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Regarding poets (Surah Ash-Shu'ara)


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« on: July 31, 2007, 04:27:43 pm »

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I was contemplating over the following verses.  Just curious to know, keeping these verses in mind, how would you interpret the position of poets as per the Quran's ideology ?

As for poets, the erring follow them.
Hast thou not seen how they stray in every valley,
And how they say that which they do not ?
(26:224-226)  Surah Ash-Shuara
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 04:30:46 pm »

BTW .... these are the only lines in the Quran (26:224-226) that talk about poets.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007, 11:30:26 pm »

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Yes, correct. These are the only verses that mention about poets.

While writing poems we need to keep in mind the rules of our Faith as elucidated in the Quraan. You'll find many poems that flow with eloquence but their contents clash with Quranic values of life and death. Indeed it would be wrong for a Muslim to indulge in such writings.

Secondly, clearly these lines of the Quraan are referring to the poets of the 7th century era. There were many poets who turned into hermits, careless about their appearance and lives. Many such ones were careless about their morals too. Not all, but this was the style of many who called themselves 'poets.' These are the trends that Allah cautions us about. However, these verses do not condemn the entire field of writing, reading or listening to poems. It depends upon the substance of one's writing. While understanding many such verses of the Quraan, we need to use our rationality.
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2007, 03:50:29 am »

Hummm, i get your point.  Actually I had been talking to several other friends about this too.  What they expressed was much to the same affect, except for a few very closed minded ones who think poetry should be abandoned altogether.  Of course that's nonsense.

Thanks sister, I really appreciate your input.
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