“When we moved to Dubai (from Saudi Arabia) my mom forced me to take off my hijab and abaya for three days.  My mom said “Now you know what it’s like, you make your own choice now.”

I met Maha Khawaja at her office in Dubai where she is a copywriter for an international advertising agency. I love how her faith bridges the gap between the devout Muslim countries of her youth and the more westernized Arab country of her adulthood. Maha’s own faith journey has been defined by a mother who exposed her to all of society and then pushed her to start making her own personal choices.