Some people combine multiple different topics in their careers, in order to gain a more vast, multifaceted understanding of their point of study. Fatima al Hindi is one of such people. I was very inspired by her throughout our interview. Let's find out what she has shared with us!
Assalaamu alaikum Sister Fatima. Can you introduce yourself to Salaam readers?
Wa alaikum salaam Meryem. My name is Fatima Al Hindi and I am a consciousness researcher from a scientific and a Quranic point of view. I have been in this journey for over thirty-five years now. I got my masters in usul-ud deen which is the Quranic tafseer part of Islamic education and then I later moved on also to study consciousness from the metaphysics point of view. I first worked in some mosques and then later opened my own center called Nas Center for all people from all over the world to learn about the wisdom of the Quran.
Can you tell us how you got started with your career?
As a professor, I first went to college and got my bachelors in math and physics. Then I came to the United States and got my master’s in mechanical aerospace engineering. To focus on my children more, I took a break from my studies and taught math part time at colleges. I opened a Sunday school while I was raising my kids--I’m a mother of six. I wanted a good Sunday school curriculum for my kids where I could combine math and science with the Quran. I wanted to get out of the traditional curriculum of Sunday schools.
Since you work with children, what are some challenges you find that American Muslim children often face?
Muslim parents are focused on protecting their culture. While learning about your culture is important, many parents make the mistake of mixing culture with religion, which can be confusing for the kids. Parents can also react greatly to situations at school or with friends that go against what is religiously or culturally accepted. However, these kids have a lot of potential. If only the parents could trust their kids, the children would easily preserve their culture while also staying connected to the religion. At the end of the day, they are also Americans.
What are some solutions to these challenges you mentioned earlier, and how can parents build trust with their children?
Children have their own consciousness, and their own journey. Parents should just guide their kids. If the child grows up with that feeling (that their parents are guiding them), they’re going to learn to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes. Parents should show them all the possibilities and the consequences that come with those possibilities. What matters is the lesson learned from the experience, not the experience itself. The parents need to let go of their fears in order to build trust with their children.
Do you have any future goals for yourself and Nas Learning Center?
Yes, I am very happy with how Nas Center turned out. I am thinking of moving Nas online and start teaching people beyond Syracuse. My next goal is really to publish a good translation of the Quran, I believe it’s about time to move on and make a translation that is updated and relevant to this time.
We know that you are also an author. Can you introduce your book to us?
The first chapter of my book, The Universal Call was about my own journey and trying to figure out the truth. It is not your truth until you experience it yourself, otherwise it’s just a blind belief. I also talked about gatekeepers and the law of attraction. Then I talked about who we are as human beings and the tests we go through. I talked about Prophet Ibrahim(as)’s story and how Prophet Ibrahim(as) went on his own journey to discover the truth and contemplated who God is. I did a lot of research on these topics.
Lastly, any words of advice to Salaam readers?
I advise people to be open-minded and skeptical. Just don’t believe everything you hear and make sure to experience. I recommend meditation. When you meditate and go to that stillness, you’re going to connect to the source, to God. I always mention this analogy: the ocean is very still and deep, but the waves can go up and down. The stillness is at the core of itself like the bottom of the ocean. Meditation is quoted as stillness in the Quran. You sit and meditate; it’s separate from Salah (prayer). Salah is an act of thankfulness and order. I hope everyone can benefit from this advice.
Thank you for making time for us! The rest of the interview can be accessed on our YouTube channel; Salaam Magazine. We highly recommend parents to watch the full interview. To access Fatima Al Hindi’s book and videos and learn more about Nas learning center, her website is: www.naslearningcenter.com