Koonj on ‘I am a Walking Religion’

5 11 2007

One of my favorite bloggers from back in the days, Koonj, posted a powerful poem not too long ago but I did not get a chance to link to it. Here is an excerpt:

If I am a feminist, you snidely accuse me of cunningly outmanoeuvring my religion.
If I am an academic, you congratulate me on keeping my religiosity at bay just long enough to nab one of your jobs.
If I become depressed, you exhort me to lose the darkness of my religiosity.

If I am happy, you say I am deluded.

I cannot win. I cannot simply be. I must be defined and packed up in a small green box marked ISLAM.
Any flaws I have must be traced back to Islam. Any disadvantages I have must be marked up to my religion.

Any strengths I have must be explained away. I am, you say, too Western to be truly a Muslim woman. You say I am too Americanized to be a truly Muslim woman. I am too critical to be a real believer.

Speaking of back in  the days, Koonj characteristic style was very powerful and yet likable (Ok sometimes she does sound like an aunty). On a lighter note, if you get a chance then be sure to check out Koonj’s Khutba for Dummies. Its a classic. 🙂

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4 responses

5 11 2007
mskoonj

OK, why am I blogger from bygone days? I’m still around. 🙂
(Do you speak Urdu?) And auntie hogi tumhari maan. 🙂

5 11 2007
jahandost

Koonj, My dear sister. That was fast. Bygone days because on the internet time ‘travels’ much faster. Years are like decades. 🙂

Do I speak Urdu? I guess you haven’t figured out who I am. :p

Yes of course my mom is old enough to be an auntie. Ab khush?

P.S: You were my 2005/6 blogging hero (I mean heroine). I have crowned a new queen. :p

5 11 2007
Achelois

I loved this post by Koonj! It is one of the most amazing posts and it is difficult to choose the best ones because she is a fabulous writer. What’s the link for the khutbah?

6 11 2007
jahandost

Suroor, its up on her blog now.

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