Halleluiah, Now Moslem Women Can Break a Leg!

It’s already seven thirty, and Ream did not prepare herself yet for the big party that should start at nine. She knew that she couldn’t get there earlier as she promised her sister-in-law Samboosa (that was her nickname by the way) to help prepare the final touches of her brother’s birthday settings in his spacious basement. With mind, million miles away, she threw the wet towel on a pinewood ottoman at the foot of her American, wide, King-size bed, where a rectangular, bag shaped, crimson red dress lay. Elated by the fresh scents of body-gels, Patchouli and Bokhoor shampoos and conditioners that followed her since she lay a foot out of the black, oval, king-size bathtub, crossed the dressing room and dashed into the bedroom, she grabbed the strapless dress hastily, and put it on. She didn’t like red much, but Samboosa insisted that it “brought life in her”. Samboosa was more than a sister, she loved Ream, some would even say, more than her seven sisters. She admired her patience with the responsibility of raising four teenagers under a broken roof. But she could not bear to see pain, surrounded with black circles around her eyes, increasing every time she sees her. Not to mention the lifeless hollow cheeks, that changed the shape of her face to resemble those of the Pharaohs. Samboosa, to bring the picture closer to your perception, was a true friend.

Ream glanced at the reflections on her right and left shoulders as she passed through the mirrored dressing room into the 7X5 bathroom she built some years ago, practically speaking, brick-by-brick. Bathrooms are especially important for women like Ream. But something strange grabbed her attention and made her stop, go back to the dressing room and check the reflections to see what was it. No doubt the two years of Thai-boxing had built her nice curves, regardless of the excess weight she lost recently. But that was not exactly what grabbed her attention, it was the eyes that looked back, they were luminous. And the cheeks, a blossomed rose. And the bosoms, two fresh pomegranates. She looked even ten years younger. It was the red that defined all other colors like a tapestry. That dress, as simple and casual knee-high of sheer material was hot, and hot was her forbidden zone.

With mind clock-racing for time, she released the other part of the set from its hanger as she grabbed it out of the facing cupboard, behind the mirrored doors. It was a high-waist, short -sleeve jacket of the same color, but it covered enough. She took a sigh of relief as she laid the jacket over a small stool nearby. Now, she thought, she could go back to the bathroom, dry her hair, apply her makeup and try to make it to the party before the arrival of the guests.
With hair half wet, trickling occasionally down her spine, and through the half dried, highlighted, golden long strands of hair flowing upwards with hot air, she glanced his reflection in the mirror and her heart skipped a beat. Starched Quitra, black Egal and a snow white Dishdasha*, cladding a very clean-shaven, bearded face. And an allure of familiar fragrances, she loved much, overtook all other soap fragrances. The face was attacking a green apple, looking with wrath right through her. She knew she was in for a storm. She knew that look, and she knew that when her husband is possessed by it, although this was not very often, he usually did not think straight, he’d slab and kick everything at his reach, even the furniture, and then, most of the times, apologized later for the damage that he caused. And she did not need any problems, and most importantly, she did not have much time to lose.
“Where are you going, inshalla**, with this…this half dress?” he raised his voice over the noise of the machine.
Ream, who was not a bit in her fighting mood, answered back with calm pretence, “my Brother’s birthday party, and the other half of my dress is laying on the stool in the dressing room, you can go check.”
“And I assume this party is mixed, isn’t it?” he stormed with a voice, coming through a mouthful throat.
Now her patience was waning, but she switched off the dryer, turned back and with clear voice, calmly defying his gaze with hers and uttering, “of course it’s mixed, it’s family, remember?” Then she turned back, switched the machine back on, and continued drying her hair, but he wouldn’t stop.
Ali, her husband, was not a religious person when she first met him, and they both were not raised in a conservative environment. They were like many other Kuwaiti Moslem families that considered themselves moderate. Mixed parties were something familiar to both families. Few years back though, Ali went through an emotional breakdown, and Ream helped him, even with his history of infidelity. But one of the negative consequences of his recovery was that he became more conservative. His understanding of religion through which he took solace while going through bad tines affected the couple’s relationship gradually. They started fighting over trivial things and the forbidden and taboos. Things that were traditional to them, became shameful, and most importantly, Ream felt that Ali did not respect her mind. She felt like he started treating her like one of his kids; dependant, although, in general she was not.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if your brother served drinks”, ” is he?”, ” why not, he is a fagot?”, ” You are a Muslim woman, you should not even go to parties that serve Alcohol.”, “Jalisohooooo*** is sin”, ” do you understand woman? jalisohooo.” Now his voice thundering and she was lost for wards. As he stomped over words, lashing at her brother, her father, her uncle, she ignored him completely, all the way through his blabbering.
She knew that it was not wise to ignore him since she knew that by doing so she’d provoke his rage even more. But, by now, she was too angry to think rationally, she mumbled to herself a prayer, “ya Fattah ya Aleem” to calm herself down, and went back to her business. But somehow, this man who brought the best in her was capable of bringing the worst; the devil. And the prayer sure didn’t help.
“No. No. You can’t go out like this; I can’t allow it, even with a jacket on. How would I know that the jacket would not end up on another stool in your brother’s house, besides, it’s too late, you are not going anywhere.” He ordered.
“Oh…yeh! Says who?” eyes blazing with fire, as she raises her voice a tad, loosing her reserve, dryer still blowing air into her hair.
“I forbid it.” was a sentence that Ali managed to articulate with excess ego and a tinge of mockery. That tone that Ream could not stand in his voice.
“And who are you?” the blow dryer still blowing hot air, but into nowhere.
“Your husband” his voice took a higher tone as the dryer fell to the floor from her shaking hand, as she screamed at the top of her lung, ”only on paper”. Mixed sounds echoed, and warned the kids in the living room watching TV.

