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Yemeni Journey

Telling the Story

I’ve made a commitment to commit my Yemeni Journey to paper, and try to get it published in book form, insh’Allaah.

This has become a priority for a number of reasons. One is simply that my heart bleeds for my second home and its beautiful, strong people. Yemen faces so many challenges: political, environmental, cultural and spiritual. It teeters on the brink; and I want to share my story, my Yemen with the people before it is gone entirely.

Another reason is to make people think and feel about something beyond themselves and their own consumer driven lives. The Prophet, may Allaah’s praise and salutations be upon him, once said that we should not look at the people who are above us; rather, we should look at those who are below us. To be honest, many of the Yemenis could teach people lessons in generosity, kindness, honesty and so many other intangible, yet incredibly important, things. When speaking just of material things, though, the majority of the Yemeni people live well below what would be considered normal, or even acceptable, to a Westerner. I often tell people that they don’t know poverty until they have seen the poor people of a third world country like Yemen, clawing through the garbage for something to eat or sell, or sitting, head down, begging at a check point or street corner. I want to shake people up, to make them think and to see how so very many of the people in the world live. Hopefully through knowledge will come compassion and action, even if only to make them thankful for what they do have instead of always wishing for what they do not.

Thirdly, Yemen is in the news right now. We hear of the young revolutionaries in Tahrir Square. We hear of drone strikes, suicide bombers, and skirmishes which cost lives weekly, if not daily. We hear of crooked politicians and the endless games they play at the expense of the common man and woman. I want to introduce my readers to the reality behind the news, the people who are lost in the shuffle, to give voice to those who would otherwise remain voiceless, and a face to the ones who would otherwise remain faceless. It has to be harder to hate or denigrate that which is known. The Yemenis don’t deserve to be collateral damage in the games of the big boys. They deserve to be known for who and what they are.

Lastly, I have a story to tell. My story, and it is unique and beautiful and powerful. It is difficult for people to understand how a punk-influenced Catholic girl with a degree in English and Theatre ended up not only Muslim, but a teacher and caller to what is considered a very conservative type of Islaam, and who lived in an unstable third world country for almost a decade.

It’s all about bridges. So many bridges to build.

So many stories to tell.

It’s a journey, one that continues on.

Care to join me?

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13 comments

Dani Greer on May 31, 2012 9:34 pm Reply

It is a fascinating story, with many lessons for everyone! You have all the connections you need and the timing is ripe for self-publishing and online promotion. Let nothing stop you!

Khadijah on May 31, 2012 11:19 pm Reply

Your encouragement (NOT nagging) has been a huge help to me. Now that I’ve started I’m finding the words are there, I just need to get them down!

Susan J. Tweit on June 2, 2012 2:09 am Reply

And you are just the person to build those bridges, Khadijah. You’ll bridges will be study, fanciful, and beautiful. They’ll make us want to walk forward and see what’s on the other side. We’ll learn and grow, and step out of our comfortable lives for them. It’s a gift you’re giving us. Thank you!

Khadijah on June 2, 2012 9:07 pm Reply

Thank you so much, Susan, for all of your encouragement, and for showing me the way with your writings…

Anisa on June 2, 2012 9:21 am Reply

Salam Alaikum!
What I want to know is what kind of mentality and personality tools you have that enable you to achieve so much, under such burdensome conditions with EIGHT children MYSHA ALLAH! lol. Seriously I admire your efforts! I only have one and a half (8months pregnant) and I feel so powerless. In sha Allah I will enjoy reading your story and may many (including myself) benefit from it.Ameen
Wa Salam alaikum wa rahmat Allah wa baraktahu
Your revert sister in Islam.

Khadijah on June 2, 2012 9:08 pm Reply

The children kind of grow on you (SMILE)!! Really, though, I have found having more is actually easier than when I had a couple of small ones, mash’Allaah. May Allaah make your pregnancy and delivery easy for you, Ameen.
If you have any problems, email me, I specialize in babies, children, and mamas!

Umm Abdillaah on June 5, 2012 1:34 am Reply

Can’t wait! May Allaah reward you and make it a benefit for us all, amin.

Stranger on June 9, 2012 5:22 pm Reply

Assalamu alaykum, I think more sisters (Muslims in general) need to write their stories in some form for inspiration to others. As well, there is a shortage of good Islamic books in book stores I find. May Allah make it possible and benefit others through your words, ameen

Khadijah on July 9, 2012 10:25 am Reply

Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah
I think you are correct, mash’Allaah. To me writing my story is a form of da’wah, opening up a world to others that they couldn’t imagine, or didn’t want to even try to understand. Ameen to your du’a!

Asiya on July 9, 2012 8:39 am Reply

Assalamu alaikoum,

I am very happy to have come across your blog. I ache for Yemen sometimes and I only lived there for three months! Your writing is lovely mashaAllah and I feel an affinity with you when reading it….Allah keep you and your family safe and blessed. love Asiya

Khadijah on July 9, 2012 10:23 am Reply

Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah,
Alhamdulillah, I am happy that you have found me, and that you enjoy reading my blog. Yemen very quickly became a part of me, mash’Allaah- my children and I still refer to it as “home”!

Umm Taymiyyah on August 21, 2012 10:14 am Reply

Assalaamu alaykee warahmatullaah, maashaaAllaah sis your story is really inspiring. I ask Allaah to grant you and your family success in this world and the here-after. Allaahumma aameen. I would love to ask you a couple of questions, is it possible if i can get your e-mail? Baarak’Allaahu feeki habibtee! TAKE CARE. <3

Umm Abdillah on October 24, 2012 1:19 pm Reply

Assalaamu Alaykum sis, could you please forward me your email.
BaarakAllahu feek