Who run the world? Girls! If there’s one thing Beyonce got right, it’s that women are powerful, strong, resilient human beings who change the world every chance they get. So, if you’re ever in need of some inspiration to get up and run the world, check out some of the most inspirational Muslim women from around the world.
Noor Tagouri Believes in Personal Rebellion as a Form of Authenticity
What better way to start this list of inspiration Muslim women than with Noor Tagouri who self-proclaims herself to be “the elephant in the room”. When it comes to stereotypes associated with being a Muslimah, Noor breaks them all as she believes your “most authentic self is a form of rebellion.”
Noor has made some major media appearances (and even larger progress) within the community of Muslim women. More recently, she called on the 10,000 Muslim women to let their voices be heard. “I am the voice that explains my religion, that clarifies the context of cultural nuances, and that makes sure when we’re reporting news stories regarding terrorist groups like ISIS, we are reporting it in a way that doesn’t generalize the Muslim population”.
LaRita Dixon Uses Art To Break Stereotypes
When art is combined with culture, the results are always astonishing. LaRita Dixon is a Muslimah who uses her talent to “show the fun side of Muslims” through painted portraits of beautiful Muslim women. LaRita combines vibrant colors and unique expressions to break the stereotypes surrounding Muslim women, the hijabi and the culture as a whole. Not only that but her art pieces are absolutely stunning and the beauty goes far beyond what meets the eye.
Rajaeu el Mouhandiz Uses Music to Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Rebellion
Art has a powerful way to say everything that’s needed to be said, with very few words if any at all. Rajaeu el Mouhandiz from Morocco spent years challenging Muslim music labels for not wanting to promote her simply because she was a woman who didn’t wear a hijab. Instead of letting this defeat her, she used the hurdle as her strength and continued to create music as a way to express herself. Today, she has her own music production company and uses it to challenge outdated ideologies with pop culture as her best tool for cultural diplomacy and cultural rebellion.
Nadia Helmy Ahmed Uses Sport to Challenge the Cultural Discourse
When it comes to a strong, fierce independent Muslimah, Nadia Helmy is it. She uses boxing to “exhibit leadership… [and to] encourage other women to be strong norm breakers,” because the ideas about how Muslim women should act are outdated.
Today, she is recognized as an official Muslima Ambassador and continues to teach the lessons she’s learned from boxing to other Muslim females in the community.
Senna Ahmad Embarks on a Culture Change With Captured Moments
Senna Ahmad is a photographer in the United States who uses photography to showcase the beauty of females from all different backgrounds; with unique stories; different races and different ages. She is highly recognized for a photo she took of a little Muslimah sitting on the floor amongst the crowd of people, fiercely peering into the camera lens with bright, bold eyes full of wonder. It was at this moment that she realized that “our hope truly does lie in hands of those younger than us.”
Though, Senna isn't just an advocate for muslim women; she's an advocate for all women. One of her photography entries titled, "Unity in Color," is a series that used the American Sign Language symbol for "unity" to bring diverse women of all backgrounds together as one.
The world doesn’t fall short of inspirational Muslim women and these five are only a glimpse at the wonderful change that is coming to the future. So, channel your inner Noor, LaRita, Rajaeu, Nadia and Seena and become the strong, independent Muslimah that goes after everything she desires, even if it means breaking out of your shell, rebelling against outdated ideologies of what a Muslim woman should be, and doing something different.
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