For devout Muslim Mubarakah, a 30-year-old mother of four, life in her 30s is about family and career. Married for 14 years, Mubarakah never had to worry about the dating scene. "Dating in Islam is forbidden," she says. "When you meet someone and you' re talking to them, the purpose is for marriage. So you' re getting to know someone to know whether or not that' s somebody you want to be married to."
In her career as a certified personal trainer, Mubarakah' s biggest challenge is finding workout clothes in keeping with her faith. "As Muslim women, we can only show our face and hands," she explains. "Most workout outfits are either short sleeved or too tight." She modifies her clothes by adding length to sleeves and hems, taking care to look cute at the same time. "I try to at least look like I' m matching and I have some kind of style," she says. "So generally my headscarf will match my outfit."
Mubarakah says she encounters many myths about her religion, including her heritage. "People automatically think I' m from another country, but my mother' s family is Cherokee and my father' s African-American, so I' m as American as it gets," she says. An open attitude helps Mubarakah deal with misconceptions. "If people don' t understand, I just try to be very personable with it," she says. "I' m very open as far as questions."
Commitment to her religion requires Mubarakah to pray five times daily, whether she' s working with a client, at the movies, or in her living room. Still, she says that American Muslims are just like any other Americans. "We' re no longer immigrants or converts to Islam, but rather American-born Muslims that lead regular American lives. [We] incorporate our Islamic beliefs and practices into our every day," Mubarakah says. "In the end, all our goals are the same. All of us want to raise our kids to be contributing members of society, to be healthy, to be happy. And no matter where you choose to worship, every woman wants to know, 'How do you get rid of cellulite?'
This article was written by Oprah Winfrey staff and appeared on oprah.com
Keep it up God will always be with you. Masha Allahu. Barakallahu fee.
Thank you Mubarakah, and Allah bless you Ameen.
The areticle is worth reading . I like to communicate with her. She is a modern working mother and is not a copycat. She abides with MUSLIM WOMEN DRESS CODE. I liked very much what i saw in her.
Thanks For The sister
and this is muslim women should be
God bless you all
Seeing my sister in her beautiful dress and Smile on her face, she makes us muslim women proud.
May Allah bless her and her family.
I absolutely agree with this article. I just in found it completely same with that we face here in Kazakhstan as Muslim women.
thank you for this article.
May Allah bless us all!
Jazakum Allahu Khayran.
Great article. Good for shattering some myths about Muslims in the USA and worldwide. We are just regular people who worship in our way. I wish more Muslim women worldwide held the belief stated here about, "Dating in Islam is Forbidden". As a Muslim convert, I haven't seen this belief as strongly as I wished. It seems as though many sisters have forgotten this. Having been born and raised in the USA and spending time in Indonesia, I'm very sad to see how many partners some women have had prior to marriage.
Mubarakah will be a great role model for many Muslim women.
Laha Illa Illa Anta Soubanaka In'nikountoun minal zwalimina. Oh Allah forgive me and wind up my faith so that I never wear neither short nor medium sleeves again except at home. Ya Gafar, Ya Razak, Ya Raouf Ya Rabal Alamine.
Choukrane for your article. Jazzak Allah Moubarakan Fihi.
I really think this sister is very strong. I saw her and her family on Oprah. She really did Represent herself and the deen very well. She, unlike other muslim women I had seen on Oprah in the past, was not ashamed to cover herself. I really did enjoy her being on the show, Mashallah.
Most of all, I enjoyed the fact that she is a trainer. We definitely need more muslim females in that field. Thanks Islamicity for this article.