A Silent Figure

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic

When you see a muslim girl walking down the street, what do you think?

My Silent Prayer
 
You see her strolling casually down the street, a loose dress donned over her body and a veil revealing nothing but her startling green eyes. An aura of mystery floats around her. You do not see her rosebud pink lips, her velvety white skin, the soft gold hair that curls gracefully over her shoulders. You do not know that she loves books, her favorite game is Need For Speed, she craves chocolate, she dislikes BMW’s. You do not know that she has chosen to conceal herself out of choice. That she would rather contain a modest, unknown lifestyle for people to discover. She is a normal, social girl, with about a thousand friends of every culture and religion. Being a muslim doesn’t mean you hang out only with your own type, that would just be rude and weird.
But to the male, she is enigmatic character. She walks in her hijaab, which is beautiful yet simple, next to the girl who is wearing almost nothing and cheapening herself to the rank of a dog. She remains pure, untouched, untoiled with, till the right person comes along, and then she can let go of guarding herself. Like a pearl who is simply waiting for the right owner. Her shell is quite plain, but the treasure inside something else.
Sometimes her heart hurts as she sees people regard her lowly. They’re snickering and calling her ninja. They’re asking what she’s hiding. And inside, it’s like a stab wound to the heart. Because they do not understand. You want to run over to those taunting girls and explain, you want to tell them you’re not so different to them, you want them to be allies and not enemies. Yet no matter what, no matter what anyone tries to do, she will always be proud of who she is…a muslim.  


Submitted: May 02, 2010

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jafri

nice! u expressed ur feelings really well..
but abt hijab covering ur face is not necessary i think!
but beautifully written!

Wed, June 2nd, 2010 11:15am

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Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! I needed that!!!! Why do u thing hijaab not coverin' the face isn't necessary? I'd like to know.

Thu, June 3rd, 2010 10:24pm

Khano

Thank you!!!!!!!!! I needed that!

Fri, June 4th, 2010 5:21am

Sparkes

Such a powerful piece of writing considering how short it was. It really does provide insight into a different religion. Wonderful work. :)

Sat, June 5th, 2010 2:25pm

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Really? Thank u so much. Guess that made my day. :).

Sat, June 5th, 2010 7:00pm

karate ka

well dun!!
awe-sum!!!!

Mon, June 7th, 2010 10:02am

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Jazakallah.

Mon, June 7th, 2010 10:02pm

darkman1408

interesting. i know nothing of the muslim faith, so all of this is new and alien to me. very fascinating to read.

Tue, June 8th, 2010 9:35am

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Really? Wow. That's amazing. Thank u SO much.

Wed, June 9th, 2010 2:03am

Sassy Diamond

Though i'm not a muslim i really enjoyed reading this.You wrote so cearly and i'm glad that girl was stronge to her beliefs though i don't agree with muslim belief......

Wed, June 9th, 2010 12:50pm

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Really thank u so much! Why don't u agree with muslim beliefs? I love my religion coz I've been though...whoa, u wudn't wanna know. It's just, I don't lyk most of the muslim people around coz they're so false and they do their own stuff. If u want true Islam, u have to search for it. Pretty sad.

Wed, June 9th, 2010 5:53am

Jubileeisunique13

i am a muslim myself, and that really made me think about things.

Thu, June 10th, 2010 9:19am

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You're a muslim?! That's amazing! :)

Fri, June 11th, 2010 4:44am

Vaine

I'm not a Muslim but this was an extraordinary piece because you expressed yourself very well it DOES happen! I sometimes would see women walking down a street or a mall all covered up and the primary thought would be "I wonder if the heat bothers her?" but otherwise, I think it's very interesting and she looks beautiful nonetheless. Even if the only thing you see are the eyes, it's the way you hold yourself and stay true to what you believe in.

Sun, June 13th, 2010 1:55pm

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The heat does bother us, trust me. Sumtimes u want to rip it all off. But the fact that we don't, is the love that makes us resist it. Thank u so much.

Wed, June 30th, 2010 2:59am

Daemonic Resplendence

Hi again! Let me take a dare-y guess... is this at all autobiographical?
Well, as an atheist -always, I just say it to underline my point of view- and a neutral -not a fighter- among all religions, when some friends of mine would say that it is slavery to wear hijaab -whether you like it or not I suppose- i would tell them, freedom can be found in a cell taken that the prisoner has never known a world outside his prison. But i would not say that against hijaab, but for they are not really free, when they learn that a girl should follow fashion and undergo cosmetic surgery to be "sexy", when they regard lack of clothes as something "wild" and tempting, when this rotten pop culture drives them to see not under the skin, where the heart is, where the soul and spirit hides. Even if i disagree with every rule of your religion, i would state that at least, your religion creates a firewall against those commercial tricks and rotten fashion icons that only create masses and enslave minds. I would say that even if your religion may steal some liberties others would find important, is secures others that the western civilisations have forgotten of.
--written with the best intentions--

Tue, July 6th, 2010 11:00am

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Hundred percent agreed. Best intentions appreciated :)

Tue, July 6th, 2010 4:10am

Vampire slayer

This is a really great story. you are such a good writter! You write so beautifully. It is very deep and emotional. your descriptions are so vivid. Very well done!

