MISSION LOOKING FOR ABU NAWAS
SEARCHING FOR !!! Abu Nuwas or often called Abu Nawas, Born 747 AD in the Abbasid Caliphate. His work Poet. Last seen Baghdad century IX. Civilization yearns with a simple figure, making us believe that nothing is more beautiful than the streets on a clear day.
Who is Abu Nawas? In our childhood, we know him as a funny person, or a clever person who breaks away from a difficult puzzle. We take it less seriously, the clowns needed to be laughed at, or laughed at during the reign of Caliph Harun Al-Rashid.
Somehow, the fame of Abu Nawas, the poet of Baghdad, crossed a very long space and time. He was born in Ahaz, Iran, in the VIII century and died in Baghdad, the IX century. At that time, even the Pasai Sultanate, the first Islamic empire in Southeast Asia was not even established yet. Our ancestors still adhered to animism, and or dynamism.
Maybe we miss with impressive experiences, stories of wisdom in fresh humor, attached to the community. Because a cheerful life without humor will be exhausting, and as sweet as a joke is coming from below, from the oppressed and the ignorant. The most humorous humor is laughing at those who are weak, defective and helpless.
Funny? Moron? Wise? Can be. In the structure of our society here, a poet like Abu Nawas if it is possible to ridicule may be ridiculous. Abu Nawas can display the impression like that, for those who think life is just order, obedience, harmony. Abu Nawas opened a new path, with wine-drunk poems with his language freedom, irony, and humor, with his mocking insights.
There is a lack of it. Maybe he wanted to shake what seemed to be neat and orderly. Saying things to those who look polite and pious. Probably not a coincidence, if one mentions that Abu Nawas is a Sufi poet. Those who sing the favors of “wine” in “lovesickness” with God.
Drunkenness, whether literal or figurative, is against the law. Abu Nawas digress there, maybe that’s why Abu Nawas in our country far away often associated with funny figures, something “weird”.
Abu Nawas brings irony, humor, gaps that interrupt amid the impermanence of confidence and the arrogance of a great agenda. With his clothing, he infiltrated into society, living, parrying and singing their way. That is why Abu Nawas is attached to us, everyone who feels himself is nobody.
Fantasy, the story did change with the times. But in spite of it all, people prefer smart people who are humble, morally and seek with them. That is probably why the recording of lectures of the famous preacher Zainuddin MZ, still feels good to be heard even while jogging in the afternoon, now.
Which is worth thinking about, if indeed Abu Nawas really deviate, why he is not silenced? Though he lived in Baghdad century IX, the period of the Abbasid caliphate, the peak of the glory of Islam. It could be that Baghdad was a city full of confidence, open to almost every thought and experiment, to new questions and quests. Abu Nawas probably reflects the current ruler Harun Al-Rashid, dared to open. Mocking and laughing at yourself.
Abu Nawas and Harun Al Rashid are anomalies. The seat of power is usually, will change a person. Could be a comedian will turn 180 degrees to be capable when holding the power, or could be a scholar cleric to be greedy after sitting down, could be smart people become dumb.
Those who are accustomed to power and rule are generally difficult to understand the poetry and the magic of magical objects born unexpectedly from the heart. Abu Nawas may be mirrored by a brave Caliph Harun Al Rashid. Dare to open, laugh and wrestle with the commoners.
And today we know how fortunate it can be to discover the beauty of a work and the wisdom of the past, which is not recurrent in the present, after the triumphs have passed.
Translate: Misi Mencari Abu Nawas
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