written by guest blogger, Sheima Salam Sumer. possesses a Master’s degree in Counselor Education and is the author of two books, “How to Be a Happy Muslim Insha’Allah: Rise Above Your Problems and Choose Inner Peace and Joy with Ideas from the Quran, Sunnah, Counseling, and Health Fields” and “The Basic Values of Islam: Alphabetically Listed with Islamic References.” Her website is
My name is Sheima Salam Sumer and I was born and raised in America, although my parents are originally from Afghanistan and Lebanon. I have always been drawn to seek a connection with God, and when I learned at the age of 9 that a Muslim should pray five times a day, I would talk to Allah at night and promise Him that I would start to pray 5 times a day on my 10th birthday.
Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) I was able to keep this promise, although I wasn’t perfect; but I certainly tried to keep up my prayers. I always loved how Islam taught me to do good deeds and that God sees the good deeds we do and will reward us. I loved how Islam taught us to help others, to seek knowledge, and to remember the blessings of God.
I always had non-Muslim friends and although I felt different, I also felt happy to live in America and I enjoyed my childhood. My middle school years were the first time I learned that Muslims are not always viewed favorably by others and that political problems existed in Muslim countries. From those years I decided to try to be a positive voice for Islam and to represent Islam as the kind, compassionate and tolerant religion that I believe it is.
I earned a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in 2007 and chose to pursue this field largely due to Islam’s emphasis on helping others. I have recently published a book titled, “How to be a Happy Muslim Insha’Allah,” which combines the teachings of Islam with the teachings of counseling.
I hope to benefit my Muslim community with my counseling knowledge and I provide free e-mail counseling via my website, www.howtobeahappymuslim.com. I also hope to continue to positively represent Islam and my beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as best I can.
I have always appreciated the religious tolerance I felt in America and I appreciate the humane work of Project Interfaith.
Books by Sheima Salam Sumer, Ed.S., Author/Trained Counselor
How to Be a Happy Muslim Insha'Allah: Rise Above Your Problems and Choose Inner Peace and Joy with Ideas from the Qur'an, Sunnah, Counseling and Health Fields | Available on Amazon.com (FB Publishing 2014)
The Basic Values of Islam: Alphabetically Listed with Islamic References | Available on Amazon.com and Islamicbookstore.com (AS Noordeen 2012)