Friday, February 28, 2014

Week 4

This week, a member who moved alone to the United States from a Middle Eastern Muslim country described to us just how liberating a small thing like taking a run in shorts and a tank for the first time and feeling the wind on your legs and arms felt. She could never even have imagined doing that in her country or even here if her family was here. She described how she took a walk at 10PM alone and felt so guilty as if she were doing something wrong, because at home or amongst family, something as simple as stepping out of the house is a big deal. The site and group provides the members so much support and when people share their small but significant milestones, it makes others come up and share their stories as well, bringing everyone closer to together. After her post, many people, especially the female members came forward and shared similar stories of liberation after they abandoned their faith, the veil, etc. Many came forward to say that Muslims will insist that they CHOOSE the veil and the hijab, but they felt that they were forced and it wasn't a choice. The group is such a great platform to relieve so many people of their stresses and guilt they have about doing something as innocent as talking an evening walk. The members all came forward and supported the original poster and let her know that there is absolutely nothing to be guilty of. I think this is such an important platform for us because we can support each other overcome hurdles, big and small.

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