The Greatest Arabian Poet
Amer-ul-Qais bin Hujr Al-Kindi was a celebrated pre-Islamic Arabian poet of the sixth century (500-535 CE).
The exalted Prophet (570-632 CE) used to admire Amerul's poetry against idolatry. Hazrat Umar was prompted by Amerul's genius to advise Muslims to recite the pre-Islamic poetry, especially that of Amerul, for better understanding of the Qur'an.
He is considered to be the greatest poet ever in the Arabic language. His father, Hujr Al-Kindi, was the king of Yemen. When Hujr Al-Kindi was assassinated by his enemies in 520 CE, Amer-ul-Qais came to Ka'bah and threw lots on the idol Al-Manaat three times, as was the recognized custom. His intention was to find an answer to whether he should take revenge or not. When all three arrows came in the negative, he became outraged and broke the idol's head with his arrow saying, "O Selfish Manaat! If your father had been killed, how could you have forgone the revenge?"
Although Amerul belonged to an idol-worshiping clan, he divorced all "religious" affiliation instantly and became an ardent atheist. He started criticizing idols and priests. The very handsome and rich Amer-ul-Qais had multiple love affairs. In 530 CE, he married the beautiful Lubna, whose voluptuous charms he portrays in very detailed nudity. Unfortunately, he became an alcoholic and died young.
Amerul's "SABA' MU'ALLAQAAT" (Seven Floaters) is the most eloquent Arabic poetry that is revered until this day. His love affairs, loss of his father, indulgence in alcohol and severe criticism of idols and the priests probably contributed to his masterpiece works. In the Mu'allaqaat, he rejects the prevalent practices at the temples such as fortune-telling, magic, omens, clairvoyance, belief in ghoul (demons and ghosts, etc), palmistry, throwing lots, astrology and all kinds of superstition. He beautifully explains the futility of all superstitions and gathers them under the umbrella of JIBT.
The "SABA' MU'ALLAQAAT" describes the feminine beauty and elegance that, according to many experts, no poet in any language has been able to match. I agree with them :-)
I have described JIBT as below:
4:51 Are you not aware of those who, after receiving their share of the Book, believe in JIBT and Taaghoot? And then these deniers of the truth claim that they are better guided on to the right path than those who have chosen to be graced with belief.
[JIBT = False doctrines = ‘Occult’ sciences, baseless mysteries, magic, future-telling, astrology, clairvoyance, evil eye, good and bad omens, amulets, dream interpretation, and prophecies, palm-reading, soothsaying, superstitions of all kind, jinn, ghosts or demon-possession of people, exorcism, blowing verses and senseless words on people or in food and drink, counting names on rosaries. TAAGHOOT = Any forces claiming or believed to have Divine powers = Evil humans who try to play god with their tyranny = Satan = Those who exploit people as religious leaders = Priests and Monks = Mullahs and Sufis of any religion]
Ah! Muslims have not done justice to the Glorious Book, not even in its rendition.
23:63 Nay, but their hearts are oblivious to this Qur’an, for they are too busy doing other things, and they will keep doing so!