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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ya Allah Katakanlah - a prayer



Amirah Ali is a talented young Malaysian studying overseas.

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I am saddened and angered by the recent happenings in my country, Malaysia. I would like to share with you this song that I wrote. We are all ONE and so is GOD," - Amirah Ali

Katakanlah

Hari ke hari ku cari
Tapiku tidak pasti
Seribu malam ku mimpi
Tapi ku belum fahami

Chorus
Adakahkanku namaku
Adakahkanku kulitku
Ugamaku dan bangsaku
Tradisiku, negaraku
Akalku, buatanku, niatku

Oh Ya Allah
Katakanlah
Ya Allah
Katakanlah

Hari ke hari ku pandang
Tayangan hias bumi
Seribu malam ku kira
Bintang-bintang menawan hati

Chorus

Seluruh dunia di dalam
Sebutir tanah pasir
Kecil-kecilan hidupan
Merangkumi semua angkasa

Chorus

Jauh di dalam lautan
Rahsia anak ikan
Pusaka lama disimpan
Cantik lagi bahaya

Chorus


English Translation by U-En:

TELL ME

Each passing day I seek,
And yet I am unsure.
For a thousand nights I dream
And still my doubt endures.

Am I but a name?
Mere colour of my skin?
Am I just my faith, beholden to my race?
Am I tradition, blood of a nation?
Am I thought, an act, intention?

Oh God
Tell me
Oh God
Tell me

Each passing day I gaze
Upon this ornamented world.
For a thousand nights I count
The stars that bind my heart.

All the world contained
Within a grain of sand,
Life's merest whisper
Encompasses the firmament.

Deep beneath the tide,
Secrets still abide.
An ancient heritage endures,
Perilous and ever fair.

25 comments:

max said...
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KON said...

Thanks Patrick for sharing Amirah Ali's song "Katakanlah". What a Gem from Bolehland!!!! Bolehland sure got talent!!!

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Antares said...

A pure soul with a nightingale voice, Amirah enchants and soothes the troubled ego of a nation in denial, that refuses to look in the mirror and confess that we did this to ourselves. Time to grow up, throw off that tribalistic tempurung, folks, and join the evolving family of Manusia.

Anonymous said...

People with the right mind will share such feeling as amirah. Why is our gomen leader in a different category from that of most rakyat ???

Amirah Ali said...

Thank you Ken, Antares and Anonymous. I hope we will get through all this.

funnyfella said...

Beautiful song, beautifully written, very touching. Thank you for the song.

Roland said...

For a change, good to see this.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Rais the noisy tin should learn a thing or two from this young lady here instead of mouthing off about internet eroding the country's culture ..what culture... I go to Papua New Guinea I see more real culture that the artificial crap that tourists have to put up with when they set foot here ... look at him and you wiil cringe with shame ,listen to him talk and you will puke...

Cocture

Anonymous said...

The English translation is equally touching. Bravo, Amirah!

Anonymous said...

Will it be featured on RTM or TV3 or Astro Awani?

Rais,
Any commnent?

Anonymous said...

wow...indeed talented.*clap clap*

james

melodi said...

Suria FM or Hot FM

Can you please play this song for all malaysians?

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...

BE ENLIGHTENED AND BRIGHTENED

Let's thank God for those who are enlightened
Without feeling confused, insecure or threatened
For with perfect love there's no need to be frightened
Having the true light everything will be truly brightened

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 170110
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
SUN. 17th Jan. 2010.

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...

ARE WE IN OR OUT?

Others try to draw a line to keep me out
But I draw a bigger circle to bring them in
For this is what "loving your neighbour" is all about
For under the fatherhood of God we are all kins

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 190110
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
Tue. 19th Jan. 2010.

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...

ARE WE IN OR OUT?

Others try to draw a line to keep me out
But I draw a bigger circle to bring them in
For this is what "loving your neighbour" is all about
For under the fatherhood of God we are all kins

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 190110
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
Tue. 19th Jan. 2010.

aizat said...

This song is better than any of the songs featured in the recent Juara Lagu.

Anonymous said...

Mabe jaclyn Victor can sing the cover version in Malay?

mat limbo said...

At the height of the (second) Wahhabi uprising against the Ottoman Colonialists of the Arabian Peninsula soon after the First World War and just before the Second World War (read the story of Lawrence of Arabia), it was the Islamic ‘tradition’ to put to death all non-Wahhabi Muslims. The joint Wahhab-Saud forces swept across the Arabian Peninsula and while all Jews, Christians and ‘others’ were spared, the Muslims who were not Wahhabis were slaughtered. In fact, the town of Taif was put to the sword and every man, woman and child, including livestock, were massacred. Nothing was spared.

That was the Islamic ‘tradition’ then, 100 years or so ago, at least as far as the Wahhabi Muslims were concerned. So, as I said, according to whose standards are we making our judgment? According to which Islamic ‘tradition’ do we base our decision on? The ulamak had spoken. Religious decrees were issued. So was it right or wrong to massacre all Muslims not of the Wahhabi faith while non-Muslims were spared?

In 1932, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded and Wahhabi Islam became the official religion of the Kingdom, just like Sunni Islam is the official religion of Malaysia. The Federation of Malaya was founded in 1957 followed by Malaysia in 1963. So Saudi Arabia was first. Malaysia came later. But Malaysia did not adopt Wahhabi Islam as the official religion of the country. Why? Why did the Malay religious scholars not follow the religious scholars of Saudi Arabia seeing that the seat of Islam is Mekah and Medina, both in Saudi Arabia?

So you see, there are scholars and there are scholars. And Islam is not just Islam. Islam comes in many ‘forms’, for want of a better word. And it all depends on your belief as to which Islam is the ‘correct’ version of Islam as far as you are concerned.

So, to say that this is what the scholars have decided and that this is the religious decree issued is not the end of the matter. You do not win the debate by arguing that this is what the scholars have decided and this is the religious decree they issued. It depends on when, where, who and why. And it also depends on what you believe in. So how do you regulate belief? It can’t be done as what the Malay-Muslims of Malaysia would like us to believe.

In short, you can’t argue that this has been decided and this is final. It may be as far as you are concerned. But who are you to impose the same on me?

patrickteoh said...

Dei! Anonymous 1:54 PM, the song on the video is in Malay da!

patrickteoh said...

Dei! Anonymous 1:54 PM, the song on the video is in Malay da!

patrickteoh said...

Dei! Anonymous 1:54 PM, the song on the video is in Malay da!

Anonymous said...

hello patrickteoh 3:06 PM

Dei

The song is in Malay, but we need a Bahasa Malaysia version-lah!

F Fernandez said...

Patrick

Can you tell me what is the official 1malaysia song that is chosen by Najib?

Nuffnang