“and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard, nor welcomed,
but when we are silent,
we are still afraid.
So it is better to speak,
we were never meant to survive.”
Salaam to you.
"In order for human agency to be a true exercise in autonomy and for the surrender to be meaningful, it is imperative that Muslims critically interrogate their texts, laws, customs, and thoughts. This critical stance vis-a-vis the divine text or law is not done for its own sake; it is an essential component of the Muslim covenant with God, as it is a critical part of the ongoing struggle to surrender meaningfully by gaining mastery and autonomy over oneself, and as it is a necessary part of the persistent quest for justice." - Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl in the Foreword of Amina Wadud’s Inside the Gender Jihad. [See here for context]