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To my mother Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

In my previous post, I wrote the story of the poem “To my Mother”, originally “A Poem of Apology” by Mahmoud Darwish, and in this post, I present the translation of the poem and the song with English subtitles. أحن إلى خبز أمي وقهوة أمي ولمسة أمي وتكبر في الطفولة يوماً على صدر يومِ وأعشق…

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The story of a poem Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

 This post tells the story of a very famous poem by the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish,  called ‘To My Mother’ (إلى أمي). It was originally called an apology to my mother. Mahmoud Darwish tells that he had 3 brothers and 3 sisters, and he was the middle son. When older siblings are given duties, he was…

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Think of Others Posted by on Jul 6, 2015

Mahmoud Darwish (Arabic: محمود درويش‎, 13 March 1942 – 9 August 2008) is a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. In his work, Palestine became a metaphor for the loss of Eden, birth and resurrection, and the anguish of dispossession and…

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Nizar Qabbani: One Road Posted by on Apr 17, 2014

      Ahlan أهـــلاً , Arabic lovers! Today, I introduce one of Nizar Qabbani‘s poems. It is not a love poem. It is a patriotic one. The poem is for Palestine and the struggle of its people against the occupation. There is no Arab poet who didn’t write about that problem. I did the…

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Al-Imam Al-Shaf’ie (150 – 204 AH) Posted by on Sep 29, 2013

In today’s post, I am going to tell you about a famous Arab and Muslim figure; Muhammad Bin (son of) Idris Al-Shaf’ie مـُـحــمـَّــد بــن إدريـــس الــشــافــِــعـــىّ . Al-Shaf;ie was a Muslim jurist فــَــقــــيـــه /Faqeeh/. He was a active in juridical matters in relation to the Islamic law. His thoughts and teachings led to the establishment…

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This is My Love.. This is My City.. (Part I) Posted by on Aug 14, 2013

      In today’s post, I am going to present one of Nizar Qabbani’s great poems. The poem is entitled “This is my Love .. This is my City.. هــَـــذهِ هــِــى حــَــبــيـــبـــتـــى .. هــَـــذهِ هــِــى مـَــــديـــنــــتـــــى ”. Nizar wrote this poem in London in the summer of 1994. The poem is a bit long, so I will…

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Take Away My Passport Posted by on Nov 16, 2012

Marcel Khalife (مارسيل خليفة)is an accomplished oud (عود)player, singer, and composer. He was born on June 10, 1950 in Amchit, a coastal village next to Jbeil in Lebanon. He studied the Oud at the Beirut National Conservatory of Music, where he graduated in 1971. Following his graduation and starting in 1972 till around 1975, Khalife…

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