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Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

Posted by Abe Abraham on 21 Nov 2013, 17:12

Lina Malkawi





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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

The story of al-Mutanabbi and Kafur al-Ikhshidi testifies to Levantine/Iraqi racism and Egyptian tolerance.

The notorious satirical poems in which the Iraqi/Levantine poet Abut-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi insults the ruler of Egypt Abu al-Misk Kafur Al-Ikhshidi for being a former black slave and mocks the people of Egypt for allowing him to rise to power and accepting him as their leader, is often cited as an example of Arab racism. However, I see it as an example of tolerance, particularly on behalf of the people of Egypt.

Abu al-Misk Kafur was originally a black slave from Ethiopia. Muhammad Bin Tughj, the first of the Ikhshidid princes of Egypt, purchased Abu al-Misk Kafur as a slave in 923 AD and, recognizing the slave's potential, made him a tutor to his children and a military officer, and later promoted him as minister (Vizier) of Egypt. Eventually, Kafur gained so much power that he succeeded bin Tughj after his death, becoming the de jure ruler of the Egypt and southern Syria.

For a black save to climb the power ladder to become a prince or king is quite extraordinary and it took al-Mutanabbi by surprise. Not only was this black slave able to take control of Egypt—one of the most important countries of that time—but the people of Egypt were fine with it.

This is not the only example of slaves rising to power in Egypt. The Mamluks were soldiers of slave origin who converted to Islam, and eventually became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies, particularly in Egypt. The mamluk phenomenon lasted from the 9th to the 19th century AD.

However, Kafur was not only a slave—he was black. Also remarkable about him is the way he outsmarted and made a fool out of al-Mutanabbi (perhaps the most famous Arab poet in Arabic history).

After trying unsuccessfully to gain political power in the Levant, by praising Saif al-Daula, Prince of Aleppo, al-Mutanabbi went to Egypt and tried to get close to Kafur in hopes of being appointed governor of Sidon in reward for his poetry.

Kafur could see through al-Mutanabbi's praise poetry that he was actually a racist and ignored him. Al-Mutanabbi became furious and started mocking him instead.

Here are some verses of scathing satirical poems Al-Mutanabbi wrote about Kafur:


صارَ الخَصيُُ إمام الآبقين بهـا .. فالحُـرُّ مُستعبدٌ و العبدُ معبودُ

The neutered slave has become leader of free people (in Egypt). The free are now enslaved and the slave is worshiped.

لا تشترِ العبد إلاَّ والعصا معـه .. إنّ العبيدَ لأنجـاسُ مناكيــدُ

Never buy a slave unless the stick come comes along with him. Slaves are sleazy and belligerent.


ما كنت أحسبني أحيا إلى زمنٍ .. يُسيء بي فيه عبدُ وهو محمودُ

I never thought I would live to a time when a slave would insult me and he would be praised for doing so.

من علّم الأسود المخصي مكرمة .. أقومُــه البيضُ أو آباؤه الصيدُ

Who taught the neutered black man to become noble: his white people or his aristocratic fathers?

وتعجبني رجلاك في النعل إنني .. رأيتكَ ذا نعل إذا كنت حافيا

I am amused by how your feet look in your shoes. I would think you had shoes on even if you were barefoot.

ومثلك يؤتى من بلاد بعيدة .. ليضحك ربات الحداد البواكيا

A person like you is sought from far away places just so he can make sad, morning women laugh.

For establishing support and credibility, Kafur was more comfortable surrounding himself with religious scholars than with poets.

Al Mutanabbi mocks the people of Egypt and their religious scholars for accepting Kafur as leader by saying:


سادات كل أناس من نفوسهم .. وسادة المسلمين الأعبد القزم

The leaders of all nations are from amongst themselves, except the Muslims; their leaders are low-life slaves.

أغاية الدين أن تحفوا شواربكم .. يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الأمم

Is shaving your mustaches the most important thing in religion? You are surely a nation that all nations have laughed at because of your ignorance.


Well, look who got the last laugh!

Re: Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

Posted by ethiopianunity on 21 Nov 2013, 23:01

Abe Abraham wrote:Lina Malkawi





http://www.linamalkawi.com/2010/04/al-m ... nt-to.html


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

The story of al-Mutanabbi and Kafur al-Ikhshidi testifies to Levantine/Iraqi racism and Egyptian tolerance.

