For the April book club, The Merrimack Valley chapter read "Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim" by Sabeeha Rehman.
The book is about Sabeeha's story of having an arranged marriage and then emigrating from Pakistan to America. In the book, she talks about her transition from being a Pakistani Muslim to becoming an American Muslim and the trials and tribulations of raising her two sons as Muslims and retaining her Pakistani culture, whilst living in the American culture.
It is a great love story of how arranged marriages can work out and how couples should be there for one another to support each other through life. The author also talks about her interfaith work which is so important right now.
Since Sabeeha Rehman lives in the US, one of the Merrimack Valley Sisters contacted the author and arranged to have a Skype discussion with her during the meeting with the Daughters of Abraham group. The members were introduced to her and we asked her a few questions. Her answers were well thought out and informative. She advises young Muslim women to link up with the local Muslim community and other women. Make friends with neighbours and other mothers. She expressed her thoughts about how women can be spiritual leaders in the community too. We also spoke about some of the Sisters who are immigrants and their experiences.
It also turned out that one of the Sister's family lived in the same area and actually knew the author! What a small world we live in.