I am often asked what advice I wish someone would have shared with me when I was a younger Muslim woman. My four year old daughter, who is an amana, or trust from God, inspires me to think of how I can raise her to be a compassionate, outspoken and deeply thoughtful woman.
So here goes, some thoughts for my younger Muslim sisters (originally on my twitterfeed @najeebasyeed). Add your own!
2)Do not apologize for who you are.
3)Don't be afraid to take up space in conversations.
4)The spiritual journey of life is connected to other aspects of accomplishments.
5)You are beautiful and in the hard times keep your head up, turned to Allah and peace will find you.
6)Make the focus of beautifying the interior landscape of the heart and mind a priority.
7)Invest in knowledge as if your life depended on it... And it does, education is what feeds a believer.
8)There is no value in cutting each other down. Build each other up and everyone gets up the ladder faster.
9)Our tradition is full of women who led with courage,intelligence and bravery. Get to know history,know yourself.
10) The transmission of knowledge across generations is a key to us learning from one another. I learn from you and you learn from me. Spaces to share and amplify our joint intelligence only helps us all.