The Muslimah’s Outcry:

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Annam Choudhry pic

dear brothers and sisters in humanity
what is it that you feel when you see me?
is it shame, disgust, fear or sympathy?
because i need none of it, i just need you to hear me

i am freer than you can imagine
in my heart soul and mind
free from the oppression of the material,
free from all the negativity
free to learn and think and do
because of a direct link to the divine

dear brothers and sisters in humanity
you can have this freedom too
but of course you would not want it
if you think freedom is what government gives you

truth is, only God’s laws have real value
man made laws are only used to confine
to intrude in your personal affairs
to keep you locked inside your mind

so free yourself from the veil that was placed across your heart
the veil on your ears an eyes
open your heart to His infinite Mercy
let go of all the lies
if man can be God’s son, then man can take away your rights
but when God is worshiped without partner
there is no one to take it from you in sight

So my dear brothers and sisters
do not pity my position
obeying God’s command to cover
is not a man made tradition
virgin Mary is never portrayed half naked
nuns choose to live from head to toe in submission
orthodox Jews have rules for covering
have any of you noticed a pattern?
it is man that tells woman to uncover
to put her beauty on display
it is man that makes up heinous lies
to profit off of what God made
it is man that oppresses us to act like its just cool
to pull a one night stand, never call again, to use you as his sex tool
to pretend that feelings don’t exist
when men and women interact
to pretend that it is possible to be casual and laid back
no woman has ever benefited from such insincere behavior
but  men are satisfied on their end because they still get to see her

to free myself from this social man made trap,
i submit myself to God
Who Commands believing men to lower their gaze
and for believing women to wear loose garb
so we work together to preserve our society,
to protect each other from social harm

because we testify that Mohammad is the final messenger to mankind
and nothing is worthy of worship except Allah

Annam Choudhry/2013

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