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Dubai Crown Prince’s poem for his brother, Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed

DUBAI // Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, penned an emotional poem mourning the loss of his older brother, Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed, who died on Saturday of a sudden heart attack at age 33.

The poem was shared by thousands of people on social media, where it was first posted.

Sheikh Hamdan, well-known for his lyrical art and oratorical skills, recorded the poem and shared it in audio format on Twitter, where it touched the hearts of many listeners.

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The poem, titled My Brother: The Word, attempted to paint a picture of the indescribably tragic loss the young sheikh felt. Sometimes tears are the only expression one has when they are at a loss for words, he said at the start of the poem, addressing the tears of his weeping nephew, Ahmed.

Sheikh Hamdan expressed his sadness and loss, and wished nothing but to be able to give his time and share it with his brother, to see him alive again to tell him how much he means to him and everyone else.

In the poem, Sheikh Hamdan also expressed his daily struggle having to hide his emotions, hardening his heart around people only to fall apart when alone confronted by the gravity of the pain he felt.

Places the young sheikhs frequented held the fondest of memories but all served as reminders of the loss endured.

The poem was written in a colloquial form of Arabic, known as Nabati poetry – also referred to as the people’s poetry or the Bedouin’s poetry – and it gave all the sentiments a deeper meaning that resonated with many.

Sheikh Hamdan compared brothers with friends. Friends are greatly esteemed but can turn on you and sell you – but a brother cannot, for it is a relationship that was never bought, he said in one verse.

Sheikh Hamdan gushed over the words “my brother”, which he longed to hear from his lost brother. They are the two most beautiful words one ever hears, he repeated in his recital.

Before him, we lost soldiers who sacrificed themselves and today, we have only God to give us the strength to endure his passing, he said, concluding the poem.

Listeners described how they were touched by the words of Sheikh Hamdan.

“I was drawn to tears at the emotions carried in the poem and Sheikh Hamdan’s voice,” said Chaltham Mohamed, an Emirati artist in Abu Dhabi.

“We all expect to lose a loved one at some point but we’re never prepared for it.

“Sheikh Hamdan walked us through his struggle and stages of grief in an honest, raw and emotional way that took a lot of courage. It’s evident to see how much he loved his brother.”

Noura Al Shamsi, 21, a university student, also lost her brother at a young age, and said she could relate to Sheikh Hamdan’s poem. “Losing a brother comes wholly unexpectedly and changes the landscape of your world. We all mourn Sheikh Rashid and feel his pain,” said Ms Al Shamsi.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, on Tuesday continued to receive condolences from dignitaries and officials around the region, including Saudi deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, for the loss of his son.

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(via The National)