Inspirational Women part 3

Today Aawaz interviews the woman who is juggling it all. My dear friend,  Azna Bader.


Why I chose you

You have two beautiful children, a husband, a house, in-laws and you own family but you still make time for your friends and your studies. Hats off to you. You are doing it all. And with a smile on your face.

Tell us a bit about you..

I am a 22 year old mother of two, a wife, a daughter, a daughter in law, a sister and a student; not forgetting a friend to some amazing girlfriends! It can all see a little chaotic at times but thanks to the almighty God, they are all interlinked and somehow I survive! I enjoy my busy schedule and dread to think what my life would be like without my two little monkeys. I’d say studying keeps me sane, as it allows me to focus on the future; giving my sons the best I can and also by showing myself and others that I am not just a stay at home mum.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my little family, they keep my going and keep me focused when I feel like I can not cope anymore. I am also chuffed that I manage to pray my daily prayers even with screaming children!!

What advice would you give 10 year old Azna?

Probably not to let words of others put you down, as everyone’s lives turns out completely different to how you expect them to be or want and also not to take things to the heart too much!


Aawaz would like to thank Azna for taking the time to be interviewed.


Inspirational Women part 2

Today this blog series looking at inspirational women is profiling my friend, Saira Hussain.
Why I chose Saira
You the kind of Muslim I want to be. You are fully practicing but you still fully participate in activated with all of your friends Muslim or not. You just make it work and at the same time you spread such a positive message about Islam with your non-judgemental outlook. A great ambassador.
Tell us a bit about you.
I’m a recent audiology graduate from the University of Bristol and now pursuing a Master’s. I like travelling and taking in the wonders of the world; the culture, the language, the FOOD! As Salma said, I’m a muslim, and religion is important to me – I don’t think I’d be where I am, or who am without my faith.
What are you most proud of?
I can’t say I’m proud of one specific event in life, (but graduation was a pretty good one). I do, however, think my optimistic nature is a pretty good trait. It means that I always look on the bright side of life, especially as the world isn’t always a very bright place.
What advice would you give 10 year old Saira?
Just be you and things will work out; stay happy, be positive, work hard, and care – good things will come to you.
Aawaz would like to thank Saira for taking part in this blog series.

Inspirational Women part 1

That girl who seems to have it all. We all know at least one person like that. You might envy her hair, clothes, her job or all the things I just mentioned. But, I have come to realise that if you let that determine your own self worth you feel totally inadequate.

I propose a new way forward. Being selfish and focusing on yourself.

You are on your journey and someone else is on theirs.

Contrary to comparing myself to those doing better than me, I choose to celebrate and promote them and most importantly learn from them instead.

With this in mind this week I will be celebrating inspirational women in my life who I have interviewed for Aawaz.

First to feature is the beautiful Noreen Khan.

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Why did I choose Noreen?

Noreen is on my list for a few reasons but first and foremost, I think Noreen is a hard worker. She does all of her own PR work and is constantly building her brand on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. She is good at what she does and she is dedicated. She has also branched out into other ares with a fashion line, Noreen Khan Couture, and more recently NK Accessories. The hard work never ends and that for me is inspiring.

Noreen tell us a bit about you…

I’m a radio DJ on BBC Asian Network, I host and compere events and I do a bit of telly now and again! 

Noreen tell us what you are most proud of…

One of my successes that I’m most proud of is having the most listened to Asian radio show in the UK and another is setting up my own business when I was just 21!

What advice would you give 10  year old Noreen?

Firstly would be to enjoy being the tallest in your year group! When I was 10  the boys would pick on me and call me names because I was taller than them, but they caught up pretty quickly.
Secondly I’d say don’t worry if you don’t win every time, I was very competitive and would get upset if I didn’t win netball matches or get top marks in my times tables test!

For those reader who want to find out more about you where can they go?

I have a website:

Or just follow me on twitter to see what I get up to!

Aawaz would like to thank Noreen for taking the time to be interviewed.