Homosexaulity In Islam And From A Scientific Perspective.

     In the beginning I hesitated a lot before I wrote this post, but denial would never solve any problems. There are many taboos in the Middle East and one of them is sex. Sex is thorny and ambiguous. Nonetheless, the majority are ignorant of the anatomy of their private parts.

      Ten years ago, gays were a laughing stock, especially in movies; feminine appearance with gruff voice would definitely laugh the audience. For instance, a guy who was a successful director, but due to his inclination, he has lost everything. Once, he appeared as a belly dancer and we know well how appealing the belly dancer should be. It was humiliating and sarcastic as ordinary people were unable to fathom such creature. His end was dramatic as he committed suicide, and then his family refused to bury him!

      Little by little, the destination has dwindled due to the existence of social media. Social media are the conduit for those people’s feelings and thoughts. Recently, a Palestinian man who is a big fan of Haifa Wehbe; a Lebanese diva. He has even named  after her “Haifa Magic” after his sex reassignment surgery. A sexy woman is popping up on the social media, but when he speaks, people get freaked out! Within a few months, Haifa got millions of followers on Instagram watching her coquettish dancing. Now, she has her own cosmetic line with a chain of markets in Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, and some countries in the gulf, showing off her handsome boyfriend with no fear before millions!

     In Islam, Christianity, and Judaism; homosexaulity is prohibited and sinful. Life is in pairs and we are only two genders. Therefore, different inclination would be reprehensible and mind-boggling. I tried to do my research and thankfully found “Homosexaulity in Islam” book as enlightenment is the only guru with carte blanche amongst this cruelty and superficiality.
“O people, we created you all from a male and female And made you into different communities and different tribes So that you should come to know one another Acknowledging that the most noble among you Is the one most aware of God”  
   A Quranic verse is the prologue elucidating Allah’s will in making us different including males, females, and allegedly LGBT with different tongues, colour, and continents. The author insists on making difference between faith and religious traditions as we are living in a patriarchal society where women’s and minorities’ rights are marginalized. As the political war began after prophet Mohammad’s death, Arabs returned to keep slaves even though the Qur’an urged them to free slaves. They began acting as patriarchs even though the Islam declared the moral equality of men and women. They began living in luxury even though the Qur’an warns against the hoarding of wealth.

Within a few generations, the Muslims’ experimental commonwealth of liberation became an empire that rivaled Rome. The Qur’anic message of liberation was interpreted as an Islamic charter for domination.     What is going on now, reportedly, is a result of the Iranian revolution in 1978 and subsequent oil crisis detailing western assumption about economic progress, slowly pushing secular advances out of the spotlight and casting attention on to religion. These events first pushed the West into uneasy alliances with Sunni fundamentalists and extremists, from the Wahhabi monarchies of the Gulf states to the Mujahideen and Taliban forces in Afghanistan. The first Gulf War revealed how flimsy that alliance was, as Muslim extremists turned against the U.S. and its allies, globalizing their revolt against local monarchies and authoritarian regimes that tried to rule by a balance of religious rhetoric and secular stability.

    It is clear how sinful sodomy is in the holy scriptures, but the author narrated an incident as a pretext to refute his convictions when the fourth caliph Imam ‘Ali faced Khariji rebels who insisted that he simply “apply” the Qur’an’s judgment without interpretation. In that situation of armed conflict, Imam ‘Ali gathered the people and brought out a copy of the Qur’an and as he touched the book he exclaimed, “O Qur’an, speak to the people!” The people gathered around ‘Ali, saying, “O ‘Ali, do you mock us? It is only paper and ink and it is we [human beings] who speak on its behalf.” To this, ‘Ali stated, “The Qur’an is written in straight lines between two covers. It does not speak by itself. It needs proper interpreters, and the interpreters are human beings.

   There was an intriguing part in the book when the author confirmed that each religion and its teachings nullify the erstwhile one as there is only an islamic verse talking about tribe of Lot and their acts of transgression, rape, gambling, not only sodomy.  He also alleged that homosexaulity was forbidden because of the extinction of human beings, not because of the act itself as prophet Mohammad never punished or killed any gays. There was a man with dyed hands and feet mimicking the women’s style was brought before our prophet, who banished him from Medina to a place called al-Naqi‘ several miles outside the oasis city. When some of the Prophet’s companions asked if it were better to kill the “mukhannath” gay, the Prophet is reported to have said, “I have been forbidden to kill those who pray.”

