Asalamu’alaikum! Welcome to the site!
February’s Muslimah of the Month is the 27, soon to be 28 year old, writer of the blog IfYouSeeMay on WordPress. While Instagram scrolling one day I saw her featured as a MelanatedMuslimah. I went to her page and her sense of unique style caught my attention. I then checked out her blog and wanted to know more about her. So grab a snack and let’s meet Maimoona!
UK: Let’s start off by talking about you. Describe yourself to our readers.
M: I’m not really sure what to say so I’m just going to babble.
UK: Babbling is allowed lol
M: I currently work in retail and I am also studying to be a Dietitian. I am a Muslim woman and I’m from a Caribbean background, however I have never been to Jamaica. I love horror/ thriller films and intend to write one, one day. I am a shopaholic and I have real issues with spending money. I love to travel and have so many places I need to visit. I have a lot of energy and often don’t really know what to do with it.
UK: Why did you choose to start a blog?
M: I started a blog because I wanted to be able to express my opinions and share my story. It was an opportunity to put a magnifying glass to the world to give others a better understanding of the world we live in from my perspective. There is a quote that I love and it has been my driving force to continue ‘If you don’t’ tell your story then somebody else will. They will kill you and make everyone believed you enjoyed it’. I want to be able to share MY story and experiences. I want it empower black women, Muslim women, women in general and showcase marginalized members of society.
UK: What can readers expect when checking out your blog?
M: Hopefully an open minded look at the world. Some interesting topics with a lot of frank opinions.
UK: Nice! What unforseen perks, if any, have you encountered since beginning your blog?
M: I haven’t really encountered many perks, I mostly am just glad that people read my blog and are interested in what I have to say.
UK: Blogging has become part of the status quo. What advice would you give other aspiring bloggers?
M: Be consistent, Be you. Write about what you enjoy & love and people will be interested.
UK: I agree. As a blogger it’s important not to mock what everyone else is doing. Find your passion and stick to it. I noticed that you rock your natural hair, I like it, what would you say is key to maintaining it?
M: To maintain natural hair my main way is with low manipulation. I use protective styling all the time mostly because I am lazy. Mostly crochet braids because that way I can leave my hair to do its thing.
UK: What do you say to other Muslimahs who don’t cover regarding backlash that they may receive about hijab?
M: I would say it is important to make the decision you feel is right for you. You will spend your whole lifetime doing things to please people and there will always be someone that will have something to say. Wearing a hijab is so personal and should be kept between you and your Lord. You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone. If you lose friends because of it then you know they weren’t suppose to be in your life anyway, because at the end of the day they should support you and not judge you.
UK: Were you raised in an Islamic household?
M: I was raised in a Muslim household in London, England. Most of my coming of age growing up in Birmingham. Both of my parents are reverts. So my brothers/sisters and I are the first generation of born Muslims.
UK: What is the most important key to your faith?
M: Prayer, it keeps me grounded and often helps keep things in perspective.
UK: Agreed, prayer is a humbling experience! Do you have a favorite ayah of the Quran?
M: My favorite ayah in he Quran can be found in Surah Al Kafirun. I really love this surah most of all. I feel a connection with it’s message especially living in the society we currently find ourselves in within the Muslim community and outside of it. The ending line is very conclusive “For you is your religion, and for me is my religion.”
UK: I always like to end with this question, as I get some incredible answers lol…What is an interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?
M: I studied contemporary dance for 5 years and dabble in it from time to time.
Thank you once again for allowing me to feature you on the site! Check this sister out further at ifyouseemay.wordpress.com or @ifyouseemay on Instagram!