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It's the 1950s and little Iola's parents decided to make a big spiritual shift and become Muslims. Naturally Iola became Muslim with them. But what was it like Growing Up Muslim during the 50s, 60s, and 70s... especially with America's race relations?
This book recounts Iola's amazing journey being raised around greats in the Nation of Islam like the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X. She shares how she later transitioned to Sunni Islam under the direction of Imam Warith Deen Muhammad. Her foundation, built on the backs of these game changers, enabled her to weather and maneuver the trials and challenges that have come her way with grace and beauty.
Our Lord Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear. Surah Al-Baqara - 2:286
Through marriage, divorce, and the struggles that came with raising small children as a young single parent, Iola was a living example of the saying, "Babies raising babies." While Iola experienced great sadness over the years, the joys have been tremendous and she demonstrates how her faith brought her through.
Growing Up Muslim, touches hearts and fills a void in the literature by providing a rich personal account into the life of one woman, a Black American Muslim woman.