@mallorymcmorrow says it all! 😘
About last night. This picture says it all.
Over 100 people showed up (after midnight on a Sunday!) to laugh, smile, and share stories over delicious desserts. I sat down with a group of women I've never met and felt immediately welcome. They shared their experiences with Ramadan in Dearborn and overseas. I learned that some people had even run a 5K earlier in the day to raise money for charity (while fasting!) and that if you head to any local 24-hour diner around 2am, you'll find it full of Muslims getting together to grab breakfast before the start of the day's fast. They admitted that yes, they're exhausted by the end of the day, but love getting together every night during Ramadan in the evenings with friends, family, and neighbors. Grocery stores and restaurants stay open late. It's a party! And the moms don't even mind if their kids are out until 5am.
We also talked candidly about fears and anger after the 2016 election. One woman from Canada who's been in Dearborn for 26 years says she's never felt different or unwelcome until now, that even though she usually doesn't wear a head scarf, she's nervous about even wearing one to and from evening prayer if she's driving alone at night. How wearing a head scarf is no different than other clothing or items worn by other religions: Catholics who wear rosary beads or crosses, Jews who wear a kippah or conservative clothing. How it's a choice and a reflection of one's faith and expression of culture.
But we also talked about silver linings, how much more interest and exposure there's been for Ramadan this year. How Muslims have been marching side-by-side with the LGBTQ members at PRIDE because that community came out in force to airport protests against the Muslim ban. I met a fired-up 26-year-old woman who's running for city council, and we shared stories about why we both not only want to run, but feel we need to, now.
It's easy to fear what you don't know. It's easy to stay in your own bubble. Or you can go out at midnight to laugh and share stories with people you've never met over dessert.
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