Canadian children sing ancient Arabic song to welcome refugees
The first plane of Syrian refugees landed in Toronto late on Thursday, and Canada has wasted no time in welcoming them.
On Friday, a video of a children’s choir singing a beautiful song in Arabic to their new neighbors surfaced.
The traditional song ‘Tala’ Al-Badru ‘Alayna’ is one of the oldest in Islam. It was sung by the Ansar (Helpers) to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) when he sought refuge in their city of Madinah and its message is one of welcome and hope.
Several commenters on social media said the gesture made them cry.
The lyrics are:
Oh the white moon rose over us
From the valley of Wada’
And we owe it to show gratefulness
Where the call is to Allah
Oh you, who were raised among us
Coming with a word to be obeyed
You have brought to this city nobleness,
Welcome best caller to God’s way