Softening the heart 

Try it. 

Wow it makes me look so different! 

His sister being there was no coincidence.

It suits you Sienna
You should wear it more often. 
Masha'Allah! 

Feeling hot and bothered
She began to unwrap the scarf.

Her boyfriend Khalid,  
Cut in. 
Have my feelings in regard
Keep it on
We will take you to the mosque.

Even when he had his fleeting rage
She always listened to Khalid
She met him, 
When his family moved
Into their street. 

She'd been reading the Qur'an.
She'd  read
All of, 
Ar Rahman. 

Not in order. 
The suras he gave her first
were shorter. 

None of the beheading and torture.

She had tried praying. 
It was that day
When her class went for a visit
When her father objected
he was called a bigot. 

She'd been told by others Islam was bad
She saw them at the protests. 

They shouted. 

Get out of our lands! 

She'd learnt the five pillars at school. 
A racist mark on her record
If she didn't do it. 

That was the rule. 

Her father, 
Concerned
Of what she was to learn
He was called in for a meeting
He didn't hold back. 

He said. 

What on earth are you teaching?
She has no religion!
Why do you dismiss that?

For a while he'd left things. 
But it was time to talk that evening. 

He went to her room
He thought.

She's probably playing her tunes...

Sienna, get up off the floor!

She carried on praying
And ignored. 
He saw her in the veil
He couldn't believe her betrayal. 

Dad, 
I am Muslim now! 

No
NO
NO!
Sienna!
This I can't allow!

He wept and begged. 
But the Shahada
Was all she said. 

To her dad
Her heart was cold. 
Her life was with Allah
She'd now been bought. 

It's now been years
He saw her again
In the village. 
With the latest bump, 
Kids in tow, 
Pushing a pram, 
Khalid, 
Ten paces in front. 
Now in a niqab
She looks so sad
She barely even gives him a glance. 

His daughter
He doesn't recognise anymore. 

It's like she's in a
Trance.

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