Albabtain narrates the story of "The Epic of the Arabs".
April 14, 2017
"The Epic of the Arabs for Peace" is an extensive poem composed by 113 poets from various Arab countries, spanning 4000 verses. The poem calls for peace, denounces violence, combats sectarianism, advocates tolerance and coexistence, and contains invitations for dialogue. It aims to present the true image of Islam and authentic Arab values. The concept for this poem emerged when Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain narrates that "Albabtain Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with the World Poetry Academy in Verona, Italy, organized a poetry evening to celebrate World Poetry in 2011. During this event, a collaborative poem called "The Unified Poem 'Renga'" was presented in the Japanese style, where a group of poets contributed certain number of verses on a specific theme and language. These poets represented every continent and their poetry was translated into English. This led to the idea of ‘The Epic of the Arab Poetry,’ where the theme remains constant, while the poets are diverse, reflecting the fusion of Arab, European, Asian, African, American, and Australian cultures."
Albabtain continued "Subsequently, we published an announcement on the Foundation’s website inviting poets to participate in composing poems on the same theme, utilizing the same meter and rhyme scheme. Over one 120 poets responded, crafting poems exceeding four thousand two hundred verses. The Foundation then referred these poems to a specialized artistic committee composed of Arabic literature and poetry professors. Their role was to provide feedback and scrutinize the verses, excluding those that did not adhere to the criteria for composing an epic."
He added "After successfully completing this process, we presented the epic to the Arab and Islamic communities and our global humanitarian partners from around the world. Additionally, we will translate it into English to facilitate understanding for a broader audience. Our hope is that this poetic epic will have a positive impact on our Arab and Islamic nations and that the voices of Arab poets will resonate with cultural societies worldwide. We aim to convey that poets are individuals with peaceful agendas, and Islam is a religion of tolerance, brotherhood, and coexistence with others."
He concluded "Ten poets from Saudi Arabia participated in the composition of the Arab Epic: Saud bin Muhsin, Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Atel, Abdulrahman Abdullah Al-Wasil, Abdulaziz Al-Faisal, Abdullah Al-Fayfi, Faisal Al-Makhlifi, Mohammad Abdullah Shiban, Mansour Damas Mathkoor, Nayef Al-Rashdan, and Walid Al-Fadhli."