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A remarkable piece

October 18, 2006
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A few of you showed interest in my Let my heart be my veil post and I thought of you today when I ran accross this amazing post by Aisha at Eteraz blog. 

Now this one made me cry:

My dear brothers.

Put the loads you carry down for a little while.

For the space of time you sit at my table, be easy: you are safe.

You think I do not notice that you are exhausted when I open the door. You smile, I am barefoot and you tug on my braided hair; to see me this way is, for you, home. I define your inviolable space. This does not offend me; I am happy to give you peace. But I am troubled by the exhaustion you bring to my door.  The life you lead beyond this threshold should not be so hard. But it is.

There is so much for you to reconcile. I fight for my rights; you fight for something much more abstract. The blank-eyed men want to cover me up, cut me, keep me out of the way, but it is your impulses they demonize; your desires they call satanic, your gaze they use as an excuse to smother me within the walls of my house. You hate me for my weakness because I remind you of yours. In making you a slave to my body, the blank-eyed men are slowly eroding your dignity, as surely as they have acquired mine for their own use. I am trapped between religion and the undefined space that is the future; you are trapped between religion and me………

You can find the rest here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2006 6:07 am

    I read Eteraz almost every day, and both Ali and Aisha are wonderful writers who have an intimate and informed understanding of their faith as well as the skills to articulate it gracefully.

    Except for that stupid two-inch column width format. Every post looks like an Ogden Nash poem.

  2. October 21, 2006 2:32 pm

    What I have read has been very impressive. They are both very talented.

    I look forward to reading more from them.

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