Muslim influencer Sofia Rehman released A Treasury of ‘A’ishah, a book centred on the Prophet Mohammed’s wife, last month. Photo: Instagram / sofia_reading
While modest fashion bloggers may first come to mind when thinking about female Muslim influencers, there are many who work outside of the realms of style and (outer) beauty. Faithfluencers are a growing movement on social media, characterised by their common goal to promote spirituality through curated feeds that share knowledge, promote health and wellness or inspire creativity.
Reclaiming their voices in a traditionally male-dominated religious space, these women are on a shared mission to create warm and welcoming digital communities, and the content they offer will appeal to Muslims at a time when they seek religious inspiration most, during Ramadan.
While some Muslims may embark on digital detoxes this month to focus on worship and prayer instead of cluttering their minds with social media, the Instagram accounts below promote a healthy balance, encouraging followers to instil deeper religious ideals in their worldly lives.
“Spreading happiness through my artwork,” is the description on Nikhat Ansari’s Instagram biography and her grid delivers exactly that, with illustrations featuring peppy pastel colours, floral drawings and Arabic typography.
Ansari, 27, lives in India, where she works as an Islamic teacher and digital artist. “One of my biggest goals is to spread Islam and present it in easier way, so I thought, why not use art to spread Islamic knowledge?” she tells The National.
Her work features Quranic quotes and infographics breaking down religious themes. For Ramadan, she plans to share prayers and supplications, along with prophetic quotes and tips on how to make the most out of the holy month.
Under the username @islamicmindfulness, Rubbia — who lives in London and has chosen not to link her surname to her public social media accounts — is shedding light on mental health awareness from an Islamic perspective.
She tells The National that religion is an important factor that’s often left out of the mental health narrative, and that many Muslim communities still ignore mental health issues.