An Introduction to My Islamic Life
I have been with my husband for 18 years. I have 3 children, whose ages range from 14 - 9. Two of my children attend Islamic School full time; the other is in public school. I grew up in a minimally observant Lutheran household. I've been studying Islam for our entire marriage so that I can work with my husband to make sure our children are raised in a strong, religious environment. That being said, I do not feel called to convert. My husband does not have a problem with this.
About 4-5 years ago, my daughters started praying and I wanted them to have prayer hijabs. I had a terrible time finding prayer outfits that would fit them and were not made from horrible, scratchy, cheap polyester. The women in my community are very closed lipped about where to shop and where to find anything related to Islamic attire. I would go to Dearborn and not find what I needed. So, my friend brought me a prayer outfit from overseas and I copied the pattern and started making my own. I opened an Etsy shop because I thought there would be other women, like me, searching for quality prayer outfits.
After that, I started thinking about how, when I first married Khaled I searched the library and the online bookstores for books about interfaith marriages and only found books about Christian/Jew or Christian/Atheist relationships. So, I shared these thoughts with a good friend and she encouraged me to write a blog about my life in my interfaith relationship. With Khaled's blessing, I started writing My Islamic Life so I could reach out to other women, like me, who are living in similar relationships and talk about the challenges I face so they don't feel alone.
Then I became active on Etsy and saw some beautiful devotional/family oriented jewelry that I wanted to share with my friends and customers, but I couldn't find anyone who would make Islamic Devotional jewelry using English. So, I learned how to make it myself. I design and make each piece of jewelry in my shop to be a source of support to women like me and English speaking converts who want devotional jewelry.
So, I am married to an Egyptian Muslim. I have 3 beautiful Muslim children, I substitute teach at 2 private schools and I run my own business and write on my blog.
It is nice to meet you.