Wound Collectors is a compilation of short stories talking about the rights of women, their interpretations and significance in the modern world. While Saira is shown as a woman blinded by her first love, in spite of being a victim of the triple Talaaq system; it also reveals the deep understanding of the meaning of talaaq and khulah as is explained in the Quran. The short stories are woven in a way so as to interpret a woman’s stand in Islam, where her rights are misrepresented and in a way misinterpreted by a section of the community claiming to be the flag bearers of the religion.
The other stories speak about inheritance as accepted or opposed in Islam and the conflict between the modern and the old school of thought. There is also a constant conflict with the meaning of Jihad and the misinterpretation of the same. At a time when the global scenario is changing, where Islam is being portrayed as a religion of hatred and terrorism, where to speak your mind or take a religious stand labels you as a bigot; the stories of these young people will reflect a religion which is practical, scientific and liberal.
However, it is important to point out, that all the stories are a work of fiction — but have been inspired by people with whom I have interacted with at some point; or others who have touched my life in some form or the other. The issues are also not spoken in isolation but are woven through events and incidents through stories. So where you meet Shahid who resorts to the triple Talaaq system to divorce his wife on the night of his nikaah; you will also meet Saira who exercises her right of Khulah — a not so often discussed right of a woman in Islam.