The place Are They Now? Nour Naas of The Feminist Monetary Handbook

Final Fall, I used to be speaking to Nicole Lynn (Perry) Ó Catháin. It’s possible you’ll keep in mind Nicole from The Feminist Monetary Handbook. So many readers grew to become invested in these ladies’s tales, and Nicole had the exceptional thought to do a collection catching up with them and what their lives seem like 5 years later. That is that collection.

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This week we’re speaking to Nour Naas, who mentioned home violence and cash within the e book.

Background of pink to yellow gradiant. Image of the cover of The Feminist Financial Handbook. text reads 'where are they now? Nour Naas on IPV & Money Management While Practicing Islam'

Nour! I’m so joyful to have this chance to sit down down with you once more. The final time we talked, you have been in California, nonetheless at school.

I’ve been following you on Instagram and I’ve caught glimpses all of your transferring journeys within the time since. The place have your journeys since 2018 introduced you in the present day?

Positively! Once we final spoke, I used to be simply ending up group faculty. I graduated in December and utilized for college to attend in Fall 2019. So I had an enormous hole of time the place I wasn’t going to be at school — from December 2018 to August 2019.

In that point, I ended up going to Libya for six months to go to my prolonged household. The journey was fairly loopy. Sadly because the Libyan revolution in 2011, Libya has been extremely unstable, and one other civil battle broke out whereas I used to be there, in April 2019.

However I’m actually grateful that I acquired to go. It was my first time going again since my mom was killed, in order that added a number of feelings to my journey. And although I don’t imagine in closure, I really feel like going to Libya introduced me as near the idea of it as I most likely may ever recover from my mom’s dying.

After I got here again from Libya, I attended CSU East Bay and accomplished my sociology diploma. I graduated in December 2020. Shortly thereafter, I labored for the county as a medical health insurance eligibility employee.

I simply left my job and California altogether in July/August 2022 since I ended up getting married. I can’t specific how a lot progress has occurred inside me since we spoke in 2018. I wasn’t even fascinated by marriage at the moment, and couldn’t see myself ever pursuing it. I nonetheless had a lot worry and trauma round marriage since I grew up witnessing my mom endure in her personal.

I’m simply actually grateful for opening up my coronary heart to marriage regardless of how I’ve felt about it for many of my life.

Congratulations! Whereas I’m deeply saddened to listen to of the continuing strife in Libya, these are all monumental developments in your private life.

I do know I’ve personally heard from readers who’ve felt seen and never alone for the primary time after studying your story. You’ve achieved a lot work on this area that I’m positive you should hear that on a regular basis.

Thanks a lot. Listening to from readers about how my story resonates with them is actually the perfect a part of sharing my writing. And I nearly really feel disappointment in myself for saying this, however within the final 12 months or so particularly, I really feel like my targets and pursuits have fully shifted in the case of home violence work.

Once we final spoke, I used to be volunteering and/or working at a number of shelters, doing group outreach, and so forth. However lately, I really feel my coronary heart isn’t in it anymore.

That’s to not say that home violence work isn’t vital to me, however extra to say that I don’t know if I’ve the capability to interact in it like I as soon as did.

I truly lately utilized for a place at a home violence shelter, sort of on a whim, they usually instantly acquired again to me to arrange an interview. However near the interview, I simply determined to cancel. I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine what’s modified in me that makes me not wish to do the work I used to typically do.

I’m additionally making an attempt to determine in what capability I might really feel comfy participating in home violence work. However for now, I wouldn’t say I’m doing any of the work, besides via perhaps writing about it. Nonetheless within the means of discovering out what I can deal with at this level.

That’s greater than honest. You’ve been via lots, and whereas it’s nice to assist others straight, it shouldn’t be all on you to ‘repair’ this monumental challenge. I hope that feeling of disappointment received’t observe you for an excessive amount of longer, and that you just’re capable of pursue all the various targets and achievements you set for your self in different fields.

Given this info, I hope my subsequent questions aren’t too intrusive. Lower me off if they’re.

Over the previous 5 years, have there been any optimistic or detrimental developments in how protected it’s for girls to come back ahead? Notably for Muslim ladies since they face probably the most boundaries?

I’m unsure about particular developments which have occurred, however I’ll say that ever since 2018, after I first acquired my essay revealed concerning the intersection of home violence and Islamophobia, I’ve seen elevated discourse round this exact same subject, and that’s been actually encouraging.

I imagine there may be much more of an consciousness round home violence basically, the way it doesn’t simply manifest bodily, how it may be tougher to establish it.

I keep in mind one in all my pals who divorced her husband years in the past. We met up at a restaurant shortly after their separation, and she or he gave me a laundry listing of all of the issues he did of their marriage, however she prefaced the entire thing by saying that he by no means abused her.

However towards the tip of our dialog, it appeared that she had her personal a-ha second and mentioned, “Wow. It was abuse.”

And it made me notice that many individuals don’t perceive that abuse can truly be very stealthy and tough to see, even — and maybe particularly — to the one who’s being abused.

That’s too actual! Usually we don’t notice how unhealthy issues are till we open up about our personal experiences.

As soon as we do notice it, probably the most widespread questions requested on this subject is the place do I get monetary assist to go away a nasty scenario? From what I can see, there aren’t an entire lot of sources on the market. Do you’ve any suggestions for the place folks may look?

