One of the most important things that distinguishes the Arabic language is that in its heart its a language of poetry and art.
Even in pre-Islamic times, the thing the Arab valued the most was poetry, the eloquent writing styles of some poets made them as respected and admired like royalty.
It was so revered that it’s said that seven of the greatest Arabic poems were hanged on the Walls of the Kaaba in Mecca, a testament of their respect for the language, to have it decorating their holiest place.
Even when the prophet Mohamed PBUH started his message, the most important thing that helped him spread the faith was Quran, the most beautifully written verses and phrases ever written in Arabic, the language was so elegant and well written that the Arabs started to believe that it can’t be anything but a Miracle.
Poets in pre and post Islamic times in Arab history were cultural icons, the historians of their times, poetry was their historical records, the ones that praised and glorified the heroes, noblemen and tribes.
And to quote Encyclopedia Britannica:
“The Arabic literary tradition began within the context of a tribal, nomadic culture. With the advent and spread of Islam, that tradition was carried far and wide during the course of the 7th to the 10th century. It initially sought to preserve the values of chivalry and hospitality while expressing a love of animals and describing the stark realities of nature, but it proceeded to absorb cultural influences from every region brought within the fold of “Dār al-Islām” (“Abode of Islam”).
Diwan El-Arab, or “The register of the Arabs” is how the Arabs fondly refers to their poetry, it reflects the Arab self identity, history and future aspiration, and till this day poetry and literature are still held in great regard in Arab culture.