Friday, June 20, 2014

Featured Muslimah: Umm Ayana


Bismillaah

"All praise and thanks belongs to Allaah. Lord & Creator of all the worlds. May Allaah bestow His peace & mercy upon the Prophet, his family, his companions, and on all of those who follow them in truth until The Last Day" Aameen

As salaamu alaykunna!

Today is Friday! *inserts excited squeal of delight*
It's the end of the week and that means we feature another awesome Muslimah that you should get to know!

Today's Featured Muslimah is Umm Ayana of Ummi's House. She is the hobby homemaker and she shares just that her hobbies, homemaking journey and excellent crafting skills! I'm so excited to feature her...so enough of my always ranting before the interview :-) and lets get to business!


1.      What is the name of your blog/website?


2.       Tells us a little about yourself.

The simple description is muslimah, wife, and mother to 3. Some of my favorite things are the color purple, paisleys, roses, and dirt. Some words that describe me are shy, hard headed, out going, and temperamental. Yeah that was all over the place and that's exactly how I am. Depending on what day you talk to me you may love me or hate me, then there are others who love every part of me and I love them for this. I've lost a lot of friends because I'm unpredictable, so the ones that have stuck around are the ones I try and keep close. 

3.      What are your strengths and how do you make them work for you? And how do others benefit?

My biggest strength is the ability to easily transition from one task to another, this allows to me to spread myself around and get more things done, on the other hand it can also mean that some things don't actually get completed. This is a great benefit to my family because otherwise they may go without eating a few days a week because any project I start comes with the possibility of consuming all of my time. 
I used to take this ability for granted until realizing that it's something that children have to be taught and lots of people have yet to learn. 

4.      How do you spend your leisure time?

Leisure time for me is usually stolen at any chance I get. With that I don't get to do a lot of planning, so I just do whatever fits. For example if I'm in the kitchen cooking and I have time to sit for a minute I'm probably spinning yarn and watching one of my favorite craft podcasts. Whereas if I'm waiting at the dentist office I'll probably be crocheting or surfing the net on my phone looking at DIY projects. 

5.      What experience has changed your outlook towards life?

Being a teenage mom without a lot of family support was a real turning point in my life. Through the many experiences that came with my new responsibilities I had to learn how to survive and make it work.There were many times during that period of life when I felt as if I couldn't make it, by Allah's mercy it all worked out. Now I can look back on where I came from as a reminder that it gets better. 

6.      Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant to you.

This question is really hard for me because I find myself at war with time, I'm not getting any younger and I have so much that I'd like to accomplish. To date my most significant accomplishment has been keeping my children alive, its not easy. Through the years I've had so many doubts about my parenting whether it be education, diet, discipline, you name it, but I always come back to the fact that they're alive. 

7.      What is your idea of fun? If given a chance to skip work/home life responsibilities for a day, how would you spend the entire day?

My idea of fun is a cool breeze, hot tea, and my feet up. I'd spend a day with no have to do tasks at my sewing machine, preferably making something new for myself. Out of all the things I like to do sewing is the hardest to make time for because things tend to go kind of crazy when my back is turned for to long. 

8.      When have you been the most satisfied in your life?

I've never been more satisfied than I am right now. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of things I could complain about, just because that's the nature of life in this world. What keeps me satisfied is knowing that it's all temporary. 

9.      Whether you are a revert or reared in Islaam , what was that defining moment where you realized Islaam was for you?

I always knew that Islam was for me, ever since I was first introduced to it at age 14. I just had to get some bumps and bruises to show as proof to myself that I knew what I was talking about. My bumps and bruises taught me that the hard road isn't always fun, but often required because that's where the real lessons are learned. Some of us just cant appreciate joy without first knowing pain. Oh and yes, Rob Base and EZ Rock's "Joy & Pain" played in my head as I responded to this question!

10.  If you were standing in front of a large crowd and you had to give them one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don't wait for permission to follow your dreams!

Thanks Umm Ayana for this interview! If you or somebody you know should be featured on Mariam Poppins then send me an e-mail at mariampoppins@gmail.com


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