Monday, June 13, 2005

Crime and Punishment

to wa7ed mn masr


And as a single leaf turns not yellow but
with the silent knowledge of the whole tree

So the wrong doer cannot be wrong
without the hidden will of you all

Gibran Khalil Gibran , The Prophet (on Crime and Punishment)


  • This blog is becoming steadily a reliable source of great quotes... Keep 'em coming!

    By Blogger arch.memory, at Mon Jun 13, 06:34:00 PM PDT  

  • arch.memory
    You are right about Gibran's and the Arab world!....He did experience a major shift after his move to Boston " and began conceiving and thinking his poetry in English"....Although he continued to write (some)poetry in Arabic too, but increasingly seldom....

    By Blogger ChaösGnösis, at Tue Jun 14, 12:28:00 PM PDT  

  • So you're a believer in the theory of 'nafas wa7ed'?

    By Blogger Aladdin, at Tue Jun 14, 02:53:00 PM PDT  

  • Aladdin,
    I don't get it!! Can you elaborate on the theory of "Nafas Wa7ed"?

    By Blogger ChaösGnösis, at Tue Jun 14, 03:27:00 PM PDT  

  • i think Aladdin hints to the very short poems, i.e. the haiku-like poems, like in Ibn Arous's or Jahin'or Khayyam's quartets.

    By Blogger Hamuksha, at Wed Jun 15, 07:11:00 AM PDT  

  • No, I didnt mean 'theory' in the common sense of it. 'Nafas wa7ed' is a collection of poetry by one of my relatives. His name is Osama Farahat. This 3amiyya volume of poetry is concerned with the "collective" experience of people. Therefore, there's no such thing as 'individual' responsibility, only collective!

    By Blogger Aladdin, at Thu Jun 16, 12:13:00 AM PDT  

  • Dear Aladdin,
    Yes I do believe in "collective responsibility"...I do, to a degree, also believe in the saying " al sho3oob tasta7eq 7okkamuha" (people deserve their rulers)....

    We are all accomplices in our own predicaments; be it in the form of a tyrant, lack of social justice in our society or intolerance toward "others"...

    As Gibran put it succinctly: "the Hidden will of you all"....and "the silent knowledge of the whole tree"...

    By Blogger ChaösGnösis, at Thu Jun 16, 10:10:00 AM PDT  

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    By Blogger ChaösGnösis, at Thu Jun 16, 10:16:00 AM PDT  

  • Hamuksha,
    welcome, good to see you here...

    thanks for attempting to explain, but aladdin had a different hint in mind!

    I do like Haiku form of poetry, but, is it really in the same category with Khayyam's Ruba'eyyat?...

    By Blogger ChaösGnösis, at Thu Jun 16, 10:24:00 AM PDT  

  • Dear chaosgnosis , Thanks...

    i'm dreaming of turning what's wrong into what's right with the "revealed will" of all of us..

    By Blogger wa7ed mn masr, at Mon Jun 27, 04:28:00 PM PDT  

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