Sameera and the Forbidden Fruit (V)

A continuation

The mother, who was now broken hearted, did not stop cursing her luck for not being able to raise her daughter properly, as was constantly reminded by the father. Few days after Eid, Sameera was in for another surprise. The mother, who spent the Eid holidays in Syria with her sister, came to Sameera and gave her some holey liquid in a jar and asked her to splash it on her body, in three consecutive baths. The mother apparently went on this trip especially to see a Mullah; a holly man who was famous for his miraculous powers in the Moslem community around her. She mentioned to Sameera that the Mullah saw how bleak was Sameera’s future. The mother also claimed that the Mullah told her that Sameera had been bewitched and as a result is living in sin with a foreigner, and she will never get married unless she uses that liquid and then goes to Omrah.
And of course Sameera guessed that the mother had made up the last part concerning “ the foreigner” in the story, she remembered that she once met Alberto in Marina Mall to give him some CDs and little Alia was with her. And she figured that the mother was only saying that to drag the truth out of her mouth, like what she (the mother) must have done with her sister. And although Sameera was taken by surprise at first, and denied any relationships, but she did not object, instead she took the liquid and thanked her mother for her concern, only to throw it in the garbage on her way out.
“Can you believe that my mother would go to that extend?” Sameera voiced her outrage to her friend Foziya later on, while having coffee at Starbuck Albede . “ I can’t believe that this witchcraft is still going on”, she added. “ Don’t forget that witchcraft became authentic because of its mention in Quran, and it became an essential part of Moslem’s belief and ritual as a consequence, if you want to see the source of all our troubles, it’s always the Quran” her friend replied disgustedly, then added mockingly “ I wonder what Alberto would think about this!” “Are you kidding, I would never tell Alberto, he’d most probably think that we’re some type of perverts, and I want him to respect my family, no matter what” Sameera dashed objectively. “He’ll find out soon enough” her friend closed her sentence with a wink.
But the real problem between Alberto and Sameera was the conversion issue. Alberto had to convert to Islam to be able to marry Sameera as per Shareea law. His friends advised him against it, since it is a one-way street, as they warned. Which meant that if he ever changed his mind and decided to convert back to his religion, he’d be sujected to execution where Mullahs and Mofti’s gave themselves the right to make his blood halaal. This also meant that anyone in the street who has nothing to do with him is encouraged to kill him to go directly to heaven, and Alberto considered this a sacrifice.
Other than that, Alberto was born and raised in a Roman Catholic household, and although he was not much of a religious person himself, but his parents were. And his conversion would mean a disaster to his religious, church committed mother, even if that was just on a piece of paper that meant nothing. But nevertheless, he was willing to do that for Sameera, especially when Sameera herself told him that she didn’t care for his conversion if it was not for her family and the society, besides being the only way for them to get married. But nevertheless he never stopped reminding her of the sacrifice that he’s willing to make for her sake. And so Sameera found herself torn apart between her lover, who was demanding in her opinion, and her parents, who made it hell for her at home.
Deep in her heart, Sameera wished that her marriage contract followed the rules of the civil laws of his country, seeing her married female friends unjustly suffer the consequences of bad marriages in courts of sharee3a was frightening. And so she told Alberto to include her right to break the contract (divorce) in the marriage contract, and Alberto agreed. But nevertheless; considered it another sacrifice for her sake.

To be continued

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bosale7
    Jul 11, 2007 @ 13:42:57

    انا ماحب القصص الطويلة وعلى اجزاء
    داش اسلم لاني ما مريت من زمان
    تيك كير 🙂

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  2. shosho
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 00:44:06

    “off course” -> “of course ”
    “CD’s” ->”CDs”
    “To be continues” -> “To be continued”
    🙂

    Holy water – LOOOL! I heard about that so many times !!!

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  3. AyyA
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 02:09:21

    bosale7
    يا هلا ويا مرحبا
    هلت و انورت

    Shoshwah
    I stopped proofreading, cause every time I do that I don’t see my mistakes, so I left that to my buddy :*

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  4. Ri
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 11:59:30

    I would gladly proof-read for you.

    Reply

  5. AyyA
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 12:41:11

    That was so sweet of you RI, now I have two buddies 🙂

    Reply

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  7. harmonie22
    Jul 15, 2007 @ 21:19:00

    I’m sucked into your story. So real. You could be talking about several people I know.

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  8. AyyA
    Jul 15, 2007 @ 23:44:30

    Harmo
    This is a real story dear, and as a matter of fact an on-going one. And there will be a pause when I reach the stage that Sameera is in right now. And btw, I had several e-mails from my readers asking me to slow down the pace so that they could catch up with the parts they missed, and I apologize to my old readers for slowing down, there won’t be another post of Sameera for at least a week.

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  9. jewaira
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 09:51:11

    Ayya
    I am enjoying this series.

    I wonder if you have any background on the legal issues concerning a Kuwaiti woman marrying a foreigner. In the Dear Jewaira post on my blog this week, there is an American man asking about marrying a Kuwaiti woman. I wonder if you could provide us with your insight or experiences
    Thanks

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  10. AyyA
    Jul 16, 2007 @ 10:55:54

    Lady J
    Sure dear, I would be more than happy to do that. actually, I feel bad for not visiting your blog often lately because the kids are having their summer vacation and I’m taking them around most of the time and when I finally get to the Net I’m usually too exhausted.

    Reply

  11. jewaira
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 12:11:08

    Ayya
    Thanks for coming around and sharing your viewpoint. I appreciate that.

    Enjoy your summer and and enjoy your wonderful kids.

    Reply

  12. AyyA
    Jul 17, 2007 @ 19:15:17

    Lady J
    Sure sweetheart, it’s my pleasure
    And about enjoying my summer with the kids, well, no matter how old they get, sometimes they still stay as annoying as stewie
    🙂

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  13. jewaira
    Jul 20, 2007 @ 14:46:49

    Yes but you can’t help but love them anyway 😛
    Heheh

    Reply

  14. AyyA
    Jul 20, 2007 @ 21:31:27

    Oh yes, no doubt about that 🙂

    Reply

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