Poetry

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Poetry

Al Burda Award recognizes poetry as a medium that highlights the life and character of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) through the art of language and the power of verbal expression. Receiving submissions for both classical and Nabati poetry, the award simultaneously celebrates the beauty of the Arabic language and the literary heritage of the Arab and Islamic world. In a sense, the poetry category is a literal reflection of the award’s namesake, ‘Al Burda’, derived from Qasidat Al Burda, or Ode of the Mantle, which is an epic poem for the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), authored by the 12th century Sufi mystic Imam Al Busiri.

Classical poetry

Criteria

  • The poem topic is about the birth of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) or any part of his noble biography.
  • The poem should be written in the style and form of either vertical or free verse (tafilah) poetry.
  • The poem should be an original, newly-produced work solely by the applicant.
  • If the poem is vertical, it should be between 15 to 30 verses.
  • If the poem is free verse (tafilah), it should be between 20-35 sections.

Prize Money

1 st place
AED 70,000
2 nd place
AED 50,000
3 rd place
AED 40,000
4 th place
AED 20,000
Total
AED 180,000

Nabati poetry

Criteria

  • The poem topic is about the birth of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) or any part of his noble biography.
  • The poem should be written in the style and form of Nabati poetry.
  • The poem should be an original, newly-produced work solely by the applicant.
  • The poem should be between 15 to 30 verses.

Prize Money

1 st place
AED 70,000
2 nd place
AED 50,000
3 rd place
AED 40,000
4 th place
AED 20,000
Total
AED 180,000