heaven is under a mothers feet

Heaven is beneath a mother’s feet,
sing the Afghan men sing softly into our ears.

A woman is not a Siasar—a black head.
She is a human, should be treated like one.

Heaven is beneath a mother’s feet,
sing the Afghan men softly sing into our ears,
while they strip us of our rights.

Women’s laughter shouldn’t be silenced
to save men’s innocence. A woman
is not a sheep who needs the rancher to walk her.

She can travel alone.

Hijab should be a woman’s choice,
not dictated by family or society.

Heaven is beneath a mother’s feet,
sing the Afghan men softly sing into our ears.

Mohammad would never say
women are Naqis ul Aqal—deficient in intelligence.

He worked under the supervision
of Khadija.* A woman can’t be
Naqis ul Aqal,
yet give birth to intelligent men.

Heaven is beneath a mother’s feet,
sing the Afghan men softly sing into our ears.

By Mahnaz

* Khadija was a businesswoman who became the wife of the prophet Mohammed.