This poet differed in consideration of his production, but no one differed in assessing its impact, they said about him that his poetry "direct" and that it is a "concentrated emotional charge", but this particular may be the reason for reaching the people, and staying on the tongues, the fields of revolutions, and those activists on the ground, interact more with clear eloquence and passion Jahsha, far from drowning in metaphor and philosophy.
Who are we talking about?
He is the great Iraqi poet Walid al-Adhami, a man who was unable to describe the various aspects of his creativity, so they said that he is a "moving encyclopedia", in addition to poetry, he is a historian, writer and opinion writer, and one of the great artists of Arabic calligraphy.
But we stand with him today as a poet, one of those whose poems resonate on the tongues of millions of Arab Muslims around the world, whether they know or not who wrote them.
Have you heard the popular hymn:
O this world, shout and bear witness... I am without Muhammad, we do not follow
And have you heard:
From the east of the world to the far west ... A soul that longs for the teachings of the prophet
It is not possible to look at Walid Al-Adhami, the poet, without looking at Walid the fighter, who lives for a cause, as his poetry is all devoted to one cause, intellectual, emotional and militant consistency is the organizing thread for him.
Poet and revolutionary
Our poet was born in Iraq in 1930 in the Adhamiya neighborhood in Baghdad, steps away from the Imam Abu Hanifa al-Numan Mosque, his family is religious, and his upbringing was associated with mosques and science lessons, so he attended to Qasim Qaisi, Mufti of Baghdad, Amjad Al-Zahawi, Taqi al-Din al-Hilali, Muhammad al-Qazalji al-Kurdi, Abdul Qadir al-Khatib, Hamdi al-Adhami, and others.
He soon became involved in activism and politics, participating in the 1948 demonstrations that overthrew the colonial treaty in Iraq, and contributed to the establishment of the "Islamic Brotherhood Society" (branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in Iraq) in 1949, and participated in all its activities, and then participated in 1960 in the establishment of the Iraqi Islamic Party (the political arm of the association).
Culturally, he co-founded the Iraqi Authors and Writers Association, the Iraqi Calligraphers Association, and the Imam Abu Hanifa Forum in Adhamiya.
Describing his first meetings with Walid al-Adhami, Counselor Abdullah al-Aqeel, author of the book "From the Flags of the Movement and the Contemporary Islamic Dawah," said: "The (Muslim Brotherhood Library) in Adhamiya was one of the places we frequented, where advocacy discussions, poetic debates, literary debates as well as swimming pools on the banks of the Tigris River take place, where swimming and sports are practiced."
"I used to hint in my brother Walid al-Adhami this enthusiasm, the flowing giving, the hard work and the sincere jealousy for Islam... The beginnings of his poetry emanate from the depths of the heart of a believer and liver of freedom, as was his love for his brothers working in the field of Islamic advocacy walking in the knees of major contemporary Islamic movements is the dominant character on his poetry, has participated with us in the popular demonstrations led by Sheikh Mohammed Mahmoud Sawaf against the Treaty of "Portsmouth" until the fall of the government of Saleh Jabr, which was held and canceled the treaty, has given him Professor Sawaf great care, was encouraging him and presented in public forums to sing Islamic poetry and publish it in the magazine "Islamic Brotherhood" as He used to accompany him on visiting Iraqi cities."
"His poems and poems spread throughout the Arab world, and young people sang them on occasions, and he contributed to reciting many poems in the countries he visited, such as Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Yemen and others," he said.
Therefore, he was not just a poet, but a preacher and a fighter in the first place, living for a cause, which is the return to Islam with its tolerant and moderate roots, and liberation from intellectual and military colonialism, not only in Iraq, but in all Muslim countries, and this remained his only poetic subject, and this appeared in his four collections: "The Ray", "The Whirlwind", "Battle Songs" and "Breaths of the Heart".
Walid Al-Adhami cannot be looked at the poet without looking at Walid the fighter, who lives for a cause, his poetry is all devoted to one cause, intellectual, emotional and militant consistency is the thread that organizes him
"Direct".. Same to you
They say, "He was direct, emotional," and in fact he was, but these traits are not necessarily something negative, the reality is that the most life-alive acts, perhaps throughout history, have been direct and emotional, when you are in a battle of struggle, you do not have the luxury of fantasies and implicit messages. Everything must be clear, direct, emotional, and eloquent. And so it was.
Al-Adhami's poems, and the songs she sang about, were an essential element in the journey of intellectual and emotional growth of large segments of young people in the region, who were associated with the meanings that he conveyed to them in a resounding eloquence, arousing imagination and emotions, and urging action and advancement, so they sang them in the fields of struggle for freedom and liberation.
They also described him as a "poet of facts", his poetry described the state of the nation and its reality in a sad and sad way, and the government of Abdul Karim Qassem realized the seriousness of his poetry, so it deleted verses from his book "Whirlwinds" in its first edition, and narrowed it.
Therefore, it is not possible to recognize criticism such as that written by Nasser Youssef Shabana about Al-Adhami, and he accused him that "his focus on the content reduced his interest in the beauty of the form, and made his poetry closer to the message, sermon or advice", and the face of our disagreement with him is as we mentioned that the poetry of the field and struggle special features are not taken into account by critics, and these features are themselves what earn this poetry a life with the glory of its pronunciation and clarity of meaning, and its interaction with events, so his words remain jumping to mind whenever summoned by an occasion, and this is what he recorded His companion in the struggle in Iraq, Mohsen Abdel Hamid, recalled that when he went to teach at the universities of the Kingdom of Morocco in 1982, he noticed that many students memorized passages from Al-Adhami's poetry and sang them.
In light of this, we need new standards of literary criticism that look at the aesthetics of the text compared to its impact on the hearts of the masses, the beautiful poem is the one that carries a content that people understand, and are affected by, and sing it in the fields of struggle, and all the poems of Al-Azami were of this type, so Mohsen Abdel Hamid says: "His poetry was born from the womb of the nation, and the depths of its pain, surgeries and hopes, it reminds of the ancient past, and moves the miserable present, and sings for the smiling future."
Abdul Hamid considers that Al-Adhami is one of three poets in the modern era (Iqbal, Amiri and Walid) who aligned their poetry with all their poetry towards truth and Islam and clearly called for a balanced Muslim self and the building of a just Islamic state.
The first, Muhammad Iqbal, expressed these meanings through a bright philosophical poetry. The second (Omar Bahaa al-Din al-Amiri) started from a wonderful poetic imagination. And the third (Walid Al-Adhami) was characterized by his hair flashes of passionate brilliance.
As for Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, he described Walid al-Adhami as "the poet of the people", he sings to the people when he rejoices, cries for him when he despairs, roars for him when he is wronged, and screams the vigilant guard screams if his rights are wasted and his father-in-law is lost.
He also described him as "the poet of Islam", justifying that "every true poet of the people must be a poet of Islam, Islam is the religion of the people and its methodology that God approved for it, and it is acceptable to itself under the contract of faith, and whoever claims to be a poet of the people and is contrary to Islam and its call, he is a liar in his claim, a traitor to the people, a forger, and even an enemy of them."
Al-Qaradawi adds: "The Islam that our poet believed in is the true Islam, the authentic Islam not the adulterated, the strong Islam not the weak, the Islam that does not know despair, defeat or surrender, and Al-Adhami enjoys a rich poetic energy generous, and his poetry enjoys smoothness, honesty, heat of emotion, clarity of idea and ease of expression."