The notorious satirical poems in which the Iraqi/Levantine poet Abut-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi insults the ruler of Egypt Abu al-Misk Kafur Al-Ikhshidi for being a former black slave and mocks the people of Egypt for allowing him to rise to power and accepting him as their leader, is often cited as an example of Arab racism. However, I see it as an example of tolerance, particularly on behalf of the people of Egypt.

Abu al-Misk Kafur was originally a black slave from Ethiopia. Muhammad Bin Tughj, the first of the Ikhshidid princes of Egypt, purchased Abu al-Misk Kafur as a slave in 923 AD and, recognizing the slave's potential, made him a tutor to his children and a military officer, and later promoted him as minister (Vizier) of Egypt. Eventually, Kafur gained so much power that he succeeded bin Tughj after his death, becoming the de jure ruler of the Egypt and southern Syria.

For a black save to climb the power ladder to become a prince or king is quite extraordinary and it took al-Mutanabbi by surprise. Not only was this black slave able to take control of Egypt—one of the most important countries of that time—but the people of Egypt were fine with it.

This is not the only example of slaves rising to power in Egypt. The Mamluks were soldiers of slave origin who converted to Islam, and eventually became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies, particularly in Egypt. The mamluk phenomenon lasted from the 9th to the 19th century AD.

However, Kafur was not only a slave—he was black. Also remarkable about him is the way he outsmarted and made a fool out of al-Mutanabbi (perhaps the most famous Arab poet in Arabic history).

After trying unsuccessfully to gain political power in the Levant, by praising Saif al-Daula, Prince of Aleppo, al-Mutanabbi went to Egypt and tried to get close to Kafur in hopes of being appointed governor of Sidon in reward for his poetry.

Kafur could see through al-Mutanabbi's praise poetry that he was actually a racist and ignored him. Al-Mutanabbi became furious and started mocking him instead.

Here are some verses of scathing satirical poems Al-Mutanabbi wrote about Kafur:


صارَ الخَصيُُ إمام الآبقين بهـا .. فالحُـرُّ مُستعبدٌ و العبدُ معبودُ

The neutered slave has become leader of free people (in Egypt). The free are now enslaved and the slave is worshiped.

لا تشترِ العبد إلاَّ والعصا معـه .. إنّ العبيدَ لأنجـاسُ مناكيــدُ

Never buy a slave unless the stick come comes along with him. Slaves are sleazy and belligerent.


ما كنت أحسبني أحيا إلى زمنٍ .. يُسيء بي فيه عبدُ وهو محمودُ

I never thought I would live to a time when a slave would insult me and he would be praised for doing so.

من علّم الأسود المخصي مكرمة .. أقومُــه البيضُ أو آباؤه الصيدُ

Who taught the neutered black man to become noble: his white people or his aristocratic fathers?

وتعجبني رجلاك في النعل إنني .. رأيتكَ ذا نعل إذا كنت حافيا

I am amused by how your feet look in your shoes. I would think you had shoes on even if you were barefoot.

ومثلك يؤتى من بلاد بعيدة .. ليضحك ربات الحداد البواكيا

A person like you is sought from far away places just so he can make sad, morning women laugh.

For establishing support and credibility, Kafur was more comfortable surrounding himself with religious scholars than with poets.

Al Mutanabbi mocks the people of Egypt and their religious scholars for accepting Kafur as leader by saying:


سادات كل أناس من نفوسهم .. وسادة المسلمين الأعبد القزم

The leaders of all nations are from amongst themselves, except the Muslims; their leaders are low-life slaves.

أغاية الدين أن تحفوا شواربكم .. يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الأمم

Is shaving your mustaches the most important thing in religion? You are surely a nation that all nations have laughed at because of your ignorance.


Well, look who got the last laugh!



The Arabs and West will do anything to suppress the people of Horn of Africa including origin Egypt by sitmatizing them as slaves but they were not they were part of the builders of the pyramid. They are tryng to suppress any association to this civilization in order to justify that it is Arabs and West who were part of it and not Horn of Africa or Egypt included. For this reason current misinformation to suppress comes from we know who in order to control all of the region and break it apart.

