Allahu Akbar (anthem)

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This article is about the national anthem of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. For the Takbir, see Allahu Akbar. For national anthem of the State of Libya, see Libya, Libya, Libya.
الله أكبر
English: Allah is the Greatest
Allahu Akbar
Coat of arms of Libya 1977-2011.svg

National anthem of
 Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Libyan Arab Republic

Lyrics Mahmoud El-Sherif, 1955
Music Abdalla Shams El-Din, 1978
Adopted September 1, 1969 (Libyan Arab Republic)
March 2, 1977 (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
Relinquished March 2, 1977 (Libyan Arab Republic)
October 20, 2011 (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
Music sample

"Allahu Akbar" (Arabic: الله أكبر‎; meaning "Allah is [the] Greatest," or "Allah is Greater") was the national anthem of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from March 2, 1977 to October 20, 2011. Originally an Egyptian military marching song during the Suez Canal War of 1956, it was previously the national anthem of the Libyan Arab Republic beforehand, in use from September 1, 1969 to March 2, 1977.

History[edit]

Egyptian origins[edit]

"Allahu Akbar" was originally an Egyptian military marching song which became popular in Egypt and Syria during the Suez Canal War of 1956. The lyrics were written by Mahmoud El-Sherif, and the music was composed by Abdalla Shams El-Din.

Use in Libya[edit]

"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 Great Socialist People's 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.

Lyrics[edit]

Arabic English
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

Allah is greatest! Allah is greatest!
And Allah is greatest above plots of the aggressors,
And Allah 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!
Allah, Allah, Allah is greatest!
Allah is above any attacker

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

Oh this world, watch and listen:
The enemy came coveting my position,
I shall fight with Truth and defences
And if I die, I'll take him with me!
Say it with me, say it with me:
Allah, Allah, Allah is greatest!
Allah is above any attacker!

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

Allah is greatest! Allah is greatest!
Say With Me Woe To The Colonialist
And Allah is Over The Invader Egotist,
Allah Greatest My Country Say with Me:
And Behold of Enemies Forelock and Destroy it
Say it with me, say it with me:
Allah, Allah, Allah is the Greatest
God is above any attacker!

Latinate transliteration of Arabic[edit]


1. Allāhu Akbar! Allāhu Akbar!

Allāhu Akbar fawqa kaydi l-muʿtadī
Allāhu li-l-maẓlūmi ḫayru muʾaydi
(Repeat first two lines)
Anā bi-l-yaqīni wa-bi-s-silāḥi saʾaftadī
Baladī wa-nūru l-ḥaqqi yasṭaʿu fī yadī



CHORUS:
Qūlū maʿī Qūlū maʿī
Allāhu Allāhu Allāhu Akbar!
Allāhu fawqa l-muʿtadī


2. Allāhu Akbar! Allāhu Akbar!


Yā haḏihi d-dunyā aṭillī w-asmaʿī
Gayšu l-aʿādī ǧāʾ yabġī maṣraʿī
(Repeat first two lines)
Bi-l-ḥaqqi sawfa arduhu wa-bumadfaʿī
Wa-iḏā finīt fusūf afnīhi maʿī


Chorus


3. Allāhu akbar! Allāhu akbar!


Qūlū maʿī l-waylu li-l-mustaʿmiri
Wa-llāhu fawqa l-ġāṣibi l-mutakabbiri
(Repeat first two lines)
Allāhu akbaru yā bilādī kabbirī
Wa-ḫuḏī bin-aṣīyâti l-muġīri wa-dammirī


Chorus

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

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