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Not everything over there is fully functional yet, and the internal links still point to this blog, and will for the indefinite future.So all the old material will be left here for archival purposes, with comments turned off.For a convert that can be a lot of pressure.” Khadijah Elliott, an English teacher, converted to Islam 10 years ago when she married one of her former students who was Muslim.
“But when you choose to get on board you’re more passionate.
Devastated and confused, she returned to England and continued life as a Muslim woman.
Like Kayani, she had issues from the local Muslim community: “If you come from an English background, a lot of Muslims find that difficult to understand.
Before it was bad and evil to me.” Now she’s married to that same boyfriend, runs a DIY shop with him and the couple have two young children.
She tells me: “He says I have more [Islamic] knowledge than him because I keep reading about it and studying it. “[People who are born into Islam] just go do whatever they saw their parents do and it’s not always religious – most of the time it’s culture.
They weren’t all all-encompassing or all-embracing regardless. So if you’re not behaving a certain way or you don’t know how to pray, or the way you’re dressed – people will suggest ways you can practise better.