Notice also every thing coming from Horn of Africa, they consider as slave hmmmm what prove do we have kafur was slave because they said so? There were many Ethiopain descendants also in India and Arab countries who were rulers. They were suppressed because of the rise of Aarabs. Egypt is 100% prove of that through help of British and Ottoman, Egypt became Islamic and Arab. Brits are very busy and active in Horn of Africa today...hmmmm

Re: Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

Posted by Abe Abraham on 22 Nov 2013, 13:29

ethiopianunity wrote:
Abe Abraham wrote:Lina Malkawi





http://www.linamalkawi.com/2010/04/al-m ... nt-to.html


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

The story of al-Mutanabbi and Kafur al-Ikhshidi testifies to Levantine/Iraqi racism and Egyptian tolerance.

The notorious satirical poems in which the Iraqi/Levantine poet Abut-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi insults the ruler of Egypt Abu al-Misk Kafur Al-Ikhshidi for being a former black slave and mocks the people of Egypt for allowing him to rise to power and accepting him as their leader, is often cited as an example of Arab racism. However, I see it as an example of tolerance, particularly on behalf of the people of Egypt.

Abu al-Misk Kafur was originally a black slave from Ethiopia. Muhammad Bin Tughj, the first of the Ikhshidid princes of Egypt, purchased Abu al-Misk Kafur as a slave in 923 AD and, recognizing the slave's potential, made him a tutor to his children and a military officer, and later promoted him as minister (Vizier) of Egypt. Eventually, Kafur gained so much power that he succeeded bin Tughj after his death, becoming the de jure ruler of the Egypt and southern Syria.

For a black save to climb the power ladder to become a prince or king is quite extraordinary and it took al-Mutanabbi by surprise. Not only was this black slave able to take control of Egypt—one of the most important countries of that time—but the people of Egypt were fine with it.

This is not the only example of slaves rising to power in Egypt. The Mamluks were soldiers of slave origin who converted to Islam, and eventually became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies, particularly in Egypt. The mamluk phenomenon lasted from the 9th to the 19th century AD.

However, Kafur was not only a slave—he was black. Also remarkable about him is the way he outsmarted and made a fool out of al-Mutanabbi (perhaps the most famous Arab poet in Arabic history).

After trying unsuccessfully to gain political power in the Levant, by praising Saif al-Daula, Prince of Aleppo, al-Mutanabbi went to Egypt and tried to get close to Kafur in hopes of being appointed governor of Sidon in reward for his poetry.

Kafur could see through al-Mutanabbi's praise poetry that he was actually a racist and ignored him. Al-Mutanabbi became furious and started mocking him instead.

Here are some verses of scathing satirical poems Al-Mutanabbi wrote about Kafur:


صارَ الخَصيُُ إمام الآبقين بهـا .. فالحُـرُّ مُستعبدٌ و العبدُ معبودُ

The neutered slave has become leader of free people (in Egypt). The free are now enslaved and the slave is worshiped.

لا تشترِ العبد إلاَّ والعصا معـه .. إنّ العبيدَ لأنجـاسُ مناكيــدُ

Never buy a slave unless the stick come comes along with him. Slaves are sleazy and belligerent.


ما كنت أحسبني أحيا إلى زمنٍ .. يُسيء بي فيه عبدُ وهو محمودُ

I never thought I would live to a time when a slave would insult me and he would be praised for doing so.

من علّم الأسود المخصي مكرمة .. أقومُــه البيضُ أو آباؤه الصيدُ

Who taught the neutered black man to become noble: his white people or his aristocratic fathers?

وتعجبني رجلاك في النعل إنني .. رأيتكَ ذا نعل إذا كنت حافيا

I am amused by how your feet look in your shoes. I would think you had shoes on even if you were barefoot.

ومثلك يؤتى من بلاد بعيدة .. ليضحك ربات الحداد البواكيا

A person like you is sought from far away places just so he can make sad, morning women laugh.

For establishing support and credibility, Kafur was more comfortable surrounding himself with religious scholars than with poets.

Al Mutanabbi mocks the people of Egypt and their religious scholars for accepting Kafur as leader by saying:


سادات كل أناس من نفوسهم .. وسادة المسلمين الأعبد القزم

The leaders of all nations are from amongst themselves, except the Muslims; their leaders are low-life slaves.

أغاية الدين أن تحفوا شواربكم .. يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الأمم

Is shaving your mustaches the most important thing in religion? You are surely a nation that all nations have laughed at because of your ignorance.


Well, look who got the last laugh!



The Arabs and West will do anything to suppress the people of Horn of Africa including origin Egypt by sitmatizing them as slaves but they were not they were part of the builders of the pyramid. They are tryng to suppress any association to this civilization in order to justify that it is Arabs and West who were part of it and not Horn of Africa or Egypt included. For this reason current misinformation to suppress comes from we know who in order to control all of the region and break it apart.

