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Bismillah (In the Name of God)
As Salaamu 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
(May the Peace and Blessings and Mercy of God be upon you all)
My name is Karla Kovacik and I am the Founder of Feeling Muslim. I'm also an American convert to Islam. I'd like to give you a little history about Feeling Muslim and why it is such an important organization for converts to Islam, all over the United States.
The idea for Feeling Muslim came about as I was working on my M.A. in Islamic Studies at the University of Georgia. One of my educational goals was to conduct activist research that would directly benefit American Muslims, and particularly American converts to Islam. To meet that personal goal, I designed and conducted the mixed-methods study "Feeling Muslim: An Intimate Portrait of Identity Cultivation among American Female Converts to Islam." Many of the questions I asked came from my own positive, negative, and neutral experiences as an American convert to Islam. I especially wanted to know if other women converts were having similar negative experiences, and if so, from their perspectives what could be done to change that.
What started as a small survey resulted in the largest study of American female converts conducted to date, with 459 full and partial responses, of which 281 were full responses, and of which 257 were full responses by participants self-identifying as U.S.-born women converts to Islam.
Reading through the candid, heartfelt responses of these women has brought me immense joy, belly laughs so intense I could hardly breathe, and at times, overwhelming sadness. While I am working on numerous publications of the findings and continuing my education by pursuing a PhD in Anthropology, I felt I must do something with the wealth of information these women entrusted to me...something to help others in similar situations....something just for us converts.
To that end, my husband Peter and I established Feeling Muslim as a charity dedicated to providing educational, spiritual, emotional, social, and financial support to women and men all over the United States in various stages of conversion to Islam.
Some of our current projects include the following:
1. Providing FREE Feeling Muslim Welcome Packages for new Muslims;
2. Consulting with masajid leadership around the U.S. and setting up Feeling Muslim Welcoming Spaces;
3. Presenting the findings of the Feeling Muslim Study in U.S. masjid; and,
4. Holding Feeling Muslim Training Workshops for communities to teach them about convert needs and how best to interact with converts.
Some of our long-term projects include:
5. Offering FREE Face-to-Face and Online (Live) Introductory Islamic Courses for new Muslims;
6. and Connecting new Muslims with Feeling Muslim Heart Cradlers for spiritual and emotional support.
We are applying for Charitable Organization status in the state of Wisconsin and will update everyone as soon as the process is complete, which should be sometime this year, inshaAllah. Please keep us in your duas.
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at your service
"Charities (Sadaqaat) are only for the poor, for the needy, the workers who collect them, or those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Truth) [the new converts], for those in bondage and in debt, in the cause of Allah, and to the wayfarer; an ordinance from Allah, and Allah is the All-Knowing, the Most Wise."
The Holy Qur'an
Surat al-Tawbah (The Repentance), Ayah 60
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