#MuslimahMonday: Highlighting Mariam Nouser

Today's #MuslimahMonday is featuring our fearless leader, Mariam Nouser! Here’s some more about her:

Pick up to 3 Muslim women who inspire you

Salma Hindy. She is a dear friend of mine. She is an engineer by day but a comedian by night. Her resiliency and passion are hard to find and she is honestly the greatest friend you could have asked for.

My mom, Jill: She converted to Islam 25 years ago and is such an incredibly humble, kind, understanding woman. She has gone through so much hardship (divorce, loss of her brother and parents, ups and downs in her career) but she never gave up. Just to show you how amazing my mom is, when I was 6 months old, she had a 9-5 and went to night school a couple of times a week. To add to that, I was really sick as a baby and had brain surgery at 6 months of age.

What do you love about being a Muslim woman?

My commitment to my faith, my drive to do good for Allah's sake. A lot of people do things for clout but I truly try to dedicate everything I do to Allah SWT. Being a visibly Muslim woman helps me create my own narrative in a time where Islam is under fire by bigots.

What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?

Oh God, I think either my stubbornness or my over-sensitivity. When I feel something should be done, I am very adamant about it. On the flip side, I take things to heart very easily and I am really working on it. While my hurt feelings diminish quicker than they used to, I still get upset.

What do you do if you’ve had a bad day?

I love crying (I know that sounds weird). It helps me think of how to reshift my focus and really lets me feel through my frustrations and pain. Life is like a sinusoidal function (excuse my love for math). In order to go through a phase, there must be an up and a down.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The two most unimportant days: yesterday and tomorrow. - My mom

My dad has a similar quote: live as if you'll die tomorrow but dream as if you have forever. What he means is, never stop striving and don't wait for a magical moment to come; just go for your dreams.

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