“An American kid from Arizona with an exotic name…” fought with his dad about having ‘Jihad’ or ‘Jay’ on his soccer roster. His dad won and Jihad went on to have pride in his Islamic identity. He even grew up to be the founding president of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, the nation’s first Muslim graduate school offering accredited Master’s degrees in the fields of Islamic Studies, Education, Chaplaincy and Leadership.
Turk spoke with Lauren Booth on Muslim youth facing their differences, using them for dialogue and to build positive identity. They also discuss the signs of children needing spiritual, mental and other help.
Turk reviews these three areas that are imperative for parents to understand to raise Muslim children: