Musings of a Meaningful Life: Mubaraka Saifee

Musings of a Meaningful Life: Mubaraka Saifee

Mubaraka Saifee is an immigration lawyer and mother of three based in Houston, USA. In this blog, she recounts her professional development through different stages of life and her insights from what she experienced on the way.

I remember when I first realized I wanted to be a lawyer. I grew up in California, but my father had gotten a one-year transfer to Houston, Texas for work. I was less than thrilled to uproot and leave all my California school friends for a whole year. I found myself attending eighth-grade in Houston, a place I knew no one and frankly, didn’t want to be. It turned out to be one of the best years of my life.  

My school in Houston had a speech club, and somehow I ended up joining and entering a debate competition. Much to my surprise, I came first in the entire school district. ‘If you agree with me, you are wise. If you do not, you are otherwise.’ This was the phrase that my father told me to say at the end of my closing arguments and I practiced in front of my bedroom mirror every day. The topic of the debate: Extra-curricular activities are overemphasized in public schools. I developed arguments, thought of questions to ask during cross-examination, then thought of answers to my own questions. And what do you know, it worked! That’s when I knew I wanted to become a lawyer. I was going to attend the very best law school in the country, no, the best in the world! And I would become Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. And bring justice to all, of course.

But life, as we all know, has its own plans. We moved back to California after our year was over, and this time I was upset that I had to leave my new friends and interests behind in Houston. My high school in California did not have a speech club. I was distraught and disappointed beyond measure. Suddenly, an opportunity arose and I got admission into the Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah Academy in India. Eager for a change and always ready for an adventure, I embarked on a new journey and left behind my old dreams for new ones. Or so I thought.

I attended the Academy for seven years and got married and had a beautiful baby boy. The winds of fate blew again, and my family and I found ourselves back in America. This time, we were in New Jersey. My son enrolled in school and suddenly I had free time on my hands. I decided to go back to college. I took classes in Computer Science and Business Administration and got myself a two-year Associate’s degree. We moved to Houston where I continued my education. This time, with the intention of obtaining a law degree. I would enroll in a full schedule of classes only to drop most of them when I discovered I was to be blessed with a new family arrival. Thankfully, my husband and my mother-in-law were my greatest supporters. As soon as the little one was able to eat solid foods, my mother-in-law would shoo me off and tell me to go back to college and finish my degree. My husband made sure the kids did their homework and played with them afterwards in the park. Fast-forward 10 years and 3 kids later, I finally had in my hand, a law degree.

So, while I am not Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (yet), I am a proud owner of my own immigration law practice. I am able to keep flexible hours, travel, attend family and social events, and basically just have a good work/life balance. I get to help people navigate through complicated immigration matters and I feel good about what I do. I learned a lot as I went along and gained valuable knowledge from my experiences, things they don’t teach in school. I’m not what someone might typically think of as a lawyer. My clients are not just clients, they are my extended family. I care about what happens to them. I mean, if they text me late at night, I will respond to their message (if I’m awake, ofcourse). I sometimes get phone calls and people are surprised to learn that they’re talking with ‘the actual lawyer’ and not some answering service. ‘Are you sure you’re the lawyer?’  they’ll ask. To which I feel like replying, ‘Yeah, I’m pretty amazed myself!’

If I could sum up my entire journey into one word, it would be ‘perseverance’. If there is something you want to achieve, I mean something you really, truly want; your goal, your dream, then stay after it. Sure there will be ups and downs, maybe even something so harrowing you’ll think, ‘I’ll never be able to get through this!’ I can assure you from experience, you will get through it, and you will be stronger for it, and you will achieve what you set out to accomplish. So what if it doesn’t look exactly like what you had originally pictured in the beginning, it’ll be a thousand times better.

28 thoughts on “Musings of a Meaningful Life: Mubaraka Saifee

  1. Shabbir Saifee says:

    Even though she’s a lawyer , she never missed any of her kids’ school events or anything important in their lives. She makes time, no matter how busy, to be there for them and show her love and support. Whether it’s a school play, a parent-teacher meeting, or some special moment, she’s always there, cheering them on and making them feel special. Her kids mean the world to her, and she makes sure they know it in every little way. 🌟

  2. Sakina Shk Mustafa says:

    Amazing Journey
    Of a beautifull Soul whom I got to know just 3 years ago. Super woman with a cape.

