I was born speaking nothing until I started speaking that Arabic tongue. My ancestors spoke a language that I cannot tell which, for I haven’t looked at a record yet – but I am told they spoke my native tongue.
I live in a country that lays an emphasis on the fact that I’m a Christian, therefore I am not allowed to be an Arab.
I am not a christian. Perhaps my parents insisted on baptizing me, but it has been a long time since I practiced my Christianity. Can I be an honest Christian if I don’t follow this track any more ( or any other religion track). Why is it that your religion decides who you are?
If you’re a Muslim you’re an Arab. If you’re an Arab you’re a Muslim. What kind of folly behind this notion?
They said I’m not an Arab. Is it because I’m not a huge fan of the Arabic tongue? Is it because I chose the English tongue as my own now — does that mean that I am English now? Did I baptize myself to become English? But what if I wish to be French (without knowing the national tongue yet), can I follow that?
I’m not an Arab. Because this ignorant lusting-for-power country chose to give me a Christian identity in which my name is originally Arabic. And the name of my great christian ancestors – in Arabic.
I’m not an Arab. Because apparently the Arabian beauty I have is just a mere chance.
I’m not an Arab. Because I don’t have a culture.
I’m not an Arab because I find myself with no idea what to relate to when I speak of my own identity, culture and origin.