Amr ibn Kulthum

((died 584))

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Amr ibn Kulthum Ibn Malik Ibn A`tab Abu Al-Aswad al-Taghlibi (Arabic: عمرو بن كلثوم‎) (died 584), a knight and the leader of the Taghlib tribe which was in Al-Forat island and was famous for its glory, bravery and merciless behavior in battle. Arabs in the past would say in remembrance of the Taghlib "People were about to be eradicated by the Taghlabs, except for the appearance of ... more »

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Ha girl! Up with the bowl! Give us our dawn draught And do not spare the wines of al-Andarina,
The brightly sparkling, as if by saffron were in them Whenever the mulled water is mingled with them,
That swing the hotly desirous from his passion When he has tasted them to gentle mellowness;
You see the skinflint miser, when the cup's passed him, Suddenly holds his prized property in derision.
O Umm ‘Amr, you've withheld the beaker from us- From right to right it should have been running-
And yet your friend, whom you deny the dawn-draught, O Umm ‘Amr, is not the worst trio,

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