Academic journal article Middle East Review of International Affairs (Online)

"The Convoy of Light" - New Nasheed from the Islamic State's Ajnad Media

Academic journal article Middle East Review of International Affairs (Online)

"The Convoy of Light" - New Nasheed from the Islamic State's Ajnad Media

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October 24, 2016

After a long hiatus, the Islamic State's Ajnad Media, which produces the Arabic nasheeds, has finally released a new production (the last ones being 'Praise be to God' released in July 2016, 'In the path of God' released in May 2016 and 'The Dawla has arisen' released in January 2016). It is possible the small output partly reflects a disruption to the Islamic State's media production in terms of killing potential Arabic language munshids, while al-Hayat media has continued to produce nasheeds in languages besides Arabic.

Below is a preliminary translation by me of this new nasheed: 'Mawkab al-Nur' ('The Convoy of Light'). The themes here are very general and oft-recurring: the glorious past, subduing the disbelievers etc. In addition, the Arabic used here is very straightforward.

The convoy of light has called us. Take the initiative, our hand-mill [of war] has turned.

The bond of religion is calling, oh our brother, oh our brother.

Accept the burden and arise together, it [the bond of religion] only has us today. …

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