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A Prisoner of Thoughts Without a Bail

Misbah has done her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has access to a wide range of mental health experts who treat mental illness.



Cautionary Note:

The article includes a story about a girl who committed suicide, which, in my opinion, is not recommended in the Quran, and neither the poem nor the prose is meant to condone such actions.

Violence is a Crime

There are several cases of women who have experienced violence in their relationships. That isn't to say that violence is only perpetrated by men. There are some women that do this as well. However, the focus of this article is on women who are victims of abuse.

There are many different sorts of violence. It could be physical, emotional, psychological, or a combination of these factors.

When I witness women being treated terribly, even if they are absolutely sincere and faithful in their relationships, my heart breaks. This is a pretty common occurrence across the world. Violence can be found in any part of the world, east or west.

After watching a video of a girl, I decided to write this poem. She committed suicide as a result of difficulties in her relationship. The girl was married to a man from a low-income family. Her husband was pressured by her in-laws to divorce her or demand a dowry.

This is very sad but in my opinion, it is a very common practice in some Asian countries. In the last few years I have seen similar cases in Europe as well.

Dowry, a centuries-old custom, involves a woman's family paying her new husband's family. It is still prevalent in parts of South Asia, the Middle East, parts of Africa and in some communities in Britain.

Dowry is a term that is used to describe the transfer of money, property, or gifts from a woman's family to her husband and his family upon their marriage. In my opinion, dowry is an abusive practice in and of itself. It should be banned worldwide.

Unfortunately, there is still no strict law prohibiting such heinous abuse. It is not only an abusive act, but also a crime.

Every year, thousands of women died as a result of domestic violence. What bothers me is how anyone can live after learning that someone died as a result of their abuse or mental instability or let's say greed.

I believe there should be seminars around the globe to prevent such acts of violence, and I am confident there are already many.

Silence is also violence

Silence is also violence

Her Video Message

The video of the girl was really heart-breaking . There she conveyed a message to her parents and as well as to her husband that I am fed up and tiered of my married life.

According to the police report, the girl spoke with her husband for 72 minutes before committing suicide. She worked hard to make her relationship last and to persuade him. Her husband advised her not to commit suicide, but if she is going to do so, she should record and upload a video. One can easily interpret this to mean, that he wanted to avoid future problems if she died. That's heartless. How can someone say something like this to anyone?

She passed away, but the question is, Is he happy now? Can he live a peaceful life? Will these thoughts not bother him?

One can never judge, as Allah knows best, and all is His Will.

Her Story in Words

One day she will write him a letter,

In which her words will bleed.

The colour of Ink will be blue,

But he will see it red,

This would be no hallucination.

The moment he reads a word,

It will start to drop like a tear-drop,

He will move the paper-tilt, to stop

It from falling. Soon it will become two,

Because one will roll out of his eye.

She will write her story on paper;

It will take him to a journey, one

Where he will find pain, and anxiety

And seeing her still smiling...

At first, it will be a big confusion,

Then there will be confession.

In the statement it will be said,

That these worries made her go mad.

His world would be bitter once he

Knows it, the fear made sure that

She lost it, her life wasted,

Soon he will open his eyes, saying:

"Thank you, God, I was just dreaming."

He will come closer to see if she is breathing,

That moment he will lose his heart …

He will cry and say:

"She is no more; death took her away!"

Now he will understand her pain,

How she wasted her life in vain.

This caged bird will have flown to

Jannah, but then he will be caged,

A prisoner of thoughts without bail...

© 2021 Misbah Sheikh


Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 27, 2021:

Ms. Doris, thank you so much for your kind response and great support. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with me. Yes, speaking requires courage, and I am grateful for your support here. I agree that prayers are all that is required. I hope this cruelty comes to an end one day.

Gratitude! Stay happy and blessed.

Love and Blessings

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on August 26, 2021:

Misbah, I read your sad poem, and I laud you for helping to keep this miserable problem in the public eye. I can relate to where this is coming from because I had an abusive first marriage. It was mostly emotional abuse, but that can drive a person insane. I don't believe, however, that the man involved will see her death as his fault. They never do. It's always somebody else's fault. I believe this type of abuse comes from soul deep, and it will take many lives to rehabilitate or erase it from the soul. I also think that dowries are just another way of saying that a woman is a second class citizen, not as good as her husband. I believe this can only be erased by the reinstatement of the Divine Feminine on earth to show that all souls are equal in the eyes of the creator. We must pray for this.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 25, 2021:

Rosina, sadly this is not just one case. I believe there are thousands of similar cases around the globe. I hope raising voice against such crimes can help to save many lives. I appreciate your kind feedback. Take care and stay blessed.