Mon, August 16th, 2010 12:56am

Vampire slayer

This is a really great story. you are such a good writter! You write so beautifully. It is very deep and emotional. your descriptions are so vivid. Very well done!

Mon, August 16th, 2010 12:56am

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Thank u so much. That makes my whole day. :).

Sun, August 15th, 2010 9:19pm

Farhay

Slmz. All u have written is exactly the same as i speak when talking to people who want to know about hijab & niqaab. If u write more articles like this than i want to know so i can read. I love ur work.

Mon, August 30th, 2010 3:49am

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aww. jazakallah. it's gud to know that there are pple lyk u out there.

Tue, August 31st, 2010 8:13am

Uchay

That was the most beautiful and pure thing I've read on Booksie, I'm glad I came accross your page. Your story has really inspired me. I'm a Muslim too, MASHALLAH, and so proud to be one, but I do not take hijaab or Abaya.
I have been thinking about it though, and I really want to start it, it gives you a beautiful feeling of being YOU, it makes you feel protected!
And I agree with your story, about people thinking things about a woman who choose to cover herself, and some of them are very vulgar and low, and slowly the respect for hijaab is diminishing.
No one can known the true importance of it other than the woman taking it herself!

Fri, September 3rd, 2010 1:29am

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assalamualaikum fellow muslim!! :D. It took me a while getting into cloak. but now i feel incomplete without it. yeah, i like standing out. i'd rather cover up and than go naked for a bunch of guys. people think us woman are opressed and forced into hijaab. they don't know that it is a choice. thank u for ur comments!

Thu, September 2nd, 2010 7:59pm

TheBeast1026

This is very good. It's true that most people look for the outside beauty in a women, when a woman should be judged on mainly her personality and inner beauty. I believe that in the Muslim religion that the hijaab is worn also worn to prevent lust with the eyes. You are very talented and good hearted. Very well written!

TheBeast 1026

Tue, September 14th, 2010 8:07pm

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Thank u very much. Yes, it is a shield, not...a ninja suit! :).

Wed, September 15th, 2010 10:40pm

djoulde

hey i really liked your poem, i myself am muslim, its good to see this a different point of view. being though i am originally from africa Guinea, we tend to not be as conservative, i usually wear whatever i want and as long as i am not naked, lol, my family is okay with it. i guess in some ways i always saw the ones having to wear it as something their family makes them do, so this is really good, i liked it! keep up the good work.

Thu, September 23rd, 2010 4:34am

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Thank u very much. I'm very against people who force others 2 wear it against their own wants.

Thu, September 30th, 2010 5:03pm

BadWolfStar

Mashallah this is very well written. Seriously, it annoys me when they say we're being oppressed to wear our hijabs/scarfs or nicabs(spelling?? lol)
We're really not.
I've been wearing my scarf since I was 4 and honestly even back then I didn't like going outside without it and now it's routine to wear it, but I also wear it with pride. It's who I am. It's who I chose to be. So Mashallah this was really good. And I hope it cause some people to realise it is not forced upon us. :)

Tue, October 19th, 2010 2:16pm

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jazakallah very very much. Since u were 4? Wow. I started when I was ready for it. And I knew I wudn't come out. and I feel kinda naked now if I hav to leave home without it.

Tue, October 19th, 2010 11:00pm

darkman1408

came back to read this after i learned a little about Islam in history. people in the USA tend to think muslims are all terrorists freaks, but now i know that the religon is about peace and charity. Charity is one of the 5 pillars, right?

Tue, October 26th, 2010 1:29pm

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wow. That's really good of u. :D. Yeah, but honestly, it's a huge stereotype and conspiracy. And most people hate islam through the media. Sad really. Yes, it's one of the five pillars. I'm amazed.

Wed, October 27th, 2010 12:47am

Aieon

I just simply love how your executed this story. one look at this, and I can already find that your work does finely and fully describe the situation that every muslim woman suffers when being viewed by the outside world of cruelty because she has to wear a hijab in public. I loved the story, and don't stop what you're doing, just continue making more inspirational work and stories. :) 5 out of 5. for though and care.

Tue, October 26th, 2010 6:57pm

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5 out of 5? :D. Really? Thanks teach. lol. Yes, somehow people think we are...forced, tortured?? I smile when I hear that, coz they are so misinformed. Thank u so much for the comment.

Wed, October 27th, 2010 12:49am

One-Eyed Jack

This really made me think about all the different people I see every day and never take the time to get to know because they are different.

Tue, November 9th, 2010 6:24pm

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I'm glad the message came across. Yes, always get to know them.

Tue, November 9th, 2010 10:04pm

sayba

ma shallah this really left me speechless
keep up the good work

Tue, February 15th, 2011 10:36am

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jazakallah. :D.

Tue, February 15th, 2011 11:26pm

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