DailyRi 037: "Anyone Who Stays Quiet from the Truth Is a Silent Devil"
IT SOUNDS BETTER IN ARABIC.
.الساكت عن الحق شيطان أخرس
this has been my favorite quote since baba taught it to me. today, it’s one of the mantras that guides my day to day life (i even used it against baba once to prove a point lol).
but every here & there, i feel challenged by this statement. like it’s taunting me to be better and do better. i’ve always been an outspoken “activist,” but i know that sometimes it’s really hard to speak up, especially in new environments. especially when your opinion is unpopular.
this has been something i’ve struggled with since being at ross. on one hand, i’m never afraid to rock the boat (imad’s daughter forrrrr sure), but on the other hand, i’ve been feeling like i need to protect my peace by exiting from conversations or circles that are inherently triggering for me. like conversations around the illegal occupation of palestine, as one example.
every so often, these tough situations just fall into my lap. today was that day. a whole bunch of “moments of truth” all jam packed into one day. wild. maybe that’s why god let me sleep in this morning. he was preparing me to be on an emotional rollercoaster for the rest of the waking day. (thanks god)
today taught me that i’ll always say what’s real, regardless how uncomfortable i am or disliked i’ll be or controversial my opinions will seem. i do it because i value truth, justice & accountability, & i expect others to hold me accountable in these same ways.
I realize that i’m always so humbled by how people respond to truth. it’s kind of making me more hopeful & optimistic. truth always prevails, & i’m documenting this super high-level reflection so i can continue to remind myself how powerful words are.