10 Muslim women that ruled 2015

It has certainly been one of the most difficult decisions to elect the top 10 Muslim Women of 2015: with success not far from revolutionary, Muslim women have not failed to prove themselves successful. But I guess 2015 has been the biggest run around for Muslim women. From the depths of the West across the deserts of the Middle East, Muslim women have begun to express what it means to be a real Muslim woman, standing up for what they believe in and being the first for many to follow. It’s these women who’ve set 2016 up for us to take the lead and make a change. Let’s take a look at our top 10 Muslim women.

  1. Dalia Mogahed

The US’ first Muslim woman in the White House back in 2009, Dalia Mogahed is one of Barack Obama’s ‘closest advisors’ advocating the views and opinions of Muslims across the US in the most simplistic, recognizable and agreeable way. The Egyptian born advisor holds her title as a renowned speaker and writer, objective and credible in her speech and actions. What puts her in the top 10 of 2015  is her competitive passion even until this day. With the current events regarding western involvement in the Middle Eastern conflicts, governmental influence on our lives is now bigger than it has ever been and to have a Muslim woman influence a part of this is an achievement.

Dalia Mogahed
Dalia Mogahed
  1. Nadiya Hussain

Ready, set, bake!

Nadiya sets up the highlight of TV entertainment of 2015, conquering cakes and tough competition at “The Great British Bake Off”. Her bright and exciting personality as well as her colorful cakes and chocolate sculptures inspired by her exciting sense of culture has won over the hearts of millions. What puts Nadiya as one of the top 10 is her flying success throughout this year and her ambition to continue to do so in 2016. Having signed a publishing deal with Michael Joseph and hoping to start a cooking show with Bake Off Finalist Tamil Ray, the Bake Off would certainly not be the last thing we hear from Nadiya.

Nadiya Hussain
Nadiya Hussain
  1. Ibtihaj Muhammad

Who thought Muslim women would take their turn in fencing? Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim American fencer in the world. Her achievement seems to extend beyond her muslim identity: she is also ranked as one of the best female fencers in the world, reserving her place as an Olympian in the upcoming Olympics; “It’s always been my dream,” Muhammad remarks. Just this year she has gathered several awards for her performance and skill, and also an award as one of the top 10 Muslim women of 2015. En garde!

Ibtihaj Muhammad
Ibtihaj Muhammad
  1.  Tawakkul Karman

Meet the Iron woman; Tawakkul Karman: a journalist, politician, and a human rights activist as well as one of the 10 Muslims that has won a Nobel Peace Prize. Her face is stapled to the 2011 Yemeni Uprising and is also known to have co-founded “Muslim Journalists Without  Chains”. She became the first Arab woman and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Prize and the second youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date. No bad, don’t you think?

Tawakkul Karman
Tawakkul Karman
  1. Malala Yousafzai

It’s young women like her who deserve the highest rank, even those who aren’t as recogniéed for their activism as Malaila. As an activist at the age of 16, she was the youngest holder of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17, standing up for the right of education and freedom.

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai
  1. Carolyn Walker

Aside from Donald Trump’s comments on stopping Muslims from entering the US, the US judiciary system seems to welcome more acceptance thanks to Judge Carolyn Walker: the first judge to swear upon the Quran rather than the Bible whilst wearing a hijab! Congratulations, your honor!

Carolyn Walker
Carolyn Walker
  1. Imaan Aldebe

From camel coats designer to designer turban hijabs. A daughter of a retired Imam, Imaan Aldebe breaks through the Western frame of the fashion industry across the UK and France with her stylish and artistic fashion line of designer turban hijabs. In the light of current events, Iman Aldebe, with her confidence to hit across the western market as well as achieving great success along the way, deserves a definite title as one of the top Muslim women of 2015.

Imaan Aldebe
Imaan Aldebe
  1. Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi

2015 is the most historical year for Saudi Women across the country: in this year, they had  their first ever ability to vote and hold seats in the Saudi parliament. It would be incomplete not to include Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi,  the first female councilor of Saudi Arabia, one of the eightteen who had won seats in the governmental elections. This very step has enchanted the world to see Saudi Arabia in a completely new light and to perceive the future of Muslim women as more prosperous in one of the most influential Muslim countries in the world!

Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi
Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi
  1. Aseel Shaheen

From judging in a court to officiating on a  tennis court, Muslim women seem to be ruling the courts! Meet Aseel Shaheen: the first Arab Muslim woman to have officiated in Wimbledon deserves her place in the top 10. Just this year, Aseel Shaheen was given yet another role as an officiate at Wimbledon. What is so inspirational about this, is the fact that despite the spectators’ initial remarks, her presence has been well accepted across the tennis court and amongst the viewers, It’s this sense of agreeability and open-mindedness to see Muslim women as capable as any other officiate that open many more opportunities for Muslim Women across any field.

Aseel Shaheen
Aseel Shaheen
  1. Noor Tagouri

All eyes on Noor! Meet Noor Tagouri, an aspiring anchor on US Commercial Television. Having gained masses of support and coverage, Noor continues to strive towards achieving her goal to be showcased on US Commercial Television. Yet what seems to restrict her from this large media landscape is her hijab. “It empowers me,” Noor remarks, “It helps me do what I do”. But for her  it’s either her and her hijab, or nothing. What adds her to this list is her perseverance, her motivation, and drive to achieve her ultimate goal.

