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    I am Malaysian Pakistani and Somali and Arab:
    I am Turk and Irani and native of the Maldives:
    My home is in Paris, Berlin, London;
    in Mexico City, Port-of-Spain, Durban;
    in Karachi, Zagazig or Kuala Lumpur,

    I am as at home sailing in a lateen
    rigged baggala along the red-rock Oman
    shores bound for Socotra's island as I
    am crossing the Khyber Pass in a camel
    caravan...or driving a Mercedes taxi
    in Istanbul.

    Na'am, aiwa, acha, kha,
    I am your brother, Adam.

    You will know me in the mosques when
    I stand shoulder to shoulder with you
    and wish you peace when prayer is done:
    and you may see me in Isfahan talking with
    a miniature painter or in Dera Ismail Khan
    listening to a young and vocal teacher of
    Urdu or in Medan listening to a old man
    chanting the Quran or in Sacramento listening
    to a college boy who has all the problems
    of the universe solved.

    You will know me becuase I am your brother
    and in a real and forceful sense I am
    a part of you, dependent on you as you are
    dependent on rocks in a city wall...
    round as the ancient wall of Baghdad.

    I am Egyption and Tunisian and Syrian:
    I am Berber and Kurd; Fulani and Nausherwani
    and Pawenda;
    I am Maliki, Hanafi, Hanbali, and Shafii:
    all these I am, for I am your brother
    standing besides you in the mosque waiting
    for the iqama...white-garbed in the plain
    of Arafat...fasting with you in Ramadan.
    I am at home in the black tents of the bedu
    and the tall buildings of Hadhramaut...;
    I am always lingering at the Great Mosque
    to circle the Kaaba and to kiss the hajr
    al-aswad and drink from the well of Zamzam;
    and I am standing, too, in the Haraam ash-sharif
    in Jerusalem and in Karbala...and all of them,
    each of them, has meaning on meaning for me.

    Na'am ya habibi, ya azizi, ya akhi,
    I am your brother Adam.

    You will know me when you see me
    becuase I wll be fingering my beads
    and you will know well what this means...

    You will know me and I will know you
    for we are real brothers; and I am of
    one place as I am of much a
    part of one as the other; the lover
    of all lands where I can listen to the
    call of the muezzin coming over the night,
    or hear the beat of a single Muslim heart.


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    Very good

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    so sveet poem... touching

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    very nice

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    thaks , nice words

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