#BOSSMUSLIMAH GIVEAWAY- What Does it Mean to be a Boss Muslimah?

By Sumayya Tobah, Editor 

I’m going to be upfront about this from the start — there is no one way to be a Boss Muslimah.

She doesn’t come from a specific global region. Muslim women from all over the world are doing amazing things, no matter where they’re from, where they grew up or where they’re living now. Whether you’re a little bit of a nomad (like me) and those are all different places, or you’re a hometown girl and been in one place your whole life, you can still be a boss.

She doesn’t have a look. Although many do wear the hijab, an equal fraction choose not to. And the Boss Muslimah does not buy into society’s obsession with what women wear. Hijab, no hijab, niqab, shorts, bikinis; society is obsessed with policing, discussing and analyzing the exterior of Muslim women the world over. Not only is this incredibly annoying and tiresome, but it causes us to forget about the real issues and concerns of Muslim women. The Boss Muslimah knows this. She supports the choices of her sisters and fights those who pressure them otherwise.

She doesn’t have a set level of religiosity. Part of the beauty of Islam is that it allows for a range of opinions and interpretations. And as human beings, our spirituality is fluid; it fluctuates and moves freely, and the boss Muslimah allows her sisters (and brothers) the freedom of living without judgement and is in constant remembrance of her own humanity and imperfections.

She’s totally allowed to feel flawless every once in a while though.

She doesn’t have to be outgoing, or quiet. She doesn’t have to be a social media star, or a total hermit. She can be all kinds of wonderful, brilliant, ambitious, wholesome, outrageous, sensational and free.

She just has to be.

I have met boss Muslimahs with hands rough from working all day. They have sturdy bodies and stubborn minds. I have met boss Muslimahs with aching back from carrying their children. They work, pray and breathe for their families. I have met boss Muslimahs with tired eyes, eyes dry from classrooms, board rooms, courtrooms and operating rooms. They are our professors, teachers, doctors and mentors. We all know them. They inspire us;  the more we recognize them and celebrate their qualities, the more we can embody those qualities and become an example to the next generation of Muslim women.

With this blog, we hope to recognize not only the numerous boss Muslimahs in our lives, but also the little quirks and qualities that make us total bosses.

#BOSSMULIMAH GIVEAWAY

What makes you a Boss Muslimah? Share a picture, on Instagram,  of yourself or of someone in your life and tell us why you (or they) are a #BossMuslimah. You will be entered into the Boss Muslimah Giveaway to have a chance to win a collection of Cotton Wool Scarves!

Remember to: 

-Post a photo of yourself or someone you know with the explanation.

-Use the hashtags #bossmuslimahs #ahfifgiveaway!

Follow @bossmuslimahs on Instagram 

-Enter by August 5th for a chance to win!

Follow Sumayya on Instagram and Twitter @thisissumayya

Follow us on Instagram @ahfif and @bossmuslimahs to see what we’ve been up to! 

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#CanYouHearUsNow

Featured photo taken from TheDailyDot.com

“Time to get in formation ladies! Donald Trump says the reason Ghazala Khan didn’t speak at the Democratic National Convention is because she wasn’t allowed to. Let’s lift our voices together to enlighten him about the true nature of our voices!” -Edina Lekovic

Muslim women have been tweeting and posting using the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow.

We have compiled multiple articles you can read from to learn more about this campaign, and how Boss Muslimahs all over the world are denying Donald Trump’s perception of Muslim women.

  1. http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2016/08/01/canyouhearusnow-muslim-group-urges-women-to-speak-out-against-trump/
  2. http://thetempest.co/2016/08/01/life-love/40-badass-times-donald-trump-asked-canyouhearusnow/
  3. http://www.mediaite.com/online/canyouhearusnow-muslim-women-respond-to-trumps-slams-on-ghazala-khan/
  4. http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/donald-trump-the-target-of-muslim-women-s-canyouhearusnow-trend-on-twitter-1.12118773
  5. http://www.dailydot.com/irl/can-you-hear-us-now-muslim-women/

 

Get involved-share a little bit about who you are and how you speak out using the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow!

Follow us on Instagram @ahfif and @bossmuslimahs to see what we’ve been up to! 

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8 Quotes for a BossMuslimah

By Waffa Abu-Hajar, Blog Coordinator

If you’re like me, you’re pushing yourself and are determined to get to your goal. But sometimes you have those days where you just feel like giving up.

