On Kings, Tombs and Names
March 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
Kings made tombs more splendid than the houses of the living and counted the names of their descent dearer than the names of their sons. ~ Gandalf
If you haven’t guessed already from my previous posts, then I’ll tell you now that Tolkien is one of my all time favourite authors. You might be a hater of fantasy or find it just plain silly, but this man really understood and wrote the character of man, it’s quite scary really. Not to say that the Quran depicts the character of man-kind even better. The quote above has been stuck in my head for awhile, I was struggling to remember it properly, so I looked it up on-line for the complete quote (you can read it all here). For me this quote has a double meaning, and it relates so well so the rulers of today’s countries. I’m sorry to say, but it also applies perfectly to the rulers of the ‘Muslim’ countries as well. Past and present.
The first part of the quote is one hundred percent true. Examples are the pyramids; until today no one truly knows how the they were built. The Taj Mahal: built by a King for his Queen. The British were so amazed they could not understand how it was built. Muslim leaders who were buried in the courtyards of splendid masjids. The saddest thing is a majority of the most amazing tombs and mausoleums imitate the masjids (and are masjids, praying to graves is forbidden in Islam and building tombs, the grave is supposed to be flat and have no headstone, read more here) You can read about 10 most famous mausoleums here.
King of Light Mausoleum. Shiraz, Iran.
Imagine a time where the tall lofty towers will be nothing but tombs. Holding dead and emptiness at the breaking of the world. The glittering mosques, in all their splendour and beauty will be remains from insincere worshippers.
For the most obvious part, this quote is simply saying to me that the names of the kings ancestors are more beloved to them than their names of their sons- a love for purity and untainted blood. Keeping the line clean from outsiders. A way of separating and keeping them above everyone else. Royalty marrying royalty. Within Europe, this was especially common up until recent times.
I look at the Arabs, their legacy is their names, poetry is their art. Having a son to carry on their name is paramount in society. To not have a son is a truly sad thing, to the point where fathers will fly into rage if their newly born child is not a son. This also applies to many other cultures.
They would rather follow the religious, social and ethical legacy way of their forefathers than take the path of Allah.(Of course many did accept Islam and cast aside the traditions of their predecessors).
Do not follow your forefathers blindly 2:170 Al Quran
Do not follow your leaders and religious guides blindly 33:67 Al Quran
What hope is there left for the world if more time is spent on glorifying houses of the dead than spending time with the living? What hope is there when status and names hold more importance than helping those below us? Hope will fade, and the ruling of the world will be handed down to lesser men.
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