Brought shame, upon the name – of the family, believed to be obscenity.
Dress modestly! You are living in laxity!
Pushing her faith aside, she began to deny, started seeing a boy, who her dad had employed.
Walking hand in hand, whilst making future plans,
he said they should flee, he had family overseas.
Her dad couldn’t accept him, he wasn’t a Muslim,
wouldn’t even reason, she was promised to her cousin.
Waiting for her to arrive – how dare she defy!
Just look at that undress!
She’s like a woman of the west!
Look at her, she’s naked!
Her father –
Sisters, they were silenced, until they were compliant.
By their dad and his brother, and even their mother.
It’s family business.
But they knew what they’d witnessed!
That summer evening, hearing her screaming…
Laid out on the carpet, half wrapped in a blanket,
their dad and uncle, wrapped her in a bundle.
Didn’t they love her?
Then they heard their mother –
Allah – willed murder?
By the mother who nursed her?
It was then it all changed, their relationship decayed.
Will this ever be discovered?
They couldn’t help wonder –
Who would be next?
If they transgressed,
the limits of Allah.
Where was the honour?