She earned her B.A. in music from the University of Montana (1948) and then entered Indiana University, where she was awarded an M.A. in music (1949). During this period, she met and married Ismail Raji al-Faruqi. Al-Faruqi was murdered along with her husband on the morning of May 27, 1986 at their home in Pennsylvania.
Al-Faruqi also co-authored The Cultural Atlas of Islam with her husband, which was published by Macmillan.