“Many times I was asked by Muslims and non-Muslims if I was a convert/revert when I mention that I am Muslim” mentioned Nesli when I asked her if she feels that she is visibly Muslim. Nesli is a 26 year old Circassian, and immigrated to Canada from Turkey. Nesli reached out to me mainly because she wanted to represent her ethnicity which is a caucasian group that are mostly Sunni Muslim in a project about Muslim women. She is insistent on preserving Circassian values and traditions in today’s world and that fact that she does this is her favourite quality about herself. Her favourite hobby is doing Circassian folk dance at various events such as weddings and parties. Nesli is also a student and works at guest relations services at a hotel. What’s most important to Nesli is being beneficial and contributing to the society she lives in as much as she can. When I asked Nesli how she wants to be percieved, she responded “I want to be perceived as an individual who can integrate and mingle with others while maintaining her religious and cultural values and beliefs.“
What is the best quality in someone else?
How do you want to be perceived?
"I want to be perceived as an individual who can integrate and mingle with others while maintaining her religious and cultural values and beliefs."