Tell us a little bit about yourself and about Healthy Muslimah.
I’m a certified nutrition consultant and the founder of Healthy Muslimah, a website that aims to simplify health and wellness and provide support for sisters wanting to make beautiful life changes, one simple step at a time.
Do you have a particular health/wellness philosophy that you live by? If so, what is it?
I think it would be that health and wellness is about far more than what we eat. It’s about all the elements that make us up as a whole: the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of our lives all working together to make up the ‘whole’. To thrive, we have to take care of all of these.
In terms of an overall philosophy I follow, I think the word ‘simplify’ sums it up in a nutshell. Simplify everything!!!
We deal with so much physical, mental and emotional clutter all the time that life can feel completely overwhelming. By simplifying our lives – what we eat, what we do, our homes, our to do lists, and cutting out what is unnecessary – it can reduce the stress and overwhelm and help us achieve greater balance.
Please tell us about your upcoming summit! It looks amazing, maa shaa Allah, and I’m so excited to not only speak at it but to benefit from it as well!
I’m excited too and so happy to have you as a speaker! I know sisters who struggle with hormonal issues are going to love your talk!
The Healthy Muslimah Summit is an 8-day online event, featuring 25+ incredible Muslimah speakers from across the globe who will be talking on all areas of health and wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual and way more. It’s about redefining our idea of ‘healthy’ and recognising that health is made up of more than just the food we eat.
The event will be running from the 29th July to the 5th August 2017 and registration is 100% FREE at www.healthymuslimahsummit.com. There are also gorgeous daily giveaways sponsored by Muslimah-run companies that promote health and wellness products!
What inspired the idea for the Healthy Muslimah Summit?
I think the Summit was a natural progression from the Healthy Muslimah website especially given my past event management experience. Deciding to do an online event seemed the logical thing to do as it’s the easiest way to get information out to sisters across the globe, alhamdullilah.
Is this your first time hosting such a large-scale event? What is the toughest part about it?
Believe it or not, no. Before I converted to Islam in 2010, in a rather bizarre sequence of events, I ended up being the project and operations manager of a 6500sqm (70,000sqft), 3-day exhibition with over 70 large scale exhibitors. I didn’t have any event management experience at the time so it really was quite bizarre that I ended up being offered the position!
Alhamdullilah, and by the Grace of Allah, the event was a huge success for both the years I ran it even though event management was not my area of expertise. My mom is really organised and I think some of that rubbed off on me which helped! Alhamdullilah! When I finished up my contract, I swore I’d never work in events again because of the crazy deadlines and crazy stress, but, here I am, 7 years later doing it all over again, but this time, it’s for something I believe in and I’m loving it! I have to admit, I am so grateful for the experience and couldn’t be happier about putting the Healthy Muslimah Summit together!
Between that, my past business experience and qualifying as a nutrition consultant, I feel that Allah has been guiding me in this direction and has given me the exact set of skills I needed to create the Summit. SubhanAllah. It’s made me realise that absolutely nothing is random or wasted and that Allah always has a plan, even if we don’t see or understand it at the time.
Event management does have its challenges and I think the toughest part is usually coordinating and communicating with so many people (speakers and giveaway sponsors) simultaneously and ensuring everything is ready on time.
What is your favorite part about hosting this summit?
Oh gosh, there’s so much that I am loving. I think I would have to say, top of the list is benefitting from the talks myself. They are fantastic and I am so excited to share them with you.
The entire experience of setting up the summit, connecting with sisters, listening to the talks, right down to designing the website and marketing material has been incredible. It’s been a beautiful, inspirational journey and it’s so humbling to be a conduit through which all of these amazing sisters, each with their own experience and expertise, are sharing knowledge and wisdom with others. By working collectively, we are able to bring more value to others than any one of us could ever achieve alone! I love that and pray that Allah accepts out efforts. Ameen.
What is your biggest hope for the Healthy Muslimah Summit?
I think there is more need now than ever before for the Healthy Muslimah Summit and other similar initiatives. So many women are feeling tired, disconnected, overwhelmed, unsure of what to eat, how to feel better and they just don’t know how or where to start making changes.
I pray that the Healthy Muslimah Summit provides tools and stepping stones that empower women and help us get back to a state of balance, harmony and wellness, physically, emotionally and spiritually. That is has us waking up each morning energised, positive, taking care of ourselves and making sure we fill our cup first so that we can better serve others and better worship Allah, in shaa Allah.