Blessings and Love to you

Rosina S Khan on August 25, 2021:

This is a pathetic account of an innocent girl who underwent troubles and violence in her relationship and who was constantly pressurized for a dowry or divorce. Your poem clearly reflects the agonies the girl underwent, finally taking her life away and the torments, if any, the husband might have as aftereffects.

Thank you, Misbah, for bringing out an awareness of such violence happening in different parts of the world.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 24, 2021:

Thanks a lot for your kind and thoughtful response, dear Peggy. No doubts, this is a very sad and terrible subject, but I believe, it is one that must be addressed from time to time. As you stated, too many individuals are broken and get killed as a result of such brutality. Take care and stay safe and healthy.

Many Blessings and Love to you!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 24, 2021:

Bredz, I'm delighted to hear that you're liking the topics I'm attempting to emphasize. Any form of violence is a crime that must be eradicated. Yes, it is upsetting and terrible, but I believe that such issues must be addressed if we really want to make the world a more peaceful place to live in. It's all for a good cause. I only hope and pray that such crimes will be abolished one day.

Blessings and Hugs to you!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 24, 2021:

Vidya, thank you very much for your thoughtful and nice comment. I'm delighted to know that the poem captured the emotions well. Stay safe and healthy.

Blessings always!!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2021:

Domestic abuse happens in all countries around the world, whether a dowry is a custom or not. Too many people are broken, and too many die. You have touched upon a heartbreaking subject.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 24, 2021:


You are finding some very heart touching reads.

Everyday people experience heartbreak & feel like they can no longer go on.

I spoke with someone the other day who told me he had been beaten, battered and bruised.

Tell him the difference between life and hell.

I'm so glad you brought this to light. .i hope it can help others before it too late.

It is so very sad.


VIDYA D SAGAR on August 24, 2021:

It is very sad that many women face this situation in spite of so much advancement everywhere. Your poem brings out the emotions very well. Thanks for sharing.

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 24, 2021:

Wasalam Amara,

Thank you for taking the time to read and for your kind comment, dear sister

Sending you Love and Blessings

Amara from Pakistan on August 24, 2021:

Salam sis..

Its an Interesting read..

Sending u love..

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 24, 2021:

Mr. Bill, thank you for your very encouraging words. Much Gratitude, Sir. I hope one day such cruelty will come to an end. I believe, raising voice can help to save many innocent lives. Stay safe and healthy.

Many Blessings to you!!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 24, 2021:

Ms Dora, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. Highly appreciated. Yes, death freed her but he will remain a prisoner of his thoughts without a bail.

Blessings and Love to you!!!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 24, 2021:

Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful response, dear Pamela. Yes, this really very sad and horrible the way he drove her to this point.

Blessings and Love to you

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 24, 2021:

So very sad! And what makes it even sadder is the realization that this type of thing happens daily around the world. So very sad! Hopefully stories like this one, written by writers like you, will shed light on this horrific problem and help to bring an end to this type of sadness. Thank you for writing about a very difficult topic, and blessings to you always.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 24, 2021:

Harsh for both people. She suffered immensely till death freed her. Now she's free he must suffer in the prison of his thoughts without bail.

How much better if we learned to really love and add joy, not pain, to each other's lives. You treated the topic with expertise.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 24, 2021:

This is a very sad story. The way the man drove her to this point is horrible. I wonder if they do really feel guilt?

You wrote a good poem, Misbah. It surely reflected the points of this situation.

Love and many blessings!

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 24, 2021:

Thank you so much for your very kind and encouraging comment, dear brother. Indeed, Allah uses us in different ways. Much Gratitude! Stay happy and healthy. May Allah continue to bless you. Amen!

Peace and Blessings

Misbah Sheikh (author) from The World of Poets on August 24, 2021:

You are right, John. It is truly heart-breaking, and it must be stopped. Raising voice against such crimes can help to save lives. Thank you so much for your kind words. Much appreciated.

Blessings always!!

manatita44 from london on August 24, 2021:

Love you, my Habibi. Allah uses us in different ways and innocent women, indeed men, everywhere, needs a voice, especially the younger and more vulnerable, to power and money -driven fiends, who are callous and flaunt their physical advantages.

Well written and necessary piece!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 24, 2021:

This is heartbreakingly sad, Misbah. The fact that her husband drove her to this and then encouraged her to film it is despicable. The requirement to provide a dowery to the husband’s family also needs to be made unlawful and stopped. Domestic violence is too common everywhere and steps need to be taken to reduce or stop it completely. Your poem is well-written. Blessings.

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