Time flies like the wind, that’s what is written in the books. I think he who wrote these words is not alive by now otherwise he should take a look back at it. I will tell you why: here in Syria, a glance at the near future makes me think my daughter and my younger sister will have to fight for the same reasons my mom had to fight for. Mom had to fight for her right in higher education, for her freedom of choice which could be ranging from her freedom to choose what her hair would look like or whether she wants to wear hijab or not, to the freedom of how she wants to raise her kids.
In my life, I didn’t have to fight for women staff. I didn’t even think I will be writing or thinking about this issue. Now some will say that I am much pessimistic, but here are many signs and evidences that I should be concerned and I will mention few :
When I look at this picture I think to myself, how do I want my little sister to be like? .. when her friends might become like this picture.. what a hard choice she must be making.. will she want to be a rabbit eaten by a wolf or will she be another wolf in the cattle? I never had to face such a problem when I was younger neither my mom had to nor my grandma..
Establishing the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice
Oh lord.. could I be happier! Now If you don’t know what this authority means you can watch this video:
now, I and my little sister and even my mom and every other woman be no more than an amusement tool and could be used for regenerating the human race .
we either must obey the new rule, wear Niqab and become like the “lady” in the picture, women are not allowed to drive a car or travel without “mohram” i.e. her husband or even her 13 year old son!
My mom and grandma didn’t have to face this issue neither. Maybe my grand grandmother yea at the Ottoman era had suffered these issues.
This is an example of the Syrian woman image, woman identity that is being shown in the media.
These women don’t look like me or like my friends. The only unveiled woman image there is taken from a porn scandal for one of the “leaders” of the “revolution” (Abdul-razzak-tlass)
What if I don’t want to look like these women in the near future.. what if I wanted to keep my identity as it has always been!.. Should I then face the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue? And just so you know, facing them means most likely that I will be killed and become a memory and an image for inspiration on the internet pages. Or should I obey the new Syrian order, that is never Syrian rather than radical. Also my mother didn’t face this identity issue while I seem to be facing it in the very near future.
I only mentioned three examples, I could speak till tomorrow why I am concerned and why I don’t believe in the “F” word (freedom). our situation (rights and duties) are moving backward in the opposite direction, so fast we are back to the 50s of the past century and in some points we are more than 1400 years back in time.
So dear writer who ever you were, do you still think time flies like the wind? Or did you have to say: in some places of the world time flies like the wind, but where there are radicals, time flies BACK like the wind.