WHO IS BILQIS?
Bilqis was born Sept. 12, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to
a Christian family. She attended Philadelphia public schools
until sixth grade. From seventh grade through high school she
attended Catholic school and graduated from Marygrove College
in Detroit, Michigan in 1972. Upon graduation from college she
received a B.A. in History and Education and Teaching Certification
for secondary level education.
She first became aware of Islam during college and later converted
in Dec. of 1972. From 1973-1983, she taught in the public schools
of Detroit and later at a Muslim community school. Bilqis was
married in 1973 and has six children ages 24 years to 9 years
of age. She was married for 26 years, active in Muslim community
life for many of those years and is currently working as a Library
Associate at a university library and soon-to-be graduate student.
In addition, she has studied Quranic Therapy at the Quranic Open
University. She has been writing the "Ask Bilqis" column
since March 1999.
For more about her journey of Islam, read her May
1, 2000 column.