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What goes through your mind?
As you sit there looking at me
Well I can tell from your looks
That you think I’m so oppressed
But I don’t need for you to liberate me

My head is not bare
And you can’t see my covered hair
So you sit there and you stare
And you judge me with your glare
You’re sure I’m in despair
But are you not aware
Under this scarf that I wear
I have feelings, and I do care

CHORUS:
So don’t you see?
That I’m truly free
This piece of scarf on me
I wear so proudly
To preserve my dignity…

My modesty
My integrity
So don’t judge me
Open your eyes and see…
“Why can’t you just accept me?” she says
“Why can’t I just be me?” she says
Time and time again
You speak of democracy
Yet you rob me of my liberty
All I want is equality
Why can’t you just let me be free?

For you I sing this song
My sister, may you always be strong
From you I’ve learnt so much
How you suffer so much
Yet you forgive those who laugh at you
You walk with no fear
Through the insults you hear
Your wish so sincere
That they’d understand you
But before you walk away
This time you turn and say:

But don’t you see?
That I’m truly free
This piece of scarf on me
I wear so proudly
To preserve my dignity
My modesty
My integrity
So let me be
She says with a smile
I’m the one who’s free

Nasheed Information:

Artist: Sami Yusuf
Album: My Ummah
Lyrics: Sami Yusuf & Bara Kherigi
Composition: Sami Yusuf
Copyright: 2005 Awakening

6 Comments

  • sami yusuf is the best singer on the world
    iwish you a happy life

  • Sallam Alaykum , i heard this song few days ago, and found it's lyrics, i cried, it make me be proud couse i'm a muslim, i'm not wearing a scarf, and I pray Allah to give a strenght to become truely FREE,
    thank you, may Allah bless you ! all the best from Bosnia !
    Amina

  • assalam…
    this naat is words of all muslimaah….

  • Aslamo Elikum
    Sami how r u. God gives u a very high quality of sound but u r using it with music which is my brother haram and Allah dislike such things.
    God bless u
    AbuHanzallah

    • I believe it might be allowed if it is used as dawaah or for Islam in any way. Music has an effect on people’s minds. It can make them laugh or cry. It can make them sad or happy. Music was made haram because it might take people away from the path of Allah and towards love of music. Allaah (Swt) never mentioned in the Qur’an that music was haram. Allaah says what means: “And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks
      (i.e. music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allaah
      without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allaah, the Verses of the
      Qur’aan) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment
      (in the Hell-fire).” [Surah Luqman Verse 6]. Are you saying this to be mockery? I believe Allah (Swt) has given you enough knowledge to not perceive this as mockery. Allaah (Swt) never told us not to entertain ourselves, but told us not to blind people with music and not to make fun of people with music.
      —————————————-…
      Sahi bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number 155 :

      Narrated by ‘Aisha

      Allah’s Apostle came to my house while two girls were singing beside me
      the songs of Bu’ath (a story about the war between the two tribes of the
      Ansar, i.e. Khazraj and Aus, before Islam.) The Prophet reclined on the
      bed and turned his face to the other side. Abu Bakr came and scolded me
      and said protestingly, “Instrument of Satan in the presence of Allah’s
      Apostle?” Allah’s Apostle turned his face towards him and said, “Leave
      them.” When Abu Bakr became inattentive, I waved the two girls to go
      away and they left. It was the day of ‘Id when negroes used to play with
      leather shields and spears. Either I requested Allah’s Apostle or he
      himself asked me whether I would like to see the display. I replied in
      the affirmative. Then he let me stand behind him and my cheek was
      touching his cheek and he was saying, “Carry on, O Bani Arfida (i.e.
      negroes)!” When I got tired, he asked me if that was enough. I replied
      in the affirmative and he told me to leave.
      —————————————-…

      • Allaah (Swt) knows best.

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