To My Darling Dove,
Spirituality is a part of us that many have come to neglect in pursuit of other things like education, money, or fun. However, having a connection with the Most High, the Universal Everything, and the Center of All Beings is absolutely necessary to internal balance.
During my last year of college, I took shahada and studied Islam for quite some time. That journey led me to another Mujer Poderosa, Kristina Hernandez.
I am not even sure how Kristina and I met, but we began to hang out a lot my first year of studying Islam.
As a Puerto Rican Muslimah like me, it was great to be with someone who understood the difficulties of separating culture and the desire for religious practice.
We both struggled with aspects of our faith and sought to be studious in our efforts to follow the suratal mustaqeem.
Alas, I strayed as I confronted my own difficulties with religiosity, and Kristina was one of the few Muslim friends who stuck by me even as I continued to my spiritual journey.
While I could not find my own sense of peace being a devout Muslim, I was overjoyed to learn that Kristina continued her path by becoming a Muslim Chaplain at Manhattanville College.
She is, also, happily married to a man who loves her for the sake of Allah as she studies to become a dietitian.
And, like many of the women that I admire, Kristina hopes to get her PhD in Public Health in the future to do work on HIV infection in the Muslim community.
Kristina is the type of woman that you should admire because of her resilience and her ability to find her own way to worship our Creator.
She has also never been judgmental of me, and she is a testament that you can be religiously devout and be a balanced, loving, and kind human being. You know, she is what a person of faith ought to be.
I want you to remember that spirituality and faith are important foundations of who you are and find your own path towards the Most High.
La Illaha il Allah.
Mami Loves You
About this Series:
In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.
Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.
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