Meet the Haute Hijab Blog Team!
Posted on Nov 22, 2019
You've been reading our articles and posts for awhile now and hopefully enjoying them and learning something! Now it's high time for you to get to know our regular blog writers a little bit! I've had the privilege of working with many writers throughout my career, and these four ladies have been some of the best!
Each month we meet up and carefully plan out the content for the blog, putting in research, time and effort to tap into what is going on at Haute Hijab, in our Muslim communities and around the world so we can bring these stories back to you! I want our work here as the Blog Team to be interesting, innovative, thought-provoking, envelope-pushing and reflective of the vast issues and stories that are brewing in all our different Muslim communities.
Haute Hijab blog writers: Danah Shuli, Layla Abdullah-Poulos, Rowayda Kawji, Nargis Rahman
I love my writers – I inherited Danah Shuli and Nargis Rahman when I came on board last year and then brought Layla Abdullah-Poulos and Rowayda Kawji to join the team. I also enjoy working with freelancers, so please go ahead and pitch me if you have an interesting story to share or report! Now, let's meet the blog writers!
As a mother of two, writing has become my outlet where I am able to spill my thoughts out and share them with you all. I honestly never imagined myself becoming a writer, English was my least favorite subject in school! With a bachelor of science degree and a masters in health administration, freelance writing was not really the direction in which I envisioned myself going.
After giving birth to my daughter, I found that I was in dire need of a mental break from my life of mothering. I started my personal blog, Mother of Pearl, which has been my creative avenue, where I share a little glimpse into my life as I try to navigate my new role as a mama. Here on the Haute Hijab blog, I enjoy writing lifestyle type posts that cover an array of topics such as my insights and personal thoughts on marriage and motherhood, mom style, recipes, home/party decor tips and spiritual reflections.
After submitting my guest post to HH on The First Year of Marriage and seeing just how much my personal experience resonated with the Haute Hijab audience, I realized that writing is my tool to connect with so many wonderful people whom I otherwise would never cross paths with. It has been such a rewarding and humbling opportunity.
Outside of writing and running after my little ones, I enjoy taking nature walks, sipping on tea, surrounding myself with good company, traveling and sharing a glimpse into my life on my instagram account, motherofpearl91. Feel free to send me a message. I’d love to hear from you!
Writing has been my passion since I was a little girl; I wanted to be a journalist since I was in seventh grade. I am a Bangladeshi American Muslim writer and a mother of three kids from Michigan. I graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and psychology minor. I am passionate about community journalism and aim to give Muslims and minorities a voice in the press.
I write about parenting, women empowerment, social justice issues and mental health for Haute Hijab such as domestic violence, childhood suicide and how to ask for help when you become a parent. My favorite stories include my interview with Rabata Founder Anse Tamara Gray, and finding love again in blended families in the “Marriage and Families – A Multifaceted Landscape” summer series.
I am a former radio journalism fellow for Feet in 2 Worlds/WDET 101.9 FM. I write freelance articles for Tostada Magazine, Eater, The Muslim Observer, Brown Girl Magazine, Metro Detroit Mommy and the Yemeni American News. And, I am an alumna of the Wayne State University Journalism Institute for Media Diversity.
I am a hat lady. It’s not that I have a bunch of different ones; I just metaphorically have so darn many of them. Every morning I raise by the grace of Allah and start fulfilling the needs of family and community.
I am an educator, cultural critic, freelance writer, author, editor and writing coach. Each of the things I do requires me to shift gears and use the skills Allah has blessed me with. It is great homeschooling my children as well as teaching in higher ed. I also love the work I do at NbA Muslims highlighting Muslim artists and networking on projects like the Black Muslim Reads Anthology.
Writing for Haute Hijab has been a thrilling addition to the platforms I contribute, and I have a wonderful time talking with Tariq I. El-Amin about books and social issues on Radio Islam as a culture contributor. One of my favorite HH pieces is this interview I did with Instagram's 4c Hijabi on natural hair care.
Ultimately, writing is my thing. In addition to my freelance work, I author a range of romance books and short stories, combining years of romance scholarship and my main passion. I love supporting fellow and aspiring writers. Hit me up, and let’s get some incredible things started, insha’Allah!
For as long as I can remember, fashion and writing have topped the list of my many passions. Writing for Haute Hijab has allowed me to marry those two passions into a platform that represents something that is of the utmost importance to me - the empowerment and education of women.
I stay on top of trends so you don’t have to sift through hundreds of articles and magazines and I break them down for you with a modest spin to make sure your wardrobe is updated, functional, and represents your values. And, I'm so excited to bring my "Rowayda's Picks" to you for various fashion trends, looks and outfits you may want to wear yourself!
When I’m not reading or writing, I am creating fashion and travel content on Instagram! Find me there!