We dedicate a lot of time towards proving that we are, in fact, not exceptional. That yes, one can be a Muslim and feminist. That no, there is no contradiction in being a queer Muslim. That yes, one can find socialism within Islam. That identities aren’t mutually exclusive. That we can bear the burden of many identities. That they’re only burdens because you view them as such.
But I do wonder though: how do we square off arguing that we’re unexceptional with feeling alienated form our communities? How can we effectively and fervently argue that we form an intrinsic part of our communities while we’re aware that these connections are tenuous and live in fear of the day they might be severed? Do these feelings and fears prove that we are, after all, exceptions?