HIJAB (Headscarf)

I am oppressed and downtrodden

A woman Ignorant and neglected

The only thing I know is to cook and broom

O the world!!! Only if it would all be true


I have liberated myself and my soul

Unshackled from the social dogma

Liberated I am as any bird that fly

No eyes that stares and no stalker by


Hijab has liberated and empowered

The real strength of a woman within

Wrap yourself in my garb to experience my thoughts

The mutual feelings of all hijabis I do express


This long flowing garment of mine

Covers my dignity and my honour divine

Sense of security and freedom interwoven

Gratifying pride, though not in arrogance



Hijab is not a symbol of oppression

O world!! Learn to respect women

A clothed lady is as beautiful as any other woman

Then why you feel the need for conversion


Hijabis eyes do see the same world as a non hijabi

We don’t fuss about and focus on worthless things

We don’t care about the lipstick, nail paint and hair style

We have issues and matters that needs much of our time


A hijabi am I, much different from a misconstrued mind

I am educated, full of insight and divine light

A woman cheerful, happy and also kind

Behind my lovely veil, the beautiful soul resides


Don’t unveil me and rip off the hijab

This piece of cloth is my haya (shyness)

Unveiling leads to slashing off the haya

Haya  a divine garment of my soul


It is not the male attention that I seek

Your neglect and overlooking is enough for me

Though compliments are lovely and heart winning lines

A silent look of yours, to me is more gratifying


Hijab is my honour,  my pride and a law divine

My Allah is Himself behind a beautiful veil

None has ever witnessed His astonishing countenance

Still His love, mercy, command and power over land prevail.



Ghazala Lari


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Sat 5th Oct 2019 11:26

A brilliant insight into the Hijab.Well done!

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Ghazala Lari

Sat 5th Oct 2019 05:01

Thank you Michael🌷

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Michael Triandafils

Sat 5th Oct 2019 02:19

I like this poem. For me it reminds me that true freedom lies in discipline. And also that there is much honor and wisdom in the old traditions.

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Ghazala Lari

Sun 22nd Sep 2019 14:23

Thank you Ray, I'm glad to read such remarkable words of appreciation and concern. Thanks.

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Ghazala Lari

Sun 22nd Sep 2019 14:21

Thank you ToM, I feel honoured to be complimented with such beautiful words. Thank you!!

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Ghazala Lari

Sun 22nd Sep 2019 14:20

Thank you Keith for such uplifting words. i'm glad you agree with my views with such positive feedback. Thank and God bless you!!

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Ghazala Lari

Sun 22nd Sep 2019 14:18

Thank you Jason. I'm glad you liked it.

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Ghazala Lari

Sun 22nd Sep 2019 14:18

thank you dear Ruth. i am glad you support my views.

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Sat 21st Sep 2019 12:31

There is much to consider in your poem Ghazala. Layers of thought can be delved into with positive results for those of us who wish to learn and explore. We are seduced by stereotypes that feed our fantasies which all spiral in to the preconceptions we are born with. The challenge is that is possible to redeem ourselves and set an example to the world, and maintain a quiet and assured dignity which you have beautifully expressed. A poem can be uplifting and set the record straight. You have amply demonstrated that.

Love and honour to you.


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Sat 21st Sep 2019 12:31

Thanks for sharing this Ghazala! It deserves to be read by everyone. Very well written and carefully crafted. And (for me) an enlightening insight behind the veil. I look forward to reading more of your work. Tx

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keith jeffries

Sat 21st Sep 2019 10:29

A noble poem which reveals that the Hijab is not merely a garment for the sake of modesty but has a more profound significance. I like the words, "My Allah is himself behind a beautiful veil". This poem needs to be made public, as Ruth says it is poetic education. Bless you Ghazala and thank you.


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Jason Bayliss

Sat 21st Sep 2019 09:46

Really well written Ghazala, and yes, as Ruth said, we so rarely get an insight into the wearing of the Hijab, really very interesting.

J. x

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Ruth O'Reilly

Sat 21st Sep 2019 09:31

It is good to get this insight into Hijab wearing, it is so misunderstood in the media etc. Thanks for this poetic education.

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