at your best!
Best motivating tip: When you are ready to make a positive change in your life, don’t overthink it! 9 out of 10 times you’ll talk yourself out of it or postpone it. There’s no better time than right now.
Best organizing tip: Don’t buy stuff you don’t need, you’ll just have to find a place to store it.
Best spiritual tip: HAVE FAITH. Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok it’s not the END!!!
Meet Muslima #13 – Fahmeeda Osman
Fahmeeda Osman, Architect, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Best self-care tip: Take some time out of each day to be alone with your thoughts, maybe a quiet moment with a cup of coffee, or a heart pumping workout. Eating healthy and getting enough sleep and drinking lots of water are simple steps to self care. Being compassionate and loving with yourself enables you to give freely to those you love.
Best motivating tip: Take ownership of your life and just start, even if it be small actions repeated consistently over time. Do work that brings you joy and is meaningful/purposeful to you. Know that obstacles are inevitable so let go of the mistakes, learn, grow but keep moving forward! Your best is always enough.
Best organizing tip: Simplify. Declutter continuously. Keep only what you need. Donate unused items to those that are in need.
Best spiritual tip: Establish a constant connection with the Almighty by being in nature or through prayer. Let go of judgment. Practice mindfulness, have gratitude for what you currently have and always put your trust in Allah (SWT). He knows you better than you know yourself.
Meet Mom #14 – Shoohada Khanom
Hi, I’m Shoohada khanom, I’m a children’s book author and I live in London, U.K. I’m a mother of six children. My eldest is a girl, she’s 10 years old. I then have five boys ages 8, 6, 4, 2 and 4 months. Allahumma barik lahum.
Best spiritual tip: Make time to do the things you love. I like to spend an hour or so after my kids are tucked up in bed doing something I like. I normally use this time to read and write, my two favourite things.
Best parenting tip: Have a routine, but leave room for flexibility. Sometimes, things don’t go as planned and being flexible enables me to step back and go with the flow.
Best organizing tip: I’m a morning person and I like my chores to be done by a certain time. I get overwhelmed with things piling up, so I’d say to do things as you go along.
Best spiritual tip: If you find it hard to make time to read the Qur’an, play it instead. There’s nothing more soothing than the words of our Lord flowing through our homes. Even with the kids making a racket!
Thank you to our awesome mom participants. May Allah reward them for their time and effort. If you would like to share on the Meet a Mom/Muslima. Email [email protected] with a mini bio, your best tips, and a photo representing yourself. You can also send it via my Instagram page!