Here’s what I’ll tell you.
I find it hard to say i’m Muslim to people because I don’t think I deserve to say it.
What I will say is, I was raised Muslim. Why?
Because, there are people, like the people in this NPR Interview I heard this morning who are not just raised Muslim, meaning (for me), it’s not just an intellectual grasp on the religion and empathy that they have, but that they are also heart/soul committed.
The females wear a head scarf, they publicly announce to peers they have to go pray, and, more so, they pray the 5 times a day.
As in, the would’ve made my parents far prouder had my parents had them as children.
There were two moments of this interview that made me excited.
The individuals who grew up in the south, like me. Because growing up Muslim in the south is a club all its own. And what struck me this comment:
I’ve heard similar comments from african-american civil rights’ activists who moved to the south in the 70s and 80s, and when they mentioned it to their peers, the reaction was always the same: “Are you crazy?? You’re black and moving to the south on purpose?” One activist said pretty much the same thing you hear above: “Of course I am. At least there I know who hates me because they make it clear.”
The other moment was, listen to these women in this interview; they are so smart, unabashedly passionate, confident, assertive, driven, and willing to challenge -anyone- and they do it with such …grace. THAT makes me excited because I want more people who are not educated about the Islamic culture to hear these women.