How much does our religion define who we are? Recently I have found myself in situations where I have had to compromise my personal beliefs because of religious obligations or pressure. Should we blindly follow what we are told or expected to believe, or is there an allowance for self discovery and spiritual connections?
I am a woman
I am a wife
I am a daughter
I am a career oriented person
I am going to be a mother
I like to learn about other peoples beliefs
I love my family
I have better friendships with non-Muslims than with Muslims
I get on better with men than with women. They gossip less
I relate to Asian cultures more than the one I was born in to
I don’t fit the mold
I like to wear make up
I like to straighten my hair
But I am a Muslim. How many boxes must I tick to be accepted? And does it matter?