Notice also every thing coming from Horn of Africa, they consider as slave hmmmm what prove do we have kafur was slave because they said so? There were many Ethiopain descendants also in India and Arab countries who were rulers. They were suppressed because of the rise of Aarabs. Egypt is 100% prove of that through help of British and Ottoman, Egypt became Islamic and Arab. Brits are very busy and active in Horn of Africa today...hmmmm


Kafur was a black man, not a Habesha ( For a very long time the Egyptian slave-traders were active in the Sudan). The Arabs who always knew very well who the Habesha were had the habit of deliberately referring to any black person with non-Habesha physical traits as Habashi ( Do you know what the Arab enemies of Prince Bandar Bin Sultan say about him? Answer: The son of an abyssinian slave who was mounted by Prince Sultan when he was drunk.The truth says that the mother of Prince Bandar is Sudanese. )It is very irritating to hear that many Arabs still talking about Antara and Bilal Al-Habashi as if they were Habeshas.

Re: Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

Posted by ethiopianunity on 22 Nov 2013, 13:55

Abe Abraham wrote:
ethiopianunity wrote:
Abe Abraham wrote:Lina Malkawi





http://www.linamalkawi.com/2010/04/al-m ... nt-to.html


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

The story of al-Mutanabbi and Kafur al-Ikhshidi testifies to Levantine/Iraqi racism and Egyptian tolerance.

The notorious satirical poems in which the Iraqi/Levantine poet Abut-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi insults the ruler of Egypt Abu al-Misk Kafur Al-Ikhshidi for being a former black slave and mocks the people of Egypt for allowing him to rise to power and accepting him as their leader, is often cited as an example of Arab racism. However, I see it as an example of tolerance, particularly on behalf of the people of Egypt.

Abu al-Misk Kafur was originally a black slave from Ethiopia. Muhammad Bin Tughj, the first of the Ikhshidid princes of Egypt, purchased Abu al-Misk Kafur as a slave in 923 AD and, recognizing the slave's potential, made him a tutor to his children and a military officer, and later promoted him as minister (Vizier) of Egypt. Eventually, Kafur gained so much power that he succeeded bin Tughj after his death, becoming the de jure ruler of the Egypt and southern Syria.

For a black save to climb the power ladder to become a prince or king is quite extraordinary and it took al-Mutanabbi by surprise. Not only was this black slave able to take control of Egypt—one of the most important countries of that time—but the people of Egypt were fine with it.

This is not the only example of slaves rising to power in Egypt. The Mamluks were soldiers of slave origin who converted to Islam, and eventually became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies, particularly in Egypt. The mamluk phenomenon lasted from the 9th to the 19th century AD.

However, Kafur was not only a slave—he was black. Also remarkable about him is the way he outsmarted and made a fool out of al-Mutanabbi (perhaps the most famous Arab poet in Arabic history).

After trying unsuccessfully to gain political power in the Levant, by praising Saif al-Daula, Prince of Aleppo, al-Mutanabbi went to Egypt and tried to get close to Kafur in hopes of being appointed governor of Sidon in reward for his poetry.

Kafur could see through al-Mutanabbi's praise poetry that he was actually a racist and ignored him. Al-Mutanabbi became furious and started mocking him instead.

Here are some verses of scathing satirical poems Al-Mutanabbi wrote about Kafur:


صارَ الخَصيُُ إمام الآبقين بهـا .. فالحُـرُّ مُستعبدٌ و العبدُ معبودُ

The neutered slave has become leader of free people (in Egypt). The free are now enslaved and the slave is worshiped.

لا تشترِ العبد إلاَّ والعصا معـه .. إنّ العبيدَ لأنجـاسُ مناكيــدُ

Never buy a slave unless the stick come comes along with him. Slaves are sleazy and belligerent.


ما كنت أحسبني أحيا إلى زمنٍ .. يُسيء بي فيه عبدُ وهو محمودُ

I never thought I would live to a time when a slave would insult me and he would be praised for doing so.

من علّم الأسود المخصي مكرمة .. أقومُــه البيضُ أو آباؤه الصيدُ

Who taught the neutered black man to become noble: his white people or his aristocratic fathers?

وتعجبني رجلاك في النعل إنني .. رأيتكَ ذا نعل إذا كنت حافيا

I am amused by how your feet look in your shoes. I would think you had shoes on even if you were barefoot.

