Prose - Hijab

Yes Freya... it is for you....

She covers for God
Not you
Are you worthy
Of her will to be true?
To the word
As it is written
Not of man
But begotten
Into the cradle
Of our existence
Heard by those
Who lower their resistance
To what is holy
Not on earth
But in heaven
Where a woman’s worth
Is measured
By the blessing
Of her womb
Life-giving and supporting
Each new creation
Equally touched
By the unseen
But untouched
By sin
Until the apple is offered
By the bare flesh
To our sons and daughters
Yes she suffers
Behind the cloak
Of piousness
Wearing its yoke
Until the strength
Of one man’s soul
Reveals itself
To make her whole
As it was intended
For man and woman
But not before
He has proven
His understanding
That a hijab
Is not weakness
But God’s robe
Which he dare part
To find paradise
In the strength
He saw in her eyes

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Comments 22 comments

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

This is simply beautiful. I'm bookmarking so that I can read it again and again.

voted up


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

It's a beautiful picture.

I would not speak on behalf of a woman or on behalf of God.

God created people nude - therefore...

People choose what to wear.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@missolive - Thank you for that strong response. I just thought it up here after talking to my friend (or internet friend if we can say that) today...

@kallini2010 - Yes the picture is beautiful. While it does appear I am speaking for a woman who chooses to wear a hijab or for God I am in fact just trying to honor someone. I personally feel the idea of a woman covering up can be misconstrued as weakness or deference to men and in many cases that may be something that is forced on them. Everyone should be free. It is my impression though that some wear the hijab freely and that is what I speak to.... yes we are born naked and we do choose... free-will is granted to us. We can honor God or not anyway we wish.... in this instance it is by wearing the hijab. If there is one woman in the world who honors God in this way then she is to whom I speak.


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-Astaroth- 4 years ago from Lebanon

I understand where you are going with this, for honestly a woman who wears this by her own choice in our time-for in so many cultures hijab is not a choice- is indeed powerful.

Beautiful woman, she looks like my old high school math teacher


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Yaduvanshi 4 years ago from Bharat Vrse

word are well written for the beauty could not be hidden.

Gods wish.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

It would be freedom, if it would be up to a woman to decide what to wear or what not to wear...

In those societies, it is not a choice.

My mom told me today in the morning "I pray to God to spare me revelations and happiness. Happiness does not exist."

It does not for my mother because she made a choice to be unhappy - she follows rules. I refuse to follow rules without questioning them first.

It does not matter to me - what Muslim women wear - it is up to them to get their freedom, I am not going to teach/preach them or others. They can cover everything they want, double or triple layers if they are so inclined. They are free (or so you tell me). Yes, I believe you. Yes, darling.

It is my right to say - covering has nothing to do with GOD - it is a societal phenomenon.

I am a fighter, but I do not fight for the rights of women who CHOOSE to remain in the dark. If darkness is their choice, let them be.

It would be the same to say that PRISONERS choose their imprisonment. They can even be happy there, can they not?

There will be plenty justifications. The only reason I am against Canadian penitentiary system - it costs. It costs ME money. Is it effective? Hell, no.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@kallini - I'm about to run some errands but I will respond when I have time later but I will say one thing; I did not say they wear it freely. I say some do and if only one does then that is to whom I speak. I know of one Pakistani woman here in the states who is not only beautiful but is also going to UCLA Law School and she chooses to wear a hijab on occasion. She seems to like the custom. So that is her choice. I am well aware of the male-centric side of Islam AND Christianity. I did not make a political statement with this poem. The woman I refer to has freely spoken about her wish to wear a hijab and I just like her as a person. That is all I was trying to say. And it is not intended to be a slap at anyone who chooses not to follow any custom of this type. It is a free world. Ok... so now I'm responding. In my profile I indicated that at times I take a narrow view in order to present a certain side. You've read this piece and have objected to it's content and I understand that side of it. I could write from your point of view and maybe I will. But everything has it's nuance or variable or exception and that is where I am today.


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FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Wow. I thought the gist of the poem was apparent from those first words "She covers for God, not you", and I thought the message was beautiful. But from the comments, it seems to be a really sensitive topic for some. Not being a worldly type person, and having only minimal understanding of other cultures, I never would have suspected that. Thank you for the poem, and for encouraging the other perspective.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I am not narrow minded at all. The strength of my opinion reflects my character. I know the person you mentioned and ....

I had a debate and I have a very strong opinion.

Freedom does not exist just as security does not exist.

It was not my free will (or decision for that matter):

1) to be born

2) to be born a woman

3) to be born to those parents

4) to be born in Russia at the time I was born

Nature + nurture + my experiences made me what I am now.

I did not OBJECT to your poem - you have a COMPLETE FREEDOM to write and say what you want.

