What is life other than a nightmare?

All I know is that the artist and musician Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab sang verses from the poem of the Prince of Poets Ahmed Shawky (October 16, 1868 – October 14, 1932), “Oh Nam’a, your eyelids have fallen asleep” in Maqam al- Bayati, the most widely used mekami in oriental music.

Before the death of Ahmed Shawqi in 1932, my brother and I were at school looking for verses of poetry, me and my brothers, to ask each other the meaning of a word, or another syntax, or the speed of identification of the sea, whose weight. and activation was written poems.
The strange thing is that this poem was written with the same weight that Ibn al-Rumi (one of the poets of the third century AH in the Abbasid era) wrote his famous and slightly satirical poem: “Your face, Amr, has. the length / and in the faces of the dogs is the length ”… and the activation is“ Mustaflan ”Thus he declared Fauln / Mustafran, then declared Fauln, which is one of the modifications of Bahr Al-Kamil.

And in the poem “Ya Naama” a verse says: “A life is but a night / morning was its forehead”.

The question was, what is the meaning of the word “forehead” ?, and why it is raised with a hug.
As for the answer, it is in rewriting the verse, to remove its poetic necessities, and it becomes prose as follows: “A life is nothing but a night / whose forehead was morning.”

The word jinn here means grave, including what the brothers in Egypt say about the cemetery as “cemetery”. Thus, the meaning of the house becomes: “A life is only one night, morning comes and on the other hand it becomes its end and the grave for it”.

Exchange of information

I was reminded of all this, seeing my mother leading her to the grave they had prepared. And I remembered her, she was strong and mobile, caring for eight children and encouraging us to be superior creators. She asked my dad to buy us a bench with six bookshelves.

The six of us at school at the time were sitting in it together to study. And if something is difficult for one of us, he asks the one who is bigger than him, and if he can not answer, he goes to him after him and after we finish the study we sit down to exchange information and ask. question each other about the things we have learned.

Our mother, may God have mercy on her, Kawther al-Anani, taught us to read outside the curriculum, as she said: “If you limit your knowledge to curriculum books, what will distinguish you from others? It will be boring. , repeating what others know.If you bring something new, other students will not be upset by your speech.So, she encouraged us to read.

My father, may God have mercy on him, Ahmed Al-Anani, was a distinguished professor in teaching English, but he was one of the masters of Arabic language and literature and one of the distinguished scholars of history. He asked us to read thirty books during the summer holidays, half in Arabic and half in English.

This is how we were taught when we were little and memorized the seas of poetry before we finished the first years of elementary school. When I finished high school successfully, my father refused to study English at the American University in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, when I was awarded a scholarship. He told me, “The teaching profession is arduous. Study something to earn a living, then study English and literature in your spare time and fulfill your hobby.”

branch of economics

I studied engineering in the United States for two years and when I took economics courses, I changed direction in it, out of love for it and for the math I love, especially since, at the time, it had become an essential part. of economics. And now that my mother’s period of mourning was over, I turned to myself to ask two questions: Who taught me the most when science was like stone carving: schooling on classroom benches, or schooling at home in my mother’s living room, May God have mercy on him. on it, designed at home?

There is no doubt that both were useful, but what further refined the character was the exchange of knowledge with my brothers and father and the external reading, which gave me a variety of knowledge and a depth of understanding of what they taught us . In school. The second question relates to time exchange?

Do we realize that the most important asset for us is “limited life” and that it should be invested in the best means to achieve what we aspire to and strive to achieve? How do we make the search for knowledge and skills interesting and endearing, so as not to try to practice it?

The educational process does not end in school, especially in public schools, because teachers teach without a soul in many cases.

And the teacher’s salary in most countries of the Arab world is less than the salary of a non-technical employee? Thus, the position of professor was lost within the classroom and in the ranks of society and education systems collapsed with the decline of teaching and learning skills.

Additional knowledge

We should also nurture the spirit of surprise and curiosity in students, so that they enjoy additional knowledge, performance, craft and communication skills. Most students speak with their stomach and you hardly understand what they are saying due to poor language skills, expressive ability and mix of Arabic and foreign languages. When will our students learn that life is a single night that comes and goes in the blink of an eye and that the morning birth that the great artist Umm Kultum sings “Oh, good morning with us” has passed away. a night of life and her grave is in her folds.

Age is just one night, so what did we do with it? What is the fate of our children if our good mothers die, or if they become a rare coin?

Education reform is no longer the monopoly of sectoral ministries, but a social agreement has been made in which the institution of origin, the school institution, the culture institution and the culture institution are combined with the efforts of knowledge everywhere.

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