Daisy was raised in a progressive Muslim family. She was sent to a Catholic girl’s school and she was sent to the States to attend high school in a mostly Jewish Long Island suburb which left her with a culture shock. Ambitious and talented, she was quick to climb the corporate ladder after college as an architectural designer in New York City.
She totally loved the freedom that came with being a career woman but at the same time she felt that something was missing from her life. One day a friend suggested that she visit a Sufi mosque in Tribeca. To her surprise, she discovered a home there, eventually marrying the mosque’s imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, and finding herself, as his wife, at the centre of a community in which women turned to her for advice.
Guided by her faith, she embraced her role as a women’s advocate and has devised innovative ways to help end child marriage, fight against genital mutilation, and, most recently, educate young Muslims to resist the false promises of ISIS recruiters.
‘Born with Wings’ is an eye-opening account of Daisy Khan’s inspiring journey-of her self-actualization and her success in opening doors for other Muslim women and building bridges between cultures. It powerfully demonstrates what one woman can do-with faith, love, and resilience.