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Flower of Denial


I got flowers today,
It wasn't my birthday or any other special day.
We had our first argument last night,
and he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me.

I got flowers today,
it wasn't our anniversary or any other special day.
Last night he threw me into a wall and started to choke me.
It seemed like a nightmare.
I couldn't believe it was real.
I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.
I know he must be sorry.
Because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today,
It wasn't Mother's Day or any other special day.
Last night, he beat me up again.
And it was much worse than all the other times.
If I leave him, what will I do?
How will I take care of my kids?
What about money?
I'm afraid of him and scared to leave.
But I know he must be sorry.
Because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today,
Today was a very special day.
It was the day of my funeral.
Last night, he finally killed me.
He beat me to death.

If only I gathered enough courage and strength to leave him,
I would not have gotten flowers today...


"Under no circumstances does the Quran encourage, allow, or condone family violence or physical abuse." - Dr Jamal Badawi, author of "Gender Equility in Islam" , Discusses Chapter 4, verse 34 of the Quran that is often used to justify maltreatment of women.


(In extreme cases, and whenever greater harm, such as divorce, is a likely option, in an effort to save the marriage it allows for a husband to administer a gentle pat with a miswak (a small natural toothbrush) to his wife that causes no sort of physical harm to the body nor leaves any sort of mark - How beautiful Islam is....) I love Islam.


-Community Health Nursing 2, Revision period, final exam-
Mohd Nuruddin,
Riyadussolihin.

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