Amina Edota, our December inspirational figure, is the Chief Morale Booster at YouthlyHub. She is a passionate Educator, Youth Mentor and Social Entrepreneur. Her mission is to empower Muslim Youth and Youthly Muslims worldwide to reach their highest potential (for this world and the next) so they can empower our Ummah – via pure teachings of Islam.
To know more about Amina’s personal life, aspirations and goals read our exclusive interview with her!
How have you discovered your interest in the field of personal development?
Alhamdulillah, I have always been a keen learner. I grew up surrounded by books and had a lot of space to explore in. As an adult, I still have books all around me which stimulate my mind, and I create space for reflection and renewal.
I continue to find pleasure and huge value in learning, exploring and experimenting with the knowledge which I constantly seek. This has led me to taking small but consistent steps towards my growth and overall development.
To me, personal development is all about active (beneficial) learning, consistent action and continuous growth.
Why have you chosen to work with the youth in particular?
There are so many invaluable opportunities in youth for beneficial learning and growth. The energy, time, zeal, creativity – you name it – are freely available. And there are many sayings of the Prophet (saw) and Qur’an narratives which point to the superiority and rewards of using these youthful opportunities wisely. Yet we know the distractions, negative emotions and lack of right mentors tend to be overwhelming for the youth.
Alhamdulillah, I have worked with people of all age groups from pre-schoolers to seniors (65+) and its been a humbling learning experience. It was among the youth I found the greatest potentials and aspirations.
Initially, I started mentoring youth of all races, religions and background. This eventually led me to the realisation that the Muslim youth need mentoring aligned with their fitrah, true understanding of tawheed and Jannah as the ultimate success goal.
With the right support, guidance and encouragement the Muslim youth can realise their potentials and achieve victory on their Jannah focused goals. They can work towards a great vision for themselves and the ummah when they become master self development warriors.
Tell us more about your role as an educator and social entrepreneur.
My passion for learning has led me to explore the fields of natural science, education, entrepreneurship, psychology and Islamic sciences. And it gives me immense joy, pleasure and fulfillment to support others to become their best.
My focus these days is on the youth because they need much support, compassion and pure guidance according to Islamic teachings; which is almost non-existent in today’s world of corruption, misguidance and religious innovations.
I wish for them to be the best ambassadors they can be – because Allah (swt) created us in the best of forms – for this mission. Our Ummah needs great ambassadors for today, to plant the seeds for tomorrow and as a legacy for the future generations. I believe that true positive change and empowerment comes from education.
I am a born entrepreneur, finding inspiration in great minds around me and looking up to Khadijah (ra) and other great Muslim entrepreneurs in history. As a social entrepreneur, I am passionate about creating great social impact through my skills, passion and education – in a profitable but purely halaal means.
What are some of the challenges you face on a regular basis? How do you tackle them?
Challenges are a part of life in much the same way as we experience the opposite – peace, tranquility and fulfillment.
If you mean challenges regarding my work with the youth, I consider it da’wah. And da’wah as with dealing with people on any personal level comes with its fair share of challenges. It requires great deal of patience, mercy and compassion. I tackle such ‘people challenges’ with patience and prayers [salah, dhikr and dua].
I also take time to renew and reboot myself – mind, body and soul. I take digital breaks – in form of unplugging from Internet/social media for a day or block of hours; to spend guilt-free time with my family and like-minded friends, read, journal, reflect and thank Allah (swt) for His blessings and the huge opportunities in life.
How do you manage to stay uplifted and motivated when facing difficulties?
I do one or more of the following:
- Remembrance by reciting the Qur’an, engaging in dhikr, listening to Qur’an, praying night prayers – tahajjud or supplicating from my heart.
- Reflection by pondering and reviewing my inner and outer self and through journaling
- Reading through some favourite titles from my library; reading quotes, Qur’an verses, hadiths and reflections from my journals.
- Seeking the company of people who remind me of my purpose on earth as well as help me acknowledge my resources, and renew my passion and vision.
When you are not working on improving others’ well being, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy taking long walks, reading, writing, gardening, attending circles of learning, going to new places and exploring nature. I also enjoy telling stories to children and playing with them.
What is special about the coaching services or personal mentoring you offer?
This is an exciting question.
My one-on-one mentoring, called Mentoring with Mercy [MwM] debuts online on YouthlyHub.com early this month in sha Allah. It is a transformational opportunity for my worldwide community of self development warriors.
I will be a facilitator to those who are courageous enough to take action on developing themselves – by helping them clarify and kick start their learning and self growth in an intentional manner.
It is a heart-centered service, and my priority is on quality not quantity. As I said, it is only geared towards the few who can commit to sincere change (inner and outer) – those ready to invest in themselves in order to find clarity and take action on their present and future goals.
It is aimed to move the mentee from a position of being passive to active engagement; helplessness to resourcefulness; procrastination to productivity; de-motivation to motivation; feeling clueless to feeling purposeful; scatterbrain to having a sense of direction; disquietude to focus; dis-satisfactoriness to feeling empowered.
In addition to this, it is aimed at building and maintaining a true identity as a Muslim in today’s world. In sha Allah, through Mentoring with Mercy – the mentee will become a better Muslim.
Alhamdulillah, this mentoring service is hinged on the culture of mercy and compassion towards fellow humans – as found in the authentic teachings of Islam. It is about open communication and building a safe, trusting, respectful and beneficial relationship for both worlds. No amount of money compares to the pure, positive and purposeful vibes, clarity, engagement and overall well being that comes from the mentoring climate and relationship.
What word of advice do you have for the women who have great ideas and capabilities yet are hesitant about taking the first step or are unable to find the time to dedicate to their dream projects?
Sincerity first. Know thyself. Then take action.
Seek sincere clarity on what your unique values, strengths and capabilities are. Then each day, leverage those strengths to move you and your ideas forward – towards your dream. Invest in your capabilities and learn new skills to close that gap between where you are now and where you want to get to. Set a goal and take one small step each day. Do not tire yourself with doing too much or looking at everyone around you – others have to take their own steps in a unique way. And remember to be thankful. Practice gratitude by acknowledging your gifts – strengths and capabilities – and utilizing them wisely.
It’s one thing when someone is hesitant because of fear. The only way you can crush that fear is by making sincere du’a and taking action – and not worry about things being perfect. Reach for excellence not perfection. It’s another thing to say they are unable to find time. If it’s important, then there’s need to free up time, after all we all have 24 hours in one day. And we always make out time for important things but we just forget to set goals, plan, prioritize and build enduring desired habits through consistent action.
What future plans do you have for your blog?
Books, webinars, resources and more beneficial content for Muslim Youth in sha Allah.
Anything else interesting you would like to share?
Keep learning and taking action in a sincere and consistent manner – it is the secret tool for change, growth and empowerment in youth and beyond. This tool will also connect you to a superior higher purpose – the one for which you were created and given an ambassadorial role.
Alhamdulillah, I’m working on some exciting collaborations that I hope will change lives of Muslim youth and youthly Muslims worldwide – in sha Allah. Sign up for updates on the blog for exciting offers coming to subscribers only. And for anyone who would like to say salaam – just send me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to visit Amina’s YouthyHub by clicking here in order to make sure you can avail her valuable mentoring services! We thank Amina for taking the time out to give this interview. Me Muslima is inspired by Amina Edota!
About the author
Ibtihal is a striving Muslimah currently majoring in Islamic Economics, with the intention of spreading awareness about Islamic shari’ah law in this field in sha Allah. At the moment, she enjoys writing Islamic articles to share the knowledge she gains with others, hoping to inspire and motivate herself and others to be positive contributors in this world.