Sadly I’m not fairly positive both. The one factor I can consider is to really contact native home violence shelters and see what sort of help they will supply.

It’s unhappy that there aren’t practically sufficient security nets in place for victims of home violence to have the ability to depart their abusers. I discover that most individuals should depend upon group help — whether or not that’s via fundraising for the sufferer or giving them a spot to remain.

I might actually urge everybody studying this to help home violence victims in no matter means you’ll be able to.

Even when it’s not financially, perhaps you’ll be able to present them with info on native sources, or perhaps you’ve sufficient area, cash, and vitality to soak up a pal who’s being abused, perhaps you’re well-versed on the subject of monetary literacy and you’ll conduct workshops in your group or native home violence shelters to show others about it, and so forth.

Money is extraordinarily vital so as to have the ability to depart an abusive scenario, but when it’s one thing that can not be provided, not all hope is misplaced.

My mom was truly supposed to maneuver in with one in all her pals on the finish of the month by which she was murdered. This pal of hers isn’t wealthy, however she had area, and my mother had some revenue to assist carry her weight.

I believe, extra vital than cash being provided to victims, is them having different types of concrete help — particularly pals who imagine them, help them in no matter means they will, and perceive the severity of their scenario.

As you’ve been working your means via these previous 5 years, have you ever seen any impacts in your funds?

Not essentially impacts on my funds, however I definitely have discovered lots. As a Muslim, paying or garnering curiosity is a large sin, so I’ve at all times solely stored a debit card/checking account for myself.

And fortuitously due to the place I rented for the final a number of years, I by no means needed to assume and even knew concerning the means of getting my credit score checked or probably being refused a spot to reside due to it.

Nevertheless, I lately have discovered myself in a scenario the place my credit score is now essential to securing numerous issues like a spot to reside, and so forth. And due to this example, as I stored getting denied by flats, I came upon that my credit score was extraordinarily low — regardless that I’ve by no means had a bank card!

I used to be so confused for therefore lengthy, so it’s been a little bit of a studying curve. I’ve discovered a approach to maneuver having a bank card with out the entire garnering or paying of curiosity, so I’m slowly engaged on constructing my credit score again up.

This case has taught me how very important monetary literacy is. There’s a lot I don’t know, lots that my previous scenario sheltered me from ever having to search out out about cash, credit score, and so forth. So at my huge age of 28, I’m beginning to study what I hope others — particularly ladies — can study far earlier in life.

A lot of our self-sufficiency and independence will depend on understanding all points of funds. I used to assume it was such a boring subject. It genuinely was one thing I by no means cared a lot about.

If I had sufficient to pay lease, to eat, and to reside decently, I used to be content material.

If I wanted more cash, I simply requested for extra hours or acquired a second, or generally third, job.

Nevertheless it took me a  very long time to know that this isn’t best, that there are different, smarter methods to garner revenue. So I’m nonetheless within the means of determining what works for me.

I might positively suggest everybody take a monetary literacy course.

I do know IPV is a subject we honed in on within the e book, and in order that’s what we’re speaking about in the present day.

However I wish to take a second and acknowledge that whereas our traumas will at all times be part of us, we’re greater than our trauma, too.

So I simply wish to ask – how is the entire Nour doing? 

Thanks a lot for this query. That is one thing I’ve been making an attempt to give attention to extra myself currently: optimistic and thrilling issues.

As talked about, I did obtain my bachelor’s, in order that did convey some reduction and opened up a bit extra employment alternatives. I additionally acquired married lower than one 12 months in the past.

Nevertheless, all these life occasions within the final couple of years actually ended up placing a pause on my writing and different pursuits. However this 12 months, as I’m extra settled into my life and feelings, I actually hope to get again to writing particularly.

A lot of my writing prior to now has been centered on my mom within the context of her abuse, and I had discovered it tough to put in writing about my optimistic recollections of her, regardless that it was one thing I desperately wished on the time.

However I spotted that I merely wasn’t prepared then, that I wasn’t as far alongside in my therapeutic as I wanted to be so as to have the ability to achieve this. However I do know that I’m prepared now, so I’m actually excited to begin placing out these optimistic tales and ideas from my life.

And we’re so excited to learn them! Do you’ve any current or upcoming or lately launched initiatives you wish to let readers find out about?

I hope to put in writing on extra different subjects this 12 months. I lately acquired an essay revealed on Amaliah about my worry of getting married, and the way I overcame that.

If you happen to take a look at my essays from earlier than, they have been all about home violence with out exception. I don’t fault myself for that although. I believe my writing is a mirrored image of the state of my coronary heart. Again then, I used to be so consumed by my grief that I couldn’t take into consideration anything.

However nowadays, I really feel a lot extra calm. Apart from upcoming essays I hope to have revealed, I’ve been engaged on a memoir. I don’t see that popping out for at the least a few years from now, nevertheless it’s one thing I’m extraordinarily enthusiastic about, and I hope it’s one thing that can resonate with many others.

Nour is such a gifted author, so be sure you maintain a watch out for her future work!

And thanks a lot to Nour for taking the time to speak to us about such a delicate subject that impacts so many. Each for doing so 5 years in the past, and for revisiting it in the present day.


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