To make up for my lack of posting over the last few months, please enjoy this double-post!
~ Seeing is Believing ~
I just got glasses! I knew I needed them, but I had NO IDEA how badly! Its amazing how much more I can see! The doctor said my eyes are healthy, I’m just a little near-sighted and that my vision probably won’t get significantly worse. But when the nurse saw my prescription she said, “Wow, you really can’t see anything clearly if its across the room, can you?” I don’t know if the doctor was being blase or the nurse was overreacting… and I also completely forget what the number was, so I don’t know. I do know that not only can I see things clearer that are farther away, but I can see detail like I couldn’t before. It was actually overwhelming at first. Asphalt totally blows my mind – its not grey, its lots of different dots of grey ranging from almost black to near-white! I can see all the leaves on trees, but what’s really cool is I can see the different textures and shades of green on the leaves. I find myself staring at the light from passing cars on wet stones and beads of water on walls and grass (its been raining a lot lately). I gasp at buildings I’ve driven past for ages because I can see all the cracks and paint chips and patterns now – my boyfriend finds it quite amusing. I had no idea what I’ve been missing for years. I had no idea the world could be even more beautiful. I’m kind of glad its so dramatic a difference because I’ll be delighted by detail, for a little while at least. The downside is now I can’t help noticing certain details on people that I missed before. Like food bits stuck in the corners of lips, or mysterious stains on teeth and fingers. As if I wasn’t scared of crowds enough before.
~ Remembering Sukayna ~
Sukayna was the great-granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad, the daughter of Hussain ibn Ali. Despite the fact that classical historians devoted entire biographies to her, her history has been shrouded in recent times. The following excerpt is from The Veil and The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam, by Fatima Mernissi.
“… she ended up marrying five, some say six, husbands. She quarreled with some of them, made passionate declarations of love to others, brought one to court for infidelity, and never pledged ta’a (obedience, the key principle of Muslim marriage) to any of them. In her marriage contracts she stipulated that she would not obey her husband, but would do as she pleased, and that she did not acknowledge that her husband had the right to practice polygyny.”
Sukayna also refused to wear hijab, to give up public life, to avoid speaking with men who weren’t her husband, and (again quoting Mernissi) “she claimed the right to be nashiz, and paraded it, like her beauty and her talent, to assert the importance and vitality of women in the Arab tradition”. But history is written by the victors, they say, and brave Sukayna has been killed, posthumously. In fact, here is what you’ll find about Sukayna on Wikipedia:
“She was very religious and enjoyed reading the Holy Quran and never missed her prayers. From a very early age, she took great care to make sure that her head and body were properly covered when in public.”
The article also says she died at age 4.