Muslims of America is a series curated and created by Carlos Khalil Guzman.

Elhum Oskui is a Muslim American online fitness coach who lives and works in Oregon.

Who has had the biggest influence in your life?

The person that had the biggest influence in my life was my Mother. She was my best friend while growing up. She always accommodated my wants and taught me to be a respectful, loving individual. All I have I owe to her and her constant hard work.

As a fitness instructor and a mom, how do you balance your time between family, friends and work?

I spend most of my time with my son and husband and relatives on the weekends. My time is very valuable so I try to make the best use out of it. Being a mom has taught me a lot. In the beginning it was a struggle but little by little you get the hang of it and things become easier to juggle.

How important do you think fitness is to live a healthier life?

Fitness has a huge impact on your mood and productivity. The days I don’t workout I feel sluggish and unmotivated and tired, however days I workout I have so much energy and accomplish so much.

What’s one piece of advice you can give to women with busy schedules that want to be fit?

My advice will be to always prioritize your time. We all have time but it depends on what we make our priorities. Also strength does not come over night. It takes a lot of time; sweat and dedication, never give up!

What are some of the most important lessons you have learned in life so far?

Some of the most important lessons I have learned in life are stay away for negative people that constantly put you down. Believe in yourself and anything is accomplishable.
Also another good life lesson I want to add is never be selfish. Be giving. Give when you can to those who need. There are so many people that are ill, poor and less fortunate than you. Never think you are better than anyone. Allah has made us all equal.

As a Muslim American, what would you like non-Muslims to know about Islam?

Islam is a loving and peaceful religion. Be in peace with yourself and love each other.

What’s the meaning behind the verse Verily, with every hardship comes ease – Qur’an Chapter 94 / Verse 6” you chose for the project?

I believe Allah (God) puts hardship in our lives to help us grow and become stronger souls. Our ultimate goal as Muslims is to grow spiritually and reflect on our experiences. Honestly I am not someone that went through too much hardship. I have had it very easy compared to other people around the world Alhamdulillah. But the minimal struggles I have been through have helped me change the way I look at certain aspects of life and helped me grow mentally and spiritually.

My goal and a Muslim’s are to empower my fellow Muslim sisters to take charge of themselves while remaining modest and humble. Health and fitness has brought so much happiness into my life and I want to encourage other people to do the same. As a Muslim we should take the best care of our bodies. Allah bestowed us with good health so we must take the best care of these bodies that we where blessed with.

Lastly, how would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered for all my hard work. I want girls to look up to me and say she was able to accomplish anything she wanted and I want to do the same.

You can see the project as it unfolds by following me on Instagram:carloskhalilguzman and Twitter:ckhalilguzman

Posted by:Carlos Khalil Guzman

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