Waleed Aly’s wife Susan Carland reveals her family weren’t supportive when she converted to Islam


Waleed Aly’s wife Susan Carland reveals her family weren’t supportive when she converted to Islam at 19 and admits putting the headscarf on ‘made it harder’ for them

Feminist academic Dr. Susan Carland has opened up about converting to Islam from Christianity at age 19.

The 42-year-old university lecturer revealed on Channel Ten’s Dinner Guest, how her family weren’t supportive when she made the decision to convert.

‘[My family] weren’t thrilled. I became Muslim before September 11 [attacks] so there really wasn’t much known [about the religion],’ Susan said.

Waleed Aly's wife Susan Carland has revealed her family weren't supportive when she converted to Islam at 19 and admitted putting the headscarf on 'made it harder' for them

Waleed Aly’s wife Susan Carland has revealed her family weren’t supportive when she converted to Islam at 19 and admitted putting the headscarf on ‘made it harder’ for them

‘At the time it was a real tough period, it was a real adjustment,’ she continued.

She also admitted putting the headscarf on ‘made it harder’ for her family to accept her decision.

‘I put the headscarf on really quickly after I became Muslim. I think if I hadn’t done that and was just Muslim, I don’t think it would have bothered them as much,’ she explained.

'[My family] weren't thrilled. I became Muslim before September 11 [attacks] so there really wasn't much known [about the religion],' Susan explained

‘[My family] weren’t thrilled. I became Muslim before September 11 [attacks] so there really wasn’t much known [about the religion],’ Susan explained

Back in 2016, Susan spoke about her decision to convert from Christianity to Islam at the age of 19, saying it ‘felt like coming home’.

The sociologist admitted she originally thought Islam was a ‘barbaric, outdated and sexist religion’, but after detailed research she realised this was not the case.

She told The Australian Women’s Weekly these misconceptions still permeate society, with many still believing ‘Muslims are all terrorists and kill people’.

Back in 2016, Susan spoke about her decision to convert from Christianity to Islam at the age of 19, saying it 'felt like coming home'. Pictured Susan and husband Waleed Aly

Back in 2016, Susan spoke about her decision to convert from Christianity to Islam at the age of 19, saying it ‘felt like coming home’. Pictured Susan and husband Waleed Aly

Susan, who attended the Uniting Church in Sydney as a child before switching to the Baptist Church as a teenager, said her mother had initially opposed her decision to convert to Islam.

But she was determined, saying: ‘Becoming Muslim felt like coming home. It felt like a natural fit for me as a person.’

The university academic shares two children with Waleed Aly, who describes himself as a ‘moderate Muslim’.

She has previously said she didn’t change religion for her husband, as her faith journey had actually started long before they met.

Susan, who attended the Uniting Church in Sydney as a child before switching to the Baptist Church as a teenager, said her mother had initially opposed her decision to convert to Islam

Susan, who attended the Uniting Church in Sydney as a child before switching to the Baptist Church as a teenager, said her mother had initially opposed her decision to convert to Islam

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