Friday, May 25, 2007

Hanged Poems of Kaaba

The Kaaba (Ka'ba) is the holiest place in Islam and it is the symbolic locus of the faithfuls around the world for their prayer to One God. It is believed that Kaaba is related with the Abrahamic tradition, who rebuilt the house for worshiping the Creator and introduced the rite of pilgrimage to the Kaaba. Originaly it is believed that Kaaba was built by Adam. Thus even before the rise of Islam it was revered as a sacred sanctuary and was a site of pilgrimage.

About Hanged Poems of Kaba, i quote from The Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East, volume V, Ancient Arabia - translated by F. E. Johnson, with revisions by Sheikh Faiz-ullah-bhai.

Arabic literature in the written form, the only form in which it can be permanently preserved, does not begin until the sixth century of our own era, the century just before Mohammed.

During this period there were several of the tribal poets so valued, that the idea was formed of honoring them by hanging copies of their best poems in the chief religious shrine of Arabia, the building called the Kaaba at Mecca. So the Arabic literature which we know to-day begins with these "hanged" poems.

There were seven of these celebrated poems, each by a different poet. Among them all, the poet probably earliest in date is Imru-ul-Quais. A poet among the seven who is even more noteworthy is Antar, or Antarah. If we pause for yet another of the "hanged" poets, it must be for Zuhair, who is credited with beginning the philosophical and religious writings of his nation. Zuhair was among the latest of the "hanged" poets and so nearly contemporary with Mohammed that the two are said to have met. ... Read on the text from here.

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