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The Veil


Words and melody: D.Wharnsby (with thanks to Zahra Duran)
©1998 Enter Into Peace

They say, “Oh poor girl you are so beautiful you know
it’s a shame that you cover up your beauty so.”
She just smiles and graciously responds reassuringly,
“This beauty that I have is just a simple part of me.
This body that I have, no stranger has a right to see.
These long clothes and this shawl I wear, ensure my modesty.
Faith is far less fickle than fashion. Wouldn’t you agree?”
This hijab, this mark of piety,
is an act of faith, a symbol, for all the world to see.
A simple cloth, to preserve her dignity.
So lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity.

They tell her, “Girl don’t you know this is the west and you are free?
You don’t need to be oppressed, ashamed of your femininity.”
She just shakes her head and she speaks so assuredly,
“See the billboards and the magazines that line the check-out isles,
with their phony painted faces and their air-brushed smiles?
Well their sheer clothes and low cut gowns they are really not for me.
You call it freedom, I call it anarchy.”
This hijab, this mark of piety,
is an act of faith, a symbol, for all the world to see.
A simple cloth, to protect her dignity.
So lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity.

They say, “Sister of belief you are so strong,
your scarf it is a flag of this faith where you belong.”
She just drops here gaze then she smiles with humility,
“I did not wear this shawl at all less than one year ago.
I’ve been judged, misjudged and mis-understood
by those who do not know that,
faith cannot be measured by the garments that we sew.
Beauty, faith and women: objects reduced to a fashion show.”
This hijab, this mark of piety,
is an act of faith, a symbol, for all the world to see.
A simple cloth, to protect her dignity.
So lift the veil from your heart to see the heart of purity


When we lift the veils from our hearts and seek the heart of purity?

 

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