I often get questions, comments, and solicitations for advice on my tumblr page, SO for the past couple days I’ve been marathon-advice-column-ing. If you’ve got a question, feel free to send me a message over here. Either way, here’s a favorite from the recent additions to Lynn’s Advice Column:
Are you genuinely, fully comfortable with being part of the lgbt and muslim?do you still have your doubts? Does the reconciliation of faith and identity still trouble you at times?
As a Muslim woman, I certainly face doubts some times. I cherish my doubts. They make for lively debate within myself, reading Qur’an and studying our histories and observing the way of the world. Truly I think I’m stronger for it and ultimately, when I’m feeling unsure and my faith is shaken, I remind myself that I’m a better person for living under the auspices of Islam. Even if I don’t believe 100% on that day, I keep my practice because I’m a better human being when living out Islam. I cherish my doubts.
Am I troubled in reconciling my faith with my life as a woman of trans experience? No. Never. I know, love and trust in myself in much the same way I know, love and trust in Allah(swt). I know, deeply in my heart, unshaken, that a power as great as Allah(swt) is greater than the misguided zealots who would shut gender & sexual minorities out from the greatest truth there is in this world. If I ever doubt, it’s not because of who I am or what the bigots have to say about people like me. I doubt because I’m human, and I’m better in my faith for the practice.