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الله يرحمه , Kahlil Gibran.  The best-selling poet after Shakespeare and Laozi, Gibran was born in Lebanon to a Maronite family before emigrating to the United States of America in 1895 at the age of 12.  His works infuse the traditions of the Syriac Maronite Church as well as the mysticism of Sufism, and while critical acclaim did not follow The Prophet (26 verses of poetic prose) on its publication in 1923, popular acclaim did, and continues to do so–it has yet to be out of print since its original publication in the United States of America.  Also a gifted artist (he illustrated his own works), Gibran died on this date in 1931 at the age of 48.  Here’s one of his poems worth remembering:

“Pity the Nation” (composed c. 1912, published 1933)

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.

Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave and eats a bread it does not harvest.

Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.

Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream, yet submits in its awakening.

Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block.

Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking

Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years and whose strongmen are yet in the cradle.

Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: April 10, 1971
From: Beirut, Lebanon
MC #1129

Middle stamps:
Issued on: December 19, 1983
From: Beirut, Lebanon
MC #BL43

Stamps on bottom:
Issued on: April 30, 2008
From: Beirut, Lebanon
MC #BL53

Hz. Muhammed (S.A.V.)-Muâz b. Cebel

Dinin başı İslâm (kelime-i şehâdet getirerek Allah'a teslim olmak), direği ise namazdır. - Hz. Muhammed (S.A.V.)-Muâz b. Cebel

“Ey İns!

Ey İnsan!

Ey çatlaklarından Kabil sızan Habil!

Ey nedamet rahminde Habil büyüten Kabil!

Ey kursağına bir lokmanın cürmü takılmış Baba!

Ey Cebel-i Rahme tepesinde Naim’e aş eren gebe!

Ey sancısıyla alemi doğuran anne!


Hatmi vacip sırrı aşikar olunan aşksın sen!

Ey dilinde aşikarın katli duran sır
Ey ifk'te süründüren kahır!

Kefen boyu kısa kalan vade

Rahminde  ölülerden cenin büyüten toprak

Libası dirilerden sıyrılan üryan günah

Dilaltında serpilen siyah lale

Laleleri gizli verem mümbit gece

Tadı az, tuzu kaçık, rayihası  a c ı !

İnsafsız kozaların sürgün ettiği kelebek

Ey faili meçhul cinayet

Ey celladına hayran sadık

Ey Belkıs’a naz öğreten işve

Ey İsrafil’in gözlediği sur

Ey Musa’ya cilve eden mukaddes tur

Tasvirin ne müşkül, yoruldum dur!

Ey İns!


Ey insan!


İki kaş arasında üç harfin ağırlığını taşıyan hamal

Kendinden kendine koşan Hacer!

Gözlerinden zemzem fışkıran Kevser

Kafeste kuş öldüren nazar

Levh-i kalemde azar

Göz kararı ölçüp biçen terzi

El emeği göz nuru dikilen  mavi

Kehkeşanlara hicret den divane-deli

Deli ile kaşık devşiren veli

Cebinde dün-bugün-yarın saklayan pinti


Ey…

Ey İns!

Ey İnsan!

Sensin işte
Adem'den olma
Havva'dan doğma

Ruhun kabz hali…”

“Lam , yalnızca Lam olmakla manasını yitirir. Elif gelince, Elif ile birleşince  kalkar perde, savrulur tennure…Ateş ve su fıtratını taşıyan İnsan'dır Lamelif…Biraz us'lu, biraz esrik..”


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