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Happy International Women’s Day everyone!
In some countries it is traditional to give bouquets of flowers to the important women in your life on this day.  Unfortunately this holiday is all but ignored here in the US, but I wanted to share this lovely language bouquet with you all.  This is a sneak preview of a post I’m planning about an Islamic calligrapher I got to meet yesterday.

If Women … (Anonymous Arabic poem)

If women are as we describe them,
Then women are better beings than men.
The feminine gender of the sun is no defect,
Nor is the masculine gender of the moon something to boast of.

(Note: In Arabic, the word for sun is feminine and the word for moon is masculine.)

Thank you to Mohamed Zakariya for the photo and Sally Banks Zakariya for the translation.