8 Muslim Influencers You Should Be Following Right Now

muzmatch
17 October

From travel to health tips, Muslim influencers have taken the world by a storm. Although everyone's heard of the likes of many fashion and beauty influencers like Dina Tokio or Huda Kattan, other categories have gone a bit under the radar. There are so many brilliant Muslim storytellers in the online sphere which we wanted to shine a light on!

Nadir Nahdi  

Born and brought up in London, Nadir's creativity has really taken off in 2019. His breakout documentary 'Finding Nenek' explores issues of identity, culture and family as he goes on a journey to find out who his Grandmother was and essentially where he comes from. As a captivating storyteller, Nadir helps bring to light the issues around not knowing our roots which a lot of us have faced at some point.

I'm not Western enough to be Western, Eastern enough to be Eastern. I grew up yearning for a sense of belonging, searching for somewhere to feel home.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

As a true disrupter, Suhaiymah (also known as The Brown Hijabi) isn't afraid to call out the islamaphobia and racism that is still present in our society. After graduating from Cambridge, Suhaiymah regularly writes and speaks about topics ranging from Islamophobia, racism, feminism and poetry. Her work has been featured in the likes of Al Jazeera, ITV and the Islam Channel; her most recent accomplishment is the launch of her debut poetry collection 'Postcolonial Banter' which is available this month! She's dedicated, fierce and nothing's going to stop her from standing up for what she believes in ♥️

Halima Aden

No doubt, Halima Aden is the most influential on this influencer list, but she's arguably also one of the most inspiring. Born to Somali parents, Halima was brought up in a Kenyan refugee camp until the age of six after the family home in Somalia was tragically burned down. After settling in Minnesota in the US, Halima was the first to do many things... The first Somali American to be crowned homecoming queen in her high school. The first woman to wear a hijab in a US beauty pageant. The first woman to wear a headscarf and burkini on the swimsuit cover of Sports Illustrated. As a woman and a Muslim she's breaking down barriers wherever she goes, meaning she's definitely one to watch.

That's the thing, the stereotype is that Muslims want to come to this country and they want to change the rules, they want to change everything. That's the opposite of what I want. I just want to participate.

@BeardedPashtun

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Imagine children going to the mosque with their parents for Jummah and seeing the Imam turn up in a cool sports car whilst wearing the nicest clothes in that entire room. Imagine them seeing the Imam being the most popular guy there but still he knows every child’s name and works with them on a regular basis. How many of those children would be inspired and want to follow in his footsteps? One of the reasons I believe Muslims in the UK are not reaching their potential is because our leaders are not putting in the work that they should be. And you know what? I don’t blame them. Why would you put in so much effort and work tirelessly for a community who doesn’t care about you but still expects you to work 7 days a week, 365 days a year for £14,000. Start having these conversations at your mosque. Turn that 14k into 140k so the work carried out for us reflects such a salary. And don’t tell me that we haven’t got the funds for it. If we can pay £100k for a chandelier then we have money to train our Imams and increase their salaries. I recently visited a community of Muslims in the USA. When I visited their mosque, I asked the Imam why there wasn’t a dome or a minaret because the building (although huge) didn’t look like a mosque. I was told that the community worked out that a dome would have cost around $40k so instead of spending that money on something that wouldn’t have much use, they decided to build a gym with showers and locker rooms in the mosque for the youth instead. That is the mentality we MUST adopt! Muslims in the UK have the money. We just don’t know how to use it efficiently and the entire community suffers as a result. Start having these conversations, people. We need to change.

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Currently at 4414 followers on Instagram, Fahd, the man behind @beardedpashtun is growing rapidly. Aside from an epic handle name, Fahd's aim is to ultimately 'create posts that start conversations exploring potential solutions for issues that we face as young Muslims living in the West'. He's taken this initiative to the real world as well with monthly gatherings in Birmingham where young Muslims can freely talk and build a community that many of us yearn for.

Don’t learn about Christianity from the Imam and Islam from the priest. Be fair and just.

Aida Azlin

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Thought: Found these photos that were taken a year ago, in a back alley in Seoul. K was telling me “Aida, look! Pastel walls! Your favourite!” But this is not about why I’m attracted to walls (or pastels for that matter), it’s more about acknowledging the blessing that there’s someone else in this world who is mindful about your preferences, and your likes and dislikes. It’s about being grateful for having someone else who cares about the little things that makes you, you. - Love can be in the big things, but it can also be about the small things too. When you find someone who catches and remembers even the smallest details of you, perhaps that might be “the start of something beautiful”.

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Singapore born Aida Azlin has grown a solid community of Muslim women over the years through her beautiful love letters every Tuesday where she discusses topical issues, her thoughts and reflections of today's society. With 100s of testimonials for her letters on her website, it's clear that she connects with others on a seriously deeper level; such as one woman professing "I want to read Aida's letters over & over as it reminds me of who I am. I’m Allah’s."

Aïcha Sebaa

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Rx: a quote + cup of tea to cool off both internal and external heat = relaxed heart from self awareness + chrysanthemum mint⁣ tea 👌💦⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 💌 Share this daily reminder quote with anyone who could use it:⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ "If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say:⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned'."⁣⁣⁣ ~ Epictetus⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Life is too short.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ What else would you tell your younger self?⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 👭 ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣🔥⁣⁣ #laheat #oceanbreeze #tea #pinkiesup #mint #herbalist #stoic #sunnah #quotd #bewell #selfawareness #selfhealers #bekind #sundayfunday #motherhood #mood #healthtips #reminders #renewal #newday #drsebaanotes #acusanctuary #peace ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣

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As a board licensed acupuncturist and clinical herbalist, Aïcha helps women in all phases of their life starting from acne issues as a teenager to menopausal conditions when women get older. Aïcha's childhood love of nature led her to a career in natural and East Asian medicine as she believes that the human body is self healing and capable of much more than we tend to give credit to. Follow along on her social media as she instills her knowledge of all things health and wellness.

Despite the challenges that we all go through, fortunately, the human body is brilliant and has its own resilient self healing capacity that we just need to recognize and tap into.

Elena Nikolova

Ever wanted to find out how to do Ummrah for a lower price, or find more Muslim friendly travel destinations? Elena Nikolova is the answer to your questions. Her travel blog has grown to become the largest website covering Muslim and Halal travel.  As seen in the likes of BBC, Islam Channel, Business Traveller Middle East, Thomson Reuters and others, she's definitely making her mark. She's even written a book all about travel hacks on how to make your Ummrah experience under £300 if you really want!

Abdul Aziz

We end our fabulous list of influential Muslims on a light hearted note because Abdul Aziz aka Bin Baz is probably the funniest guy in the Middle East. He's best known for his short few second videos about his everyday life in Dubai. Whether he's pranking his friends or teaching Logan Paul Arab traditions, he's always having a laugh and will definitely make you smile.

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