Nation of the Desert
Our Lord is Allah * There is no other lord for the people;
Nation of the desert, O eternal people * Who else besides you removed the chains of deception from humanity?
Which caller before you from all who exist * Called out ‘Khosrau and Caesar are no more’?
Who besides you in the present or past * Raised a dawn of guidance by the Qur’an?
Heard by all in the mighty Universe * There is no lord besides Allah for the people;
And it is as if you did not shine in the world * With the guidance of faith and the right path;
And in the darkness of modern times, you forgot * The value of the desert in a life of relaxation;
Every nation got up and built a strong building * And I see your building divided;
In the past, you were a nation * I grieve at how you have now become nations;
Whoever is heedless of his purpose * Is most deserving of totally fading away;
Whoever imitates the lifestyle of the strangers * Will never see nationalism;
Think about your era when * You were an example for humanity, and compete;
Fill the desert with firm will * And bring the soul of ‘Umar back to it…
[Sung by Ahmad Bukhatir]