Just you walk in her shoes

You’ll be turning heads

For not the right reasons


Why do they make her wear that?


That poor thing



They see a caged bird

Clipped off of her wings

She only sees the world

Through the tiny slit of her screen

A poster for oppression


Of every freedom

A soulless ghost in black

The black that goes with everything

Just not her.


Outside looking in,



Yet she’s more than the blind spots

She’s a whole woman

No one can make her do anything

You call for her liberation

Call to awaken her mind

When this all she finds

in her spiritual elation

She’s not a case of identity theft

She is not invisible

You do see her

Even more, you don’t wonder, you know

There is more to her

While you had women tightly wrapped in glass cases

She was free


With every shred of dignity.


Her garment means “forbidden”

A fortress

“I am not an object”

“I refuse to be enslaved

By the stares of strangers”

It’s a symbol

for sisterhood, recognition, devotion,

peace and freedom


From the inside looking out


So, don’t you let your prejudice blind you

Look at her, look at her well

She’s a woman

Self-confident, peaceful and dignified

Not a trace of oppression on her face.



*Inspired by: A view Through the Hijab by Khaula Nakata.

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Blindspotting, freedom, Hijab, Muslim woman, Niqab, Poetry, Prejudice

Hassan Kassim

Hassan Kassim is a Mombasa-based Creative non-fiction writer, recently longlisted for the Toyin Falola prize, blogger and translator of Kiswahili work. A beneficiary of the Penpen program by African Writers Development Trust(AWDT) commissioned by Culture at Work Africa and the European Union(E.U), and holds his Bachelor’s degree in Maritime Management. Hassan writes about the ill-documented Communities of Coastal Kenya. His work has appeared in Writers Space Africa; his 2 non-fiction stories published in the anthology 'Twaweza,' a collaborative effort of 12 African writers on the African identity and set to appear in the forthcoming anthology for the Toyin Falola prize.

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