nadia abduljabbar

(25/5/1957 / Makkah)

Wrestling Of Wills

Poor men of Arabia,
Or many of them are so,
If we want to be fair;
For they need women’s
Tenderness and love,
Yet they are so rough,
Not only that, but they
Insist that the best way
And attitude with women
Is to tease or squeeze
Them all the time,
As if they were slaves
Who do not go well
Except by a stick on
Their backs or heads,
Which force them to obey.

Whatever the levels of men’s
Education are, they can’t do
Without oppressing females;
Being a feeble female before
Being a full woman encourages
Weak males to beat women,
Hence, they loose everything;
Love, care and tenderness.

However deep is their
Knowledge of The Prophet’s
Attitude and Tradition;
Mohammad, peace be upon him
And all the other prophets such
As Moses and Jesus,
Was so tender with women,
He believed in equality
Of Rights and Duty
Between women and men;
Each according to his or her
Physical and emotional ability;
He said: “ Alnesa’ shaqa’ek Alrejal”;
‘Women are equal to men’.

However many machines
And new technological
Things men use, still
That rotten way of thinking
Is, in their brains, spreading,
Like a net of a spider,
And their need to destroy
Like a child or little boy
Becomes stronger
When the woman has
A respectable name.

Yet, men begin to cry
When the woman’s trust
Flee or about to die,
And she chooses to
Silently- though sadly- leave,
Under the threat of a slap
On the face or even to be
Killed if she goes against
The man’s imbalanced will,
As if, if she leaves the man’s lap,
She would have no place else;
And what is love but TRUST.

But men’s thinking that the need
For their touch,
Will make women surrender
The strong will.
Forgetting that most women’s
Desires are not as strong
As that of men’s.

Men try hard to forget
Or ignore the fact that
Women got education
And worked hard for many
Years mainly to avoid to be
Slaves as such.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Edited: Saturday, June 29, 2013

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26 July,2013

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