Thursday, 4 June 2015

Random Conversations

“It’s called a hijab. Nope, no one forced me to wear it. It complements other aspects of modesty that should be present in a muslim. I don’t have anything against other people’s beliefs or sexual preferences whatsoever. I am not in a position to judge any other human-being for what they believe in or do, as long as it doesn’t inflict any kind of harm to anyone. If I happen to pass judgments, and it happens, it is only due to the nature of me being a human-being and nothing else. I’m a human-being, after all.”
“I have no explanation to what muslim terrorist groups are doing except that they are fucked up beings with a lust for power and blood, just like all tyrants throughout the course of history. The existence of such beings with impulsive cruelty and stupidity absolutely sickens me and I wholeheartedly condemn what they do. I wish I had a solution to stop their terror, but I don’t. If you do, please do let me know, I’d be glad to be a part of any endeavor that would stop this madness. As an ordinary muslim, I assure you there is absolutely no obliging commandment that forces me to battle people who have different beliefs or any living being that has not caused me any harm. Yes, I’m 100% certain they won’t brainwash me to join their jihadi groups. Please don’t insult my intelligence!!”
“I don’t know what a practicing muslim is to you, but I do pray 5 times a day and I fast the month of ramadan. Oh, and I don’t drink or eat pork or engage in non-marital intercourse. I don’t know how that places me in a position to be judged upon differently from any other human-being with self-entitled preferences.” 
“My beliefs include things that might seem stupid to you, but hey, that’s why they’re called beliefs not facts. You have all the freedom to believe or not. Again, I’m not God to judge you. I’m not going to start on with women rights in Islam. What I can tell you for sure, the problem is not with the religion, it’s with the mentality of middle-eastern men. It’s a pretty messed up region, I tell you.” 
“I’m not a scholar and I don’t have answers to all of your questions, I can refer you to someone if you’d like. And I definitely do not have the time to debate issues every time someone stops me while I’m running my errands or when i’m going for a brisk walk to relieve stress. I have a very ordinary life full of dreams and disappointments. You see, I have common ordinary preferences as any human-being walking down the street infront of you right now, and debating my existence is not one of them. Good day to you.”

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Letters to Frank ~ 2

Dear Frank,

I'm scared. No, nothing related to my insecurities. I'm scared of the inevitable.

You know that horrid feeling when you become aware of your beloved one's mortality. The unresting feeling that is going to happen .. It is going to happen.  It is just a matter of time. And that you will be left to yourself, facing the burden of having to move on. Yes, you will have to go through the sorrow alone no matter how many people would stand there by your side. People could pretend to share feelings but they will never feel for you. It is just not physically nor emotionally possible.

I'm scared. I'm scared my parents are beginning to sense their own mortality. I'm scared that they're witnessing their memories die .. and it is a matter of time. I'm not scared I would be physically left alone, I know I can physically move on. Move away. But I don't trust my emotions. I don't trust my psychological immune system, for it has failed me every time. I'm scared I'm giving the thought of their decadence more than their living.. that when it happens, it is going to feel that they have died long before.

I'm scared. I'm scared I don't believe enough. I'm very fickle when it becomes to belief. It's not that I find it hard to believe. It's that I don't trust that I believe. Not enough. 

I don't know, Frank. They say that one succumbs to this reality by time. It has only broken me before. I've accepted the fact that I'm not the person who enjoys living life. But I'm scared that the end is going to be even worse.

Until the inevitable arrival, I continue to repress.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Letters to Frank -- 1

Dear Frank,

You know that feeling when you want to excel at anything. You need to stand-out. Be the best. Feed your ego with success to soar back to life. I want to be that bastard.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

The Heavy Silence of Loss

'Condolences for Our Loss.' The signal I've been waiting for between the fragments of solemn reality and sacred sleep.  The incisive sign of forgoing, and the beginning of the painful stage of realization.

I am not really sure if I'm writing to keep your memory alive, or to put it to a rest like I pray for your soul. May be both. Do I owe it to you or myself? May be both. The stream of tears holding on to your memory comes down my face while the shock of your passing shakes my being. Why is it always too late?

This is the thing about growing up; you’re always late to realize that you cannot take life for granted. And it hurts every single time but you never learn. I try to swallow the heavy silence of your loss. But it stings my heart. The pain of loss demands to be felt. My eyes and heart succumb. My whole existence surrenders. Was a final farewell too much to ask for? Who knows, maybe this was better for you. For me. For both of us. Too late. I shouldn't be sinking in the whirl of what-ifs now.. it’s too late.. too selfish. I condolence myself with silent prayers for you.

Pure. Your smile, so pure. Your chuckle, so captivating and sincere your eyes close. How strong you were, facing the world with your slim figure with that lipstick you wore. Never perfect but resilient.  Did I ever tell you that I find your grooming defiantly beautiful? Alone. You died alone. There's a harsh taste to the verb die. Pass away is just the soft version of the throbbing impact of the word death. Demise. Decadence. Grave burden of loss.

The weight of realizing your loss silences my words. My being. Literally.

اللهم أغفر لها وأرحمها وأدخلها جنات النعيم ..
اللهم آنسها في وحدتها وآنسها في وحشتها واجعل قبرها روضة من رياض الجنة و املأ قبرها بالرضا والنور والفسحة والسرور.
اللهم الهمنا الصبر وتوفنا وانت راض عنا يا أرحم الراحمين.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Shhhhh, Frank!

I know. I know. Just don't go off the deep end, okay? Remember, Frank. No expectations. No speculations. 

Concentrate on the uncluttered. Endorse my smile.  I need you to arise, Frank. No one else can heal my wounds.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Sheesh, Frank!

What has got into me! No, no, really? I've always been messed up and everything but this is some other level of being messed up that I haven't experienced before! 

Egypt? The new career path? The divorce? The surprise? The yearning? The tiredness?  Am I growing up? I'm mentally and emotionally clueless and exhausted, Frank!

We need to set things clear, Frank. I can't stand this vagueness any more. Though I have to admit, Frank, it kinda feels good. Somehow. Frank.