Mar 15, 2011

POEM: Because She Didn't Know

By Amal S

Because she didn’t know
Didn’t know she was beautiful
Maybe her family never told her she was
And maybe the magazines told her she was not
Not what was hot
So now she had formed her own opinion from the supposed ‘information’ she had got
She knew she didn’t need a guy’s validation for her self-esteem
But she didn’t know her value because beauty is not what society makes it seem:
Overlooking what’s within
Prohibiting us from loving our own skin
No, I don’t need to tan trying to look like Taylor
And no, I don’t need to lose 20 pounds to feel like Paris
Because I don’t need to be like anyone, I like being me
And if you happen to wonder then whom the like of I aspire to be
Khadijah, Asiyah, Maryam, and Aishah, Fatimah or the mum of Bukharee

She didn’t know
Didn’t know she was beautiful
Because she didn’t know what beauty truly was,
The one that lasts:
Beautiful is the one who fasts
Struggling to face her fears
Cries sobs and tears whom none but Allah hears
Beauty is praying and giving in charity
Beautiful is the one maintaining her chastity
Fighting her nafs, trying to attain ilm, adab, and piety

Beauty is natural
Effortless on the outside
So much work on the inside

Beauty defined by society
5 letters that cause girls to live on 300 calories a day
For those who have averted such self-destruction, that’s 3 apples, but hey,
It’s the same 5 letters defined by cultures
In which girls employ their fingers to undo what they’ve consumed,
Hunched over toilers like vindictive vultures

Starving when there is no famine
Beauty is supposedly dressing, obsessing, underdressing, and ultimately undressing
Girls’ minds have become programmed to be self-depreciating, self-loathing; it’s all quite depressing

She didn’t know she was beautiful
So let me say that in fact if you are Muslim, tidy on the outside and working on your inside, you are indeed pretty
You may say I’m cliché to say such a thing, but for you to think you are not is the greater pity
For I know that your beauty is more
More than the shape of your nose or pigmentation of your skin
Beauty is by your speech, actions, modesty, character, and from your heart, and all that’s within
It’s how I know a veiled woman is beautiful down the street
Because I can feel her heart glow,
And no before you ask, it’s not from the heat!


Sisters, we are the creation of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, and thus we are all beautiful.

From 'Abdullaah Ibn Mas'ood radiyallaahu 'anhu who said that the Prophet sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said, "No one will enter Paradise who has an atom's weight of pride in his heart."
A man said, "What if a man likes his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?"

He said, "Allaah is beautiful and loves beauty. Pride means denying the truth and looking down on people."
Related by Muslim (no. 131) 

I'd love to hear your views on this article. Please tell me in the comments section below :)


Salaam Aleikum, thank you for the beautiful reminder of what true beauty is.Jazakallahu Khairun

wow beautiful ma sha Allah. defn sharing this inshallah

wow! mash'allah. also gotta share this on fb! insh'allah!

MashaAllah, Beautiful Words, Jazak Allah for posting.

subhanalah, I was just thinking about this topic. Analysing myself, how my hair isn't as nice as the actresses, in fact how my hair isn't nice at all, (times), my body, so many flaws. Alhamdulilah its not too bad but it doesn't measure up to the images we are exposed to. Being single is ok, but worrying that if I get marriwd what if he will b dissapointed. afterall men are constantly exposed to the same images of beauty that we are. This article was just what I needed, a reminder that there is more to beauty than what they say, that Allah looks at our hearts , not our bodies, and we need to thank Him for our health, body,our Deen, because He created us "beautiful"in our own unique way Alhamdulilah

That was amazing MashAllah!

beautiful poem...i loved the ending=)

I love this Mashallah! I pondered over this topic a while back, it's true, beauty is so distorted in today's day and age. Islamic beauty will never change, Allah (swt) looks at our hearts, not our physical appearance, which Allah has created to be unique and in itself beautiful! I love how the article ended, saying the hadith, and Allah(swt) loves beauty.

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