By Haifa Al Owain
Changing your life through the power of story.
When people mention Noha Al Omari, they can’t help but gush over her charm and what a master storyteller she is.
We’re not talking about just any stories though. She’s specifically passionate about sharing the story of the Prophet and his Companions, and her “Khuta” project is all about presenting their stories in a fresh way that connects with the younger generations.
“Khuta is a platform of courses and online content focused on instilling values within society and promoting positive change in our community,” said Noha.
Her always full classes are unusual to those who attend Islamic gatherings, and the crowd is different as well, coming from a range of social standings. She engages the attendees due to her understanding of the journey we must take to be connected.
“I believe everyone has seeds of good, if they have the motivation and ambition to be better,” she said.
Back in the day, Noha didn’t expect to be doing this at all. After earning her second black belt in Karate from the finest dojo in London, she began a deep inner exploration by attending Islamic classes and learning from scholars. Somewhere on her journey of studying Islam and its stories, something just clicked.
“This is what I want to do with my life!” she exclaimed, face beaming with joy and confidence.
She was self-taught and worked to understand Islam as a whole, without having a formal higher education in it. A loving wife and mother of four girls, throughout her journey her family was her backbone of support and understanding.
“Knowledge put a full stop to my confusion.”
When asked about the challenges she faced, most were what everyone faces when building their connection with God. The confusion and pain, the social isolation and paradigm shifts. Noha wanted to be reborn, and persevered to find answers. Strengthening her Arabic was also a regular challenge in understanding Islam from the scholars and the Quran itself, and she still strives to build up her skills.
“Unmeasurable joy in sharing.”
She sees herself as a lifelong student, and truly enjoys sharing what she learned.
Her advice for our readers is to always ask God for complete guidance, to pray without letting your pride get in the way and to persist and open your hearts.
“Quran is the guidebook to life,” said Noha, and by studying it with her students and sharing those lessons in classes and online, she works to give that statement the commitment it deserves. She believes it’s important to study Quran, the life of the Prophet and the lives of his Companions and apply all of their teachings within our own lives.
By the way, Noha’s Khuta team is launching a special Ramadan mini-series on social media, so don’t miss it!