Meanwhile a strange look of anger mixed with fear overwhelmed Ali, he checked Ream upside down, and everything went blank.
He raised his hand to slap her, or that what she though, but without a warning, her hands and legs flew into the air, as if practicing all the movements she learned in her Thai-boxing classes, for the past two years, on her husband, instead of on the punching bags of the gym. She could not realize what she was doing; everything was so fast, induced by the spur of the moment. But the site of her husband laying on the bathroom floor, pleading for her to “stop…stop”, and the smell of burned wires brought her back to reality, and it was sarcastically funny, not at all what she expected.
Ali was not going to slap her face as she imagined, he was going to pull the cord off of its plug, after noticing a spark of fire coming from the back of the dryer as it hit the ground. But that was not what made Ream lay on the cold, black ceramic tiles of the stairs that led to the bathtub, cracking with laughter sarcastically. Nor the sight of the patches of blood that covered her legs, the color of her dress, was what triggered her sarcasm, and certainly not the sight of the half-eaten green apple laying on her husband’s lap, messing his clean dishasha as he sat on the dressing room’s carpeted floor, with legs stretched, across the sole step that separated the two rooms, into the bathroom, in front of her was the cause. It was the fact that this was the first time she witnessed her husband “Si Alsayid” so weak, pleading for mercy. It was a sense of the unprecedented euphoric sarcasm that overwhelmed her, even if that was short lived. And seemingly, the sarcasm was contagious; it soon overtook the couple.
Open-mouthed children gathered behind Ali puzzled. When their inaudible questions amidst their parent’s laughter were not answered; they left even more puzzled. The older boy even kissed his forefinger, touched his forehead and uttered, “Elhimdellah wa ashukr.”

* Quitra, black Egal and a snow white Dishdasha; Arabian, men’s gowns.
** inshalla; if God desires, used here for mockery.
*** Jalisoho; its companion. There is an Islamic tradition that forbids accompanying others while they drink, say in a party.

