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5 Black Muslim Coaches You Should Know

5 Black Muslim Coaches You Should Know

NEW YORK – Coaching and mentoring provide important means to acquire essential competencies and interpersonal skills for critical professional development and networking.

Coaching fosters learning skills and enhancing performance crucial to success. Coaches can help professionals find balance, set smarter goals and improve confidence.

While coaches help with learning skills, mentors inspire, providing insight and advice for achievement. At-risk young adults who have mentors are 55% more likely to enroll in college and 46% less likely to use drugs.

The Black Muslim coaches below built specialized platforms to encourage development and achievement.

Halimah DeOliveira

DeOliveira is an awarding-winning author and coach providing strategies, tools, and resources that empower women of faith to start, sustain and grow businesses. Through her organization Be You in HD, she hosts business brunches, podcast, online webinars.

She then created the Not Without My Hijab project, a workshop series and play promoting confidence and positive self-esteem for Muslim women.

Mubarakah Ibrahim

Mubarakah Ibrahim is an internationally known health and wellness expert and Muslim- American Businesswomen. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, Covers and business features of the Chicago Tribune, in the New York Times and Fitness features Prevention, Azizah Magazine and Experience Life Magazines. Her efforts as both a health and fitness educator and Muslim businesswoman has afforded her the opportunity to be invited as a special guest to the White House Iftar Dinner by President Barack Obama in both 2012 and 2013 with the honor of sitting directly next to the President.

She is the owner of M Force Marketing Agency where she and her team give entrepreneurs and business owners the tools, knowledge and resources for them to define, design and deliver their brands’ message to their target audiences and become leaders in their industry.

She is the ground under the swell of the “Fit Muslimah” an online community that starts on FitMuslimah.com and extends to more than quarter million people on her Facebook page, dedicated to improving and advocating for the health and wellness of Muslim women. She is the founder of the Fit Muslimah Summit; the only international health and fitness summits held exclusively for Muslim Women hosted throughout the U.S., Bermuda, and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As a community health advocate, she also the Executive Director of Fit Haven – A non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce health disparity among women and girl of color through, education, access, and opportunity.

Ameenah Muhammad-Diggins

Ameenah Muhammad-Diggins is a best-selling author, playwright, speaker, marathoner and business growth strategist for creative entrepreneurs. She was named in Huffington Post as one of 25 Muslims breaking barriers and lighting up the world.

An entrepreneur for over 15 years, Muhammad-Diggins is a motivational speaker who encourages women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and uses her expanding notoriety to highlight African American Muslim experiences.

“I service my tribe by offering,” says Muhammad-Diggins. She offers master class webinars and online coaching through her personal individual power sessions. She also has free monthly classes for women on branding and business.

Muhammad-Diggins authored the popular children’s book Bashirah and The Amazing Bean Pie, which was recently adapted into a play showing at the Please Touch Museum.

Extending her publishing success into her coaching and mentoring, she launched an online self-publishing course in partnership with Sakeena Rashid of the Muslim Writers and Publishers Association.

Muhammad-Diggins uses social media to inspire Muslim women to achieve their goals and to connect and uplift each other.

Asiya Jamillah Nasir

Founder of J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares, Asiya Jamillah Nasir has over 25 years of experience in the corporate and financial industries and received a Certificate of Completion for completing the Life Lessons from The Prophetic Traditions Twenty Hadeeth Course from Rawdah Institute.

Nasir created J.E.S.S.I.C.A Cares to guide young girls and help them to develop the necessary skills to live a life that is pleasing to our creator. Using one-day programs, interactive exercises & academies, the organization offers teens the how-tos and resources necessary to make goals a reality and provide a safe haven for Muslimah’s and young girls of all faiths to discuss their struggles and fears and assist in overcoming those emotions.

She developed a unique transformational speaking format she uses to challenge young girls to be relentless in their determination and pursuit when accomplishing their life goals.

Nasir teaches at numerous Islamic facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware as well as virtually to students in NY.

Sakeena Rashid

On a mission to increase the visibility of Muslim voices in media, author Sakeena launched numerous initiatives to bring Muslim identity and narratives to the forefront.

Working as a freelance writer for over 10 years as well as self-publishing and managing a niche writing service, Rashid learned first-hand the challenges Muslim writers face.

Rashid launched the Muslim Writers and Publishers Association (MWPA) with the belief that uniting under a professional association representing and supporting Muslim interests and beliefs helps create positive change in the Ummah. She is dedicated to helping Muslim literary professionals become financially self-sufficient and earn a halal income through their work.

MWPA provides a forum for Muslim writers and publishing houses to network and learn and offers resources that teach the methods and business practices.

Rashid constructed platforms for writers to share their experiences. Through the MWPA blog and Facebook group, she encourages members to network and consistently offers advice and motivation for those struggling with writing or seeking to progress in the process.


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