I want to open my hijab,
and show the world,
that I too,
am beautiful in the people’s definition.
deep down here,
in my little heart,
I know that beauty is by definition,
and it is forever more rewarding,
to be beautiful in God’s eyes.
I want to wear ruffled dresses and tight jeans,
show off what I really look like,
under those baggy shirts and loosely fitted pants,
make a statement,
that I too,
have a figure and worth looking at.
I know better,
to avoid entering the world of men’s imagination,
for I love my future husband,
and I am ashamed,
what should be his, has already been unveiled by others.
I want to show the world,
the other side of me,
the bubblier, bolder, and crazier me.
put myself on display,
for everyone to see,
to be desired, and admired upon.
I know that eyes are not just eyes,
seeing is not just seeing,
image and respect are gained,
shame and humility deserve a better place,
Because in the end,
it is not just about me,
I carry a lot of impressions and expectations,
of what a Muslim girl should be,
I am covered by the word “Islam” the moment I walk out of my door,
So don’t be selfish girl,
Can’t you put behind your heart’s desire for something worth fighting for?
Love is all it takes.
Can’t you, dear self? For the sake of Him not him?