ومثلك يؤتى من بلاد بعيدة .. ليضحك ربات الحداد البواكيا

A person like you is sought from far away places just so he can make sad, morning women laugh.

For establishing support and credibility, Kafur was more comfortable surrounding himself with religious scholars than with poets.

Al Mutanabbi mocks the people of Egypt and their religious scholars for accepting Kafur as leader by saying:


سادات كل أناس من نفوسهم .. وسادة المسلمين الأعبد القزم

The leaders of all nations are from amongst themselves, except the Muslims; their leaders are low-life slaves.

أغاية الدين أن تحفوا شواربكم .. يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الأمم

Is shaving your mustaches the most important thing in religion? You are surely a nation that all nations have laughed at because of your ignorance.


Well, look who got the last laugh!



The Arabs and West will do anything to suppress the people of Horn of Africa including origin Egypt by sitmatizing them as slaves but they were not they were part of the builders of the pyramid. They are tryng to suppress any association to this civilization in order to justify that it is Arabs and West who were part of it and not Horn of Africa or Egypt included. For this reason current misinformation to suppress comes from we know who in order to control all of the region and break it apart.

Notice also every thing coming from Horn of Africa, they consider as slave hmmmm what prove do we have kafur was slave because they said so? There were many Ethiopain descendants also in India and Arab countries who were rulers. They were suppressed because of the rise of Aarabs. Egypt is 100% prove of that through help of British and Ottoman, Egypt became Islamic and Arab. Brits are very busy and active in Horn of Africa today...hmmmm


Kafur was a black man, not a Habesha ( For a very long time the Egyptian slave-traders were active in the Sudan). The Arabs who always knew very well who the Habesha were had the habit of deliberately referring to any black person with non-Habesha physical traits as Habashi ( Do you know what the Arab enemies of Prince Bandar Bin Sultan say about him? Answer: The son of an abyssinian slave who was mounted by Prince Sultan when he was drunk.The truth says that the mother of Prince Bandar is Sudanese. )It is very irritating to hear that many Arabs still talking about Antara and Bilal Al-Habashi as if they were Habeshas.



Abe,

What are you talking about, Wiki and other articles as well as the above are saying Ethipoian slave. What is your evidence that he was not Ethiopian? You seem like you want to avoid using the word Ethiopia and replacing it Habesha why? Are you trying to give us a clue by saying Habesh then it will include Eritrea too right but you deliberately avoid the name Ethiopia. Using the word Ethiopia by both Shabian and OLFites is a NO, NO! :mrgreen: You are also struggling hard to identify the black person in the Horn of Africa, you are trying to find the Habashi in the Horn of Africa excluding Ethiopia, you are trying to find..... wey gud new altadelnim. The Horn of Africa is doomed because of people like you and OLFist. I though you were moderate one.

In fact, I heard that the previous name of Sudan was Kush. What ever we are: there are Habeshis, Kush in all Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. Who defines what to be who is black and who is not is useless. It shows how the Arabs and West f.....ed the brian of Shabia, TPLF and OLF.

Re: Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

Posted by Abe Abraham on 22 Nov 2013, 14:23

ethiopianunity wrote:
Abe Abraham wrote:
ethiopianunity wrote:
Abe Abraham wrote:Lina Malkawi





http://www.linamalkawi.com/2010/04/al-m ... nt-to.html


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

The story of al-Mutanabbi and Kafur al-Ikhshidi testifies to Levantine/Iraqi racism and Egyptian tolerance.

The notorious satirical poems in which the Iraqi/Levantine poet Abut-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi insults the ruler of Egypt Abu al-Misk Kafur Al-Ikhshidi for being a former black slave and mocks the people of Egypt for allowing him to rise to power and accepting him as their leader, is often cited as an example of Arab racism. However, I see it as an example of tolerance, particularly on behalf of the people of Egypt.

Abu al-Misk Kafur was originally a black slave from Ethiopia. Muhammad Bin Tughj, the first of the Ikhshidid princes of Egypt, purchased Abu al-Misk Kafur as a slave in 923 AD and, recognizing the slave's potential, made him a tutor to his children and a military officer, and later promoted him as minister (Vizier) of Egypt. Eventually, Kafur gained so much power that he succeeded bin Tughj after his death, becoming the de jure ruler of the Egypt and southern Syria.

