Connect With Other Muslims

While having friends from other faiths and backgrounds is important, your child will benefit from having friends who grew up practicing their religion. Encourage your child to join their school’s Muslim Student Association or to study the Quran with other Muslims in your community. Help your children meet their peers from the mosque your family attends or send them to Muslim-specific summer camps.

The explosion of social media makes connecting with other people much easier. While there are dangers of your child getting involved in un-Islamic activities on Facebook or Twitter, the internet can help your child meet other Muslims their age. Be sure, however, to keep an eye on their social media usage. If you are not careful, young children can be exposed to images or idea that are not age appropriate, and teens can find themselves swept up into sexually immoral activities or cyberbullying.

It is never easy to raise a child, and it is even more difficult to raise a son or daughter who will be different from their peers. That said, there is no reason you child cannot embrace both the American and the Muslim side of their identity. Raising a child who chooses to embrace what makes them different requires patience and the ability to have difficult conversations. It will involve teaching your child not just about their faith, but why it is worth the struggles they may face. Rearing a child who is both Muslim and American will also force your child to learn patience, perseverance and how to get along with those of different backgrounds. All of which are useful skills in and of themselves for any Muslim and for any American.