(1) I once mentioned him in conversation with @ThomasWic

Time to introduce him to the rest of you:

Abu 'L'Ala Ahmad ibn 'Abdallah al-Ma'arri, generally know as al'Ma'arri, was born near Aleppo in 973, and died in 1057, drawing people to his native town.

His Opus Magnus, the Luzumiyyat, contains some of the most moving verses in a variety of subjects.

Some ring as true today as they did a millennium ago, when his land was the repository of human knowledge then lost to Europeans.

(2) The Two Universal Sects

They all err—Moslems, Jews,
Christians and Zoroastrians.
Humanity follows two world-wide sects:

The one, intelligent man without religion,
The second, religious man without intellect.

So much for the savages of old...

(3) One of my favorites became his epitaph:

A Friend Who Can Talk Well

The world's best moment is a calm hour passed
Listening to a friend who can talk well.

How wonderful is life from first to last!

But ancient Time keeps ever young in tooth:
His ruin cuts down nations in their prime.

In every region Time prepares their graves—
None ever digs the grave of Time.

(4) In those Dark Ages of fanaticism and genocide fuel by bigotry throughout Europe, it was in al-Ma'arri's land that the knowledge of mankind found refuge.

Much of what we know of ancient history, from Greek Philosophers to science, was preserved in Muslims lands paving the way for the Renaissance.

From Aristotle to Pythagoras, from chemistry to paper, from baths to eating utensils, our debt to the Muslim word is immeasurable.

Our valued Humanism originated there.

(5) Even our vocabulary reflects that debt.

From algebra or algorithm to alcohol and Chemistry (alchemy) every day we are reminded of the contributions of the Muslim word that assisted our civilization in coming out from the depths of ignorance into which bigotry had plunged it.

Remember this the next time a unicellular brain entity rants against "those savages."

The very savages to whom we owe our semblance of civilization.




When our ancestors lived in huts and shat in the backyard, this was Cordoba.

@Debradelai @Chaitea99

I show these videos to my children sometimes to show them the importance of Knowledge and open-mindedness.

People of all religions lived peacefully and learned from one another. Even atheists had the complete freedom to question the Existence of God.


@THR @Chaitea99

So, too, the creeds of man: the one prevails
Until the other comes; and this one fails
When that one triumphs; ay, the lonesome world
Will always want the latest fairy tales.


One fricking thousand years ago.

@Debradelai @Chaitea99

I don't usually listen to Arabian Music but when I go to Dubai I always ask the Coffee shops or hotel lobbies to play this Gals Music.

Oh, and the words here are killer, wow.


@Debradelai @Chaitea99

Last one I promise ^_^

I don't know if you have seen this.

It is about a doctor who is drinking "alcohol" and having a conversation with the 'Bartender" about his worries and concerns.


@THR @Debradelai @Chaitea99

Uplifting... transcending... I'm in heaven. Both music and video. Where was the video shot? Referring to your third song with the gorgeous sublime locations. Thanks and best.

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Debradelai @Chaitea99

I believe it is in Seville.

My cousin just came back from there and says I have to go there at least once. It is just magical.

The spanish Government did a good job preserving the historic sites.

It is also well known that all Saudi Kings have huge palaces in Spain and are always doing great things in their cultural exchange programs with Spain.

@THR @Debradelai @Chaitea99

What is the heart tie between SA and Seville, Spain? The Moors? The historic trade of goods? Something else?

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Debradelai @Chaitea99

Good Question, I need to do some research about that.

The Original Arabian Tribes who fled after the fall of Umayyad empire went on to create Alandalus.So most of us have ancestors who once lived there.

If only we didn't have that fake Islamic empire known as the Ottomans, things would be different today.

They destroyed Islam's image for hundreds of years.

Where Arabs go they build, but the Ottomans go & enslave millions & build nothing.

@THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Chaitea99

Because of political alliances, many of us also have relatives there.

I am the 28th great-grandson of Zayda, born in the al-Qasr of Denia, daughter of Abul-Kasim Muhammad Ben Abbad al Mu'tamid, Emir of Seville.

She was given in marriage to Alfonso VI, king of Castille and Leon.

Abul-Khasim was the 8th g-grandson of Na'im al-Lakhmi al-Arabi, who came from Arabia to Seville c. 720.

@THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Chaitea99

Na'im al-Lakhmi alArabi, as you probably know, was a g-grandson of al-Hassan in Ali Abi Talib, son of Ali ben Abu Tali and Fatimah bint Muhammad, daughter of Muhammad bin Muttabib, my 45th G-grandfather.

Also 44th and 43rd through other lines, as the Spanish royals, like the rest of their European cousins, were fond of intermarriage.

@redwhitebluedude @Debradelai @THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Chaitea99 Wow! I traced as far back as a 10th g-grandfather on my dad’s side. But I'm not even sure how accurate it is. I wouldn't even know where to begin to look to make sure it's accurate.

There are also holes I can't figure out. I can't figure out anything on my gg-grandmother. And one g-grandfather was adopted and I can't find anything on him. And my mom’s side is even harder.

@umad80 @redwhitebluedude @Debradelai @THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Chaitea99 Ancestry.com is now testing a new feature that shows you the ancestor you are both related to...it helps to establish the veracity or your genealogy. Canadian records are extremely accurate.- I went back to my 10th g grandfather. Many Irish records were lost or destroyed so its a real challenge. England lost vital records in the war. Fire, earthquakes can also destroy records. Good luck.

@campers @umad80 @redwhitebluedude @THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Chaitea99

The only thing that helps you establish the veracity of a genealogy is documentary proof.

Ancestry's gimmicks and collections of garbage genealogies do not.

Only actual documents, like census and vital records are of any use there.

@Debradelai @campers @umad80 @redwhitebluedude @THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Chaitea99

Exactly. Documentation is KEY in genealogy.

People build family trees on Ancestry with info that’s unsourced — and, therefore, useless.

But documents and vital records can also be erroneous!

(The 1920 census taker for my husband’s grandfather’s upstate NY district had to be either drunk or dyslexic.)

Genealogy is like a human jigsaw puzzle. All pieces need to interlock.


@rarity @Debradelai @campers @umad80 @redwhitebluedude @THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis

My twin does the genealogy for our family. Best findings she discovered were through census and military records where she exposed 3 major family lore stories as whoppers that had got passed down through multiple generations. Shame it took over a 100 yrs to vindicate a wronged ancestor from the lies his ex-wife told to her whole family and son.

@Chaitea99 @rarity @Debradelai @campers @umad80 @redwhitebluedude @THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis

Oh yes, I was able to myth-bust the tale about an ancestor who we didn't even know had fought in WWI, and was decorated. He came home and died an old man. I'd always been told he was a scoundrel who abandoned wife and kids. Turns out he was not at fault at all.

I corrected the record just in time for the WWI centenary.

Now to find his medals...

@GodlessNZ @rarity @Debradelai @campers @umad80 @redwhitebluedude @THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis

Almost exact deal here. Wife left him and ran off with his friend while he was still fighting in the Civil War. Successfully convinced her family and young son that he ran off to Texas and married a Southern Belle after the war instead of coming back to New York. Poor guy came back to an empty home and a son who believed the lies his whole life.

@Chaitea99 @Debradelai @campers @umad80 @redwhitebluedude @THR @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis

Ex-wives can be notorious — even the living ones!

It’s so good that your twin was able to set the record straight. Now the man can really RIP.

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