My Muslim Mums in Business series focus’s on inspirational Muslim women, who are balancing the art of motherhood along with running businesses.
Please introduce yourself and your business.
My name is Aquila and my business is Islamic books for kids. I am a teacher and working my way towards Genetic Counseling. As an online business we are based in USA and ship world wide.
What makes your business different from your competitors?
My focus is and always will be children. I want children to be proud of being a Muslim.We put a lot love, care and research into our products.
What inspired you to start working from home? Did anyone in particular inspire you?
My daughter and now my son. Interestingly the first Islamic book I got was at my baby shower. I was amazed that an Islamic baby book. I would always search for books for my child, that’s when I started this.
Is your family supportive of you being a working mother?
Yes Alhumdulillah! My husband is my support system. My 7 year old is my inspiration and little helper. Insha Allah baby will join.
What are the main challenges you face as a mum and an entrepreneur?
Managing time between family and business activities. I feel frustrated when I can’t strike appropriate balance between the two. I feel so conflicted between the two at times and struggle but then Alhamdulillah, Allah guides me.
Describe a typical working day. Are there specific times in the day that you work on your business?
My day starts with a crying baby and ends with one currently. This year managing Virtual school , home & a baby with the business has been difficult. I try my best to plan things as soon as baby sleeps. I try to give at-least 2-3 hours everyday distributed in 15 mins intervals.
What are the pros and cons about being a working mum from home?
Managing home & now virtual school with every one at home has been hard. Pros- I can be flexible and take care of home&kids when they need attention. I don’t have to get ready & go somewhere. Cons- If I don’t plan things can crash.Some tips for Moms- Meal plan. Whatever you make take a portion and freeze it.
On your toughest days, what helps keep you motivated?
I let myself have bad days. Next day or days will be better -It’s okay.
Where would you like to see your business in the future?
Our success would be not only Reaching Muslim kids but more interfaith children to teach them about Islam.
What advice would you give to mums considering taking the step of being a working mum?
Go for it! Do something for yourself, what every makes you happy. Our children will grow up & move on Insha Allah, you don’t want be be lonely then. Keep yourself busy with positivity even if it’s for an hour, it’s worth it!
Thank you sister Aquila for taking part in my series. If you’re interested in knowing more about Aquila’s work, then visit her website: Islamic Books for Kids.