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National Anthem of Mauritania

نشيد وطني موريتاني

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The national anthem of Mauritania has lyrics which are adapted from a poem written by Baba Ould Cheikh in the late-1700s. The anthem is written as an Arabic fachou, the complex structure and rhythm of which can make the anthem difficult to sing. As a result, it is often incorrectly referred to as being wordless. It was adopted after independence in 1960.

Lyrics:

Arabic:

كن للاله ناصرا وأنكر المناكرا
وكن مع الحق الذي يرضاك منك دائرا
ولا تعد نافعا سواه أو ضائرا
واسلك سبيل المصطفى ومت عليه سائرا
وكن لقوم احدثوا في أمره مهاجرا
قد موهوا بشبه واعتذروا معاذرا
وزعموا مزاعما وسودوا دفاترا
واحتنكوا أهل الفلا واحتنكوا الحواضرا
وأورثت أكابر بدعتها أصاغرا
وإن دعا مجادل في أمرهم إلى مرا
فلا تمار فيهم إلا مراء ظاهرا

Arabic (transliterated):

Kun lil-ilahi nasiran, wa-ankir al-manakira
Wa-kun maʿa l-haqqi l-ladhi yarda-hu minka da’ira
Wa-la ta ʿuddu nafi ʿa siwa-hu aw da’ira
Wa-sluk sabila l-mustafa wa-mutt ʿalayhi sa’ira
Fa-ma kafa awwalana a-laysa yakfi l-akhira
Wa-kun li-qawmin ahdathu fi amrihi muhajira
Qad mawwahu bi-shibhin wa- ʿtadhiru ma ʿadhira,
Wa-za ʿamu maza ʿima wa-sawwadu dafatira,
Wa-htanaku ahla l-fala, wa-htanaku l-hawadira
Wa-awrathat akabira bid ʿatuha asaghira
Wa-in da ʿa mujadilun fi-amri-him ila mira
Fa-la tumari fihim illa mira’a zahira

English:

Be a helper for God, and censure what is forbidden,
And turn with the law which, which He wants you to follow,
Hold no one to be useful or harmful, except for Him,
And walk the path of the chosen one, and die while you are on it!
For what was sufficient for the first of us, is sufficient for the last one, too.
And leave those people who do evil things with respect to God.
They misrepresented him by making him similar, and made all kinds of excuses.
They made bold claims, and blackened notebooks.
They let the nomads and the sedentary people, both make bitter experiences,
And the great sins of their innovations bequeathed small.
And just in case a disputant, calls you to dispute about their claims,
Do not, then, dispute on them, except by way of an external dispute.

Details:

Composer:
Tolia Nikiprowetzky
Lyricist:
Baba Ould Cheikh
Date:
Adopted: 1960
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