    Jurists and theologians began to argue that faith is not an either/or option: Muslims should not kill others who disagree with them, over religious or political questions, with impunity. Rather, they argued, faith could grow or wane in the heart, but a Muslim who sins or errs should not be dogmatically banished or summarily killed. They advocated the idea that laws, based on the will of God as expressed in revelation and the Prophet’s example, should govern human affairs and restrain sectarian violence. Their arguments gave rise to the notion that there were only a limited number of specifically grave crimes. These were called hadd because they transgressed the “boundary” laid down by God’s explicit revelation, which called for grave corporal or capital punishment of a Muslim. Otherwise, a Muslim’s blood was sacrosanct by her or his verbal profession of faith or basic demonstration of participation in rituals.

    Again the author tried to prove human beings’ misinterpretation giving an example when Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet Muhammad had said, “Three things bring bad luck – house, woman and horse.” Upon hearing this, the Prophet’s wife ‘A’isha responded, “Abu Hurayra learned his lessons very badly. He came into our house when the Prophet was in the middle of a sentence. He only heard the end of it. What the Prophet said was, ‘May God refute the Jews [who] say that three things bring bad luck: house, woman and horse.’”32 On the issue of female impurity during menstruation, hadith that cited Judaic customs to refute them were cut or interrupted in order to have their meaning reversed, so that Muslims would revert to Judaic attitudes and behaviors. Although this time ‘A’isha was present to contradict the mis-remembering, we can assume that in most instances she was not. Through hadith and jurists’ decisions based upon them, Judaic and pre-Islamic attitudes crept back into Islam.

    Moreover, They asked him about coitus interruptus, and the Prophet answered, ‘It is hidden infanticide.’” Here the Prophet appears to confirm the Judaic belief that for a man to ejaculate without using “his seed” for procreation amounts to a concealed way of killing his own children, which is a crime against his people and an abomination in the land. However, another hadith recalled by a different companion, Abu Sa’id, relates the same episode but says that someone said to the Prophet that “‘The Jews say that coitus interruptus is minor infanticide,’ and the Prophet answered, ‘The Jews lie, for if God wanted to create something, no one can avert it.’”33 In this incident the Prophet cited Judaic custom only to refute it, but some hadith transmitters recalled only that portion of the speech which cited the Judaic custom and deleted the refutation. This distorted report, for instance, led Ibn Hazm to declare contraception illegal in Islamic law, for he believed it meant killing an infant, in contradiction to the majority of other schools of jurisprudence which allowed it (but which debated whether the man had to have the explicit consent of his female partner in order to use a contraceptive technique, or it was his right to do so even without her consent).

    Finally, the author purported that Jurists focus on acts alone, and do not comprehensively address the modern notion of homosexuality as a sexual orientation, a psychological disposition, or an identity as it is based on love and mutual consent without any transgression or threat!

    As we all know that knowledge is safety and science is its fruit, therefore reading “DNA is not destiny, sex and orientation” chapter in particular was definitely a must and came up with these!

  •   People think sex is homogeneous and discrete as upon your arrival into this world, the first statement that was probably uttered to describe you was to announce your sex. The term “sex” generally refers to biological differences between men and women that encompass chromosomes, hormonal patterns, and sex organs, whereas the term “gender” refers to social roles masculine or feminine that a person may identify with.

In fact, that issues of gay and lesbian rights have sometimes been used to motivate social conservatives to get out and vote, as was done in the United States with the issue of same-sex marriage in 2004.  
  •   Two ongoing wars, dramatic changes to tax policies, and the privatization of social security, were not enough to motivate some to the voting booth—for many, only the gay and lesbian rights issue upset them enough to vote. By some estimates, George W. Bush would not have been elected to a second term without the issue of same-sex marriage being on the ballot in the state of Ohio.33 And it’s not just in the United States that homophobia remains widespread; Vladimir Putin sparked international outcry by criminalizing “gay propaganda”

  •   A version of the experiment above has also played out in real life. In 1993, the geneticist Dean Hamer published evidence that a genetic marker was linked to male homosexuality. His team was studying a sample of gay men, and the researchers asked the participants about the sexual orientation of their relatives. The responses indicated that only certain relatives of the maternal, not paternal, uncles were gay, and more of their cousins who were sons of maternal aunts were gay than were their other cousins. This pattern suggests that men’s sexual orientation might be associated with the X chromosome, which men receive exclusively from their mothers, and share with their brothers, maternal uncles, and male cousins of their maternal aunts. And, indeed, by analyzing the DNA of 40 pairs of gay brothers, Hamer’s team identified a genetic marker on the X chromosome of these men, Xq28 (a region that contains several genes), that looked like it might possibly predict sexual orientation. Specifically, 33 of the 40 pairs of gay brothers had similar genetic variants along Xq28, whereas only 20 pairs would have been expected to share these by chance. The strength of this association was rather modest, there were no specific genes identified, and the authors of the paper were quite careful in highlighting just how tentative and ambiguous their findings were. But this was still the first published evidence of a specific genetic marker associated with homosexuality. So how did people respond to this weak and tentative scientific finding?

