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The Sisters Project combats negative stereotypes of Muslim women by showcasing the diverse stories of inspirational women across Canada, while also creating a space of inclusion and belonging for all self-identifying Muslim women to embrace and celebrate their unique identities

Created by Alia Youssef

Nada

Nada

“Creating and expressing ourselves is a fundamental aspect of being. It is also an opportunity to learn about ourselves and heal some of our inner wounds. “God will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves”. We must recondition ourselves to love the process and to express ourselves in healthy and effective ways, so we can better understand one another. All of the battles and issues we face begin and end with us. If we can conquer ourselves, we have won the battle. Everything around us is chaos but within art, I find peace.”

Nada is a self-employed artist and painting instructor. She is pictured in her studio, her safe space, where she can be “creative and messy,” and “where the magic happens.” She has recently transitioned into pursuing her passion full-time in Calgary, AB, leaving her background in Toronto’s corporate sector, and her success in Bahrain’s restaurant business behind. Her proudest achievement is when she moved her whole life from Toronto across the world to Bahrain where she knew almost no one. She added, “I am proud of myself to taking a risk and an opportunity and put myself way out of my comfort zone. Before moving to Bahrain, I gave away the majority of my worldly possessions and every single thing I owned fit in 5-6 boxes. It felt amazing to detach from everything I had been holding on to. I have since adopted a much more minimalist lifestyle that I am also deeply proud of in a world filled with excessive consumerism and almost innate need for things with no limit in sight.” Besides painting which has been a big part of her life since she was a teenager, she loves being outdoors, playing sports, baking, beauty and makeup, reading and listening to motivational talks, and spending time with her family, husband, and friends in intimate settings. Her favourite quality about herself is her “ability to love so deeply with ease. I have a really big heart and can connect easily with people.” What’s most important to Nada is “living a life of service and significance.”

Q&A Feature:

What is one thing you know for sure?

“Time is an extremely valuable and limited resource, just like money, but nobody gets more than 24 hours in a day. How you spend your time will largely determine the outcome of your life.”

How do you want to be perceived?

“I want to be perceived as a kind person who brings value to the table and who effectively and positively communicates with the world through various forms of art.”

Kohawar

Kohawar

Saima

Saima