For a black save to climb the power ladder to become a prince or king is quite extraordinary and it took al-Mutanabbi by surprise. Not only was this black slave able to take control of Egypt—one of the most important countries of that time—but the people of Egypt were fine with it.

This is not the only example of slaves rising to power in Egypt. The Mamluks were soldiers of slave origin who converted to Islam, and eventually became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies, particularly in Egypt. The mamluk phenomenon lasted from the 9th to the 19th century AD.

However, Kafur was not only a slave—he was black. Also remarkable about him is the way he outsmarted and made a fool out of al-Mutanabbi (perhaps the most famous Arab poet in Arabic history).

After trying unsuccessfully to gain political power in the Levant, by praising Saif al-Daula, Prince of Aleppo, al-Mutanabbi went to Egypt and tried to get close to Kafur in hopes of being appointed governor of Sidon in reward for his poetry.

Kafur could see through al-Mutanabbi's praise poetry that he was actually a racist and ignored him. Al-Mutanabbi became furious and started mocking him instead.

Here are some verses of scathing satirical poems Al-Mutanabbi wrote about Kafur:


صارَ الخَصيُُ إمام الآبقين بهـا .. فالحُـرُّ مُستعبدٌ و العبدُ معبودُ

The neutered slave has become leader of free people (in Egypt). The free are now enslaved and the slave is worshiped.

لا تشترِ العبد إلاَّ والعصا معـه .. إنّ العبيدَ لأنجـاسُ مناكيــدُ

Never buy a slave unless the stick come comes along with him. Slaves are sleazy and belligerent.


ما كنت أحسبني أحيا إلى زمنٍ .. يُسيء بي فيه عبدُ وهو محمودُ

I never thought I would live to a time when a slave would insult me and he would be praised for doing so.

من علّم الأسود المخصي مكرمة .. أقومُــه البيضُ أو آباؤه الصيدُ

Who taught the neutered black man to become noble: his white people or his aristocratic fathers?

وتعجبني رجلاك في النعل إنني .. رأيتكَ ذا نعل إذا كنت حافيا

I am amused by how your feet look in your shoes. I would think you had shoes on even if you were barefoot.

ومثلك يؤتى من بلاد بعيدة .. ليضحك ربات الحداد البواكيا

A person like you is sought from far away places just so he can make sad, morning women laugh.

For establishing support and credibility, Kafur was more comfortable surrounding himself with religious scholars than with poets.

Al Mutanabbi mocks the people of Egypt and their religious scholars for accepting Kafur as leader by saying:


سادات كل أناس من نفوسهم .. وسادة المسلمين الأعبد القزم

The leaders of all nations are from amongst themselves, except the Muslims; their leaders are low-life slaves.

أغاية الدين أن تحفوا شواربكم .. يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الأمم

Is shaving your mustaches the most important thing in religion? You are surely a nation that all nations have laughed at because of your ignorance.


Well, look who got the last laugh!



The Arabs and West will do anything to suppress the people of Horn of Africa including origin Egypt by sitmatizing them as slaves but they were not they were part of the builders of the pyramid. They are tryng to suppress any association to this civilization in order to justify that it is Arabs and West who were part of it and not Horn of Africa or Egypt included. For this reason current misinformation to suppress comes from we know who in order to control all of the region and break it apart.

Notice also every thing coming from Horn of Africa, they consider as slave hmmmm what prove do we have kafur was slave because they said so? There were many Ethiopain descendants also in India and Arab countries who were rulers. They were suppressed because of the rise of Aarabs. Egypt is 100% prove of that through help of British and Ottoman, Egypt became Islamic and Arab. Brits are very busy and active in Horn of Africa today...hmmmm


Kafur was a black man, not a Habesha ( For a very long time the Egyptian slave-traders were active in the Sudan). The Arabs who always knew very well who the Habesha were had the habit of deliberately referring to any black person with non-Habesha physical traits as Habashi ( Do you know what the Arab enemies of Prince Bandar Bin Sultan say about him? Answer: The son of an abyssinian slave who was mounted by Prince Sultan when he was drunk.The truth says that the mother of Prince Bandar is Sudanese. )It is very irritating to hear that many Arabs still talking about Antara and Bilal Al-Habashi as if they were Habeshas.