  •   On the other hand, the controversial radio host Bryan Fischer argued against the genetics of homosexuality by questioning the validity of the heritability of sexual orientation from twin studies. He pointed out that for identical twins, “If one of them is gay and it’s genetically caused, the other one ought to be gay one hundred percent of the time!”48 Because this is clearly not the case a gay identical twin shares the sexual orientation of his brother somewhere between 30 percent to 50 percent of the time—Fischer saw this as evidence to refute the argument that sexual orientation has a genetic component.

  • One possible mechanism for this is that perhaps genes associated with male homosexuality are actually genes that increase your androphilia that is, your attraction to men so that female relatives of gay men, who possess these same genes, may be especially androphilic, and this would make them more likely to reproduce. And there is some evidence to suggest this is true: for example, one study found that the maternal female relatives of gay men had significantly more children than the maternal female relatives of straight men.54 The genes of gay men might thus thrive because of their unusually fertile sisters.

  • When women are pregnant with a son, they produce some antimale antibodies as an immune response to the male-specific antigens linked to the Y chromosome. This immune response builds with each successive male fetus, such that later-born sons are bathed in a womb full of these antibodies, which some have hypothesized may affect their later sexual preferences.58 In fact, there is abundant evidence that men who have a lot of older brothers are more likely to be gay. Ray Blanchard, a psychiatrist, found that for every older brother a man has, he is 33 percent more likely to be gay, and this relation has been observed in several countries around the world. If you extrapolate from this evidence, then the rare man who has ten older brothers would have about a 50-50 chance of being gay.

  • A key psychoanalytic theory about homosexuality is that gay men tend to have had overcontrolling and smothering mothers who acted seductively toward them, and fathers who remained detached or hostile toward them.

  • The social psychologists Nick Haslam and Sheri Levy found that essence-based beliefs about homosexuality had three distinct clusters. The first cluster was a belief that homosexuality was biologically based and immutable, and the second cluster was a belief that homosexuality was universal across history and cultures. For both of these two clusters, believing in an underlying essence of homosexuality was associated with less antigay prejudice. The third cluster was a belief that homosexuality was discrete—that is, a belief that there are clear differences between gay and straight people. However, the more that people believed in this particular essentialist basis of homosexuality, the more prejudiced they were against gay people.

  • Thinking that genes influence people’s sexual orientation led many people to propose that eugenic technologies could be used to prevent people with genes that predispose them toward homosexuality from ever being born. A former chief rabbi of the UK, Rabbi Jakobovits, wrote in a pair of letters to the Times that homosexuality was “a grave departure from the natural norm which we are charged to overcome like any other affliction, genetic or not,” and argued that “the errant gene” should be “removed or repaired,” to liberate the afflicted from their “disability.”

   At the end, the web of forces that make some men gay, and the majority of others straight, are part of a complex interaction involving many genes, the potential involvement of epigenetic markers that guide their expression,70 prenatal experiences in the womb, and the collective influences of life experiences along the path of development. Your sexuality is the product of the interplay among all of these factors.


Hopefully, this article will be useful and sorry but I could not curtail it!
  

A Parable

A Persian, a Turk, an Arab and a Greek are traveling to a distant land when they begin arguing over how to spend the single coin they share in common. The Persian wants to spend the coin on angur; the Turk, on uzum; the Arab, on inab; and the Greek, on stafil.

A linguist passing by overhears the argument. “Give the coin to me,” he says. Taking the coin, the linguist goes to a nearby shop and buys the travelers four small bunches of grapes.

“This is my angur!” cries the Persian.

“But this is what I call uzum,” replies the Turk.

“You have brought me my inab,” the Arab says.

“No! This in my language is stafil,” says the Greek.

The travelers suddenly realize that they were all asking for the same thing, but in different languages.

No god but God.

