Earlier today, Faye Higbee and I wrote about a “holiday” song performed by U.S. schoolchildren that included the phrase “Allahu akbar.” Now comes news that a similar celebration was conducted in our neighbor to the north, Canada. But this song goes much farther than the one performed in Minnesota.
A video posted to YouTube one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne personally welcomed 163 Syrian refugees, shows a children’s choir welcoming the arrival with a song that celebrates submission of Christians to Islam.
The video titled “Welcome to Canada Syrian Refugees” shows the choir singing one of the oldest songs in the Islamic culture called “Tala‘ al-Badru ‘Alaynā” which is sung to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad upon his arrival in Medina after completing the Battle of Tabuk.
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According to Speisa, the English lyrics read as follows:
The full moon rose over us
From the valley of Wada
And it is incumbent upon us to show gratitude
For as long as anyone in existence calls out to God
Oh our Messenger amongst us
Who comes with the exhortations to be heeded
You have brought to this city nobility
Welcome you who call us to a good way
Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson provided some historic context:
The ‘Battle of Tabouk’ was a military expedition or a “jihad” to present-day northwestern Saudi Arabia led by Muhammad with the intention of fighting the Byzantine army, which was not present when Muhammad arrived with his 30,000 strong force.
The Koran refers to the battle by calling on Muslims to fight and kill non-believers until they “pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” The Jizya is a crippling tax on non-Muslims which is currently imposed on Christians in the Middle East by ISIS under threat of execution and taking their wives as sex slaves.
After Muhammad and his army arrived in Tabouk, “Jewish and Christian tribes in the area where Muhammad was converted to Islam,” while Muhammad also sent a letter to the Christian Prince of Ayla/Aliah threatening him to convert to Islam, pay the Jizya, or be killed.
According to Watson, the piece performed by the children was put together by Laura Hawley, who denied that it was a “welcome” to the refugees, and said that it “is indeed influenced by ‘Tala‘ al-Badru ‘Alayna’,” and, Watson added, “the Ottawa Citizen reports ‘that the piece concludes with a section influenced by the traditional Muslim call to prayer blended with Tala’ al-Badru ‘Alayna.’”
Trudeau, Watson said, “tweeted his approval of the song.”
Video of the performance can be seen below:
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