Abe,

What are you talking about, Wiki and other articles as well as the above are saying Ethipoian slave. What is your evidence that he was not Ethiopian? You seem like you want to avoid using the word Ethiopia and replacing it Habesha why? Are you trying to give us a clue by saying Habesh then it will include Eritrea too right but you deliberately avoid the name Ethiopia. Using the word Ethiopia by both Shabian and OLFites is a NO, NO! :mrgreen: You are also struggling hard to identify the black person in the Horn of Africa, you are trying to find the Habashi in the Horn of Africa excluding Ethiopia, you are trying to find..... wey gud new altadelnim. The Horn of Africa is doomed because of people like you and OLFist. I though you were moderate one.

In fact, I heard that the previous name of Sudan was Kush. What ever we are: there are Habeshis, Kush in all Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. Who defines what to be who is black and who is not is useless. It shows how the Arabs and West f.....ed the brian of Shabia, TPLF and OLF.


Do you want to talk about Ethiopia when there was no such thing as Ethiopia in the sense of the geography of today? Kafur ( from Sudan), Antara , Al-Jahiz ...............and the Sidis of Pakistan are not of Habesha origin. Their physical traits betray their origin.

Let me make it simple for you to understand. Would you consider it correct if someone were to desribe you as an African-American ( with the true definition of an African-American, a descendant of West African slaves ) ? What the Arabs did in the past with Habesha, a name which belongs to a specific group of people, is similar to the example that I gave you.

Re: Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

Posted by ethiopianunity on 22 Nov 2013, 14:34

Abe Abraham wrote:
ethiopianunity wrote:
Abe Abraham wrote:
ethiopianunity wrote:
Abe Abraham wrote:Lina Malkawi





http://www.linamalkawi.com/2010/04/al-m ... nt-to.html


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kafur: A testament to Levantine racism and Egyptian tolerance

The story of al-Mutanabbi and Kafur al-Ikhshidi testifies to Levantine/Iraqi racism and Egyptian tolerance.

The notorious satirical poems in which the Iraqi/Levantine poet Abut-Tayyib al-Mutanabbi insults the ruler of Egypt Abu al-Misk Kafur Al-Ikhshidi for being a former black slave and mocks the people of Egypt for allowing him to rise to power and accepting him as their leader, is often cited as an example of Arab racism. However, I see it as an example of tolerance, particularly on behalf of the people of Egypt.

Abu al-Misk Kafur was originally a black slave from Ethiopia. Muhammad Bin Tughj, the first of the Ikhshidid princes of Egypt, purchased Abu al-Misk Kafur as a slave in 923 AD and, recognizing the slave's potential, made him a tutor to his children and a military officer, and later promoted him as minister (Vizier) of Egypt. Eventually, Kafur gained so much power that he succeeded bin Tughj after his death, becoming the de jure ruler of the Egypt and southern Syria.

For a black save to climb the power ladder to become a prince or king is quite extraordinary and it took al-Mutanabbi by surprise. Not only was this black slave able to take control of Egypt—one of the most important countries of that time—but the people of Egypt were fine with it.

This is not the only example of slaves rising to power in Egypt. The Mamluks were soldiers of slave origin who converted to Islam, and eventually became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies, particularly in Egypt. The mamluk phenomenon lasted from the 9th to the 19th century AD.

However, Kafur was not only a slave—he was black. Also remarkable about him is the way he outsmarted and made a fool out of al-Mutanabbi (perhaps the most famous Arab poet in Arabic history).

After trying unsuccessfully to gain political power in the Levant, by praising Saif al-Daula, Prince of Aleppo, al-Mutanabbi went to Egypt and tried to get close to Kafur in hopes of being appointed governor of Sidon in reward for his poetry.

Kafur could see through al-Mutanabbi's praise poetry that he was actually a racist and ignored him. Al-Mutanabbi became furious and started mocking him instead.

Here are some verses of scathing satirical poems Al-Mutanabbi wrote about Kafur:


صارَ الخَصيُُ إمام الآبقين بهـا .. فالحُـرُّ مُستعبدٌ و العبدُ معبودُ

The neutered slave has become leader of free people (in Egypt). The free are now enslaved and the slave is worshiped.

لا تشترِ العبد إلاَّ والعصا معـه .. إنّ العبيدَ لأنجـاسُ مناكيــدُ

Never buy a slave unless the stick come comes along with him. Slaves are sleazy and belligerent.


ما كنت أحسبني أحيا إلى زمنٍ .. يُسيء بي فيه عبدُ وهو محمودُ

I never thought I would live to a time when a slave would insult me and he would be praised for doing so.

