Tuesday, 1 May 2007


Through out history Date Palm Tree was always a revered symbol for the Middle East societies in general, and Iraq in particular. You can trace that respect and love all the way back to the old civilizations which flourished in Mesopotamia. Iraq is considered the No.1 country in Date Palm trees and the Best (that is up till the 80 of the Last century) in Date production.

It really aches the Heart of every Iraqi who looks to this great Generous if Not sacred tree, to see Plastic palm trees Made in Iran, filing the streets of Baghdad and Najaf ( the Heart of Palm tree Land) and replacing the Ever green, Beautiful, tall and glorious trees .

Being Made in Iran dose Not Make them more holy and more revered than the original Date Palm Trees which provides, food through its nutritious sweet Dates, wood through its strong trunk, furniture and baskets from its leafs and I could go on for pages and pages and not to give it justice.

This is the Blessed tree In Judaism, Christianity and Islam " Shake the trunk of the palm tree towards thee: it will drop fresh, ripe dates upon thee. Eat, then, and drink, and let thine eye be gladdened!" (Qur'an 19:25-26). And that is why you see Dates on the Christmas Banquets in some Christian societies. And the Palm tree leafs is what is carried as part of a ceremony in Jerusalem. Fronds used on Palm Sunday, commemorating the entry of Jesus in Jerusalem (Lion's Gate or east entrance to Jerusalem, through which Jesus is supposed to have entered the city).

All of this! and now we are replacing this magnificent, always giving tree, which Prophet Mohamed Said " honor your Mother the Palm tree" because it is just like a mother which gives so much with unconditional love. We replace it with a plastic mother just because it came from Sacred Iran??!!... Shame on you. The Iranians made Plastic palm trees because they simply do not have it and they Envy you because you (I mean the Iraqis) do have it.

Why should you blindly imitate the Iranians in every thing. Isn't it enough that you brought from over there all the beating and Chains wiping, which is the ugliest thing ever and it got nothing to do with Islam? Why you did not bring from over there the clean street and the highest nationalistic spirit to your Nationality (and not theirs because you are already good in that).

Wake Up and respect your Country, your identity and your Mother… the Date Palm Tree ( Al-Nakhlah).


24 Steps to Liberty said...

Wonderful post. How did you come up with this idea!
Not that it makes it any less great post, but Muhammed said "aunt" not mother. really, you can check it. hee hee
feeh and be careful out there. keeep the great work here and in the newspaper.

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annie said...

Your eyes are two palm tree forests in early light,
Or two balconies from which the moonlight recedes
When they smile, your eyes, the vines put forth their leaves,
And lights dance . . . like moons in a river
Rippled by the blade of an oar at break of day;
As if stars were throbbing in the depths of them . . .

And they drown in a mist of sorrow translucent
Like the sea stroked by the hand of nightfall;

The warmth of winter is in it, the shudder of autumn,
And death and birth, darkness and light;
A sobbing flares up to tremble in my soul
And a savage elation embracing the sky,
Frenzy of a child frightened by the moon.......

w/thanks to BT for providing this translation of 'Hymn of the Rain' by the great poet Badr Shakir al-Sayyab (the son of a date farmer)

the rest of the translation is at the link..

Konfused Kid said...


bruno said...

Nice blog. I'll drop around again. Good to see yet another voice speak out against the Segregation Walls going up in Baghdad. It really seems like they want to split Iraqis up into sects no matter what, eh?

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CentFla said...

gosh you make such a good point. Those things look terrible, and made in Iran? Now Iraq can not even make it's own PLASTIC Date Palm Trees? Things are bad...

Anonymous said...

these trees are made by lights and they are beautiful at nights when other real palms are in dark, they glitter and show us the sign of what we like. the great palms. I suppose that is not what made you so upset. what made you angry is they are made in Iran. whould you be so pleased if they were made in USA?
though I know you wont keep my comment, I wrote it here.

mini said...

hey Iraq is invaded by usa, its not surprising if nothing can be made now there, usa army is destroying and ruining everything, under their boots now the scale of lands being cultivated and the palms are reduced a great deal.

mini said...

hey Iraq is invaded by usa, its not surprising if nothing can be made now there, usa army is destroying and ruining everything, under their boots now the scale of lands being cultivated and the palms are reduced a great deal.

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