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Not your Muslim

by , 20 Jan 2020

_Iqra Raza_

I am a Muslim. And I condemn ISIS and Taliban,
Boko Haram, terror strikes and war crimes,
Violence, attrocity and oppression.
I am a Muslim who chooses to wear the Hijab
The piece of cloth with which you so often choke my existence
And declare me oppressed for daring to make a choice.
I am a Muslim who kneels down,
Kisses the ground with her forehead
And raises her hands in supplication.
I am a Muslim who stands on her quivering knees
To rise in rage at every wrong ever done.
I am a Muslim who falls in and out of love.
I am a Muslim who loves pop music on some days,
Classical on others; and rock too, sometimes.

I am a Muslim and I wonder if I can still be a Muslim
Without having to begin all poems explaining my stance on terrorism.
If I can still be a Muslim without being asked to appropriate
The Quran with a faith I do not recognize.
If I can still be a Muslim by invoking metaphors of love,
Or by alluding to the last song looping inside my head.

I am a medley of diverse melodies,
I am love, I am heartbreaks, I am tears and frustration, joy and sorrow.
I am the pleasure of my most recent happy memory
The pain of having lost an older, happier one.
All smiles and sprinkles on a warm spring noon
Smoke and ash on a dark winter night.
Spring in my feet, I dance around with
Azaan in my ears and Quran in my qalb.
A liberated Hijabi, a brave Niqabi, and a determined Inquilabi-
I am everything that your definition of me is not.
I am a Muslim but I'm not YOUR Muslim

Not your Muslim


_Iqra Raza_

I am a Muslim. And I condemn ISIS and Taliban,
Boko Haram, terror strikes and war crimes,
Violence, attrocity and oppression.
I am a Muslim who chooses to wear the Hijab
The piece of cloth with which you so often choke my existence
And declare me oppressed for daring to make a choice.
I am a Muslim who kneels down,
Kisses the ground with her forehead
And raises her hands in supplication.
I am a Muslim who stands on her quivering knees
To rise in rage at every wrong ever done.
I am a Muslim who falls in and out of love.
I am a Muslim who loves pop music on some days,
Classical on others; and rock too, sometimes.

I am a Muslim and I wonder if I can still be a Muslim
Without having to begin all poems explaining my stance on terrorism.
If I can still be a Muslim without being asked to appropriate
The Quran with a faith I do not recognize.
If I can still be a Muslim by invoking metaphors of love,
Or by alluding to the last song looping inside my head.

I am a medley of diverse melodies,
I am love, I am heartbreaks, I am tears and frustration, joy and sorrow.
I am the pleasure of my most recent happy memory
The pain of having lost an older, happier one.
All smiles and sprinkles on a warm spring noon
Smoke and ash on a dark winter night.
Spring in my feet, I dance around with
Azaan in my ears and Quran in my qalb.
A liberated Hijabi, a brave Niqabi, and a determined Inquilabi-
I am everything that your definition of me is not.
I am a Muslim but I'm not YOUR Muslim

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