To Be Continued

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. qing
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 11:09:32

    عبالها كل الرياييل خبول نفس ريالها اقصد طليقها.

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  2. AyyA
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 11:12:50

    qing
    Ha!

    Reply

  3. ma6goog
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 12:07:41

    وين الترجمة؟

    Reply

  4. ليبرالي كويتي
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 16:55:02

    المنتدى الليبرالي الكويتي

    http://www.liberal-kuwait.com

    الآن

    بادر بتسجيل معرفك (النيك نيم) وعبر عن رأيك بكل حرية

    وإلى حياة بلا ظلام

    Reply

  5. AyyA
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 18:25:05

    مطقوق
    القصه طويله، لكن إذا تبي عربي مستعدين، بس بعد الانتهاء من الجزء الثاني

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  6. AyyA
    Nov 13, 2008 @ 18:26:03

    ليبرالي كويتي
    و النعم في المنتدي الليبرالي الكويتي، اتمني لهم حظ اوفر من الشبكه الليبراليه الكويتيه السابقه، و اتمني مشاركه جميع القراء به، تجدون الرابط كذلك علي الخانه اليمين من البلوغ تحت
    Political Soarings

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  7. silhouette
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 02:38:26

    عفية على البطلة
    تعرفين طول القصة وانا اتوقع أن ريم هي اللي بتنطق لكن زين سوت فيه يستاهل

    منتظرة نهايته

    🙂

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  8. AyyA
    Nov 14, 2008 @ 07:07:31

    سوسو
    انتي الخير و البركه، انتي اللي ارسلتي لي الوحي
    😉

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  9. شكوكو يلاحق سوسو
    Nov 30, 2008 @ 01:02:06

    نهايتج قريبه يا سوسو
    اه يا قلبي

    Reply

  10. lonly Kuwaiti
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 05:27:11

    I really need to aprove my English language to understand you story wel
    🙂

    nice to see you AyA
    can exept me as a friend ?
    o 7yach my Blog …

    Reply

  11. soud
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 11:37:03

    صج وين العربى
    🙂

    Reply

  12. The Expert
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 15:32:32

    كل عام وانتم بخير وعساكم من عواده

    Reply

  13. Spelling Bee
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 18:40:16

    I caught three misspellelliellellelings
    🙂

    1. Hallelujah not “halellujah”

    2. “.. she grabbed the strapless dress hastily, and put if on.” You mean put IT on
    [[first paragraph]]

    3. “Now his voice thundering and she was lost for wards.” Never heard of people losing their ‘wards’ sara7a hahaha
    [[The Jalisohooo paragraph]]

    Reply

  14. Spelling Bee
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 18:43:43

    ambaaaaaaih!

    1. Hallelujah not halleluiah

    Reply

  15. AyyA
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 19:46:56

    Sorry guys for taking so long to post, I was busy with my son’s unexpected health problem. He’s OK now and recovering.

    Reply

  16. AyyA
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 19:48:59

    Lonely Kuwaiti
    أهلا بك صديق عزيز، و سأرد لك الزياره بأسرع فرصه ممكنه

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  17. AyyA
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 19:50:12

    سعود
    الوقت خذاني، خليني أخلص القصه قبل و بعدين يجي دور العربي

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  18. AyyA
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 19:51:20

    The Expert
    حياتي
    كل عام و إنت بصحه و سلامه

    Reply

  19. AyyA
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 19:56:43

    Spelling Bee
    You caught no spelling mistakes, just one typo, and that was the “it” instead of “if”, which I will fix later. And mind you; I’m not ashamed of my mistakes, but you have an attitude problem.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Halleluiah

    Reply

  20. مسلم 100 %-
    Dec 12, 2008 @ 11:45:50

    where are my posts ?

    Reply

  21. مسلم 100 %-
    Dec 12, 2008 @ 11:47:37

    sorry I visit the wrong topic , ?I will read the story now

    Reply

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