• I am a Muslim

    Abhik Bhattacharya

    January 10, 2020

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    I am a Muslim, 
    Not the way you want me to be…

    Neither I have an 'Arabic name', 
    Nor I was born into one, 
    But, I believe in Allah's oneness, 
    I believe in the way Quran tells me to see, 
    I am a Muslim, 
    Not the way you want me to be…

    At every aazan, 
    My head bows to sajda, 
    At every ramadan,
    My body loves to starve, 

    But, I fail to recite the verses properly, 

    I am a Muslim, 
    Not the way you want me to be…

    I recited kalma, 
    I left the atheist in me,
    But I couldn't change the papers, 
    As it should be, 

    I am a Muslim,
    Not the way you want me to be…

    When you will come to ask my religion,
    What will your moral be?
    I was born both a citizen
    And as a son of Allah must be,

    I am a Muslim,
    Not the way you want me to be…

    I will scream Allah-hu-Akbar,
    Will pledge in name of my God, 
    I take oath by Allah,
    Not in the name of any power that be,

    I am a Muslim, 
    Not the way you want me to be…

    You will question my legitimacy,
    You will question my nationality, 
    You will ask me 'tera mera rishta kya'?
    I will respond, 'la ilaha illalah'
    You will say I am appeased, 
    You will mark me excess,
    In front of your guilt, 
    My rage will say to thee,

    I am a Muslim,
    Not least the way you want me to be…


    Abhik Bhattacharya is a doctoral research fellow at Ambedkar University, Delhi.

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