I am super excited to start blogging! Please take a moment to press the tab above titled "About", which explains the purpose of this blog. Wait, are you still reading? Seriously, you must read the "About" tab first! Okay, hopefully you have read the "About" tab and now you may be wondering, "Why Now?" I know that statistics say that a staggering 70% of people who take their shadahah will leave the deen, but I truly believe that if you asked these converts why, they would tell you that they don't feel enough love and fellowship from the Muslim community. Sure, they feel it for a while, but it doesn't last. I know there will be some people that feel that is a silly reason to abandon the faith, but the reality is that we all need each other to provide support and love. The Muslims in both Mecca and Medina created a joined community of diversity and faith. Those in Mecca held each other close and supported each other through terrible persecution, while those in Medina worked to create a healthy sustainable community where people grew in their faith.
This year was marked by the passing of a dear friend. She taught me many things about frienship, mercy and endless compassion, and I believe that if she was still with us, she wouldn't hesitate to embrace this project. It was always her vision to see true sisterhood develop without any form of backbiting, division, or judgement. The reason I chose Time Out is because, as a parent, I wanted my children to be thoughtful when taking a moment to access a situation. In no way do I meant to suufest that we "check out", but I do belive that we should all take mindful "Time Outs" from time to time. As a Muslim for 17 years, I finally feel connected to that feeling of excitement I had as a new Muslim. Time Outs should serve as a time to reaccess, recharge, and reclaim our faith.