Saturday, 16 June 2007

Abdul Haya Shabger "an exile poet"

Panjshir in the Mirror of Civilization

(Part Eight)

Written by Salar Azizpour

Translated by: Abdul Ali Faiq

Many years proceeding than now, I (Salar Azizpour) was thinking to prepare a book in the name of (Panjshir in the Mirror of Civilization) Desperately, I contacted many educational, cultural, writers and political figures to share my thoughts and help me to facilitate this project. Mr.Shabger fantastically, expressed his sincere collaboration and solidarity, plus he appreciated ,admired and encouraged the project, even he sent me a part of his biography and promised me any necessary support that I may need it.

He mentioned in his message “It is an honour for us to see your noble and historical work which you have been done. I am very much supporter and happier than my personals articles or poems which are about my own personal feelings, however, your job is greater than we think, it is an “historical treasures” that you want to present to the heart of human history, and will be a shinny galaxy to shine in the course of the time!

You are translating the aim of a nation; you are building a sustainable masterpiece that will be a magnificent example and a guideline for our new generations! It is unfortunately clear that the “cultural looter”, cultural destroyer and cultural enemies have done so many atrocities! They assassinated our historical treasures, burnt our libraries, killed our books, hanged our encyclopaedias and hijacked our historical glories and civilization that will never be forgotten”!

Abdul Haya Shabger, son of Abdul Mohammad, was born in Rokha district, Panjshir Province in 1327. He had completed the primary and secondary school in Rokha (Panjshir); than he admitted himself in ‘Teaching Group’ Because of his financial (hardship) problem .He could not complete the Darul- mohaleemin “teaching group” and was a teacher for two years in Rokha School in Panjshir.

Than how did he enter the world of poems and poetry? It was something attracted me eternally -from inside-, and I was extremely interested and ambitious to read and write books such as: Panj Ganj, Gullastan, Bostan, Khoja Hafiz and other similar poetry books. Meanwhile, I was sitting with great scholars and poets .Such as: Shaiq Jamal, Sufi Ashqari, Ustad Khalili, and Ustad Hadari. All these shiny suns shined on me and, I was impressed, blessed and influenced by their brilliant thoughts and poetry manners.

He gradually, learnt different style of poems such as: Khorasni, Iraqi, Hindi as well as he sometimes, was trying to recite poems in “mansor model” and “new poems”. He has a special respect and interested in Ustad Khalili and Iqbal Lahori.

Actually, Shabger is a unique talented poet, he has a rare magical style and he is in not only reciting poems in it’s normal style, but he go further and use poem in political and social model .By his believes political poetry is deeply rooted in Persian Dari. In fact, poetry started in this language with politics.
He is not following the classical style .He has a revolutionary poetic vision, poetic pictures, poetic imagination to translate our people’s pains, society difficulties and general political, social, cultural and education aspect of life .

Conclusively, Shabger is a critique and didactic (instructive) poet rather to be a lyrical one; however, it does not mean that, we can not deny his talent and ability in lyrical poems as well. But, his critical and political poems made him more prominent and typical poet. Eventually, we wish for him a splendid future and more prosperity to whom he is an ambassador of our grieve, sadden, pains, sorrow and tears! Allah expands his lives and blesses his family.

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