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He says: I’m Muslim.
As he brings the double shot of rum to his lips.
I imagine the way it burns as it slides down his throat.
He winces, then smashes the glass against table.
Everyone turns and cheers,
then they go back to their conversations.
He says it again — I swear.
I say: I know.
He looks at me with sad eyes.
Wallahi - he says,
still trying to convince me.
I say: I know.
I watch his eyes turn to glass as he downs another.
I swear I am Muslim - he slurs
I say: I know.
No— he says— you’re judging me, look
and he holds his hands over his ears and he begins to recite.
And I put my hand over his as people begin to stare.
And I say: I know.
And he begins to cry, and his tears look ancient, and his face contorts, and his mouth is open but there is no sound, and his body shudders.
And he tries again and again, never getting past Bismillah.
He keeps on saying “No you don’t understand I am Muslim, I am Muslim, I am Muslim, I am Muslim”
I know, I say.
And he holds the bottle to his mouth and he almost swallows it whole, and he says “marry me Aasiyah, I am a good man, my father is a hafiz of Quran,
it is just this Dunya, it is this world that has killed me”
I know, I say
I know.
Key Ballah, an encounter. (via 9940km)

(Source: keywrites, via thisismymindokay)

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Anonymous asked: yeah but hijabi girls SHOULDN'T be dancing in a video like that



no actually you need to stop

don’t tell me “i disagree with hijabis doing this and this” when you’re fine when muslim dudes do it, when non-hijabi muslim women do it, when muslim children do it, when literally every other type of muslim in the video is doing it.

you’re not pissed off about it being unislamic or unholy or whatever

you’re pissed off because it’s something you, personally, don’t like seeing a hijabi do

don’t put hijabis in this “other” category as if at the day - God is gonna put all us hijabis in one corner and all non-hijabi muslims in another corner and go 

”ah you were dancing in that pharrell video. that’s haram. oh wait…but you weren’t wearing the hijab…nvm you’re good now. ajir. ajir for all.”

like get out of here