Veil (Hijab) – Dawud Wharnsby

The Veil
by Dawud Wharnsby

They say “Oh poor girl,
You’re so beautiful you know,
It’s a shame that you cover up your beauty so.”

She just smiles graciously,
and responds reassuringly,
“This Beauty that I have is just one simple part of me,
This body that I have,
no stranger has the right to see.
These long clothes,
this shawl I wear,
ensure my modesty.
Faith is more essential than Fashion,
wouldn’t you agree?

This Hijab
This mark of piety
Is an act of faith, a symbol,
For all the world to see.
A simple cloth, to preserve her dignity.
So lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity.
So lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity.

They tell her girl, don’t you know,
this is the west and you are free.
You don’t need to be opressed, ashamed of your femininity.
She just shakes her head, and she speaks so assuredly.
See the Billboard and the Magazines,
The lines, the check-out Isles,
With their phony painted faces
and their airbrushed smiles?
Well their sheer clothes and low cut gowns
they are really not for me.
You call it freedom, I call it anarchy.”

And this Hijab
This mark of piety
Is an act of faith, a symbol,
For all the world to see.
A simple cloth, to preserve her dignity.
So lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity.
Lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity.
Lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity.

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