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« on: Aug 10, 2008 07:58 AM »


What a sad sad day my friends Sad Inna lillah wa innah ilaihi rajeoon. May Allah have mercy on Him and give peace to his family and people.  -- J.

Read his poetry thread on the Madina: http://jannah.org/madina/archives/year2006and2007/index.php?topic=345.0

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He Embraced His Murderer

He embraces his murderer.
May he win his heart: Do you feel angrier if I survive?
Brother…My brother!
What did I do to make you destroy me?
Two birds fly overhead.
Why don’t you shoot upwards?
What do you say?

You grew tired of my embrace and my smell.
Aren’t you just as tired of the fear within me?
Then throw your gun in the river! What do you say?
The enemy on the riverbank aims his machine gun at an embrace?
Shoot the enemy!

Thus we avoid the enemy’s bullets and keep from falling into sin.
What do you say?
You’ll kill me so the enemy can go to our home
And descend again into the law of the jungle?

What did you do with my mother’s coffee; with your mother’s coffee?

What crime did I commit to make you destroy me?
I will never
Cease embracing you.
And I will never
Release you.

- Mahmoud Darwish (1941 - 2008)




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Palestinian 'national poet' dies

Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish has died after surgery at the age of 67, hospital and Palestinian officials say.

He suffered complications after undergoing open-heart surgery in Houston, Texas, said a spokesman for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr Darwish was the most recognised Palestinian poet in the world, using his words to try to draw attention to the Palestinian cause.

He also delivered harsh criticism of the infighting by Palestinian factions.

   Even though he became iconic he never lost his sense of humanity - we have lost part of our essence
Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi

During a reading in 2007, Mr Darwish denounced the violence in Gaza between Hamas and Fatah, describing it as "a public attempt at suicide in the streets".

He said that the two warring factions had made the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state far more unlikely.

Poet of conscience

Mr Darwish is famous throughout the Middle East and is regarded as the Palestinian national poet.

He is said to have given voice to the Palestinian dreams of statehood, crafted their 1988 declaration of independence and helped to forge a Palestinian national identity.

"He started out as a poet of resistance and then he became a poet of conscience," said Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi, quoted by AP news agency.

"He embodied the best in Palestinians... even though he became iconic he never lost his sense of humanity. We have lost part of our essence, the essence of the Palestinian being."

His poetry has been translated into more than 20 languages, and he has won many international prizes for his work.
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 10, 2008 05:08 PM »

Inna lillah wa innah ilaihi rajeoon.  Sad indeed. May ALLAH SWT grant him his place in Jannatul Firdowsa, Ameen.

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I Come From There
Translated by Ben Bennani

I come from there and I have memories
Born as mortals are, I have a mother
And a house with many windows,
I have brothers, friends,
And a prison cell with a cold window.
Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls,
I have my own view,
And an extra blade of grass.
Mine is the moon at the far edge of the words,
And the bounty of birds,
And the immortal olive tree.
I walked this land before the swords
Turned its living body into a laden table.

I come from there. I render the sky unto her mother
When the sky weeps for her mother.
And I weep to make myself known
To a returning cloud.
I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood
So that I could break the rule.
I learnt all the words and broke them up
To make a single word: Homeland…..


The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 10, 2008 05:16 PM »

salam

May Allah have mercy on his soul.  He stood for what's right fought oppression with his pen... 


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