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Ahmed Ya Habibi
(Ahmed, My Beloved)

 

This page contains the translation to the song lyrics of "Ahmad Ya Habibi" which was sung by the 1980's Malaysian ensemble Nada Murni, and it appeared on their album titled Untukmu Rasulullah. The group was together approximately 10 years and released 44 Nasyid albums. Nasyid (pronounced "na-SHEED") is a genre of Islamic religious music, often performed a capella (vocals only) in keeping with some of the stricter interpretations of Islam that eschew the use of melodic instruments.

Rhythm: Maqsoum (Masmoudi Saghir) 4/4

Important note to dancers: Please do not use this song for any dance performances! It is a religious song, and Muslims would be very offended if you were to use it for dance! I have included this translation here on my web site as a warning for dancers who may encounter it somewhere and feel tempted to use it without knowing what the lyrics are about. Please be respectful of Islam, and don't dance to religious songs like this one.

Song lyrics are provided for educational purposes. If you like the song, please purchase either the album or a download from an authorized source.

 

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Note

Sung by Nada Murni

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Lyrics

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

Chorus 1:

Chorus 1:

Ahmad ya habib ya habibi, Ahmad, my beloved,
Salam 'alek Greetings upon you,
Ya 'awn el-gharibi, Salam 'alek (2 times) O helper of the lost soul, Greetings upon you (2 times)
   

Chorus 2:

Chorus 2:

Ya 'awn el-gharibi O helper of the lost soul,
Ahmad ya habibi (2 times) O Ahmad my beloved (2 times)
Salam 'alek (2 times) Greetings upon you (2 times)
   

Verse 1:

Verse 1:

Nebda bit-tawhidi, We start proclaiming the oneness of God,
Salam 'alek. Greetings upon you.
Nebda bil-tamjidi, Salam 'alek (2 times) We start glorifying God, Greetings upon you (2 times)
Nebda bil-Qur'ani, We start with the Koran,
Salam 'alek. Greetings upon you.
Min andir-rahmani, Sent to us by the Merciful God,
Salem 'alek. Greetings upon you.
   

Chorus 2

Chorus 2

Chorus 1

Chorus 1

Chorus 2

Chorus 2

   

Verse 2:

Verse 2:

Amnun wa salamun, Safety and peace,
Salam 'alek. Greetings upon you.
Dinukal-Islamu, Salam 'alek (2 times) Your religion is Islam, Greetings upon you (2 times)
Min Rabbin Rahimin, From a compassionate God,
Salam 'alek. Greetings upon you.
Min Rabbin Karimin, From a generous God,
Salam 'alek. Greetings upon you.
   

Chorus 2

Chorus 2

Chorus 1

Chorus 1

Chorus 2

Chorus 2

 

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About the Contributor

This translation was done by Dr. George Sawa for Yasmina Ramzy of Arabesque Academy of Toronto, Canada. I'd like to thank Yasmina for making this translation available to you via my web site.

Yasmina Ramzy has been performing, teaching, and choreographing Middle Eastern dance since 1981. She has toured extensively throughout Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Greece, England, Mexico, the United States, and Canada as a soloist and with her company, sometimes performing for royalty and heads of state in many of these countries. She is the Artistic Director of Arabesque Academy, School of Culture-Specific Dance and the Arabesque Dance Company. Although Yasmina has dedicated her life to Middle Eastern dance, she also produces Gypsy and Dancenet which are culture-specific dance and music events with an educational slant. She is also a member of Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and serves of the board of directors for Dance Ontario.

 

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About the Translator

Dr. George Sawa was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He has over 50 years of experience in Arabic music performance, history and theory, and has performed and lectured extensively worldwide: Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Europe (Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Greece) and the Middle East (Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates). He studied qanun, theory and voice at the Higher Institute of Arabic Music.

After immigrating to Canada, Dr. Sawa studied ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto, and obtained his doctorate in historical Arabic musicology. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on medieval, modern, and religious music of the Middle East at the University of Toronto and at York University.

Dr. Sawa is the author of:

  • Music Performance Practice in the Early Abbasid Era. 132-320 AH/750-932 AD
  • Rhythmic Theories and Practices in Arabic Writings to 339AH/950 CE (Ottawa: The Institute of Mediaeval Music, 2004 and 2009)
  • An Arabic Musical and Socio-Cultural Glossary of Kitab al-Aghani (The Book of Songs) of al-Isbahani (d. 971) (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2015).
  • Egyptian Music Appreciation and Practice for Bellydancers

Dr. Sawa has published over 50 articles on Arabic music in refereed journals and encyclopedias, and is frequently invited to give lectures and concerts worldwide. In 2005, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for his research in Arabic music history.

George Sawa

George has been the musical director for several productions of the Toronto-based Arabesque Dance Company, and taught hundreds of dancers at the Arabesque Academy and Hannan's Bellydance Studio in Toronto, as well as studios in Canada, USA, Brazil and Mexico. His first CD release, The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun, Vol. 1, was nominated for a JUNO Award in World Music in 2009. A subsequent volume, The Art of the Early Egyptian Qanun, Vol. 2, was released in 2009.

His book Egyptian Music Appreciation and Practice for Bellydancers has won international acclaim and serves as an invaluable - one of a kind - companion to bellydancers all over the world. (It is available in English, Chinese, French, Greek, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, German and Portuguese). A companion set of two DVDs produced with Lulu Hartenbach in Brazil includes over 50 tracks of dancing instruction from his CDs and book: Lulu and George Dimitri Sawa. Apreciação de Música Árabe para Bailarinas - Teoria & Prática 2 vols. Sao Paulo: Ventreoteca. Produzido por Kaleidoscopio de Ideias. Shimmie, 2015.

Presently Dr. Sawa is working on a book Erotica, Love, and Humor in Arabia which will be published by McFarland in 2016.

For more information on Dr. Sawa's books, musical recordings, and videos, see his web site at www.georgedimitrisawa.com .

Dr. George Sawa

 

 

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