Poetry

THE PRIDE I HOLD By Adisa Aminat Olabisi

Written by Bada Yusuf Amoo

Hijab!
My Pride!
My Dignity!
My Islam!

A heap of beauty
Precious than any precious stone
Appreciated for the value it represents
Honor and dignity it entails
Belief and faith,
Modesty and purity,
Bashfulness and righteousness,
A shield, never a sword

What it is
Not something alien or strange,
Not of oppression
Not a gag against womanhood
Against expression, education and career
Not a portable prison

Only because of hijab
I am comforted and never naked
But covered and kept
Like
Pearls kept beneath the sea
And diamonds beneath the earth

I see values in a wrapped sweet
Where dust of time could not touch
I shield my womanhood
From the touch of unrighteousness
The hijab I adorn
Covers my hair, not my brain
Covers my nakedness not my beauty

I do not mingle with the opposite
Nor do I shake hands with the opposite
Simply not being uncivilized
Oh! To you, Islam has enslaved me?
Or you think am shy and not the social type?
Hey no! My deen protects me a lot
And all my Lord wants for me
Protection and dignity
Oh! You created from a clot of blood
Why do you condone immorality?
And condemn morality (hijab)?
Why, if I may ask, what my hijab creates in you
Anxiety?

But no matter what you do,
Victimization, segregation and degradation
Are all nothing but stimulation to my commitment
To my morality, my hijab
My hijab! My Hijab!! My Hijab
An act of obedience to my creator
An identity of my faith

About the author

Bada Yusuf Amoo

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