Allahu Akbar (anthem)

"Allahu Akbar" (Arabic: الله أكبر‎; lit. '"God is the greatest"') was the national anthem of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 2 March 1977 to 20 October 2011 during the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. It was an Egyptian military marching song during the Suez Canal War of 1956.

Allahu Akbar
English: God is The Greatest
الله أكبر

Former national anthem of  Libya
LyricsMahmoud El-Sherif, 1955
MusicAbdalla Shams El-Din, 1954
Adopted1 September 1969
Readopted2 March 1977
Relinquished30 October 2011
Preceded by"Walla Zaman Ya Selahy"
Succeeded by"Libya, Libya, Libya"
Audio sample
"Allahu Akbar" (instrumental)

HistoryEdit

Egyptian originsEdit

"Allahu Akbar" was originally an Egyptian military marching song which became popular in Egypt and Syria during the Suez Crisis. The lyrics were written by Mahmoud El-Sherif, and the music was composed by Abdalla Shams El-Din.

Use in LibyaEdit

"Allahu Akbar" was adopted as the official national anthem of the Libyan Arab Republic on 1 September 1969, by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, showing his hopes of uniting the Arab world. "Allahu Akbar" replaced the previous national anthem "Libya, Libya, Libya", which had been used by the Kingdom of Libya since its independence in 1951.

When the Libyan Arab Republic became the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya on 2 March 1977, "Allahu Akbar" remained the national anthem of Libya. However, when Libya and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations following the latter's peace treaty with the State of Israel in 1979, the Egyptian origins of the national anthem were no longer mentioned by official government sources.[1]

When the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya was dissolved on 20 October 2011, following the Libyan Civil War and the death of Muammar Gaddafi, "Libya, Libya, Libya" was once again adopted as the new national anthem of Libya, by the National Transitional Council. Gaddafi loyalists continued to use the anthem.

LyricsEdit

Arabic Transliteration IPA transcription English translation
First verse

الله أكبر الله اكبر
𝄇 الله أكبر فوق كيد المعتدي
الله للمظلوم خير مؤيدي 𝄆
أنا باليقين وبالسلاح سأفتدي
بلدي ونور الحق يسطع في يدي
قولوا معي قولوا معي
الله الله الله أكبر
الله فوق المعتدي

Allāhu Akbar! Allāhu Akbar!
𝄆 Allāhu Akbar fawqa kaydi l-muʿtadī
Allāhu li-l-maẓlūmi xayru muʾaydi 𝄇
Anā bi-l-yaqīni wa-bi-s-silāḥi saʾaftadī
Baladī wa-nūru l-ḥaqqi yasṭaʿu fī yadī
Qūlū maʿī Qūlū maʿī
Allāhu Allāhu Allāhu Akbar!
Allāhu fawqa l-muʿtadī

al.laːhu akbar al.laːhu akbar
𝄆 al.laːhu akbar fawqa kajdi l.muʕtadiː
al.laːhu lil.mazˤluːmi xajru muʔajdi 𝄇
anaː bil.jaqiːni wabis.silaːħi saʔaftadiː
baladiː wanuːru l.ħaq.qi jastˤaʕu fiː jadiː
quːluː maʕiː quːluː maʕiː
al.laːhu al.laːhu al.laːhu akbar
al.laːhu fawqa l.muʕtadiː

God is the greatest! God is the greatest!
𝄆 And God is greatest above plots of the aggressors,
And God is the best helper of the oppressed. 𝄇
With faith and with weapons I shall defend my country
And the light of truth will shine in my hand.
Say with me! Say with me!
God, God, God is the greatest!
God is above any attacker!

Second verse

الله أكبر الله اكبر
𝄇 يا هذه الدنيا أطلي واسمعي
جيش الأعادي جاء يبغي مصرعي 𝄆
بالحق سوف أرده وبمدفعي
وإذا فنيت فسوف أفنيه معي
قولوا معي قولوا معي
الله الله الله اكبر
الله فوق المعتدي

Allāhu Akbar! Allāhu Akbar!
𝄆 Yā hađihi d-dunyā aṭillī w-asmaʿī
Jayšu l-aʿādī jāʾ yabgī maṣraʿī 𝄇
Bi-l-ḥaqqi sawfa arduhu wa-bumadfaʿī
Wa-iđā finīt fusūf afnīhi maʿī
Qūlū maʿī Qūlū maʿī
Allāhu Allāhu Allāhu Akbar!
Allāhu fawqa l-muʿtadī

al.laːhu akbar al.laːhu akbar
𝄆 jaː haðihi d.dun.jaː atˤil.liː wasmaʕiː
d͡ʒajʃu laʕaːdiː jaːʔ jabɣiː masˤraʕiː 𝄇
bil.ħaq.qi sawfa arduhu wabumadfaʕiː
wa.iðaː finiːt fusuːf afniːhi maʕiː
quːluː maʕiː quːluː maʕiː
al.laːhu al.laːhu al.laːhu akbar
al.laːhu fawqa l.muʕtadiː

God is the greatest! God is the greatest!
𝄆 Oh this world, watch and listen:
The enemy came coveting my demise, 𝄇
I shall fight with Truth and defences
And if I die, I'll take her with me!
Say it with me, say it with me:
God, God, God is the greatest!
God is above any attacker!

Third verse

الله أكبر الله أكبر
𝄇 قولوا معي الويل للمستعمر
وﷲ فوق الغادر المتجبر 𝄆
الله أكبر يا بلادي كبري
وخذي بناصية المغير ودمري
قولوا معي قولوا معي
الله الله الله أكبر
الله فوق المعتدي

Allāhu akbar! Allāhu akbar!
𝄆 Qūlū maʿī l-waylu li-l-mustaʿmiri
Wa-llāhu fawqa l-gāṣibi l-mutakabbiri 𝄇
Allāhu akbaru yā bilādī kabbirī
Wa-xuđī bin-aṣīyâti l-mugīri wa-dammirī
Qūlū maʿī Qūlū maʿī
Allāhu Allāhu Allāhu Akbar!
Allāhu fawqa l-muʿtadī

al.laːhu akbar al.laːhu akbar
𝄆 quːluː maʕiː l.wajlu lil.mustaʕmiri
wal.laːhu fawqa l.ɣaːsˤibi l.mutakab.biri 𝄇
al.laːhu akbaru jaː bilaːdiː kab.biriː
waxuðiː binasˤiːjati l.muɣiːri wadam.miriː
quːluː maʕiː quːluː maʕiː
al.laːhu al.laːhu al.laːhu akbar
al.laːhu fawqa l.muʕtadiː

God is the greatest! God is the greatest!
𝄆 Say with me, woe to the colonialist
And God is over the invader egotist, 𝄇
God is the greatest, my country say with me:
And behold of enemies forelock and destroy it
Say it with me, say it with me:
God, God, God is the Greatest!
God is above any attacker!

Outro

الله أكبر
الله أكبر
الله أكبر
الله أكبر

Allāhu akbar!
Allāhu akbar!
Allāhu akbar!
Allāhu akbar!

al.laːhu akbar
al.laːhu akbar
al.laːhu akbar
al.laːhu akbar

God is the Greatest!
God is the Greatest!
God is the Greatest!
God is the Greatest!

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ nationalanthems.info. "Libya 1969-2011 - nationalanthems.info". nationalanthems.info. Retrieved 2012-01-30.

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