We had the good fortune of connecting with Nadia Jeelani and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nadia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I saw a lack of access to Islamic medicine, not just here in the many communities of America but all over the world. I grew up Muslim, particularly Sufi and I was raised by my Indian Grandparents who taught me a lot about the Islamic culture . I had a spiritual awakening and became very devoted to my Sufi faith during the month of Ramadan this past year, 2021. It was very unlike me at the time as I was an Atheist for a very long time, however, I felt an urge that I had a duty to provide a community with access to affordable Islamic herbal medicine. With my spiritual awakening came a decline in my mental health. My constant battle with my mental health is comparable to a roller coaster ride and often times I need to ask others to help me stop it. I have a two year old daughter and at the time I was staying home with her 24/7 while taking a few online classes on the side. I started to feel hopeless in despair, as I was struggling to balance life as a teen mom and student. I admitted myself into a partial mental hospitalization program where I did intensive group therapy 6 hours a day. I was blessed enough to have amazing fellow group members many whom came to me for my knowledge on Islamic and herbal medicine. There were fellow Muslim brothers and sisters I became close with who I cared for deeply. After doing group therapy all day, I would go home and make them essential oil blends. I often received many essential oil recipes that my fellow group members needed, like for PTSD. My grandfather and other spirit guides that would help assist me would often tell me what essential oils were needed in the blend. The evenings and late nights after my group therapy sessions where I would meditate and make essential oil blends are what birthed The Sufi Woman, an Islamic holistic health woman owned business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In Cincinnati access to holistic health shops is very limited. Access to Islamic medicine is even more restricted as there aren`t many knowledgable herbalists on the subject, My business offers a variety of services ranging from tarot readings, astrology birth chart readings, essential oils, and herbal remedies. My business is called The Sufi Woman, based from Sufism and a prominent book called The Book of Sufi Healing. In the book lays down many guidelines I use in my business to help others in their healing or spiritual alignment. Next year, I am excited for expanding my services for my tarot readings and essential oils. Currently I am in the process of creating a website where you can directly book with me. By Eid in May of this coming new year I will be offering a wide variety of readings such as mediumship (people who have passed on), past life readings, and astrology readings. As a single mom running my business alone, it often becomes difficult to balance my schedule. I have to fit readings in when I have time for them, often when my two year old is asleep. If I don`t finish all my readings during her nap time, I often have to stay up late at night finishing them. It becomes challenging navigating raising a toddler and running a business yet I prove everyday that it is possible!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A must is to always check out the ethnic spots in the city! Different suburbs have different shopping strips, restaraunts, and grocery stores. In Atlanta, I haven`t been to many places but I would suggest the trap museum. I would recommend staying close to the city and avoid driving for traffic! I would definitely hit ups some jerk chicken spots in Atlanta as well, you really can`t find it better anywhere in the world.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My grandfather whom I call Babaji taught me everything I know. When I was a little girl, my grandfather and grandma came from India to live in Cincinnati with my family. Everyday my grandfather made it his priority to make sure I was taken care of, prayed for, protected from the cold world. Everything I know and have is all due to his love for me. January 19th, 2010 my grandfather passed away and ever since then I have been living every day in memory of him. The love and blessings he sent my way can never be matched by anyone. I am so gracious to Allah for blessing me with the best Angel, my Babaji.
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