Assalamu alaikum, I realize that my past few posts have been on the negative side, and while what I’ve written may be the truth, it bothers me when I get on a negative bent, especially because I’m generally a pretty positive and optimistic person.
I also get the feeling that maybe I’m not being objective, or maybe that I’m remembering/recalling the bad while forgetting the good. And I’m not sure what to say about this.
I also wish I had more solutions. Or something more positive to offer, because I think while it’s good to face the reality of things, I also think that it’s better to try to come up with some solutions than to come to “wallow in my own self-pity” as I like to call it.
And this was why I spoke of “my dream masjid” in one of my previous posts. Because why couldn’t dog guides be welcome in the masjid? Why couldn’t women be given a voice while at the same time sticking to Islamic guidelines of modesty and conduct between the genders. Why couldn’t we have proper resources in place to deal with drug or alcohol addiction within or without our communities, or to deal with abuse and domestic violence in a constructive way? How do we go about respecting and honoring the various differences of opinion within our communities without acting like others who hold differing opinions are somehow deviant or worse out of the fold of Islam?
The thing is, I’d like to think that we can do this. And Inshallah, I sure hope that we can.