Solace, a registered charity, has been dedicated to assisting revert women in challenging situations and supporting new Muslim women beyond the shahadah for over a decade and our impact is vividly illustrated through compelling case studies of our service users. These narratives provide a deeper understanding of how Solace has positively influenced and transformed the lives of those we have had the privilege to support.
Read some of our case studies below:
Sister A, aged 43, East London Year reverted: 2004
Key Difficulties: Loneliness, Isolation, Domestic Violence
How Solace Supported Her: A revert of Sikh origin, sister A reverted to Islam during her late 20s, by which time she was already married with 2 children. Sister A was subsequently disowned, imprisoned and abused by her husband, his family and her own.
Sister A has since divorced her husband and become estranged from her children, who have refused to accept her as a Muslim. Sister A was living alone and felt misunderstood and unsupported by the Muslim Community, which led her to feel lonely and isolated.
Sister A has been supported by Solace to increase her confidence, get in touch with other Muslim sisters and develop her support network. Sister A is particularly grateful for the “emotional and practical support” that she has received from her Solace Support Worker.
Sister C, aged 29, Midlands Year reverted: 2010
Key Difficulties: Isolation, family rejection, difficult divorce, financial difficulty
How Solace Support Her: Sister C separated from her non-Muslim husband who suffered from issues such as substance abuse, and was left with worries such as financial difficulties, having to bring up children on her own, whilst still feeling some responsibility towards her ex- husband. This caused anxiety and stress to sister C.
During Ramadan 2010 sister C reverted to Islam and said this was one of the happiest times in her life. However, the anxieties returned and sister C felt isolated, living in a very white British community.
Solace offered support via Skype where sister C had the opportunity to speak about her worries and problems. Solace was also able to refer sister C to professional counselling. Working through the problems and setting realistic targets have helped sister C to view her problems in a completely different light, not letting her worries overcome her. She has started her journey towards Allah, and by the time the case closed had found much strength in Islam.
Sister R, aged 35, North London Year reverted: 1999
Key Difficulties: Abuse, Rejection, Low Self Image
How Solace Supported Her: R grew up in a Hindu family but reverted to Islam because she found peace and comfort from watching a Muslim friend pray. Her childhood had been particularly difficult, as she seemed to be the one that everyone singled out for all kinds of abuse and rejection. This had resulted in a deep psychological effect on every aspect of her life.
Although married with two children when she approached Solace, R still felt the burden of pressure from her non Muslim family, and continually tried to please them, needing their affection. However, things continued to be very negative for her, and she even found herself doubting that her Muslim husband could truly love her for who she was.
Talking it over with her Support Worker, R recognised that her main need was to overcome the negativity in her life, and to find her true identity. She had tried many strategies to overcome her problems, but continually failed to change. As R’s problems ran very deep, her Support Worker arranged for her to have weekly counselling sessions through Solace.
Through this support, R found a new way to approach her family as many buried feelings were uncovered and faced. She learnt to be in control of her own life and to distance herself from their control. Her relationship with her husband was strengthened, and R was extremely positive at the changes that were brought about through her time with Solace.
In R’s words, “Contacting Solace was one of the most positive decisions I had made towards making all aspects of my life better. It is most certainly a gift and mercy from Allah. Their continued support has given me strength and hope for the future.”
Sister B, aged 24, Manchester Year reverted: 1998
Key Difficulties: Isolation, questions on Islam, issues at home with parents
How Solace Supported Her: Sister B reverted to Islam after reading information on different beliefs. She had only ever met one Muslim at work. She lived in a predominantly White, Christian area and did not meet any Muslim women at all that could have helped her learn to pray.
She had many questions about Islam that she wanted clarification on but the mosque in her area were not very supportive; she was told not to question matters, and was sent on her way. Sister B also had difficulties and pressures at home with her parents as she tried to practice her Islam.
Solace supported her by putting her in touch with Muslims in a nearby town to support her with the prayer and to provide friendship. She was given the number to call the Solace ‘Doubts in Islam’ number to ask any questions that she had. In time the sister received clarity on important issues that could have otherwise led to major doubts in her faith. After over 10 years, she finally learnt how to pray!
"I feel Solace is the only organisation that caters for reverts only that can reach out to sisters nationwide. It has a great marketing, direct email services and reminders sent by text message which are very useful and personal. This way we feel the care."
"I’ve received debt relief which has relieved a huge burden. The support I’ve received is truly getting me through a dark period of my life."
"I am more confident and have more understanding about marriage, I'm also looking forward to marriage more, and it has helped my relationship with Allah."
"I wish I had known about Solace sooner as there is a lot of help and events that connect sisters which I really liked."
"Due to very difficult circumstances I fell into debt and felt I couldn't cope. Solace cleared all the main debts for me. It's made a huge impact."
"It’s a beautiful service to be available for revert sisters in need of reassurance and in need of someone to turn to with knowledge. "
"The Ask a Sheikh service provided me with invaluable and reassuring guidance. The response was not only helpful and clear but also timely, allowing me to make a decision with a peaceful mind. I appreciate the support and expertise that made a significant difference in my decision-making process."
"The 1:1 support service helped me develop my self-esteem and gain a lot of clarity on how I see myself as a Muslim woman."
"I feel that the one-to-one support has really helped me through the positive reminders and goal oriented support."
"The support helped me through a very difficult time in my life when I needed it the most."
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