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Lyrics proposed for Iraq's new national anthem

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As many as 39 parliament members approved on Thursday a proposal containing new lyrics for Iraq's new national anthem. The draft law was submitted to speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi, to be referred to the parliament's culture committee, to be finally legalized.

The proposal was submitted by MP Sabah al-Saady, and MP Mazid al-Khazae. The new anthem is a poem written by renowned Iraqi poet Asaad al-Ghariri, under the title: "Peace upon you, upon your two rivers, Iraq of values."

The lyrics come as follows:

Peace be upon you
Upon your two rivers
Iraq of values
You are a sanctuary, fortress and home to all nations
I pray on your behalf all the time
And wipe away from you the worries of time
My beloved, why do I see you sad?
As this pain squeezes your heart
Here glory led the way, prayed and fasted
Pilgrimaged and toured paradise (Dar el-Salaam means paradise or heaven but it is also an epithet of Iraq)
Baghdad wrote the glory of the greats
And the inkwell never went dry
Peace to the lade where presents and perfume flow
Nurtured by the blood of the martyrs
Like Hussein and those of Karbala
They went to the glory (of God) tongue and mouth
The Iraq of science and river of literature will remain a heritage for all Arabs
And remain a mother and father for glory
And a garland of love for the good of the nations
The covenant of belonging
To the cradle of civilization and the prophets
Honored with the name of the Lord of Heaven
To remain more glorious and precious knowledge


Last Modified: Thursday، 14 March 2019 09:25 PM
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