National Anthem of Saudi Arabia

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National Anthem of Saudi Arabia
النشيد الوطني
English: Hasten
Sārʿī
Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia.svg

National anthem of  Saudi Arabia
Lyrics Ibrahim Al-Khafaji, 1984
Music Abdul Rahman Al-Khateeb, 1947
Adopted 1950, 1984
Audio sample
as-Salām al-Malakiyy (Instrumental)

The National Anthem of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Arabic: النشيد الوطني السعوديan-Našīd al-Waṭanī as-Saʻūdī‎) was first officially adopted in 1950 without lyrics. It was them adopted again in 1984 with lyrics written by Ibrahim Khafaji (إبراهيم خفاجي). The original composition was by Abdul-Rahman al-Khateeb (عبد الرحمن الخطيب) in 1947 and the brass instrumental version was later arranged by Seraj Omar (سراج عمر).

It is referred to simply as The National Anthem (النشيد الوطني an-Našīd al-Waṭanī), although it is commonly known by its incipit, Sārʿī (سارعي, "Hasten"). The lyrics call upon the country to hasten to greatness and raise the flag, glorify God, and asks Him to grant the King of Saudi Arabia long life.

The instrumental version is called the Royal Salute (السلام الملكي as-Salām al-Malakī) which is also the name of the ceremony in which it is played to salute senior members of the royal family as well as diplomatic figures.

Lyrics

Arabic Transliteration IPA transcription English translation[citation needed]

سارعي
للمجد والعلياء
مجدي لخالق السماء
وارفعي الخفاق الأخضر
يحمل النور المسطر
رددي الله أكبر
يا موطني
موطني
عشت فخر المسلمين
عاش الملك
للعلم
والوطن

Sārʿī
Li-l-majdi wa-l-ʿalyāʾ,
Majjidī li-xāliqi s-samāʾ!
Wa-rfaʿī l-xaffāqa ʾaxḍar
Yaħmilu n-nūra l-musaṭṭar
Raddidī: Allāhu ʾakbar,
Yā mawṭinī!
Mawṭinī,
ʿišta faxra l-muslimīn
ʿĀš a-l-malik
Li-l-ʿalam
Wa-l-waṭan!
saːrʕiː
lilmad͡ʒdi walʕaljaːʔ
mad͡ʒ.d͡ʒidiː lixaːliqi sːamaːʔ
warfaʕiː l.xaf.faːqa ʔaxdˤar
jaħmilu nːuːra l.musatˤ.tˤar
rad.didiː al.laːhu ʔakbar,
jaː mawtˤiniː
mawtˤiniː
ʔiʃta faxra l.muslimiːn
ʔaːʃ almalik
lilʔalam
walwatˤan
Hasten
To glory and supremacy,
Glorify the Creator of the heavens!
And raise the green flag
Carrying the written light reflecting guidance,
Repeat: Allahu Akbar![1]
O my country!
My country,
Live as the pride of Muslims!
Long live the King
For the flag
And the homeland!

Notes

  1. ^ "Allahu Akbar" means "God is the Greatest" in Arabic, but is expressed the same way by every Muslim in the world, regardless of their language.

External links

  • Saudi Arabia: an-Nasheed al-Waṭaniy - Audio of the national anthem of Saudi Arabia, with information and lyrics
  • The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC has an Audio page that includes the National Anthem in both vocal and instrumental versions.
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