Yom sheni, 21 Tevet 5772.
I don't know her name. I don't know her birthday. I don't know exactly where in the Middle East she lives. I don't know what she looks like. I don't exactly know her age -- though I think she is young enough to be my daughter.
All I know about her is that she hopes "to visit holy Israel one day," and that she is a secret refugee from Islam, who dares not give me more information about herself, lest she be murdered by the adherents to her former faith.
These loyal adherents may even include the family she is loathe to leave.
So she lives in a closet of lies.
Outwardly, she pretends to be a loyal Muslim, so that her beloved family will not disown her -- or worse -- in the name of Allah.
Inwardly, every fiber of her being struggles with a young, creative, passionate, naturally outspoken woman's desire to breathe freely, to sign her true name to what she knows to be true, to openly embrace ideas of others. Inwardly, her very organs crawl to try to escape pretending to accept the words of a prophet, not of peace and harmony and brotherhood, but a prophet of doom, domination and destruction.
She calls herself a Zionist, because she believes that the Jewish people have a right to their homeland in Israel. She offers detailed analyses with quotes and facts to back up her assertions. She helps me to understand that there is hope, that there are many young idealists among her people. All may not be lost.
My friend needs your help.
She doesn't need your money or representation to help her escape. She has very highly-placed help in that regard.
But she does need you to hear her voice, to give her the opportunity to fulfill her self-designated mission, for however much time she has. Please read her blog. Comment, because your comments give her strength. Let her strengthen your knowledge that what you suspect is true about Islam is actually written in the texts. Because if we are entering a time of world war, of a spiritual fight-to-the-death for what we know to be true, we had better be armed against disinformation and hopeful wishes that "it's not as bad as we think."
"Shakila's" blog is called Liberated One. It is an ironic name, for no one living a lie can be truly liberated; but she is definitely on the path to personal liberation. May she be blessed to disseminate much light to expel the darkness.
Do one more thing for her, won't you? As disaffected by religion as my friend Shakila understandably is, she needs one thing from you more than anything else. Please add her to your prayers, for safety and success.
I suspect the bad guys are looking for her... and against being found and murdered, the True G-d is her only defense.