Putting this here cos I don’t want to forget:
I will not hide my Muslimness anymore, nor will I apologize for or feel humiliated because I’m it.
I will not hide my Muslimness anymore even with non-Muslim individuals (a historically long list) whom I find myself attracted and drawn towards – I will not be more ‘neutral’ for fear of being rejected on potential alone.
I will not hide my Muslimness anymore and this is less due to what others would think of me than it is about me not able to be and act like anyone but myself.
I will not hide my Muslimness anymore not because I believe that “the right person will eventually come along and understand” rather I understand what it means to me, this identity and belief. I understand with sincerity and gravity, just how and how much my life decisions, principles and values are defined and shaped by my faith.
I will not hide my Muslimness anymore.