Would you permit me?

In a country where thinkers are assassinated and writers
are considered
infidels and books are burnt,
in societies that refuse the other, and
force silence on mouths and thoughts are forbidden,
and to question is a sin,
I must beg your pardon, would you permit me?

Would you permit me to bring up my children as I want, and
not to dictate on me your whims and orders?
Would you permit me to teach my children that the religion
is first to
God, and not for religious leaders or scholars or people?
Would you permit me to teach my little one that religion
is about good manners, good behavior, good conduct, honesty and truthfulness, before I teach her with which foot to enter the bathroom
or with which hand she should eat?

Would you permit me to teach my daughter that God is about
love, and she can dialogue with Him

and ask Him anything she wants, far away from the teachings of anyone?

Would you permit me not to mention the torture of the
grave to my children, who do not know about death yet?

Would you permit me to teach my daughter the tenets of the
religion and its culture and manners,before I force on her the ‘Hijab’ (the veil)?

Would you permit me to tell my young son that hurting
people and degrading them

because of their nationality, color or
religion, is considered a
big sin by God?

Would you permit me to tell my daughter that revising her homework and paying attention to her learning is considered by God as more useful and important than learning by heart Ayahs from the Quran without knowing their meaning?

Would you permit me to teach my son that following the
footsteps of the Honourable Prophet begins with his honesty, loyalty and truthfulness, before his beard or how short his thobe (long shirt/dress) is?

Would you permit me to tell my daughter that her Christian
friend is not
an infidel, and ask her not to cry fearing her friend will
go to Hell?

Would you permit me to argue, that God did not authorize
anyone on earth after the Prophet to speak in his name nor did he
vest any powers in anyone to issue ‘deeds of forgiveness’ to people?

Would you permit me to say, that God has forbidden killing
the human
spirit and who kills wrongly a human being is as if he
killed all human kind,
and no Moslem has the right to frighten another Moslem?

Would you permit me to teach my children that God is
greater, more just, and more merciful than all the (religious) scholars
on earth combined? And
that His standards are different from the standards of
those trading the
religion,

and that His accountability is kinder and more
merciful?

Would you permit me?

Nizar Qabbani

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4 thoughts on “Would you permit me?

  1. Amber Qureshi says:

    Great poem!! Just a thought…..you give power to a person if you follow them, otherwise they have no power. The permission is always with one self.

    • Rafia Omer says:

      I agree completely. You have a great point Amber!

      We are prisoners of our own thoughts and our deep-rooted belief system, much of which is based on what has been taught by our elders and by their elders and so on and so forth. Its time that we do our own quest, seek knowledge and identify ourselves with our true faith.

      The problem and the solution both lies with our individual selves. We can blame the mullahs later.

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