If you are all about female empowerment, this is for you…
I continue to be amazed by the woman I meet and their stories. Heba is no exception and has become a figure that I hope has a constant presence in her community and to me. I knew from the moment we met, and the time after that when we sat on opposite ends of a forum “Feminism in Islam”, that she was going to be someone I looked up to – I was right…
So I arrived to her home where we were set to record and she was making me coffee as I sat at her dining table nibbling on a platter of fruit she prepared for me (#vegansnacks). We then moved into a smaller room, hit the record button, and talked taboo.
Palestinian by decent but born in Kuwait, Heba came to the US as a refugee in 1990. She continues to learn and share the emphasis Islam places on women and their rights by speaking to different groups about Islamic Feminism. She and her husband (who is half White and half Indian) have been married for 13 years. They met in the MSA during their years at Cal Poly Pamona and they have three beautiful girls together (mashAllah).
In November of 2016, Heba was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Her spiritual perspective and choice to share her story is truly commendable. Sometimes in our communities illnesses, whether physical or mental, are seen as a sign of weakness and often times hidden. Heba explains to us why it is important to share your story, however you chose to, in order to normalize these occurrences and allow for better support and understanding.
Heba, as you will find listening to this episode, is an exemplary Muslim woman who is not letting cultural and erroneous religious barriers stop her, or her daughters, from the pursuit of happiness – and it shouldn’t stop you.
Please join me in making continuous due (prayer) for her and her family as she is battling this disease. Also, you can support her fight for MS by clicking on the link here and donating. The money raised will drive groundbreaking research, provide life changing programs, and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most.