  3. Tasneem Shakir says:

    Ghani ghani Mubarak Mubaraka Ben just wanted to add that the whole journey of your success was crowned by the Alm of Alw Mohammed which you acquired in Jamea. This Alm made your pathway towards other achievements possible.
    Cheers!!!
    May you have an awesome career in the Khidmat of Maula.

  4. Haider Diwanji says:

    Many Congratulations to you. May you achieve further success by Doa Mubarak of Aqa Maula T.U.S..

  5. Aiman says:

    Amazing! What a wonderful share. I was always curious about how you chose this profession. Now I can connect back the dots from your story. Our callings are hidden in such opportunites. And then we find our purpose, and through us, people are able to fulfil their purposes in life. Jazakallah khair!

  6. Dawood Diwan says:

    Alhamdolilah Shukranlilah. I am a very proud Father of my daughter, Mubaraka. She has always worked hard and sincerely. I sincerely appreciate the help and support from her husband, Bhai Shabbir Bhai and his Mother for her to achieve her Law Degree.
    I pray with wasila and Doa mubarak of Aqa Mola tus May Allah Grant all the wishes she Wishes.

  7. Aziz says:

    I stumbled onto this article by chance and was very happy to read about my best friends wifes journey. Although I knew most of the facts, looking at the whole picture at a glance made it appear more amazing. Kudos to woman power and the unlimited strength only they possess. Mubarak to Mubaraka and her doting and supporting husband, the funniest person I have known in my whole life. I am sure he too has a story to tell about his incredible journey from the chawls of Mumbai to the elite neighborhood that he has moved into.

    • Mubaraka says:

      Yes, my husband has quite a few stories of his own, and has his unique style of relaying which leaves us all in stitches!

  8. Nisreen aamir says:

    My dear friend mubaraka,i am so happy for you,and proud of you,for all you have achieved.
    You are blessed with the barakat of Al Jamea tus Saifiyah,and it shines in all of your khidmat ,and your career,always helping people with love and care.
    Will always do dua for you ,Shabbir bhai and your family may you always be blessed with the khidmat of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Aqa tus .

  9. Mariyah shk Mustafa Luqmani says:

    Heartiest congratulations to my dearest friend Mubaraka!!!.
    Am very proud to have a friend like you. May all your wishes your dreams come true,, by the grace of Allah and Dua mubarak of Moula tus.

  10. Fatema Jamali says:

    I am amazed by reading your story at how similar we both are!
    The only difference; I am just starting my journey, so you are a big inspiration. If she could do it why can’t I? I wanted to be a scientist cum educator when I was little. teaching and learning science are my passion. I had the opportunity to go to jamea but couldn’t complete my studies instead I was back, completely clear on what I wanted to do. My father was my pillar enrolled me back into school and so I am on my masters getting myself a biotech research degree surrounded by people who thinks it is a waste and I should just wait to be married. I just hope that like your beautiful family, my new family is as supportive for my passion.
    I had people tell me how much more are you going to study? Was bachelor’s not enough ? Science is so difficult. Why do you have to go through unnecessary troubles? I know that all the dissent I am facing will only stop when I have succeeded. Your story rekindled my passion and made me realize that I am not as alone as I think in my situation and I am not the only one. There is someone out there who has already done what I am attempting to do, is successful with it and has a beautiful life. So thankyou for sharing your story with us.

  11. Tasneem Presswala. says:

    What a wonderful read!! I’m sure you are an inspiration to many!!!… Shukran jazeelan for sharing the story of your perseverance and achievement …. Enjoyed reading it!!!
    May all your wishes be fulfilled by the grace of Allah Taala and the vasila Mubarak of AqaMaula tus!!🙏

  12. Jumana Yousuf Bambot says:

    Truly inspiring to know how your hard work and perseverance helped to achieve your goal and I admire your humility and your readiness to help people whenever they reach out to you. May you always be blessed with the khidmat of Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin Aqa TUS .

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