Would You Permit Me?

by Nizar Qabbani*

In a country where thinkers are assassinated, and writers are considered
infidels and books are burnt,
in societies that refuse the other, and
force silence on mouths and thoughts forbidden,
and to question is a sin,
I must beg your pardon, would you permit me?

Would you permit me to bring up my children as I want, and not to
dictate on me your whims and orders?

Would you permit me to teach my children that the religion is first to
God, and not for religious leaders or scholars or people?

Would you permit me to teach my little one that religion is about good
manners, good behaviour, good conduct, honesty and truthfulness,
before I teach her with which foot to enter the bathroom or with which hand she
should eat?

Would you permit me to teach my daughter that God is about love, and
she can dialogue with Him and ask Him anything she wants, far away from the
teachings of anyone?

Would you permit me not to mention the torture of the grave to my
children, who do not know about death yet?

Would you permit me to teach my daughter the tenets of the religion
and its culture and manners, before I force on her the ‘Hijab’ (the veil)?

Would you permit me to tell my young son that hurting people and
degrading them because of their nationality, colour or religion, is considered a
big sin by God?

Would you permit me to tell my daughter to revising her homework and
paying attention to her learning is considered by God as more useful and
important than learning by heart Ayahs from the Quran without knowing their
meaning?

Would you permit me to teach my son that following the footsteps of
the Honourable Prophet begins with his honesty, loyalty and truthfulness,
before his beard or how short his thobe (long shirt/dress) is?

Would you permit me to tell my daughter that her Christian friend is not
an infidel, and ask her not to cry fearing her friend will go to Hell?

Would you permit me to argue, that God did not authorize anyone on
earth after the Prophet to speak in his name nor did he vest any powers in
anyone to issue ‘deeds of forgiveness’ to people?

Would you permit me to say, that God has forbidden killing the human
spirit and who kills wrongly a human being is as if he killed all human kind,
and no Moslem has the right to frighten another Moslem?

Would you permit me to teach my children that God is greater, more
just, and more merciful than all the (religious) scholars on earth combined? And
that His standards are different from the standards of those trading the
religion, and that His accountability is kinder and more merciful?

Would you permit me?

* Nizar Qabbani is a Syrian poet whose poems have made a lot of controversies in Middle East

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8 thoughts on “Would You Permit Me?

  1. fiza

    Nice attempt , but humbly shall I express my opinion? If one has fear n love of Allah one will act acording to Allahs will , Allahs will is to educate ourselves first accordingly then implement HIS teaching . Yes mashallah u raise ur voice put forth good eye opening n brain storming queries , but lastly after educating tell ur daughter to wear hijab as our Lords command n tell ur boy to lower ur gaze n respect humanity irrespective of caste creed n colour . Give incentive @ heaven ,opposite of hell . Now I m asking I belong to the socitey where hypocracy is on its verge , where girl if covering herself considered obselet n man follow path of shiriah considered old fashioned mullah , do write something on this too .Allah says enter into deen fully not partially or according to ur terms , if we follow proper n righteous path. Our children will too 🙂 jazakallah ho kher , want to vent out loads but …

  2. Ayesha sajjad

    WOULD YOU PERMIT ME TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THIS EFFORT OF nizar qabbani??????????????????????????????????
    Whatever I have said is all in brackets in response to some lines of this passage.
    before I teach her with which foot to enter the bathroom or with which hand she should eat?
    (You should adapt complete path of Islam and these are codes of conduct and u can’t ignore the codes of conduct if you want to be a member of any society and after all these all islamic values are for our benefit)
    Would you permit me not to mention the torture of the grave to my
    children, who do not know about death yet?
    (why not to mention tortures of grave, you should show her both sides, as along with love of Almighty, one must has HIS fear as well.)
    Would you permit me to teach my daughter the tenets of the religion
    and its culture and manners, before I force on her the ‘Hijab’ (the veil)?
    (I can’t understand why r u separating Hijab from culture of Islam, its an important part of our culture, furthermore why to FORCE your daughter for Hijab, why not tell her about its importance and let her adapt it willingly.)
    Would you permit me to tell my young son that hurting people and
    degrading them because of their nationality, colour or religion, is considered a big sin by God?
    (its fine just till nationality and colour, but you should tell your son about the importance of JIHAD as well.)
    Would you permit me to tell my daughter to revising her homework and
    paying attention to her learning is considered by God as more useful and
    important than learning by heart Ayahs from the Quran without knowing their meaning?
    (Why don’t you tell your daughter that UNDERSTANDING Holy Quran is far more important than revising and completing her homework, and for understanding true message of Holy Quran you need some pious scholar (anwer of your second question))
    Would you permit me to tell my daughter that her Christian friend is not
    an infidel, and ask her not to cry fearing her friend will go to Hell?
    (If so then you must be misguiding her and one day she may come to you with a news that she has converted herself to Christian(as according to you they are not infidels and they may go to heaven following same religion))

    At the end i just want to say ” Yes ALLAH PAK IS THE MOST MERCIFUL AND THE MOST BENEFICENT”
    yes we should tell our child about HIS mercy and LOVE (as HIS love is above all), but we should also tell our child about HIS fear. As even in Holy Quran, ALLAH PAK HIMSELF has told us about both rewards and punishments.
    and we should provide our child with real and complete knowledge of islam, other all learning come after it.

    Regards.

  3. Reblogged this on CARPE DIEM and commented:
    “Would you permit me to teach my children that God is greater, more
    just, and more merciful than all the (religious) scholars on earth combined? And
    that His standards are different from the standards of those trading the
    religion, and that His accountability is kinder and more merciful?

    Would you permit me?”

    * Nizar Qabbani is a Syrian poet whose poems have made a lot of controversies in Middle East

  4. Daoud

    fiza and ayesha sajjad read Nizar Qabbani’s gentle words, and their response is, essentially, “No, you may not do what you want because we believe that compulsion is the heart and soul of Islam. You must obey what certain men tell you.

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