‘AYE’ is to AYEsha and ‘INA’ is to SamINA
Founders of AYEINA – Two Muslim mom bloggers (commonly known as the “twin-ninjas”), countries apart, with hearts as one – Sisters by birth and best friends by choice.
AYEsha (the first half of AYEina) – A soul juggling between the roles of a mother (of 2), wife & daughter in law – is currently a student of Islamic Psychology at IOU with a previous degree of Masters in Business Administration and Ta’leem ul Qur’an. With a hint of space in-between, she occupies herself in arts and crafts, photography, writing her heart out and sewing. Always in search of contentment, finding it nowhere else but in Allaah.
samINA (the second half of ayeINA) – a mum of two, currently studying Intensive Arabic Program from Islamic Online University with a previous degree of Electronic Engineering and Ta’leem ul Qur’an. She’s a writer by heart, an artist by nature and a Muslim by soul.
Our Hijab / Niqab Story: After posting my mother in law’s revert story & discussing how difficult it is for new Muslims when they have no support from their loved ones, next comes the new practising Muslims! . . Me & Ayesha started hijab in our late teens along with our mother. Before that, even though we lived in Saudi Arabia, we never wore hijab consciously. And contrary to the popular belief, we were never forced to wear hijab in KSA either. It all started simply with one book in a hospital. Nothing too dramatic. We were just sitting in the waiting area where we grabbed a book on the table out of boredom about women & modesty in Islam. . . We discussed that book for 2 months – day in & day out. To be honest, we didn’t want to accept this huge change in our lives so we kept finding ways around it – until we couldn’t…Allah’s message was clear! And then came Ramadan! . . We went for taraweeh in the local mosque & there was something in the air, something in the recitation, something in the power of congregation that as soon as we finished our prayer, we said to each other – let’s start the hijab. Our mother said – count me in too! And that was it! We all went to our father and said we’re all starting hijab and he stood there wondering what has gotten into them suddenly (when they bought all these straighteners and stuff – we were on our semester vacations). . . We returned to university as hijabis. Ayesha was doing her masters in business administration while i was doing bachelors in electronic engineering. It was the most weird thing in the world to walk in the class that stared at us like we were aliens🙄 . . After that, we went into studying Islam with an open heart – a heart that is willing to accept change. So one by one, we left music, portrait sketching, media etc. Slowly but gradually. Then we started wearing abayas. Then turned to simpler garb. Then finally the niqab. After completing our degrees, we completed Taleem ul Quran (tajweed, tafsir etc.) . . Now Ayesha is studying Islamic Psychology & I’m studying advanced Arabic (after completing the basic arabic course). And with all this came AYEINA 🦋 . . Were you the same? Share your story below⤵️
Other Team Members at AYEINA:
Noshin Bokth (Editor): A 20-year-old student of Islamic Sciences. She is a freelance writer and content editor, who has written for various websites, specializing in faith-based content. Noshin writes with the intention to bring people comfort and solace, to fight Islamaphobia and impart the Islamic teachings of love and mercy.
Yousra Naeem (Virtual Assistant): Yousra – a student of clinical psychology – wants to spread positivity & kindness in this world through her blog https://usranaeem.wordpress.com. She also works as a freelance writer & content editor for different magazines.
AYEINA as a whole is an online space for self-reflection and self development – spreading productivity through #iWILLinshaAllah and positivity through #AlhamdulillahForSeries. Shop our novelty self help journals based around Islamic Psychology HERE.
Ayeina is also an urdu word which means a MIRROR
(inspired by the following hadith):
The hadith around which our campaign #MuslimsCollab revolves – a campaign to encourage collaborations among Muslims instead of competitions.
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We have been featured on BBC, Nat Geo, Smithsonian Magazine, The Sun Magazine, Cosmopolitan (Middle East), Sisters Magazine, The Intellect Magazine among the others alhamdulillah. See the full list HERE.
To know more about us, please read the following interviews:
1) by the amazing community of Muslimah Bloggers as their featured blogger for March 2016.
2) by the very sweet Ramsha Rose at rosemua.com
4) by the superwoman – Anafiya Gifts for her Muslim mumpreneur series
5) by the creative Dina Designs
6) by the very kind Muslimah Healthy
7) by the tech-expert Coding Owl
8) by the Muslimah entrepreneur Aaliyah from Islamic kid bookstore
9) by the hardworking homeschool mama at Raising Rayyan
10) by the homeschooling mom at The World is Their Classroom
11) by a Dubai-based parenting Blogger From Mummy to Nayel
12) by a Youth Ambassador Amina Edota at Youth Hub
13) by the talented mompreneur Lail Hossain at With A Spin
14) by the multi-talented mom of 6 Zakiyya at Muslimommy
15) by a talented Author Zeneefa Zaneer
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