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Dear friends,
As my husband and I reach out to perfect strangers in an effort to build bridges, I am deeply moved by your gracious hospitality in opening your homes, welcoming us, housing us, hosting us, and accepting us as your friends.
Sabeeha

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Make A Muslim Friend 'Start Up'

When asked at a book reading, 'How can we help Muslims?" I answered: "Make a Muslim friend. Invite us into your homes. We will do the same." Charlene Floyd lined up 11 Christian families to host Muslim families in their homes for dinner.
Top Photo: The organizing team in Charlene's home

The first of many dinner evenings of 'Make a Muslim Friend'. Families got together every weekend in March, dined, traded stories, and made friends. Now, its our turn to reciprocate.
Just watch the magic work!

Invite Us & We Shall Come

...and give a talk on Islam 101
No sooner had we sent the email to our network - nationally - the invitations started coming. People we didn't know, invited us, and this month, Khalid and I took our show on the road.
Protestant Community Church of Medford Lakes, New Jersey.  March 25, 2017
"What is the day-in-the-life of a Muslim who observes the 5 tenets, i.e. belief, prayer, fasting, charity, & pilgrimage?" This is the first time we were asked this question. Our talk: The Quran, Family, Women, Shia-Sunni, & Shariah.
Photo: With Heather Winkler and Rev. Tim Meadows
Rochester NOW & American Association of University Women. April 1, 2017
A beautiful couple, whom we had never met & who had attended our talk at Chautauqua Institution, invited us, housed us in their home, introduced us to new friends, and organized an event of an audience of 100 on a conversation on Islam. I liked the  question: What can we do to prevent radicalization amongst the youth? The take-away: We need to address bullying of children in schools. It leads to isolation, making youth vulnerable to radicalization through the internet.

Photo: Our hosts & Gaynelle Wethers, President, AAUW
 

My Recent Blogs


Mummy Would Have Said:
"Stop Bragging"

Dearest Mummy, There are times when I so wish you were here;
There are times when I am grateful that you are not.

Read more...
 
What's Faith Got To Do With It?
Immigrants & refugees, that is. I was asked this question at the BBYO teen conference. “As a Muslim, how does the immigrant and refugee experience connect to your faith?
Read more...

Are You Part of a Bookclub?

I will be happy to join your meeting - in person, via Skype, FaceTime, anytime. 
Daughters of Abraham Book Club.  Andover, MA
April 3, 2017

Q.1.: Your advice to a Muslim immigrant woman today?
Q.2.:  In interfaith work, what was most challenging?
Q.3.: How has your role as a woman changed?
 
Metuchen YMCA Book Club. New Jersey. April 5, 2017
 
I was left thinking about what one of the members said to me, "The deeds shape the heart. What we do is what we become."
Book Clubs Reading Threading My Prayer Rug
I will be joining their meetings on:
April 25, 2017. Englewood, New Jersey
May 10, 2017.  Point Pleasant, New Jersey
May 17, 2017. Columbus, Ohio (via Skype)

RECENT BOOK READINGS

Cathedral of St. John The Divine. March 20, 2017
Its the first time someone asked me this question: How do your children's cousins in Pakistan view your children's religiosity?
Liberal? Conservative? We had quite the discussion with a remarkable audience.

 

Barnes & Noble, Rochester. Apr 1, 2017
 
May I Share Some Good News

Most Memorable Reads of 2016
Connecticut Library Association 
 
It topped the list!
 
"...my most memorable read of 2016...her life has been anything but boring..."  
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Women's History Month 2017
Massanutten Regional Library
recommends
Threading My Prayer Rug

along with books by Megyn Kelly, Carrie Fisher, Margot Sheerly (Hidden Figures), Chimamanda Adichie, Malala Yousafzai

Read here

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REVIEWS & REVISIONS
reading & writing through the ages
Picks
Threading My Prayer Rug

for
'Reading Beyond the Headlines: Immigration and Refugees'
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The Red Couch 2017 Book Selections
SHELOVES Magazine.com


July 2017 Selection: Threading My Prayer Rug
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Reads All The Things
Commentary: Best of 2016

Top 9 books
amongst Hillbilly Elegy

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PLEASE JOIN ME
 
If you have family or friends in these towns, do ask them to come

NEW YORK CITY & LONG ISLAND
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Center for Living & Learning, NYC
Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. Co-Speaker w Caren Singer
2:30 p.m.
Announcement


Sunday, April 9, 2017
Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI), NY
11:00 a.m.
Book Reading
Westbury, NY


Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Hadassah Women's Organization, NYC
Being Muslim in America
1:00 pm
Town & Village Synagogue


Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Jericho Public Library, NY
Book Reading
7:00 p.m.
Announcement


Friday, May 26, 2017
Temple Shaarey Tefila
6:15 pm

NEW YORK STATE
Saturday, April 29, 2017
First Congregational Church of Canandaigua, NY
Moderate Islam: Dialogue & Understanding
Co-speaker w Khalid Rehman
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Announcement


Friday, May 12, 2017
The Crescent Academy, Binghampton, NY
Storytelling 
11:00 am

Friday, May 12, 2017
Barnes & Noble, Binghampton, NY
Book Reading w Girl Scouts
4:00 pm


CONNECTICUT
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Guilford Free Library, CT
Book Reading
7:00 pm. 
Announcement


MASSACHUSSETS
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Temple Beth David, Canton, MA
The Shia-Sunni Divide in Islam. Co-Speaker w Khalid Rehman
10:00 am
Announcement

 

NEW JERSEY
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Cherry Hill Public Library, NJ
Book Reading
7:00 pm. 
Announcement


NEW HAMPSHIRE & VERMONT
Sat. May 21 - Sunday, May 22, 2017
Congregation Ahavas Achim, Keene, NH
& Brattleboro, VT
Islam 101, & book signing.
Co-speaker w Khalid Rehman

TESTIMONIAL
"...Bia has a wonderful, laughter filled voice as a writer...This is a remarkable read written by a remarkable woman that would build bridges where other's would build walls. Bia's words are beautiful and important and the story of her life is one meant to be read by everyone no matter what god you worship or country you call home."
- Sara Fiori posted on Goodreads
Quote . . . 

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
And Today?
Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present
- Babatunde Olatunji
They are blooming.  Winter is over - almost.
Threading My Prayer Rug.
One Woman's Journey From Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim

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Sabeeha Rehman
P.O. Box 1655
New York, NY 10021

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