A Mere Story

In every meter of Egypt there is a Job (Ayyub),
Patiently remaining poor in a strange manner.
In every town of Egypt there is a Jacob,
Whose son was taken away from him and told that the wolf ate him.
And in every seaside in Egypt there is a Jonas,
Who drowned in the sea of poverty and was swallowed by the whale.

A Caliph, Kayla Meuller, And Farkhunda

Woman is a delicate creature with strong emotions who has been created by the Almighty God to shoulder responsibility for educating society and moving toward perfection. God created woman as symbol of His own beauty and to give solace to her family.

This is a quote of imam Ali, the fourth caliph showing the importance of women in our community.

Whoever kills an innocent life, it is as if he had killed all of humanity. And whoever gives life to one, it is as if he had revived all of humanity

This is a Quranic verse elucidates the sacredness of anyone’s life.

I do not have anything to discuss today, especially about ISIS and their leader. I can not judge whether they are religiously misguided or simply a tool to serve some covetous aims. Being ultra is a choice leading us to nowhere. Everyday I curse politics and ignorance!

Farkhunda was one of us, but their mob justice insisted on torturing and setting her on fire. Farkhunda and Kayla were nothing but a glimpse of poverty and injustice. I do not know who is coming next!

The Meaning Of Religion As A Religious Woman

       Before the internet, the gap was wider as each community was well-versed in its traditional lore only. Now, you can make friendship with people overseas while you are plopping down on your sofa through your cellphone. Nonetheless, we are suffering from those trolls behind their keyboards!

      Two years ago, an Egyptian cook has decided to take her hijab off. I could not make out people’s demeanor when they scorned and understated her. She was called a spinster looking for a groom, they suspected her faith without any deference! Her decision was personal, but trolls insisted on making it a religious matter!

      Mo Salah, the Egyptian football player posted a picture of his daughter while she was playing on the piano. The comments revolved around religion and Islamic nurture. Their comments exuded their ignorance of religion and its essence.

      Dina Tokio has decided to take her hijab off as well. As a Muslim blogger, her decision was not her own. Therefore, people have decided to threaten, insult, and send their pernicious messages to her.

      A month ago, I read the news and there was a survey of British people’s acceptance of Muslims and hijab as compatriots like anyone else there. The majority claimed that hijab symbolised backwardness, and this would never represent their country, especially after its long-term battle to spread freedom and justice.

      For me, all these scenes have ignited an important question about religion, and whether we preserve it, or it protects us from that ingrained brutality. It was profound as I always thought of religion away from any tales or fecund imagination.

     In 2019, I was eager to read religious books away from any tales or prejudice. I have found some books and thankfully the riddle got unraveled. Every religious rifle was a result of a political conflict and a paranoid ruler. Religions are based on the same pillars of mercy, care, worshipping, fasting, alms, and the afterlife. The last messenger is our debate. There is another life in another realm and we all want to experience it as human beings, and monotheists with different hue, physiognomy, and religions. God wants us to be different, so we have to coexist with each other.

    After I read some books, I came up  with some conclusions;

  • First and foremost, Everyone is held accountable for their deeds here and in the hereafter. This message is an allusion to dissuade those trolls as accountability is sole!

 

  • The first cosmic covenant what matters the most. Allah enjoined Adam to worship, supplicate, and befriend all human beings.

 

  • If religiosity does not better you, so you definitely misunderstand it.

 

  • I have to neither witness your ugliness, nor make my phone kosher to stave off such things. Therefore, I have decided to give up using my Facebook  account.   

 

  • Read the study Quran book. It is the best Quranic commentary I read, especially for those who have some ambivalence towards Islam.

 

  • Read Reza Aslan’s books, no god but God, Zealot, and god; a human history. This author helped me fathom how we have disfigured religions with our chauvinism and bigotry. He is a Shiite Muslim who was Christian before. His books are page turners and enlightening, especially for a sunni woman who has never mingled with Shiites.

 

  • As a feminist, kecia Ali and her books about sexual ethics in Islam. Some thorny issues such as the dowry, concubinage, and slavery. Kecia did answer a lot of profound questions as a Muslim woman.

 

  • Good Muslim, bad Muslim book astounded me. The cold war, opium industry, the socio-economic mutation of Islam from a mere religion to a political identity, and the Middle East has become an arena. The inception of militant groups, explosions, and fundamentalism are expressed in detail in this book.

 

  • Finally, who witnesses wars and survives, will suffer from its dregs until they pass away.


Thanks for your embrace and time!

