The Arab Muslim Women (1)

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An Address to the Arab Muslim Women (1/32)

Whether you wear or not a veil,
That, for you, is really of no avail.
For what really matters,
My dear beloved sisters,
Is not what you wear on your head,
But what you bear in your heart.
In other words, whether you do succeed or fail
In proving that you are what you profess to be,
Let us be brief and without going into detail,
For the endless controversy that would entail,
In the end, only your good deeds will prevail.

Surely, whether you wear or not a veil,
That, for you, believe me, is of no avail.
As you shall get nothing for and from it at all.
For the story you hear about paradise and hell,
To lure or frighten you is but a fairy-tale.
God cares less whether you wear or not a veil.
For covering or uncovering a part of your body
Will neither raise you to the rank of an angel
Nor will it make you as wicked as a devil,
As that has nothing to do with good and evil.
Verily, that is but a coercive law imposed by
The domineering male
On the submissive female.
He’ll do anything to get what he wants.
He would use any trick including blackmail.

As a man, he may dress as she wishes
But you, as a woman, if you ever fail
To wear this piece of cloth called veil,
Curses will pour on you buckets like hail.
Whether or not you will enter paradise,
Life for you on this earth is sure like hell.

Even as a grown-up lady, you may look,
Each one of you, at one time or another,
As big, hardy and sturdy as an elephant,
But inside you, in truth, you may feel
As vulnerable and helpless as an infant,
Unable to take care and defend yourselves
 

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