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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. Sylvia’s Voice Your ghost-voice lingers in these pages. “I am. I am. I am.” Today, the stubborn heart rages. Determined to die, determined to live, But here, in these pages, caught in the best element. Not living, not dead, but simply “am.” “I am. I am. I am.” The voice as prophetic as it was when it began. Playing at the strings of a beating heart, determined to die But determined to live Within these ink stained pages. “I am. I am. I am.” You are not dead as long as your voice is alive. And this temporarily beating heart survives Within the voice of your pages. You are. You are. You are.
  2. Well, in this context, you have to understanding what giving and rejecting gifts means in different cultures. In Iraq, giving a gift to a non-mahram person of the opposite sex means you like them. Accepting a gift from a non mahram member of the opposite sex means you are definitely interested. Rejecting a gift and ignoring that person means you are not interested. Nevertheless, Iraqi guys tend to be extremely persistent. I wasn't playing hard to get. You're probably right in that some guys need verbal clarification because they don't understand body language and gestures that show you're not
  3. Actually he's 2 years younger than me so he was more like a school boy with a really bad crush.
  4. Since you didn't do anything intentionally wrong, I would just accept the compliment and move on with my life lol
  5. I did gracefully reject him. If you go back and reread my post you'll see that HE was the one who wasn't deterred by my graceful rejection, or even my rude rejection. Actually that anecdote pretty much defines the nature of most (not ALL) native Iraqi boys. From my experience, guys in the U.S. will actually take the hint once you gracefully reject them. I have never gotten upset, angry or offended by being hit on because I'm a hijabi. Actually, deep down I think it is flattering, but I don't encourage it nor do I invite that kind of attention, and I have never actually been rude to anyone who
  6. You are blowing it out of proportion. Either he was just being nice or he liked you, neither of which was your fault. The rules are, dress modestly and keep your gaze down. Whatever happens that is out of your control is not your fault. I have had food and other gifts forced upon me. Last year, my cousin in Iraq tried to give me a small stained glass mural as a gift. I said, "No thank you. No really, I don't want it. 'NO THANK YOU!" He backed off. I kept my distance from him, leaving the room if he tried to approach me and it was just he and I, and making sure I was in the company of my u
  7. Aqua

    She & I

    Here is the audio recording of me reading this poem: http://planetmoderan.net/mp3/mother.mp3
  8. Aqua

    She & I

    I'm a fairly new poet, abdabd. I haven't written a lot. I posted a thread in the sister's forum of another poem I wrote a few weeks ago: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235018846-the-master-piece/ It's called The MASTER Piece. Depending on how you receive this poem, it might be difficult to read. It's a visual poem and I played around with structure, different font sizes, punctuation and gray scale. Don't approach it with the intention of trying to understand everything. I'd suggest just trying to embrace the imagery and let whatever ideas that come to your mind paint the poem's meanin
  9. Aqua

    She & I

    I have an audio recording of me performing this poem, if you want to hear it.
  10. Aqua

    She & I

    Thank you, abdabd.
  11. Thank you star girl, and gypsy. The thing is retaliating with words doesn't get me anywhere with her. Like I said she is the kind of person who takes whatever you say and twists the meaning to use it against you. Verbal manipulation is one of her strong traits. And indifference to others' feelings. Everyone has the same problem with her, so I know its not just me who refuses to get into an argument with an unreasonable person. I think it was Imam Ali (AS) who said, "The best response to a fool is silence." Please correct me if I am mistaken. But this is the idea that I try to follow. The thi
  12. member always told me thar ur someone of a good nature and its true !! lool thanks for accepting my friend request

    1. Aqua


      Thank you and you're welcome. :)

  13. True, but the cultural hegemony still has some presence. In regards to this specific topic, I mentioned to my mom a while ago that I wanted to get married in front of my father and she kind of "shushed" me and pointed in my dad's direction as if we were in the presence of a cop. I asked her why it was bad to say that in front of my dad, and she said it was "3ab" or "not proper." Let's be honest, once you say that you want to get married, you are basically admitting you want to have sex, and it is not proper to say "I want to have sex" to your parents, and I think (for some Arab parents at leas
  14. I really appreciate your honesty here. :) I'm not denying the fact that masturbation is a BIG sin, nor am I condoning it. But I do think that a lot of women do it and don't answer honestly when they are asked because they are afraid of being judged, ridiculed or deemed wanton or promiscuous. That's why (from what I have observed) a lot of Muslim women don't give voice to their desires, and in some Arab cultures it is considered "3ab" or "shameful" for women to even mention that they want to get married to their families because they are not supposed to have or express that kind of desire. Th
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