A mother in the Iranian capital of Tehran is using religion as a tool to raise a family.

As the country’s economy continues to struggle, and as Iranian women have been targeted by conservative officials for their perceived promiscuity, religion has become a tool for keeping the family together.

Mother of four Areeb Abedi, who is of mixed Iranian and Persian heritage, has been using the religion to raise her four children in the city.

“I don’t know why I have the children I do, I don’t even know what religion they are,” Areep told Al Jazeera.

“I pray every day, I pray every morning, I go to the mosque every day,” she said.

“But if I can’t pray, if I don