One of the greatest challenges I have is that because I am so immersed in “Islamic culture”–religion, reading, people, dawah, etc. it is difficult to always give a secular face to these things.
If I were going for a job interview would I tell them for example the stuff I do here without them thinking I’m some sort of extremist nut?
So one thing, I have decided to do is to focus on more general projects–things that are beneficial to Muslims AND non-Muslims. This isn’t easy because I have gotten so used to the little world of the Muslims.
One struggle I find particularly failing is racism and prejudice in our societies. I frankly think the only way America/Canada will stop committing crimes against people of different races–is until they have commit crimes against every single one of them and then apologized so that the people of these races will always hold it against America and guilt-plead “victim” thus preventing them from doing it again.
My main point of change is in the interest of true democracy. The west as we know it is an oligarchy–where a small elite of typically rich white males rule everyone else. The democratic system is manipulated to their whims and whatever one would call ‘true democracy’ is gone.
True democracy is when people can induce change not by sheer quantity but my a quality as well. It is one thing to have 49 people lose to 50 because of simply one person–that isn’t fair either. What I am talking about is when one person has something so powerful to say that it can move a massive amount of people in the right direction–quality translates into quantity. That is classic version of democracy. But it can also happen the other way for the wrong side–and part of this is to prevent that.
So many of my ideas on this dwell in the realm of introducing that precursor of quality and giving it the same weight as quantity. That is, you can have a petition of 500 names and ignore that piece of paper OR you can have one person who is very loud and has a very persuasive argument…which is going to make people think twice? Exactly, it’s going to be the person with that “quality” message.
And that’s where the journey begins.
Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.