من علّم الأسود المخصي مكرمة .. أقومُــه البيضُ أو آباؤه الصيدُ

Who taught the neutered black man to become noble: his white people or his aristocratic fathers?

وتعجبني رجلاك في النعل إنني .. رأيتكَ ذا نعل إذا كنت حافيا

I am amused by how your feet look in your shoes. I would think you had shoes on even if you were barefoot.

ومثلك يؤتى من بلاد بعيدة .. ليضحك ربات الحداد البواكيا

A person like you is sought from far away places just so he can make sad, morning women laugh.

For establishing support and credibility, Kafur was more comfortable surrounding himself with religious scholars than with poets.

Al Mutanabbi mocks the people of Egypt and their religious scholars for accepting Kafur as leader by saying:


سادات كل أناس من نفوسهم .. وسادة المسلمين الأعبد القزم

The leaders of all nations are from amongst themselves, except the Muslims; their leaders are low-life slaves.

أغاية الدين أن تحفوا شواربكم .. يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الأمم

Is shaving your mustaches the most important thing in religion? You are surely a nation that all nations have laughed at because of your ignorance.


Well, look who got the last laugh!



The Arabs and West will do anything to suppress the people of Horn of Africa including origin Egypt by sitmatizing them as slaves but they were not they were part of the builders of the pyramid. They are tryng to suppress any association to this civilization in order to justify that it is Arabs and West who were part of it and not Horn of Africa or Egypt included. For this reason current misinformation to suppress comes from we know who in order to control all of the region and break it apart.

Notice also every thing coming from Horn of Africa, they consider as slave hmmmm what prove do we have kafur was slave because they said so? There were many Ethiopain descendants also in India and Arab countries who were rulers. They were suppressed because of the rise of Aarabs. Egypt is 100% prove of that through help of British and Ottoman, Egypt became Islamic and Arab. Brits are very busy and active in Horn of Africa today...hmmmm


Kafur was a black man, not a Habesha ( For a very long time the Egyptian slave-traders were active in the Sudan). The Arabs who always knew very well who the Habesha were had the habit of deliberately referring to any black person with non-Habesha physical traits as Habashi ( Do you know what the Arab enemies of Prince Bandar Bin Sultan say about him? Answer: The son of an abyssinian slave who was mounted by Prince Sultan when he was drunk.The truth says that the mother of Prince Bandar is Sudanese. )It is very irritating to hear that many Arabs still talking about Antara and Bilal Al-Habashi as if they were Habeshas.



Abe,

What are you talking about, Wiki and other articles as well as the above are saying Ethipoian slave. What is your evidence that he was not Ethiopian? You seem like you want to avoid using the word Ethiopia and replacing it Habesha why? Are you trying to give us a clue by saying Habesh then it will include Eritrea too right but you deliberately avoid the name Ethiopia. Using the word Ethiopia by both Shabian and OLFites is a NO, NO! :mrgreen: You are also struggling hard to identify the black person in the Horn of Africa, you are trying to find the Habashi in the Horn of Africa excluding Ethiopia, you are trying to find..... wey gud new altadelnim. The Horn of Africa is doomed because of people like you and OLFist. I though you were moderate one.

In fact, I heard that the previous name of Sudan was Kush. What ever we are: there are Habeshis, Kush in all Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. Who defines what to be who is black and who is not is useless. It shows how the Arabs and West f.....ed the brian of Shabia, TPLF and OLF.


Do you want to talk about Ethiopia when there was no such thing as Ethiopia in the sense of the geography of today? Kafur ( from Sudan), Antara , Al-Jahiz ...............and the Sidis of Pakistan are not of Habesha origin. Their physical traits betrays their origin.



And yet you embrace the name Habesh given to you by Arabs which means black shouldn't you be stigmatized by that word itself? If you question Ethiopia why not question Habesha, is it becasue it came from Arabs and not from Ethiopia? What is so superficial is that prior to your independence, no one cared about the definition or identity of what Habesh means becasue everyone was Ethiopain and we use the word Abesha to one another in fact without knowing why but it wasn't politicized as it is today. As for Ethiopia, in order to distance yourself because of the "book you read" without we don't even know what really happened during wWI whe Menilik fought with Italy, that is the claim in generalizing foreign books that are mostly opinions written for purpose by the way and not experiment conducted to be true. Isn't that your basiing it on to avoid Ethiopia's name? Also look at the ancient maps that includes Ethiopia most of Africa, how do you explain that?


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