Calm Down

My lord, you have not given me what I was longing for even the bare minimum. You have made my fate in comparison with my hopes and wishes like a lantern among outnumbered stars. Glory be to God whether he gives or withholds. I am thankful that you have guided me towards wisdom. Grateful for realising that the light of the lantern is much stronger inside home than those far further stars. Stars which we can only see on the rooftop even if the sky is full of them.

When we suffer from life’s residues. Residues of combating afflictions and scourges. They have different modalities causing incurable fissures. They abate only when life gets better-off, but never evaporate! I would like to thank 1107 followers because they have decided to read my scribbles, and share my walled garden. I never expected having such followers within a few months. Thanks a million!

We Are The Scum Of The Earth

That beautiful woman with curly hair has been deserted for more than sixty years. She is sitting on the floor, pent-up, bare with consternation. Before her eyes, there is a slaughtered sheep. It was brutally killed as it was, reportedly, rabid. There are two dogs. Ostensibly, they are making love but this is far away from the truth! They are two males; one of them is indigent, afraid, and straight. While the other one is powerful, bloodsucker, and homosexual. Therefore, the indigent has nothing to do but lying down with bile. It is everyday practice with humiliation and utter submission.

The military guardian looks stern and vigilant. His paunch elucidates how satiating his diet is. We are perplexed if he is standing for dignity, or watching spoils. The scene is full of gory details and gloom.

That woman is voluble, but she is not allowed to have a say. When she wants to open up, she gets scorned and understated. She is sterile, they always covet everything she owns albeit. A suspicion of having precious gems or mere trinkets!

Hopefully, you will understand my point as I can not explicate any further. We are still watching that farce.

This is Walid Ebeid’s painting

Shams Tabrizi

It is never late to ask yourself “Am I ready to change my life, am I ready to change myself?”. However old we are, whatever we went through, it is always possible to reborn. If each day is a copy of the last one, what a pity! Every breath is a chance to reborn. But to reborn into a new life, you have to die before dying.

Hocus Pocus

Before the Arab Spring, we thought there were no individuals in the Middle East.

This was the prologue of a book about the Middle East before and after revolutions. This sentence was nothing but the reality. We are not the luckiest on earth, except those in North Korea, as we can emigrate to another country. Ironically, North Koreans are more welcome than Arabs and receive more sympathy. There are a lot of similarities between both of them; tyranny, isolation, and the tainted blood. The more you grow up, the better you learn how to shoo to not get caught. Blurting a word out may cost you a soul.

Isolation does not require fences because ignorance is a great castle to cram those who do not understand what is different. It is a win-win situation for both sides. One side can easily have the upper hand, whilst the other one gets satisfied with pennies as their world is limited.

My people do not know that word “ambition“. They always say “little is better than nothing”. They are not aware of moving up the ladder because they were born poor, therefore they have to be so until they pass away. The same theory of ranking in North Korea.

Once I had a conversation with a friend talking about harassment in Egypt. Egyptians have a good ranking in watching pornography. I replied that human beings always look for catharsis. The majority are unemployed, and if you are jobless, so you will be unable to marry. Job is your dignity, your own crutch, and manhood. Even though, salaries are meagre in Egypt, they represent safety as they are permanent even after the provider’s death.

We are not individuals. I mean not as humanistic as you are. You are first class citizens and we are Scapegoats. You have been invaded once, then you have decided to avenge and invade many countries as you would never forget! We are mere statistics getting used to witnessing gory details firsthand.

I am not trying to justify anything. I am another scapegoat belonging to the grassroots without any privilege. There is neither robust education, nor extraordinary talent. I only want to fly away. Maybe I want to be a predator to be able to fare well in this society.

Sorry for disturbing you, but it is only a glimpse and I want to share it with you. Someday, I will have my walled garden, and I promise you that I will share it too!

I highly recommend reading The New Middle East: The World After The Arab Spring book.

For me parliament is a circus, it’s big beard versus small beard, who can be more right-wing than the other, who can be more obsessed with sex and moral values than the other, and who can waste all this time talking about Internet porn and not teaching English in school, whereas the majority of Egyptians’ concerns are unemployment, poverty and security on the streets,’ said the writer and activist Mona Eltahawy.

One of the sentences that described the scene after the Egyptian revolution and encapsulated how Egyptians think and prioritize things. Sex comes first, then we can discuss science and education.

I have a say please!

Educate me well. Therefore, you will be able to curb my animalistic instinct when your actions rage me.

The Last Quarter of 2019

I have only three months to change some things in my life. First and foremost, I will look more at the mirror praising my facial features and challenging myself. Yes. I accept who I am, but I can be better. Three months to go on a vegan diet sounds good!

