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Khurasan, The Birthplace of Lions

28 April 2010 15 Comments

Alaha Ahrar

In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

O my beloved country Afghanistan

Birthplace of lion-hearted men and brave women

Throughout history you have raised champions

Hundreds in the mold of Mahmud of Ghazni and Abu Muslim,

Faryabi, al-Biruni, and Rumi of Balkh

Your name is tied to theirs for eternity

This is Khurasan, realm of the lions

This freedom-loving nation is the pride of Asia

I bow before your mountain wind; your desert dust is precious

I would not trade a single blade of your green grass for gardens

You have raised me, O beloved country, with your bread and water

I will let no enemy, in sky or land, destroy you

Alaha begs God Almighty

May her country be eternally prosperous.

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Mohammad Hashem, the prominent Afghan scholar, says “Although Afghanistan is a country of poetry and it is famous for its rich poetry, Afghanistan has never had such a talented and intelligent Afghan young lady poet in its entire history. . . . Alaha will never die, she is going to be alive in the heart of Afghanistan’s poetry as its only and best Afghan Young Woman Poet.”

Here is a link to his article:

And here is the poem in its original Dari:

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15 Comments to “Khurasan, The Birthplace of Lions”
  1. Khalid says:

    I am extremely happy seeing such a talent in our beloved country. I have been continiously following her poetry and they are simply amazing and outstanding. Despite the very limited education opportunities for women in Afghanistan, Alaha proved that nonthing is impossible in this world if one really keep efforts and struggle towards a bright future. I wish her best of luck and success in her life, our prayers are with you and I am sure you will be very helpful for your country.

    Best Wishes,
    Khalid Z

  2. patricia smith says:

    Dear Alaha,

    So beautiful, so strong — your poem, and you!

    You represent the soul of Afghanistan’s women …. Thank you!


  3. Hope says:

    Your poetry is powerful, important and beautiful.
    Thank you for allowing your soul to speak through you.

  4. Ms. Sajia Alaha Ahrar, I just finished reading all your Persian Dari poems online. I kept reading and reading and finally it took me here.

    I can describe you as a very powerful woman. You have the worlds power, that no one else have it. You can write very much beautifully whatever you feel. You have a special talent of expression. As I said in my other comments on your some other poems that I found them in Persian that you are gifted.
    You are a pride for all.

  5. Daud Ali says:

    This one is the best of all your poems. Thank you for expressing your country’s love Afghanistan through your poetry. I am really impressed. You are adorable and a real asset for the future of Afghanistan….

  6. Daud Ali says:

    I really enjoyed reading this poem. Thank you for expressing your dept love to your country.

  7. Rosejan says:

    I really like this poet,very wonderful she is the most intelligent, we really proud of her,thanks God she is from Afghanistan, Alaha jan i love you too much,

  8. sear zia says:

    Proud of you Dear Alaha jan, you are the most prestigious and valuable example of Afghan women.
    I really felt proud reading the Poem , may you get to the almost what ever you wish to , and may you one day lead the Afghan poor women.

    Proud of you…

  9. Alaha jan gul salam:

    It is very nice and lovely poem and you are a proud of Afghanistan. You are so smart and clver. I really respect and love you so much May Allah swt belss you

  10. Daniel S says:

    Alaha, you are a wonderful and strong young woman. This poem you have written is beautiful. You are a great student and a devoted friend. Thank you for all of the knowledge and hospitality you have shown your friends. Keep writing!

  11. zabi says:

    hi dear,
    i read your poem iam impressed how simple and nicely you have expressed your saint emotionsby reflecting the historic realities of the present past and future of this poor house and its sweet brave people.
    you are one of thoes sweetheart kids of this historic land..keep going… good luck and wish you all the best in your path….zabi montreal canada.take care

  12. Sami Durrani says:

    Just simply wanna say..its impressive and passionate and ..i have lost words to praise..and its romantic too..I too love Afghanistan as it is land of my fore fathers , but i am in Pakistan ,,settled here since decades..Pls accept my words for you and Ur poetry..sami khan

  13. Ajmal says:

    بسیار زیبا و عالی شعر سرودید خداوند توفیق مزید و بیشتر نصیب تان بکند. به امید یک افغانستان خود کفا

  14. Joyce says:

    A motivating discussion is worth comment. I think that you should publish more about this issue,
    it may not be a taboo subject but generally folks don’t speak about such subjects. To the next! Kind regards!!

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