Saturday, March 3, 2007

A Poem by Wajiha Al-Huwaider

Ms. Al-Huwaider is a Saudi who laments the state of the middle east today. It is quite a moving indictment. If you happen to know any adherents to multiculturalism, you might recommend this poem to them. Ma. Al-Huwaider is all too often a lonely voice in the wilderness.

WHEN

"When you cannot find a single garden in your city, but there is a mosque on every corner - you know that you are in an Arab country…

"When you see people living in the past with all the trappings of modernity - do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country.

"When religion has control over science - you can be sure that you are in an Arab country.

"When clerics are referred to as 'scholars' - don't be astonished, you are in an Arab country.

"When you see the ruler transformed into a demigod who never dies or relinquishes his power, and whom nobody is permitted to criticize - do not be too upset, you are in an Arab country.

"When you find that the large majority of people oppose freedom and find joy in slavery - do not be too distressed, you are in an Arab country.

"When you hear the clerics saying that democracy is heresy, but see them seizing every opportunity provided by democracy to grab high positions in the government - do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country…

"When monarchies turn into theocracies, and republics into hybrids of monarchy and republic - do not be taken aback, you are in an Arab country.

"When you find that the members of parliament are nominated by the ruler, or else that half of them are nominated and the other half have bought their seats through bribery… - you are in an Arab country…

"When you discover that a woman is worth half of what a man is worth, or less - do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country…

"When you see that the authorities chop off a man's hand for stealing a loaf of bread or a penny, but praise and glorify those who steal billions - do not be too surprised, you are in an Arab country…

"When you are forced to worship the Creator in school and your teachers grade you for it - you can be sure that you are in an Arab country…

"When young women students are publicly flogged merely for exposing their eyes - you are in an Arab country…

"When a boy learns about menstruation and childbirth but not about his own body and the changes it undergoes in puberty - roll out your prayer mat and beseech Allah to help you deal with your crisis, for you are in an Arab country…

"When land is more important than human beings - you are in an Arab country…

"When covering the woman's head is more important than financial and administrative corruption, embezzlement, and betrayal of the homeland - do not be astonished, you are in an Arab country…

"When minorities are persecuted and oppressed, and if they demand their rights, are accused of being a fifth column or a Trojan horse - be upset, you are in an Arab country…

"When women are seen as house ornaments which can be replaced at any time - bemoan your fate, you are in an Arab country.

"When birth control and family planning are perceived as a Western plot - place your trust in Allah, you are in an Arab country…

"When at any time, there can be a knock on your door and you will be dragged off and buried in a dark prison - you are in an Arab country…

"When fear constantly lives in the eyes of the people - you can be certain that you are in an Arab country."



Hattip: MNN

3 comments:

Dhivehi Resistance said...

My country is being turned into an Arab country....

Anonymous said...

i dont know whether you're talking about Arab countries or stone age !!

when and where did you see all that !!

I live in an ARAB COUNTRY but i can't see what you're talking about!

most of it is not true !
or at least it does'nt happen in my century =)

women are highly respected by most of the people , if some of them dont respect women it's their own fault! not bcoz they live in an Arab country !!!


so please ..
write about the things that you ACTUALLY know ,, or your own experiences =)

MUNIRA , SAUDI ARABIA

Anonymous said...

Well people seem to be in denial especially those who benefit from the status que!!! to Munirah I would say there are millions of underprivileged people who you should think of when you shrug off such true words.

 

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