Happy Muslim Mama


A hijab-loving, working mum of four dirty-faced angels (Little Lady - 10, Little Man - 8, Gorgeous - 6 years and Baby – 11 months), I sees gentle parenting as a form of worship. I started blogging in order to share my experiences.

Umm is a winner of Top 25 European Moms - 2013

In what ways is your home town unique from other places you've lived or traveled?

London is the only place I have lived, but having spent time in other places, I know I love where I live! London must be one of the easiest cities in the world to be a Muslim in, or whichever faith you choose to follow. Its also a good place to be a woman of colour – the diversity of this city is such that whatever you look like: Hijabi, Punk, Hasidic, Rastafarian, City Gent, Hare Krishna devotee, Sloane Ranger, you don’t stand out all that much. With the mix of communities come the different villages. As those who live here know, London isn’t a city really, but a series of villages which have collided with each other.

It’s a city with such great strength of spirit. The 7/7 attacks happened in London on a Thursday and the city was back on its feet and back to work on the same tube system on Monday. No whinging, no shutting the place down, two-finger salute to the perpetrators and back to business. The Blitz Spirit was alive and well and I felt so proud that Monday of my city. There are so many amazing places around the word, but none like London.

What do your kids love most about living in the European Union?

My children like that home is a peaceful place. They like that their neighbours are friendly and that they can practice their faith and look different without it being a problem where they live. They also say that they feel safe here.

What outdoor activity do you enjoy doing most with your kids?

I think there is little as beautiful as the English countryside. We love to travel
around the country and see historical places: old castles, manor houses and forts. I love getting out of the city and somewhere where the kids can run around without worrying about knocking into someone or accidentally breaking something. I love the beautiful gardens of Kent, the coast of Cornwall, the lochs of Scotland and the rolling hills and valleys of the peak district. Just playing on the beach, wandering through the garden or rolling down hills every chance my children get.