With hair coiffed beautifully, chic revealing dresses moulding their figures and fabulous spindly heels adorning their feet, non-Muslim female celebrities are undoubtedly gorgeous to look at. They make God fearing Muslim women gaze upon their bare skin and unveiled hair with yearning; they yearn to be as desirable and glamorous as those non-Muslim celebrities when they by right should not. Instead, they should be in awe of the great Muslim women who are doing greatness in this world. These women are more deserving of admiration as they are decent Muslimahs who are brilliant in their professions.
The top of the list is Dalia Mogahed.
This Egyptian beauty who is now an American is a successful scholar. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and has a master’s degree from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) in Washington, D.C and she was the first Muslimah to work in the White House as Barack Obama’s advisor.
The second Muslimah on this list is Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Another beauty, she is from the reigning family of Dubai and a politician in the United Arab Emirati. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a master’s degree in marketing from the American University of Dubai. She is now the President of Dubai Women Establishment which helps women play their roles in the building of this world.
Nadiya Hussain, the famous British baker comes in third.
Dough mixer in hand and a joyful smile on her face, this Muslimah can bake up a storm. She baked a cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday and she has been recognized by BBC News in the 100 Women list. Her talents are plentiful as she is also a children’s book author, a novelist and a columnist.
Who says only boys swordfight? Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first American Muslimah fencer in history.
At first, she took up fencing as a hobby, but with her talent, it quickly became a career. After much training and practice, she managed to win the bronze medal in the Olympics.
Ranking number five is Muna AbuSulayman.
She does not only impress people with her stunning good looks but with her resume as well. She was a co-host for the famous Arabic talk show, Kalam Nawaem, a lecturer in the English Department at King Saud University, the Executive manager of Strategic Studies and Research Initiatives of a Saudi conglomerate holding company, Kingdom Holding, and is presently the Executive Director of Al Waleed bin Talal Foundation which is a philanthropic organization.
As one of the ten Muslims who has won the Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman, is a journalist known for her leadership in Women Journalists Without Chains which promotes human rights.
Because many women and girls in Yemen are deprived of food and education due to the favouring of men and boys, this Muslimah is endeavouring to change the laws as a politician to help the females.
Another Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, fights for freedom and education for women in Swat Pakistan which is where she comes from. From the tender age of 11, she started writing a blog about her troubles in her hometown which gained attention on her. After a failed murder attempt, the world now knows her as an education activist.
The face of Muslimah fashion in Sweden, Iman Aldebe, rose to fame from appearing in her country’s world renowned fashion brand H&M’s campaign video in 2015. From then on, she has been designing haute couture turbans as well as other breath-taking fashion pieces sold in the most famous cities in the world.
Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi is the first woman elected in Saudi Arabia. In 2015, only 18 women were allowed to be elected in Saudi Arabia and this includes Salma who actually won a seat on the council of Madrakah. She beat seven men to obtain her seat. Way to go girl!
The last, but definitely not least, on our list is the young and beautiful Noor Tagouri.
A journalist for Newsy, she is the first woman to appear in a hijab in Playboy magazine. Now, do not be too shocked by this as she was decently dressed in leather jacket, T-shirt and jeans. Her appearance was a mere statement for all renegades which is the name of the issue.
Well, those are the ten Muslimahs all Muslimahs should follow. And when I say follow, I do not mean follow on Instagram or Twitter, but to follow them in how successful they are.
Article is written by:
Nur Jalilah Binti Abdul Aziz, freelance writer of this blog at Zaahara. Interests include blog writing, academic writing and creative writing.
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