"I'm very open as far as questions." Commitment to her religion requires Mubarakah to pray five times daily, whether she's working with a client, at the movies, or in her living room.
"Most workout outfits are either short sleeved or too tight." She modifies her clothes by adding length to sleeves and hems, taking care to look cute at the same time.
"I try to at least look like I'm matching and I have some kind of style," she says.
So you're getting to know someone to know whether or not that's somebody you want to be married to." In her career as a certified personal trainer, Mubarakah's biggest challenge is finding workout clothes in keeping with her faith.
"As Muslim women, we can only show our face and hands," she explains.
"People see me as a single mom [as if] that's something wrong. You'll find somebody.' People will do that kind of thing because they don't feel like it's acceptable, or that you can't do it on your own," she says. "I am prepared to go with the flow as far as children and marriage are concerned," she says.
"I was raised in a family where a number of people, even married relatives, have chosen not to have children.One issue that plagues an average of 6.3 million women in America is being single.Julie, a Chicago pediatrician, struggles with the stigma of being alone in her 30s."I run a criminal background check on every guy I go out with," she says."I have to be very careful about who I invite into our lives." Amy also realizes that a woman with kids isn't what every guy is looking for. I think they're the bonus piece to the set, but there are a lot of men who don't see it that way," she says."So generally my headscarf will match my outfit."Mubarakah says she encounters many myths about her religion, including her heritage.