Noor Tagouri
Noor Tagouri

Written by Maariyaah Shaheen

Maariyaah Shaheen

Maariyaah Shaheen is an academic and islamic studies student. She is the Founder of SisterHoodUK and runs Youth activities in her spare time. Aspiring to make a change, she's currently looking out for ways of improving her chocolate cake recipe and aiding the Ummah but not simultaneously. A dedicated #STEMinist (like a feminist but cooler).

  • nunu

    What about non hijabi muslims who have done great things in 2015?

    • Rumana

      I agree. All of the above mentioned women have done great things, but there are equally wonderful non-hijabi Muslim women, too. Good article, but a little disappointed.

    • Shaks

      Not a relevant question

    • Shaks

      You total nob

  • bilal

    This is a list made by a 17 year old kid. It’s her opinion and is not a merit of any sort. Chill.

  • Londone3

    Dalia is not one of the president’s closest advisors. She does not work in the White House and is only on a panel of advisors called the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

  • maryam

    this is a good start. As Muslims, let’s support one another (rather than immediately critique/attack). if we continue to uplift one another, this can grow to something good

  • catacomb

    Westerners are being brain washed that all Muslim women wear Hejab. They don’t want you to know that the majority don’t wear it or wouldn’t wear it given a choice.

    • Mikeala

      And you wear a alufoil hat? 😉

      • catacomb

        How so?!

        • Mikeala

          You claim people are being brainwashed. Only crazy people believe in that.

          Unless you can provide proof of any ‘brainwashing’.

          • catacomb

            Only the uninformed public who are being programmed to believe certain realities through films, publications, CNN and Fox or media in general are unable to recognize that their thinking and their beliefs are being shaped by propaganda. And of course the same geniuses wise come back to everything is the tin foil hat. The best way to deal with people who are unable to recognize propaganda, is perhaps not to create any ripples in their vast emptiness. Enjoy the silence!

          • Mikeala

            Yes yes you actually believe that a movie can hypnotize people, lol

            Good luck with that. Would be very realistic and down to earth of you to provide simple evidence. But as I expected just babble.

          • catacomb

            Simple evidence?! If you can’t see “any” evidence then I’ll just let you be. I am not here to convert you. I actually wish I lived in your world. Clueless are always the happiest!

          • Mikeala

            Haha you mistake me for the uninformed perhaps? No there is a dictionary with the definition of propaganda. And every word you said fits that definition.

            Logic and smart thinkers always require evidence. And only the brainwashed would deny something based on propaganda.

            Yes indeed. Simple evidence. Not to hard unless you are doing something called. Propaganda. 😉

            You would not last a day in my world. Here one requires proof to substantiate. Go ad hominem all you like. Claiming people are brainwashed and then runs for the hill when asked for simple evidence. Truely hilarious.

          • catacomb

            Intellectual discourse requires a certain amount of mutual understanding and agreement for it to begin. If you are so far in the right that don’t believe there is any propaganda going on than why would I even waste time with you, you are never going to be convinced of anything. This is like talking to a child that keeps asking but why? but why? The people who can’t recognize propaganda in the media are exactly the people who are being effected by it. If you wanted evidence you would do a little research and would find a tone of info on it. It is a funny world you live in where you ask questions at every turn but have never seen any evidence of propaganda in American media! So you saw it and believed every bit of it and took it as truth. That is very telling. You are like a 3 year old in Disney land, you asked a lot of questions but still thought Mickey was real!

          • Mikeala

            Course I do not believe, lol. If you want to believe go to Church.

            Ofcourse I can be convinced. Just provide simple evidence. But you keep avoiding it right? Cos it is all made up. Making stuff up and evading proving it. Wait! Isn’t that in the definition for propaganda?

            Sure compare me to a 3yo. As I predicted you resort to going ad hominem.

            Good luck with fooling people here. Provide proof or be ignored …

          • catacomb

            Please ignore me, I don’t want your attention!

  • Abu Noaman

    Most of the woman powerhouses I know are non-hijabis. What happened to all of them? Not one grabbed your attention?

    • andre_lefebvre

      I would appreciate a link to such if you have any? As a non-Muslim, I’m trying to also see beyond the stereotypes used to define Muslims in the media.
      Regards,
      Andre

      • Abu Noaman

        Yasmin Ratansi, Natasha Walji, Shirin Ibadi, Tansu Ciller, Zaha Hadid, Sherry Rehman, Fifi Haroon, Uzma Aslam Khan, Asma Jahangir, Neha Sahgal, Nawal el-Saadawi, Azizah Al-Hibri, Nawal El Moutawakel, Samina Baig, Muniba Mazari, Nabila Freijdi, Sayeeda Warsi, Mishal Husain, Farida Fortune, Hayfa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Imtaz Khaliq, Vidya Chhabria, Maha Al-Ghunaim come immediately to mind. There are literally tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of Muslim women doing some amazing things worldwide. My personal network of women includes hundreds of Muslim women who are high achievers – journalists, pollsters, pricing specialist for healthcare organization, heads of departments in medical specialties, entrepreneurs, technology heads and more.

        • Leena

          Agreed. I’m a hijabi but I think the list should be re-labeled to ’10 hijabi Muslim women…’

  • Leena

    Noor Tagouri is wonderful, but I don’t think she has reached the level to be on this list. Lots of Musilm women have perseverence and motivation. I think there are lots of other candidates who deserve this spot.

  • Faisal

    You missed Sania Mirza who became the first Muslim to actually WIN the Wimbledon this year (women doubles titles)

  • mamazaza

    As a muslima i belive that muslim womans are able to be at the TOP of every thing simply because they are free from any thing else except ALLAH and i belive that hijab has no thing to do with our ability to be exceptional ,we are more then a scarf #ammorethenascarf