‘Abd al-Hadi al-Wafa’i

Talama Ashku Gharami

Birds in the courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, 1993.

Ṭālamā Ashkū Gharāmī (طالما أشكو غرامي), “How Long Will I Yearn”, is a traditional Arabic qasida from the Levant, usually sung in the maqām of Nahāwand. It is a deeply moving expression of infatuation, longing and yearning for the Prophet ﷺ.

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Arabic

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Transliteration

Chorus:
Ṭaalamaa askhoo gharaamee
Yaa nooral wujood
Wa unaadee yaa tihaamee
Yaa ma‘dinal jood
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Munyatee aqṣaa maraamee
Aḥdhaa bish shuhood
Wa araa baabas salaami
Yaa zaakil judood

Yaa ṭiraazal kawni innee
‘Aashiq mustahaam
Mughramun wal madḥu fannee
Yaa badrat tamaam

Iṣrifil a‘raaḍa ‘annee
Aḍnaanil gharaam
Feeka qad aḥsantu dhannee
Yaa saamil ‘uhood

Yaa siraajal anbiyaa’i
Yaa ‘aalil janaab
Yaa imaamal atqiyaa’i
Inna qalbee dhaabb

Wa ‘alaykallaahu ṣallaa
Rabbee Dhul Jalaal
Yakfee yaa nooral ahillah
Inna hajree ṭaal

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English

How long will I yearn, infatuated –
O light of the universe! –
And continue calling out, O Tihāmī,
O treasure-trove of goodness!

My wish, my utmost desire
Is that I attain the vision
And look upon the Portal of Peace,
O nurturer of good fortune!

O jewel of the universe, I am
A lover engrossed in longing,
Infatuated; praise is my profession,
O perfect full moon!

Take everything away from me,
For love has consumed me and exhausted me,
Of you I have the best opinion,
O bearer of the highest covenants!

O lantern of the Prophets,
O most honourable one,
O leader of the Pious!
My heart is melting!

And upon you God did pray,
My Lord, the Majestic.
Enough, O light of crescents!
Too long have I been separated  from my Beloved!

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Audio

Imran Shadhili   Vocals Only
Alia Mohie   Female Vocals
AL Kauthar Ensemble   Music
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