The religion is everything she wanted, but with her conversion came a new range of difficulties.She felt isolated from her previous life: “To say my family weren’t happy was an understatement.Malaika Kayani, 49, runs a Nottingham-based group called Sisters in the Community, which aims to help vulnerable or isolated female Muslim converts who are struggling to fit into their communities.
I thought, just go for it.” 'He'll make you his slave' So after living as a woman called Debbie for 42 years, Kayani changed her name and converted.
“There are also some people who say you can’t be Muslim and be a feminist. “With the utmost love and respect to people who are born into the faith they’re born into it without choice,” she says.
“But when you choose to get on board you’re more passionate.
Their first question was, are you going to have to cover up?
My friends said if you get married to a Muslim man, he’ll make you his slave.” Her 29-year-old daughter also decided to convert to Islam at the same time, and that brought with it more criticisms: “Most people think I have brainwashed her or scared her into becoming Muslim.