She left Damascus for Istanbul some 25 years ago and has since been trying to learn the Quran and promote teaching it.
She is a memorizer of the Quran and has also mastered the ten styles of Quran recitation.
Shaikha, who is also known as Umm al-Bashar, has established a Quranic society named Diyar al-Quran to teach the Holy Book to women and girls.
She told Anadolu Agency that as a Muslim woman, she has always sought to act in a way Islam expects her to act.
“I used to teach the Quran in homes and realized there were weaknesses in teaching the Quran and religious issues. That is why the idea of founding a Quranic society came into my mind and it was realized in 2015 with the support of my family.”
Shaikha said there are currently 450 Arab women and 170 Turkish women learning the Quran and Quranic issues at the society.
She added that the Quran learners of the society take exams organized by Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) and 22 of them received permission for recitation of the Holy Quran last year.