Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting 40 years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from student to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding.
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 at Ground Zero, when the backlash began. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society.
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By Vonny Milonny on 07-01-17
A must read for all in my opinion
A wonderful autobiographical account of one woman's life when she moves to live with her new Husband in America and her struggles as a woman of the Muslim faith trying to adjust to living in a predominantly Christian country and trying to bring these two communities together.
I enjoyed this book so much that I listened twice! It has opened my eyes further and answered questions I have had.
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By Betsy Disharoon on 20-09-18
Leadership with Graceful Power
After hearing Sabeeha and her husband speak at Chautauqua I was fascinated with their method of interfaith work so I bought her book on Audible. My expectations were low thinking it would be more of the same. But NO! Her personal story details intrigued me every step of the way. Her commitment to living her faith as her heart and mind interpret Islam is most admirable. If a few of us Christians would study and contemplate the issues as she has done we could all stand stronger in our faith and values.
Then there is the passion in her voice that carries the listener on and on. No, it is not a professionally trained or even a high quality recording. But Sabeeha’s powerful commitment to live life fully and carry others with her comes through so beautifully that if a professional reader was used it would not be nearly as impactful.
And all this done as she Americanized herself and her family determined to be American Muslims living fully with in the American culture, tolerating flaws while working hard to enlighten all to the one God of us all. This is powerful leadership with grace!
Thanks, Sabeeha, for guiding me through life and making me feel a part of your family.
By Sheryl Chappell on 17-08-18
Fantastic book! Both informative & inspirational.
To hear the words spoken by the author made the content even more meaningful! I highly recommend this book!