This fascinating story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on being Muslim in America today.Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on exactly what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminescent story of numerous journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in a set up marriage that ends up being a love match lasting forty years; from nonreligious Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from trainee to bride-to-be and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American resident, business executive, grandma, and determined advocate for interfaith understanding.Beginning with a sweetly amusing, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author damages stereotypes and offers the rejuvenating view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she states an immigrant's daily struggles balancing assimilation with maintaining heritage, overcoming spiritual barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her kids as Muslims-- while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim neighborhood center at Ground Absolutely no, when the reaction began. She discusses exactly what that experience revealed about American society.