Lifestyle

Islam the right choice for Toowoomba mum

ON PAPER Australian-born KJ Clifford Pugh is just like many other busy mums.

She has a brood of five she dotes on; she is actively involved in her community and she enjoys living in the city she calls home.

But there is one part of Mrs Clifford Pugh's life that sets her apart.

Mrs Clifford Pugh, along with her Australian-born children and Anglo-Saxon husband John, is a Muslim.

The 39-year-old found the religion relatively late in life, defying the trend of most Muslims to be born into Islam.

"The majority of Muslims are born into the religion," she said.

KJ Clifford Pugh with her daughters Jadzia (left) and Brittania talk about living in the Toowoomba community as Muslims.
KJ Clifford Pugh with her daughters Jadzia (left) and Brittania talk about living in the Toowoomba community as Muslims. Kevin Farmer

Growing up, Mrs Clifford Pugh didn't have a God nor religion in her life.

After a bad experience, her mother raised her family without religion.

Even at a young age she, however, felt the need for God, whoever he may be, to be in her life.

She enrolled in a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program, with the view of eventually becoming a Catholic nun.

During her studies to be a nun, Mrs Clifford Pugh learnt about world religions including Islam.

The uniformity of Islam appealed to the pragmatic woman.

After some internet research she soon discovered her affinity for Islam.

"I knew then that I was already a Muslim because I believe in Allah, His prophet and His book, the Quran," she said.

 

"I'm not sure exactly how or when it happened.

"All I just knew is that one day, I could not lie to myself anymore."

Mrs Clifford Pugh said she was glad to call Toowoomba home; a place of relative acceptance and tolerance.

"We haven't had any problems," she said.

"Sometimes, someone driving past might yell out something.

"But I think anyone might get that."

Unlike their mum, Brittania, 13, and Jadzia, 14, grew up as Muslims.

Dressed in their hijab, their religious affinity is on display, much like a Catholic wearing a cross.

"I have one for every outfit," Brittania proudly said of her hijab.

The girls are a part of a growing community of Muslim teens in Toowoomba.

Topics:  islam, mother, muslim, religion, toowoomba



Police news in five minutes, September 26

Tweed Heads police.

Teen held up, knife arrest and man arrested after doing burn-out

Charities shouldn't be out of pocket

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Tweed Shire Council candidate Michael McNamara with Rotary Club of Murwillumbah Central president Peter Kelly and executive secretary Denis Hallworth at the club's regular fundraising sausage sizzle.

Council candidate calls for a community group policy review

Candidate up for fit fight

CHALLENGE: Tweed Shire Council candidate James Owen with his best mate having a jog on Salt Beach.

CANDIDATES on the Tweed election trail have been issued a challenge.

Local Partners

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Marilyn Manson wants a 'nice' girl

Marilyn Manson wants a girl who understands both of his identities

Angelina turns to Depp for consolation after divorce

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their six children

Angelina Jolie is reportedly being consoled by Johnny Depp

Conner's food distraction leads to elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Conner Bethune.

HUNGER gets to castaway as Australian Survivor's tribes merge.

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Olivia Wilde having a girl

Olivia Wilde revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.