I only want to voice my opinion and say - FREEDOM - there is none - we do exist within limited societies (within the Frame the society forces upon us).

You are who you are in America.

If you were born in Afghanistan, you would be....

Feel free to exercise your imagination.

I'll start:

you will be:

1) a freedom fighter (no education whatsoever);

2) poppy grower

I will be:

1) a woman with deplorable life (no education whatsoever) and covered head to toe.

Would I be closer to God?

I doubt it.

That is all. It is not something I am against, I am against the Dark Ages, against Darkness.

For I am LIGHT, ENLIGHTENMENT.

I choose freely this painful role for myself.

I am done with lying, pretending, conforming and being afraid. If I am not welcome, I'll leave and find the place where I belong.

But no one who saw the LIGHT ever forgets it. Ask blind people - they see nothing, but they feel the LIGHT.

I am not crazy at all, I am determined. I am 42 and I may not have too much time on this planet. If I feel like speaking the Truth, I will, regardless of consequences. I don't have to be right, agreed with, accepted, supported. I ask for nothing.

I will be the way I am. No permission necessary. I claim my space. It is mine.

If you believe in God, then it is God who guides me. All objections should be sent to the Management.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@kallini - You are welcome here. If you wonder of my open-mindedness then read the following commentary (narrative?) that I wrote earlier this year:

http://hubpages.com/literature/Prose-So-Many-Quest...

The important thing is that you understand what I am saying. I hope you do. I understand how a child due to their circumstances can have their road already laid out and actually believe it is a good road when in fact it is not. And I also understand that I am lucky to be able to say what I want to you. I value your passion...


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Astaroth, Yaduvanshi and Fitnezz Jim,

Thank you for your comments. This is an interesting subject as you can see. I wrote it in good faith to a woman who seems to have a mind of her own. I do not profess to understand all the different religions or cultures but I try....

Maybe my poem is naive but it is intended to show that the woman I speak of yields to no man....


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hello, Mark.

That's a very beautiful poem, Mark. You clearly understand my point of view. It's mean a lot for me to found someone understand while in so many times I was being misunderstood by many. My hijab didn't turned me from woman I was and still am. I used it simply because I believe it will please Allah. And to please Him with my behavior is the goal I pursue. It simple but somehow it is hard to understand for many. But you can see it well. Thank you very much. I feel grateful to be able to meet someone like you.

Thank you.

Have to dance on all of your buttons for this one and print it also!


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hello, Kallini.

Yes, God grant us free choice and yes, I simply refused to used it. Yes, I found dark era is more suitable for me. Even if I love the tech of 21 century, but people's bravery already reached my limit of endurance and that's why I chose to limiting myself. In my opinion it is better to be limited than to lost my sanity because my inability to adapt.

That's all true indeed.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Freya,

I'm glad you like it and that I "got it." You deserve praise not for a Hijab but because you have a free belief that you exercise in a world that seems to want to force you to wear it and possibly to force you to take it off... it is not easy to be who you are and have others believe. In the end it is between you and your maker....


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Yes, Mark. Indeed.

I just reached your other poem. We do have tendency to think too much around here, don't we? lol. I had similar questions too and to answer Mrs. Kallini, religion is not about culture, fashion or birthright, no. It is about finding the right way of life for the sake of our soul.

I might born in USA and raised in another belieft system, but knowing that I am Muslim not only by birth but mostly by choice, I do believe I will able find my way to become Muslim, like many 'white Muslim' in USA today. Sure it won't be easy but it still a very big possibility. I am not alien of hedonist life. In fact, hedonist life is the one which lead me to Islam because I was felt so lost in it. Lost is something I don't want to happen in my entire life ever again and that's why I surrender to God.

Mark, I know you only meant to write a poem but somehow it turned into religious conversation. Welcome to my daily HubPages life.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

absolutely beautiful... You amazed me with your words..

I voted up and beautiful


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Freya - I love what you said: "It is about finding the right way of life for the sake of our soul." It may be this is the very secret and that the many paths to God is the right way to look at it. The key is to be tolerant of one another and if we could achieve universal tolerance then we would have universal peace. And I'm glad a poem became a conversation. That is exactly what I pray for....

@Deborah - Thank you for your kind words.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Good work, Suburban. Very endearing


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Found this on +1.. What an important topic. You did it fine justice.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@PDX - Thank you!

@tammyswallow - Thank you. It's a controversial subject as you may have noticed from the comments above. I just wanted to write something for Freya after reading her comments on other hubs about her beliefs and her choices in life. I think she does it willingly and freely without pressure or fear.


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Yaduvanshi 4 years ago from Bharat Vrse

It is a beautifully narrated poem for a beautiful women I suppose she is beautiful at heart too


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Yaduvanshi - Thank you for commenting. Yes I believe she has a beautiful heart. I hear it beating in her words....

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