Jennifer Grout - Vest

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$ 65.00 CAD

Our beautiful black and grey houndstooth vest is perfect for any occasion. What we love the most about this vest is the cinched back and the pockets. The cinched back gives it more of a feminine tailored look. 

Small: Bust: 19" Waist: 34" Hip: 36" 

Medium: Bust: 20" Waist: 36" Hip: 38" 

Large: Bust: 21" Waist: 38" Hip: 40" 

Extra Large: Bust: 22" Waist: 40" Hip: 42"

Our next piece is named after Jennifer Grout. Jennifer grew up in Boston, MA; she is Caucasian/American and originally agnostic. When asked what attracted her to Islam, Jennifer recalls it being her involvement with classical Arabic singing which caused her to interact with Qur’an recitation as the two are closely linked. Later she visited her first Muslim country, Morocco, and was amazed by the culture, generosity and warmth of the people there, which lead her to seek more information about Islam and eventually accept it. When asked who her biggest influence was when it came to Islam, she explained that there have been many influences in her life for better or worse, but she doesn’t think that people should attach their conversions to any one person. Everyone is faulty and transient without exception, which, she states, is especially important for converts to keep in mind due to their vulnerability/lack of knowledge in the beginning - Allah is the One in control of everything at the end of the day and part of this realization is in letting go of external influences as much as possible. When asked how she navigates through her multiple identities as a Muslim American convert, Jennifer explains that she struggled having grown up in  musical environment and then being told that music is unequivocally haram. She stopped performing for about 3 years, which was extremely difficult, but began to perform again after realizing that there are multiple scholarly opinions on the subject. Additionally, she has recently rediscovered Qu’ran recitation as not only a spiritual door but as an art form in which she doesn’t have to feel spiritually conflicted. When asked what Jennifer would like the Muslim community to know about the conversion experience, she explained that it’s necessary to realize that this convert has grown up with a culture completely foreign to Islam, and it is important for him/her to maintain a sense of identity even after conversion; while it is important to get rid of bad habits which go against Islamic teachings, it has to be up to the convert go through this process slowly and deliberately. In other words, she states, don’t encourage the convert to “throw out the baby with the bathwater.” Instead, encourage learning and growth, and do not expect them to become a completely different person overnight. Jennifer’s biggest challenge she has faced while becoming a new Muslim is figuring out from where to get correct knowledge and who to listen to/trust. There are so many opinions on different subjects, and it can be very confusing. She has also been a victim of spiritual abuse multiple times which has made the journey a rocky but illuminating one.  When asked what advice would she give to the Muslim community when it comes to new converts, she said that it is important to not put them on a pedestal - this is first of all objectification and secondly it perpetuates the class system which Islam sought to get rid of 1400 years ago. It serves neither the convert nor the community at large and is essentially just putting a bandaid on the much larger issues at hand.  There are plenty of ways to make converts feel included and accepted without idealizing them or putting them in leadership positions that they are not equipped for… for example, try inviting them over for Iftar as much as possible during Ramadan, as this can be a lonely time. When asked how she deals with Islamophobia she explained when it’s against herself she ignores it, it doesn’t bother her anymore (though it can be inconvenient at border crossings and in other official matters). If it is against someone else she gets very angry and does not hesitate to step in and defend them in any way necessary. Sometimes Jennifer worries about her daughter’s future and how she might be treated as a half Moroccan Muslim in today’s America. She is trying to teach her to be proud and strong from an early age, and she said that her daughter already talks about being Muslim with her peers and teachers at preschool.  


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