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A Prayer for a Favor Recitation
12017-10-10T20:51:19+00:00Stanford University Pressaf84c3e11fe030c51c61bbd190fa82a3a1a1282411Recitation by Yaḥyā al-Ḍāwī Belḥāfplain2017-10-10T20:51:19+00:00Stanford University Pressaf84c3e11fe030c51c61bbd190fa82a3a1a12824
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12017-10-10T20:51:19+00:00A Prayer for a Favor8poemplain2018-06-12T17:58:18+00:00Composed and recited by Yaḥyā al-Ḍāwī Belḥāf, recorded by Sam Liebhaber in Damḳawt, March 2004. Translated with help of Thābit Musallim Bakhīt Hashm Āmr Ǧīd in Ṣalālah, February 2012. Lines 8 and 9 were problematic.
This poem is apparently addressed to Sultan Qābūs of Oman and is an application for the sultan’s favor and generosity. Literally, the poem is addressed to a female camel (Ar. nāqa, Omani Ar. bōsh), which is often a metaphorical stand-in for the ṣāḥib al-jalāla (“His Excellency,” i.e., the sultan) in poetry due to the munificence of both. Note that this poem is indifferent to the constraint of monorhyme.