Jenny Molendyk Divleli was born in Canada, the second child of a police officer and a nurse. She was raised in a conservative Christian family. Molendyk studied Linguistics and American Sign Language Interpretation and Linguistics at the University of Manitoba and Red River College. As a result of her research on Islam, she embraced Islam in 2006. She married Sami Divleli, whom she met during the process, and the couple settled in Turkey in 2012. While teaching the English language, she also shares both educational and informative posts for children through her social media accounts. In her Turkish and English posts, she both touches on general topics and introduces Islam and the life of Prophet Muhammad (saw).

Can you tell us briefly about yourself?

I am a Canadian Muslim convert who has been living in Istanbul for the last 11 years. I was raised in a Christian family, and the Christian faith was a big part of my life until I was about 18 years old. When I was in university my parents divorced and that, along with new life experiences caused me to move away from the faith. I studied American Sign Language Interpretation and Linguistics at university. I only started looking into Islam because I thought that maybe one day I may interpret for Muslims. Of course, Allah had different plans and in 2006 I became Muslim. Later that year I got married and my husband and I now have five children. We have been living in Türkiye since 2012. When I first moved here, I spent most of my time homeschooling my children and developing an Islamic-based curriculum. As they started to grow, I also began teaching English. For a while, I had my own English course location and taught children’s play-based English classes and classes for youth and women. Eventually, I closed the company and have been working in the public education system as an English teacher at Imam Hatip High Schools for the last 6 years. Three years ago, I also made the decision to have a presence on social media. I wanted to take a more active role in the lives of youth and share some of my experiences with them. I also began sharing some of the activities I was doing at home with my children. Soon after, I began writing children’s books. This year, I also published my first book for teens/adults.