Mr. Mehana has a nice little song on his recent CD, by the way. It’s called “Um El Shaheed.”
In English, that’s “Mother of a Martyr.”
I noticed “Um El Shaheed” on Nour Mehana’s web site. “Shaheed,” I knew, meant “martyr,” but that was as far as my Arabic could go. Since martyrdom seemed an odd topic for a casino crooner, I called the Middle East Media Research Institute. I spoke with Aluma Dankowtiz, who is fluent in Arabic, to find out exactly what Mr. Mehana has to say.
“Mother of a Martyr” glorifies the death of a young Palestinian. Mehana sings
to a grieving mother that she should not be sad, because her son, who died as
a martyr, is a hero. She should be happy that her son is gone, Mehana croons,
because freeing Palestine and the Golan Heights are heroic goals. The song,
which starts slow and solemn, ends with a triumphant chorus, celebrating the
martyr’s glorious death: “Allahu Akbar…Allahu Akbar…Allahu Akbar!”
Read the whole thing here.
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