Good Morning Iqra - my experience

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Good Morning Iqra - my experience

So much for being in the back ground…

I’ve always been a quiet and shy person. Never wanting to be a show off or brag about my work or achievements I always preferred to be in the background and enjoy the comfort of anonymity and just get on with my work. However the warm fuzzy feeling of being in the background was taken away from me when my husband decided that I needed to come out of my shell and do something that I would never ever think of doing. May Allah bless him and keep his crazy ideas and persistence coming.

Bag of Nerves…

We were invited by Iqra TV to appear on Good Morning Iqra to talk about my achievements and my new Mini Muslim Baby by Allya range. The idea was originally suggested by my lovely brand ambassador Salma Bi, and on the face of it seemed like a great idea. But me being the way I am I was almost going to back out until hubby got wind of this and decided that it’s time for me to come out of my shell and really take credit and praise for my work. ‘You work so hard all day long and you deserve to have this opportunity to shout about your achievements’. Those were his words and he kept telling me that this is my moment and everything that I ever did in my working life has led to this. So for almost a month I was absolutely dreading the day we appear on live TV. I was a complete bag of rattling nerves. So much so that I didn’t even tell my family until the last minute.

The build-up…

Before coming on to the show I spoke with the producer at Iqra TV who was very helpful and calm as well as speaking with one of the presenters who were really helpful and reassuring. However a few days before the show I came down with a cold and I thought ‘yes...this is my get out card’… But hubby had other plans and told me that I’m not getting out of this one that easy and we rescheduled the interview for the following Thursday. So much for thinking I was off the hook.

The big day…

The night before I barley slept (and I need my full 7-8 hours) because I was so nervous. The studios were in south London so we had a very early start. We left the house at 7:30am and Alhamdulillah the roads were not clogged up with traffic. We got to the studios at 9:45am and within a few minutes we had microphones attached to us and were led on to the set. We sat down with the presenters who were very kind and reassuring and told us (mainly me) to relax and not to worry. We were now literally seconds away from being on live TV.

Not as bad as I thought…

After the first ten minutes I found myself becoming quietly confident and relaxed. My dad called into the live show which I wasn’t expecting, he told us both that he loved us very much – and that for me was probably the best moment of the show. The presenters were engaging and my husband handled most of the difficult questions, and seeing my own product range in front of me I began to feel proud of my work. Looks like all the grief I gave my husband over the past few weeks for dragging me into this was for nothing (except my own amusement lol). After the show was done we were invited to a lovely breakfast where we had a nice talk with the presenters and I took a moment to reflect on what just happened.

Allah (SWT) is the best of all planners…

If someone told me that I would launch my own baby clothing range and be on live TV five years ago I would have laughed at them. But I can see now that everything I have worked hard towards has led me to this feeling. This feeling of contentment and becoming more confident in my abilities as a Muslim business woman. I pray to Allah (SWT) that I always stay humble and modest. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my parents for their duas, the team at Iqra TV for making us feel so welcome, to my ambassadors who always support me and give honest opinions and feedback and to my customers. But most of all I’d like to thank Allah (SWT) for all the blessings he has given me. Last but not least I’d also like to thank my mad husband for being my rock.

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