Such is the charisma of my mother;
The weak hearts may accuse – but not her Lord,
And to her Lord, faithful she remains.
Therefore, to be unfaithful to anyone else is but an oxymoron.
The twisted hearts accuse – but the Imams object,
To her scholarship, they are forever in debt.
The sound hearts are criticised on her account,
But who listens to the criticisms of donkeys anyway?
For if all her doubters and critics really knew her:
Witty, charming, loving, fierce,
Wife, student, scholar, leader.
Misunderstood often, but not by her Lord,
Such is the charisma of my mother!
By Abdul Aleem