Bahni Adam

“Children of Adam” - from Requiem for Peace

Larry Nickel
 

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Bani Adam azaye yek pekarand
Ke-dar afarinesh ze-yek goharand
Cho ozvi be-dard avarad rozgar
Degar ozv’ha-ra namanad gharar


Sa'adi Shirazi (1213-1293)


Ahmad Shawqi - Egyptian/Arabic (transliteration)

wulida rifku yauma mau-lidi a Isä
wal muru ätu wal huda wal hai-a-u
waz-dahel kaunu bil-walidi wa-da-ät
bih-sa-nä-hi mina ferel er-je-hu
wa-sa-rat ayatul Masihi kama

yeh-s’ri minel fej’ri fil-wu-judi dai-a-u
tam-la-ul or-da wala awali-ma nuran
fa-theh-ra mä i-jon bi-ha wad-do-u
la wa-i-dun, la sau-la-tun, luhn-ti-ka-mun
la hu-sä-mun, la raz-wa-tun, la di-mä-u


Ahmad Shawqi (1868–1932)


translation


Children of Adam are members of one body
Who are created from the same origin;
If one member is in pain,
the other members cannot be at peace.


From “Great Events of the Nile Valley”


Kindness, chivalry, guidance and humility were born the day Jesus was born.
His coming brightened the world,
His light illumined it.
Like the light of dawn flowing through the universe,
So did the sign of Jesus (the Messiah) flow.
He filled the world with light,
Making the earth shine with its brightness.
No threat, no tyranny, no revenge,

no sword, no raids, no bloodshed

(did He use in His call to the new faith.)







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