As a student who has been taking classes all summer, here are a few quotes I like to read, analyze, and apply to my life to help me reach my goals and also to be my best self.

  • “Be patient. For what was written for you was written by the greatest of writers.”-Unknown

    • This is a perfect reminder when something doesn’t go the way you planned. You learn from your mistakes, take what you’ve learned, and apply it to what is to come.
  • “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”-Unknown

    • In my opinion, it’s okay to be going through tough times because if you keep going at it, it will get better. Believe me.
  • “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”-Ernest Hemingway

    • Today, people like to be confident, which is how we should be, but confidence isn’t thinking higher of yourself over others.
  • “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”-C.S. Lewis

    • I think this one speaks for itself.
  • “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”-Mahatma Gandhi

    • I have had a lot of experience with being hurt by others. Anger is a strong emotion that most people cannot let go. People may tell you not to forgive someone because they keep hurting you, but forgiving others shows how mature you can be.
  • “If there is one recipe for unhappiness it is that: expectations.”-Yasmin Mogahed

    • I have learned that expecting an outcome, and holding on to it so tight, may end up hurting or upsetting you. To not have expectations will help you be happier.
  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”-Winston Churchill

    • When you get that grade on a test you studied really hard for, and you feel like it is over. It’s NOT. Trust me, I have been through failures that taught me so many lessons.
  • “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”-Malcolm X

    • Education, not just going to school and getting a degree, but learning from experience. Don’t let an opportunity go, for you may end up learning and gaining a lot from it.

Follow Waffa on Instagram and Twitter at @waffabuhajar

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Eid Special: Ahfif Pop Up Boutique

We wrapped up Ramadan as So Cal’s premier pop up shop, in collaboration with our fave local LA brands + designers (aka #BOSSMUSLIMAHS).

First and foremost – Ahfif’s biggest warehouse sale dropped: Racks on racks of $10 and up items and one-off pieces!

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Featured brand: Modern Eid and their hand crafted collections of decor, favors and gifts. We sure celebrated Ramadan/Eid in style this year!

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Some of Modern Eid‘s goodies at the Ahfif Pop Up Boutique: Eid greeting cards, halal gummies and candy, acrylic hanging banners, gold flash tattoos…

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Featured brand: The Soft Launch for Khazaal Apparel, So-Cal’s newest contemporary modest clothing brand.

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Here’s a video re-cap of the Ahfif Boutique Grand Opening!

 

If you don’t want to miss out on our next online warehouse sale happening only ONCE – register your e-mail and get first dibs!

Follow us on Instagram @ahfif and @bossmuslimahs to see what we’ve been up to! 

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Breakfast at Night with Ahfif

The Ahfif Crew shares some of our favorite parts of Ramadan – specifically everything post-Taraweh! Check out some of what we have for “breakfast at night” and share yours to get featured!

A few years ago, there was a photo project that started during Ramadan called “Break_fast @ Night”. People from all over the world would submit photos of their favorite parts of Ramadan, so we would like to continue the “breakfast at night” tradition! Here are some photos from our Ahfif Crew:

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“Maghrib, also know as during Ramadan, iftar.”-Ahfif Marketing & Communications

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“The best time to reflect is right before Maghrib prayer.”-Ahfif Marketing & Communications

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“In the MYG room at the Islamic Center of Southern California!”-Ahfif Marketing & Communications

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“The perfect cup of tea with mint leaves post taraweeh :)”-Ahfif Marketing & Communications

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“Chocolate cravings can only be settled with coffee!”-BossMuslimahs Blog Contributor

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“Bless places that are open 24 hours.”-Ahfif Stylist Intern

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“Breakfast at 1 am is never healthy” – Ahfif Co-Founder & CEO

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“Waiting in line for San Diego’s most hyped up 24 hr donut spot”- Ahfif Co-Founder & CEO

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“It’s not about the final destination but about the journey”- Ahfif Co-Founder & CEO

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“Traditional breakfast diner for suhoor”-Ahfif Stylist Intern

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“Watching the sun rise with good company.”-Ahfif Marketing & Communications

Now its your turn! Take pictures of your favorite parts about Ramadan and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #breakfastatnight so it can be featured!

Follow us on Instagram @ahfif and @bossmuslimahs to see what we’ve been up to! 

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