Tudung And Selendang - Poem by Ismim Putera
Tudung and Selendang
by Ismim Putera
My mother previously did not wear any tudung,
Exposing every strands of her dry hair,
I told her,
'please wear your selendang,
that will ease the eyes of the people around you.'
She will wear selendang instead,
When attending wedding ceremonies,
Or during religious festivals.
Years after that,
I saw she started to wear the selendang everyday,
Covering parts of the hair and neck,
I would praise her beauty,
Of wearing the selendang,
She would be more beautiful
If she wear tudung.
For the past few years,
She started to wear tudung,
The tudung covers up everything,
I cannot see the hair, only when she is indoors.
And she did not complaint of heat.
Probably she knew that the hell was seventy times hotter.
Selendang was just a thin sheet of fabric,
With floral motive and colourful,
Compared to tudung,
Which is plain, thick and bulky.
The tudung had shielded herself and her husband
from flames of eternal hell
It is the husband's and son's duty
to ensure all their female relatives wearing proper hijab,
covering the unnecessary.
It is obligatory,
For all the female to cover their aurah
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