MashAllah again I have been blessed with the friendship of another strong Muslimah Sister – this time it’s Sumaira Zaheer, from themuslimahmommy.com. Sister Sumaira didn’t start her blog that long ago, but since that time she has gained an international fan base and recognition from all walks of life. Her advice is contemporary, down to earth and realistic for modern Muslims trying to raise their children in an Islamic way. Her advice is particularly useful for those Muslims living in western countries, where the resources may be limited in an Islamic sense, or where most Islamic learning has to take place at home. She also provides tips on how to handle any conflicts which may arise whilst raising children in environments where they will be more exposed to other cultures and traditions.
To top it off, she is also a beautiful person with an amazing creative style and a modest self confidence. As with my previous interviews with Nina from Lu’Lu Bag and Aisha from Aisha’s Oasis, I am inspired by the way she balances her home life and creativity in a modern way, while still maintaining a strong sense of her Islamic self. Thank you so much to Sister Sumaira for taking the time to answer my questions; it is so much appreciated and welcome. I hope that you all enjoy the interview inshAllah and please see the link to her pages below – JAK, Noora x
http://themuslimahmommy.com/ Instagram @THEMUSLIMAHMOMMY and @AmeeraSumZ
Q1. As a Muslim in a western society, what are the common misconceptions about Islam that you face?
Living in Canada has been great, as it’s quite a multicultural country! As a result of the diversity within Canada, I haven’t faced many misconceptions in terms of my religion. It always amazes me of how knowledgeable non-Muslim Canadians are about Islam. However, with that said, there are the few individuals that are shocked when they find out I hold a University degree! I usually tell people that YES, Muslim women have the right to an education, and many such as myself have a degree! So, with that said, I guess a very few individuals have the misconception that Muslim women stay locked up in their houses and are not allowed to pursue a post secondary education!
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