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Tala’ al badru ‘alayna

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The following is the nasheed which was sung by the People of Medina upon the arrival of Rasulullah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.  In the Arabic, it has a beautiful rhyme and meter.

طلع البدر علينا
ṭala‘a ‘l-badru ‘alaynā
Oh the white moon rose over us

من ثنيات الوداع
min thaniyyāti ‘l-wadā‘
From the valley of al-Wadā‘
وجب الشكر علينا
wajaba ‘l-shukru ‘alaynā
And we owe it to show gratefulness

ما دعى لله داع
mā da‘ā li-l-lāhi dā‘
Where the call is to Allah.
أيها المبعوث فينا
’ayyuha ‘l-mab‘ūthu fīnā
Oh you who were raised among us

جئت بالأمر المطاع
ji’ta bi-l-’amri ‘l-muṭā‘
Coming with a word to be obeyed

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

مرحبا يا خير داع
marḥaban yā khayra dā‘
Welcome best caller to God’s way

When I found the image file, I was drawn to it.  It was a brief moment of celebration caught between 2 long periods of painful sacrifice made by Rasulullah and his Sahabah, radyallahu ‘anhum.  It is that spirit of sacrifice, communalism, and celebration of Iman which I hope to be a part of reviving in these dark times, insha Allah.   Ameen.

If you’d like to listen, search tala al badru on Youtube, or    Click Here.


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