A moment with CCMW national board member, Shaheen Ahsraf. Shaheen shares her passions, some advice for young Muslim Canadian women & her favorite quote.
Besides your daily work, what are you passionate about?
As I said, I'm passionate about following a route which will lead to equality between genders and LIFE in general.
What does being a Canadian Muslim woman mean to you?
Being a Canadian Muslim woman means MANY things to me. As I have the privilege of being Canadian, one of the many things that comes to mind right away, is that I can be of more service to humanity because I can raise my voice against injustice. In other countries this is not possible, especially in Muslim countries. Here in Canada we have many ways of helping Humanity and that is what makes me happy. I can use my vote to create change in Society.
For young Muslim women growing up in North America, what are 3 things that are most critical for them to be aware of? What advice would you give to young Muslim women?
The advice I would give young Muslim women growing up in Canada would be:
a) Know your rights (religious and constitutional) and fight for them if need be.
b) Educate yourself (since knowledge is power)
c) Want for others what you would want for yourself.
Please share 3 dreams you hope to achieve in the future. What can be changed to make the world a better place? How can we contribute?
My 3 goals are:
1) Achieving equal status in Society (at every level) for women.
2) Dialogue, Open Communication is what can change the world.
3) Compassionate listening, knowing the OTHER, having NO fear of the other should make the change. Getting rid of Power Hungry, Corrupt leaders of the world would help.
Share you favorite quote.
"Your perception of me, is a reflection of you. My reaction to you, is an awareness of me." (author unknown) If you can find who said this, I shall appreciate knowing it too.
How do you get balance in your life?
I wake up EARLY, say my prayers and ASK for balance...hence achieve it (as I believe PRAYER is programming yourself.) I take each moment as it comes and accept whatever my fate has for me (and I try to do it with a SMILE. Sometimes I win and sometimes I do not.)
What leadership qualities do you most admire?
The leadership quality I most admire is LEADING BY EXAMPLE. If you do not have those qualities of goodness, how do you expect to motivate people and expect them to follow? You have to SHOW them that YOU can do it (whatever you might be leading.)