The Arab Muslim Women (7)

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       An Address to the Arab Muslim Women (7/32)

You only decide what you ought to, or not to, undertake
You'll be very careful not to make the slightest mistake,
Lest you put all you painstakingly have achieved at stake.
You will do all not for anybody’s, but for you own sake.
Whilst you remain altruistic, selfless, and give and take.
But you will no longer let yourself be abused by anyone,
Nor will you let yourself be tricked, like Eve, by a snake.
That's why you mustn't sleep, but be always wide-awake.
Let everyone dealing with you understand very clearly
That you really are what you claim to be, not a fake.

Assert yourself as a full human being as long as you live.
For you are held as a half human being! Hard to conceive.
But that is what you, for centuries, were made to believe.
You are intelligent. How could you be so easy to deceive?
Did it ever strike you? Have you ever pondered why all
The regulations were exclusively meant for you to receive?
There will be no more regulations to receive or to give.
Therefore, there will never be reasons for you to grieve.

Unless you work very hard to overcome all alone any obstacle,
Your status won't improve so easily. Don't wait for a miracle.
Admittedly, it may not be a very easy task for you to tackle.
Even though you may know about warfare but a little,
You'll fight for your rights and for sure win the battle.
It’s a pressing matter you absolutely have got to settle.

You can’t express yourself freely. There are taboos,
Matters you are not allowed to talk about, to shun.
All he is interested in is to have a place in the sun,
Do as he pleases, enjoy life and have lots of fun,
When you are from morning till night on the run.
Being excluded from nearly everything and everyone,
You withdraw from the outside world and live like a nun.
All must be carried out the way he wants it to be done.
Should something befall you, he wouldn’t give a damn.
On anything he does not want you to do, he puts a ban.
It’s hectic when he’s home. You get rest after he’s gone.
He may not use it, but he could threaten you with a gun.
Who knows? Many a woman has been shot by her man;

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