السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Hi there!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I truly hope that you enjoy it. This is my place to share things from my daily life. Just to tell you a little bit about me, I am a 27 year old American woman living in Saudi Arabia. I converted to Islam in 2011. I’m happily married to a Saudi man. I gave birth to a baby girl on November 22, 2016. I have a BA in Fine Arts and a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and I’m currently working at an institute as an English Teacher in Riyadh.

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15 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for this! I have an interview with PNU and your blog has helped clarify what expectations I may have if I am offered employment.

  2. Asalamu Alaikum. Beautiful blog, it has really given me insight into how Saudi really is! I’m actually currently doing my CELTA and have thought about applying to PNU, do you have any advice on how to do so? JazakAllah khair!

    • wa alaykum salaam ❤
      Start looking online for jobs postings and send your cv/documents. Everyone that I know working here (including myself) are through a recruitment company (direct hires aren't as easy). I don't know when you will finish your CELTA, but KSU is looking for teachers (and I'm sure PNU probably is as well). Send me an email through my contact page if you have any other questions :).

  3. I love your blog! I’m going to be coming to Riyadh in a few weeks to work at PNU. I’m so excited and I just wanted to say thank you for all your posts. It really has helped prepare me for life in Suadi.


  4. This is the first blog thats so positive about working for a saudi uni. I love it!!! Jazakallah khair. Inshallah Iam currently waiting for pnu to make me an offer anytime soon. Would love to ask few questions regarding working conditions.How can I email you privately?

  5. I found you website whilst researching shemaghs, and I love it! The Islamic/Muslim religion is fascinating to me, and it’s nice to have a reliable source to learn about it 🙂

    From a Westerner to a lovely Saudi,


    • Hi Patricia,
      Thank you so much for having a look at my blog. I am actually a westerner as well! I’m an American women who converted to Islam nearly 4 years ago and I’ve lived here in Saudi for a little over a year. I’m here if you ever have any questions.

      • Salaam ‘alaikum Sumayya, MashaAllah reading this brief intro about yourself reminded me of an English teacher I had at a school in Riyadh called Manarat Al-Riyadh Schools, she was American and a new Muslim too. I also had a friend who was half-American half-Jordanian from Al-Rowad Schools. What I’m saying is that it’s not really a surprise to find American Muslims residing as expats in Saudi Arabia, there are many Muslim Americans worldwide MashaAllah. Are you black American or white by the way? 🙂 I found your blog through another blog I believe and at first thought you were Saudi because of the Arabic text in some of your posts. Do you speak, read and write in Arabic? There are special classes there in Saudi Arabia where foreigners can learn about Islam and Arabic, do you attend one of them?

        Wasalaam from the Philippines,

      • wa alaykum salaam wa rahmatullah wa barkatuh
        I’m white and I’m 100% American. I can read and write a little Arabic, but right now I can’t speak much. I am not taking classes and I haven’t in the past. ❤

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