‘Holier Than Life’ by Fauzia Rafique

To protest the sectarian slaughter of 19 Shia Muslims by Sunni Muslims in Babusar, and the blasphemy arrest of Rimsha Masih, an 11-year old Christian, in Islamabad.

Yes, I will stamp, today
A page of the Quran
To write the name
Of the innocent
Who was murdered
For desacrating
It, by the zealots of Islam,
Yesterday.

The inspiration for it
arrived today with the
(killing of 19 Shias)
arrest of a child,
a girl, 11.
Yesterday
(Hindus, countless departed Ahmadies)
it was the lynching
murder
of an adult Christian male.
Both known to be
simple-minded
a bit soft
in their heads,
crystal clear
in their hearts.

Lo and Behold,
we are not sure
about the heart
but i am
known to be
simple-minded
a bit soft
in my head
as well.

I will not burn it, i don’t
believe in burning
pages of books.
I will not tear it, i don’t
believe in useless tearing
of things.
I will stamp it, ‘MURDERER’
in black with
the name of the victim
in red.
To see, how many more
book-based murders
we register
on this Book
of Murders.

After, there will be
counting
to know which
One
Won The Book of Murders
Award, is it
Torah
in Palestine
Quran
in Pakistan and Iran or is it
Bible
in Vietnam,
and Afghanistan or
the new entrant
Tripitaka
in Myanmar.

Yes, I will stamp, today
A page of the Quran
To write the name
Of the innocent
Who was murdered
For desacrating
It, by the zealots of Islam,
Yesterday.

You, the Zealot!
Don’t fool me
with your violent
expositions
to make believe that
you have the righteous
right to kill
and to harass us
for the socalled sanctum
of a book,
a name,
place or thing.

Nothing is holier
Than life
Itself
A heart that beats, hopes
for a joyful
future, loves,
and lives.
A flower, a bird,
a shoot of grass.

Don’t fool me
with your violent
expositions, Fanatic!
Nothing is holier
Than life
Itself.

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Urdu rendition by Shamoon Saleem
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Now published in

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@RafiqueFauzia
Update: June 2013
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Related Content at Uddari
The Clowns of Blasphemy by Fauzia Rafique
Aahr 2011 by Fauzia Rafique
Blasphemy vendetta: Pakistan 1990-2009
Stop Violence in the name of religion: Signature Campaign – Karachi April 14, 2012‏
For more, search Uddari with keyword ‘blasphemy’.

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