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Hissa Hilal on YouTube






Hissa Hilal's performance on 'Million's Poet' posted on YouTube. Translation of the poem below.

Translation:

I have seen evil in the eyes of the fatwas at a time when the lawful is condemned as unlawful; when I unveil the truth a savage monster comes out of its hiding place; barbaric in thought and action, angry and blind; wearing death as a robe with a belt over it.

When I unveil the truth a savage monster comes out of his hiding place; barbaric in thought and action, angry and blind; wearing death as a robe with a belt over it.

He preaches from the platform with powerful and official authority terrorising everyone and targeting those seeking peace.

He preaches from the platform with powerful and official authority terrorising everyone and targeting those seeking peace.

The voice of courage has run for cover; Truth cornered and silent

Self-preservation prevents us from speaking out.

Oh my people, you are on the edge of a cliff wedged between a vicious animal and an abyss

My eyes can hardly see you in the deepest valley of darkness

Oh my people, you are on the edge of a cliff wedged between a vicious animal and an abyss

My eyes can hardly see you in the deepest valley of darkness

You are neither allowed to light a fire or protect yourself

Cornered, unable to carry out normal duties

In the midst of terrifying, vicious and bone sucking people void of all compassion

In the midst of terrifying, vicious and bone sucking people void of all compassion

You are like a bowl satisfying any hunger

Every bird of prey and every vicious animal finds food in you

Those who love you are hungry while hypocrites have been provided with the best banquets

Your people are fearful. You were up for sale and bidders have made their offers of money.

You’ve been preyed upon and then fed in preparation to be slaughtered.

You were disgraced by the bribe takers and in the market of politics you were shattered.

You’ve been preyed upon and then fed in preparation to be slaughtered.

You were disgraced by the bribe takers and in the field of politics you were shattered.

Hidden and deadly intentions are ready to kill like snakes.

Oh I do not understand why you like the oppressor,

Who puts a spear through your shoulder without any qualm.

Why do you distance yourself from those who love you and are loyal to you?

But the Truth will come out one day.

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