Secondly, let bygones be bygones, therefore I have unblocked some people and had good conversations with old friends. There was neither grudge nor envy. A lot of things have mystified me. I never stopped asking why? I was good! Why did they purport that? This was deleterious and utterly ridiculous! Do not look behind your back as definitions belong to the definers not the defined.

I finished reading all the books. They were informative and page-turner ones. Different genres including religious books, shiite and sunni Muslims, autobiographies, African Americans, apartheid, and politics. Finally, I do not see myself as a hollow pumpkin! Outlooks should be renewed otherwise you are an animated cadaver!

I deep down believe that life is a solo journey. Sometimes it transfixes you, and sometimes it insists on humiliating you! It is motley and full of contradictions. However, we always embrace and clutch to it.

Finally, the first chapter was long and somehow mundane. There is a feeling of happiness tinged with bitterness. I was trekking, and I will keep doing so. Nothing is absolute!

Illusory

Hello Omar,

I am Christin,

When I read your message, I smiled once, and grieved twice.

Smiled because of women’s instinct to like flirtation and compliments even if they deny it.

And grieved twice, once over you, and once over me. It is the curse of beauty, Omar!

The curse that kills everyone.

It inflicts love on men, jealousy and envy on women.

It inflicts loneliness and depression on beautiful women.

Everybody is racing to reach out to her, but they remain in the rally leaving her out of reach. If he gets the chance to be by her side, he will grow miserable because of her misery.

He loves a woman who is in everyone’s heart, until he feels that she is no longer his, but rather everyone’s!

Beautiful women are the most miserable ones, Omar.

They break ordinary men’s hearts, while well-off men break theirs.

Excuse me, Omar!

We, broadcasters, are not beautiful even if we have some beauty.

It is the result of sleight of hand, stuffed beauty, artificial features, and deliberated allure.

One of us grieves over the falling of her false eyelashes more than the falling of atrocities. She fears the mistakes of misspelling more than the mistaken bombing.

We are nothing but toys, or maybe a machine reading good news and bad ones with the same feelings and features. There is no difference between the inauguration of a cabaret or slaughtering hundreds of your children at night.

Sorry Omar!

I have not asked you about your life

Because I know it well

I know it is as bad as the country you live in

There are some thieves among you. They appear at the expense of indigent people. They live in upscale villas. They falsely claim to speak up on behalf of the poor and hardworking.

Their conversations are boring. Their standpoints contradict with diverse information.

They allow themselves to speak on your behalf to get 200 dollars after each harangue.

We suffer from them more than you do.

Maybe we curse them more than you do.

Nonetheless, I congratulate this miserable country for having you and such obscure poets, and send my condolences because that gang was able to disfigure your images.

Leave them aside now!

I know you envy our men because of having our beauty, but you don’t know that we envy your women because of having you, because of your feelings full of softness, because of your magical words that can conquer any woman’s heart.

Your women do not probably realize your importance as we do. Maybe it is due to their conservative nature or rather stupidity!

Your neighbor may have peeked out of the window and snatched your heart and messages.

Your colleague may have approached you at university or work. Hopefully, she would be able to get a bunch of your love and words.

Your friend may have stopped you asking for a souvenir shop to escort her to it.

My apologies for the flowers that die in your hearts before your eyes.

My apologies for the words that age in your tongues before your silence

My apologies for your kindled hearts when they dim because women want marriage more than love

One line of your message, Omar, makes me happier than traveling to San Francisco to take a photo with Donald Trump in front of the garden of the White House

A warm word of love compensates me for going skiing in Moscow

A sincere flower is better than a stroll in the gardens of Andalusia

I stopped wandering around continents and countries as I used to do so. Now, I am wandering between words and alphabets into your message. I have become more interested in freeing your messages than freeing any countries.

Finally my friend!

Do not be a cheapskate and send more messages to me. They are not mere messages as you think, but rather precious tickets to navigate through the cities that I love the most. Cities that we gain nothing from its visiting but great poets like you!

This was a broadcaster’s reply after she received a message from a Yemeni guy. He has written a poem describing her beauty and blonde hair. He has mentioned that her beauty overshadowed his country’s disasters and war when he watched the news. The Arabic poem is very rhetoric and full of metaphors. I tried my best to translate it accurately without ruining it. It touches my heart, so I hope it touches yours too.

May Allah abate these scourges upon Yemenis, Uighurs, Syrians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Libyans, and every free spirit on earth beyond any religions!