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(Cheeks from my life / my whole life / except for seconds / I see you in it) One of the creations of my uncle, the poet and the great writer, Mamoun El-Shennawy, whose memory passed away yesterday, he is a poet of infinite simplicity, and the infinite depth, gives life in everything that is still, familiar and circulating, I mean what appears to be so outwardly, giving him glow and glow, a unique situation in the lyrical library, whenever you listen to one of his creations, you discover that there is something beyond what your ears hear, an overflow of beauty settles in your heart, do you remember (the world is a feather in Hawa) by Saad Abdel Wahab, and (Talk to me about a ball) To survive, listen to what the words flash, you will see a philosopher look at the world, how did he catch those meanings and find letters in the alphabet that you draw ?!
I have a lot to talk about this creative treasure of Mamoun El-Shennawy. This time, I will suffice to talk about the relationship between poetry and religion in this family, in which the father attained the position of the head of the Sharia court, while his brother ascends the seat of the Al-Azhar sheikh, yet you never see that gap between religion and art. .
Consider this incident. At the end of the 1940s, “Mamoun” was writing the most famous and finest songs by Abd al-Wahhab, Farid, Fawzi, Asmahan, Laila Murad, and others, while his uncle, Sheikh Mamoun al-Shennawi, the Great Imam, Sheikh of the Al-Azhar Mosque, receives occasional congratulations from evident elders, he was only keen on correcting , Confirming that it was composed by his nephew, who bears his name, but he never criminalized or prohibited these songs.
Sheikh Mamoun El-Shennawy had a heroic role in the face of the Zionist entity. He called for jihad from the pulpit with the beginning of the Nakba 48, and if you went back to the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, you would discover that the title of “Sheikh” always preceded the names of great musicians, such as Salama Hegazy And Mr. Darwish, Abu Al-Muhammad Muhammad and Zakaria Ahmed, all the way to Sayyid Mekawi, and what is meant by a Sheikh is that he is a Hafiz and reciter of the Qur’an, Abdel Wahab and Al-Qasbaji did not hold the title of Sheikh, except that both of them wore religious dress, and preserved the Qur’an, even the great musician David Hosni, a Jew of religion, was a keeper of the Qur’an, And he has a famous saying confirming that oriental music will remain forever alive as long as the Holy Qur’an beats in the hearts of believers.
What reminded me of all these shadows is what, unfortunately, some people are trying to aim to put intellectuals and the religious establishment in an inevitable struggle, Syed Darwish was sung in the beginning of the twentieth century, in Al-Azhari garb: (I am Hoyt and I finished), and no one objected, and Sheikh Zakaria Ahmed even At the beginning of the fifties he wore the turban, the kakoula, and the meal, and sang: (The rose is beautiful), and (sang Li Shui Shua), and no one considered it an insult to the sheikh’s dignity. The El-Shennawy family resolved early any conflict that some might see inevitably between religion and the world. The two brothers, Kamel and Maamoun El-Shennawy, joined the Azhar study, then jumped successively over the fence, proceeded to life, and wrote in el-Fihshi and colloquially, so poetry in all its colors was an expression of faith. !!
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