Passionate -The Real-Life Story of Khadija

Tell me a bit about yourself. What do you want the world to know about YOU?

Hello! My name is Khadija and I am an Elementary school teacher who loves her job. I was born and raised in a typical military family. Both my parents were very involved in making us grow up as strong individuals. It was always my dream to travel around the world and it came true in many ways. I lived in a beautiful country called Kuwait for many years of my married life. I was deeply impressed by their culture based on family bonding and social welfare. My stay in Kuwait gave me some amazing friends which are still an integral part of my life.

Describe a typical day in your life.

My day starts with praising my Lord who has bestowed me with a very comfortable life. I am really enjoying my experience as an elementary school teacher. Each day when I reach school I am ready to have a lot of learning experiences as I try teaching my students beyond the curriculum. All day long I do whatever I can to develop them as active and engaged participants of society. As soon as I am back home my families well-being is my topmost priority. I love cooking for them as it’s therapeutic for me. I am an early riser which gives me enough time to have a productive day.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced during your journey to where you are today?

Even as a strong woman I was never prepared to hear that my child had a life threatening illness and that there wasn’t any cure for it. It was so difficult believing that this was actually happening. After my initial reactions of shock, fear, and denial, I had to find strength through my faith along with my family and friends. It was a difficult journey of almost 2 years with unpredictable happenings, lots of ups and downs, and long, painful treatment schedules. Sadly, at the end I lost my beautiful daughter, which left me and my family with long-term effects. I gradually started recovering from my grief with a sense of living a purposeful life. I decided to give strength to my family and to those parents who were going through a similar situation and provide them with some consolation.

Who would you describe as a role model and why?

My role model is the woman I am named after – Khadija bint Khuwaylid, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon them. She was one of the most powerful and influential women in Islam and she had an amazing personality that allowed her to be in the forefront in spreading the message of Islam. She stood by her husband through the tough times and they loved each other dearly. She spent her money prodigiously on the poor and homeless people of Makkah and created a glorious history of women in Islam.

Tell us one thing about you that most people don’t know.

I was a very shy child and would never volunteer in my school for any extracurricular activities. I have grown-up to be a totally different person after going through the many struggles in my  life.

What is one piece of advice about how to cope with challenges/struggles you face in life that you would like to give to the world?

So often in life we focus on our own challenges, but forget to remember there is a whole world out there and everyone is going through something. You are not as alone as you may feel.

What is ONE word that you feel defines you? (It could be your profession, a personality trait, or a quality you possess).