Let's open up a bit.
Lately I've been noticing a lot of Muslims speaking up and sharing their voice. I love it. Whether I agree with their opinions or not, they are creating conversation and I love all of it.
I've linked up with a few people who have been spreading this concept about connecting young Muslims so we can build a better and stronger community. I've wondered though- yes, these friendships and relationships are great but they're going to happen regardless. What about connecting young Muslims who have trouble speaking up because of the strict cultural norms we live under? Muslims who are afraid to come out of the closet or Muslims who are afraid to expose that they are dating and falling in love with people outside of our religion and cultures?
How many homosexual Muslims do you know and how many homophobic Muslims do you know? Yeah. There's an eye opener for ya.
How many Muslim friends do you know of who are dating people outside of our religious community and have yet to expose it to their parents and public?
There's SO much fear but how do we fight it?
I don't have the answers but I do know that if we talk and open up, others will begin to talk and open up.
There are certain topics that I want to talk about and there are certain topics that other's want to talk about. Here's Mona Eltahawy's take from The New York Times. She decided to speak about sex before marriage as a Muslim woman. A conversation that is unexpected in this community. A conversation that is scary and not many are willing to have. She opened up.