When the parents of Hayat and Habeeb Marso chose to send her two sons to Parkdale High School in Riverdale, MD after they had completed memorizing the entire Qur'an at Dar-us-Salaam's full-time hifdz school in College Park, she wasn't worried.
It was tough leaving beloved teachers, but their training at Dar-us-Salaam had made them strong enough to handle public school. Hayat and Habeeb Marso are actively involved in the Muslim Student Association of their new school. Their principal, Cheryl Logan turns to Hayat for advice on Muslim issues.
A major issue of concern for many Muslims is being able to offer their daily prayers, and prayer in public school has always been an 'issue'. A lot of parents at Parkdale are frustrated that their kids cannot pray in school.