Ṭala‘a al-badru ‘alaynā (طلع البدر علينا) is the oldest and perhaps most widely sung Islamic traditional song in the world, originally recited by the inhabitants of Medina upon the Prophet’s ﷺ arrival. Only four lines long, it is learnt by heart and sung by Muslims, young and old, everywhere.
The most well-known translation into English is by Yusuf Islam, “O the White Moon Rose Over Us”, which retains the meter of the Arabic original.
ṭalaʿal badru ‘alaynaa
min thaniyyaatil wadaa‘(ee)
wajabash shukru ‘alaynaa
maa da‘aa lillaahi daa‘(ee)
ayyuhal mab‘oothu feenaa
ji’ta bil amril muṭaa‘(ee)
ji’ta sharraftal madeenah
marḥaban yaa khayra daa‘(ee)
Translated by Yusuf Islam
O the White Moon rose over us
From the valley of Wadā‘,
And we owe it to show gratefulness,
Where the call is to Allah!
O you who were raised amongst us,
Coming with a word to be obeyed,
You have brought to this city nobleness.
Welcome best caller to God’s way!