Nowhere on my “things to do” list in life was “become an Islamic scholar.” I was born Muslim, became an academic student, and completed my Master’s degree in Business Administration. In my pursuit of professional success, I worked primarily in the telecom industry, steadily rising to an executive management position at a global company. Simultaneously I raised a family of two sons and two daughters.
Yet more and more, my love of Islamic study beckoned me. By pure chance, I was lead to a four-year program in Islamic scholarship and earned my advanced tajweed course certification from the United Arab Emirates. After an Islamic scholar, I continued to study informally with qualified ulamaa and muftis.
During my third year of study, I began teaching translation and interpretation of the Quran to a handful of women. Those women told other women—their mothers, sisters, cousins, friends. From humble beginnings, Al Mishkaat Islamic Institute was conceived and today, we have educated and guided women from over 10 countries, bringing them closer to Allah.