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Threading My Prayer Rug is the perfect elixir for today – warm and wonderful story of a traditional Pakistani girl coming to America with her new husband in the early 70s. Shy, naïve, determined and strong, Bia faces her NYC culture shock, finds friends and experiences she would never have encountered at home, and, in charming fits and starts, adapts to her new life as an American wife. With her gentle husband, they build a family and discover or invent ways to meld their Pakistani-Muslim traditions with the culture of their adopted home. "Mommy, where is our Christmas tree?" poses a particular quandary for Bia - one that she later observes with satisfaction that her assimilated daughter-in-law solves with ease. Her warm relationship with her supportive father, the love for her mother and sisters, and the charming dynamics of her extended family are familiar to all of us, reminiscent of an idyllic time in America not so long ago. She demonstrates the importance of her Muslim faith in her life through her thoughts, priorities, and choices, allowing the reader to learn about the true Islam as observed by hers and other families throughout the world (vs. the abomination we see in the news) – for example, did you know that Mary, mother of Jesus and Jesus both figure prominently and venerably in the Qur’an?Sabeeha Rehman has given us a great gift.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it delineates the transition of a ordinary Pakistani women to a sophisticated American Muslim women. Her simple life story was thrusted with local and geopolitical forces and compelled her to become a iconic force advocating issues ranging from culture, religion, family, ism, terrorism and even autism. It is rare to know someone personally who writes their autobiography and having that element allowed me to have a unique third party perspective. As the story unfolds I can relate to many elements and gives a greater understanding of the authors psyche.
Sabeeha Rehman's book is delightful. Although her story is written from the perspective of an Islamic women and her family, it could be the story of any family. The sweet relationship with her family members and husband, Kahlid, are just heart warming. Reading about her growth from an Islamic woman born in an Islamic country, to a woman finding her Islamic faith in her adopted land was very enlightening. My wife and I plan gifting several cpoies to friends. For me Sabeeha tells the story about her faith, and at the same time she reveals the human story that we all share.
A beautiful story of one person's journey. I describe this book as a love story - where I fell in love with the respect in her marriage, the values instilled by her mother & father, and Pakistan with its culture, food and clothing. I found so many similarites between this Pakistani-Muslim's experience and my family's own Ecuadorian-Catholic experience. The struggles are especially poignant considering current events and the impact on the Muslim community. The best part for me was when the author Sabeeha Rehman joined our book club meeting and gave us so much more to love about her story.
Threading My Prayer Rug is an inspirational and timely memoir that deserves to be in every library in America and Pakistan. Sabeeha Rehman’s intimate view of what it’s like to leave family and friends and so much of what you love behind and to journey to America with only her husband as a guide, is as enlightening as it is a way, it is every immigrant’s story, the melding of the cultural norms and traditions of the homeland with those of the adopted land. Yet, it is of singular importance in that it highlights the ways in which American Muslims, people of faith, have far more in common with other Americans than they do with Islamic terrorists—be they foreign or American-born. A must-read.
The author did an excellent job explaining both her roots in the Pakistani culture and her challenges as she adapted to life in America. She drew a clear picture of her parent's lives as they remained in Pakistan, her children's lives as they grew up in the U.S., and the lives of she and her husband as they were pulled between both cultures. The information she provided both verified and explained things I had observed in my Pakistani-American Muslim friends.
Because I live in New York City I never buy audiobooks because I don't own a car . But I'm so happy that I bought this as an audiobook. You could actually feel what was she was saying not just hear it because it was all in her voice . I feel lucky that I read this book or listened to this book she's an amazing woman
This book has taught me more than I could ever have learned unless I lived for a considerable amount of time in Pakistan. Ms Rehman is not only telling a story here but also informing the reader of her deeply felt conviction that living in the United States can be both beneficial and mortifying for practicing Muslims. I came to the US (South Carolina), still in my teens and found goodness, kindness mixed with deeply held prejudice and even hate displayed toward its African American and Jewish citizens. In our current divisive political climate there is no telling what it will take to turn around the penchant to discriminate against "the other" whomever that may be. We need healing and Ms Rehman's excellent memoir serves as a reminder to caring for one another is what glues this nation together.
This is an outstanding story of a Pakistani Muslim woman's journey from her birth country to the United States, the transition into her new culture and her love for our country and her steadfast love of the Muslim faith while embracing a new way of doing traditions. This Christian applauds Sabeeha Rehman! May this world come to be as open to all people as you are!
I met Sabeeha and Khalid at Chautauqua at a conference I attend each summer. They were doing a unit on the Muslim faith. They were both so genuine and informative I bought her book and it was just as honest and funny. I learned so much about their faith and also what a difficult thing it is to adjust a new country and its customs when you come from such a different culture. A most enjoyable book and a lovely couple.