THIS IS HOW A MUSLIMAH IS By Ahmed Bukar

THIS IS HOW A MUSLIMAH IS:

Leaving home
at the time when
cocks crow in corners,
when birds chirp in nests
& the street is set alive with its daily
hustlers,
she comes out in her Divine regalia,
representing Islam & walking; ‘ala istihyah.¹

Speaking at gatherings,
with words placed on measurement; not too excessive, not too short,
neither so loud, nor so low,
for the loudest of voice,
becomes the braying of an Ass.

Her Hijab is a cover,
screening her from the evil eyes & the thoughts of whom their souls have been set ablazed with impurities,
for that is the injunction of her Lord:
”Yudniina alayhinna min jalaabibihinna”²

A wife; whom one
will find solace with.
A daughter; whose chastity becomes one’s gateway to Paradise.
And a caring mother,
mothering children upon the Creed of the righteous predecessors.

A Muslimah is like that,
a Muslimah is a full package;
one you marvel at each time you take a glance,
in this world & the next.

Footnotes:
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¹ ‘ala istihyaa: with shyness.
² Yidniina alayhinna min jalaabibihinna: to bring down over themselves part of their outer garments (Qur’an Chapter 33, verse 59).

— Ahmed Bukar (Ibn_Islam)

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