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This is the story of the Americanization of Islam, through my experience.
It is the journey of my pursuit to define an American Muslim identity for myself, my children, and now my grandchildren; and my transformation from a Pakistani Muslim to an American Muslim.
It’s the story of a mother, who, propelled by her passion to raise her children in the Muslim faith, found warmth of the American soil fertile ground for her dreams to thrive.
And it is the portrayal of the resilience of the American people, who extended their welcoming arms to a faith community in good times, and when under fire.
From The Publisher
... Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. ...
... Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant’s daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims—while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center near Ground Zero, when the backlash began. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society.