I’m being told I have to enter the debate. Muslims from Britain are dashing of to join the Jihad, and the silent moderates need to get their voices out. It has recently hit me; I’m expected to voice up as a moderate Muslim. I fit the moderate Muslim ‘profile’, educated, speaks English (bet Cameron is well grateful for that!) and I identify as Muslim.
It might be laughable that it took me a while to get it. But I’ve never looked at myself as less than the sum of who I am. I am my father’s daughter, a man who grew up in occupied India, and saved many of his Hindu friends from slaughter when communal violence broke out; I am a woman living in cultures that make sure we get paid less than men, that tell us off for breastfeeding in public, I am a mother, a sports enthusiast, a CEO, a bookworm, a friend and yes, I am Muslim.
So, as I enter the debate I’ll aim not to be limited by somebody else’s limitations. Thanks @davidcameron for inspiring so many people to show the world that they cannot be put in your Muslim box.