Foregoing Community for Authentic Relationships
I came home from a community iftar on Saturday and tweeted this:
When asked what happened, I answered, “I’m breaking up with my community.” Anybody who has been through a divorce can tell you that ending a relationship can be a long process. It begins with knowing that things aren’t working.
So, I’m in the process of breaking up with my community.
Two months ago, the reality of it being over hit home. I was in a New York hotel, on the first over night trip away from my three-year-old daughter. As my husband told me about the latest development in our Muslim community, I burst into tears. The masjid board was dissolved the month before, and the waqf took over, deciding not to institute elections for the foreseeable future.
I was losing the dream of an inclusive community, one where my daughter could belong to and one in which the 18-year-old version of me could prosper, rather than spiritually and economically flounder. I felt so hollowed out. What had I been working towards for over a decade?
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