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A Song of Welcome and Love Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Culture

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When Prophet Mohammed (محمد) Peace be upon him (صلى الله عليه وسلم) took his flight (الهجرة) from Mecca (مكة المكرمة) to Medina (المدينة المنورة), he was received by a very nice song from the people of Medina.


It goes like this:

طلع البدر علينا
ṭala‘a ‘l-badru ‘alaynā
The full moon rose over us

من ثنيات الوداع
min thaniyyāti ‘l-wadā‘
From the valley of Wada‘
وجب الشكر علينا
wajaba ‘l-shukru ‘alaynā
And it is incumbent upon us to show gratitude

ما دعى لله داع
mā da‘ā li-l-lāhi dā‘
For as long as anyone in existence calls out to Allah

أيها المبعوث فينا
’ayyuha ‘l-mab‘ūthu fīnā
Oh our Messenger amongst us

جئت بالأمر المطاع
ji’ta bi-l-’amri ‘l-muṭā‘
Who comes with the exhortations to be heeded

جئت شرفت المدينة
ji’ta sharrafta ‘l-madīnah
You have brought to this city nobility

مرحبا يا خير داع
marḥaban yā khayra dā‘
Welcome you who call us to a good way

This song was revived around the Western world and was sung in churches and communities to welcome Syrian refugees to Western cities. Enjoy watching some of the performances of the song in the videos below:


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