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National Anthem of Iraq النشيد الوطني لجمهورية العراق08:08

National Anthem of Iraq النشيد الوطني لجمهورية العراق

Ardulfurataini Watan (The Land of the Two Rivers) is the old national anthem of Iraq used under the reign of Saddam Hussein. The anthem was composed by Walid Gholmieh and written by Shafiq Alkamali.

The anthem was adopted in 1981 and with the ousting of the Ba'ath government in 2003, the Iraqi government adopted a new anthem Mawtini.

Use in literature

The song is a prolific song used in literature in both the Anthro Saga and in human stories. In the Anthro Saga, the tune is used for the anthem of Animalia under the rule of Mechanikat: The Glory of Civilization as a Scarf and Tyrannia under the rule of Grigori: The Land of the Hyena.

It is further played twice in the story Mirage of Arabia: Once at the beginning by a band of weasels and Maid Marian with them and is further sung by Maya Ali after she and the story's protagonist Lady Blue escape from Iran. The former sings it as if she is in a trance but only manages to sing the first verse (Maya Ali is actually an un-named blue vixen in reality)

The song is used by the Arab Syndicate first as a marching song then as an anthem (with altered lyrics) whilst the tune is used by European Intelligence Network recruits training in West Turkey. East Turkey also use it as their anthem.

It is also used in The Rise and Fall of Veronica Ravenshaw as a song that the titular character sings when she meets the other Arabs, a quicker version is also played when Ravenshaw turns to the dark side.

The song is also played prolifically in the Surgeon story Land of the Two Foes because of it being set in 1990s Iraq.

Lyrics

Arabic Text

وطن مد على الأفق جناحا
وارتدى مجد الحضارات وشاحا
بوركت أرض الفراتين
وطن
عبقري المجد عزما و سماحا
هذه الأرض لهيب و سنا
و شموخ لا تدانيه سما
جبل يسمو على هذه الدنا
و سهول جسدت فينا الإبى
بابل فينا و آشور لنا
و بنا التاريخ يقتد ضيا
نحن في الناس جمعنا و حدنا
غضبة السيف و حلم الأنبياء
حين أوقدنا رمال العرب ثورة
و حملنا راية التحرير فكرة
حين أوقدنا رمال العرب ثورة
و حملنا راية التحرير فكرة
منذ أن لز مثنى الخيل مهره
و صلاح الدين غطاها رماحا
وطن مد على الأفق جناحا
وارتدى مجد الحضارات وشاحا
بوركت أرض الفراتين
وطن
عبقري المجد عزما و سماحا
وطن مد على الأفق جناحا
وارتدى مجد الحضارات وشاحا
بوركت أرض الفراتين
وطن
عبقري المجد عزما و سماحا
قسما بالسيف و القول الأبي
و صهيل الخيل عند الطلب
قسما بالسيف و القول الأبي
و صهيل الخيل عند الطلب
إننا سور مداها الأرحب
و هدير الشعب يوم النوب
أورثتنا البيد رايات النبي
و السجايا و الشموخ اليعربي
مجدي جزلا بلاد العرب
نحن أشرقنا فيا شمس أغربي
الجباه السمر بشر و محبة
و صمود شق للإنسان دربه
الجباه السمر بشر و محبة
و صمود شق للإنسان دربه
أيها القائد للعلياء شعبه
اجعل الآفاق للصولات ساحة
وطن مد على الأفق جناحا
وارتدى مجد الحضارات وشاحا
بوركت أرض الفراتين
وطن
عبقري المجد عزما و سماحا
وطن مد على الأفق جناحا
وارتدى مجد الحضارات وشاحا
بوركت أرض الفراتين
وطن
عبقري المجد عزما و سماحا
يا سرايا البعث يا أسد العرين
يا شموخ العز و المجد التليد
يا سرايا البعث يا أسد العرين
يا شموخ العز و المجد التليد
ازحفي كالهول للنصر المبين
و ابعثي في أرضنا عهد الرشيد
نحن جيل البذل فجر الكادحين
يا رحاب المجد عدنا من جديد
أمة تبني بعزم لا يلين
و شهيد يقتفي خطو شهيد
شعبنا الجبار زهو و انطلاق
و قلاع العز يبنيها الرفاق
شعبناالجبار زهو و انطلاق
و قلاع العز يبنيها الرفاق
دمت للعرب ملاذا
يا عراق
و شموسا تجعل الليل صباحا
وطن مد على الأفق جناحا
وارتدى مجد الحضارات وشاحا
بوركت أرض الفراتين
وطن
عبقري المجد عزما و سماحا
وطن مد على الأفق جناحا
وارتدى مجد الحضارات وشاحا
بوركت أرض الفراتين
وطن
عبقري المجد عزما و سماحا

Latin Alphabet Transliteration

Watanun Mada ala'al ofki janaha
Wartada majd alhadharati wishaha
Bwurikat Ardulfurataini
Watan
Abkarial majd a'azman wa samaha
Hathihi al Ardh lahib wa sana
Wa shmokhon la todanihi sama'a
Jabalun yasmo ala hathi aldona
Wa soholon jassadat feena el eba
Babel fina wa Ashoron lana
Wa bina altarekh yagtado dhiy'a
Nahno filnas jama'ana wahdana
Ghatbatal Sayfi wa hilm al anbia
Hina asha'alna rimalal urbi thawra
Wa hamalna Rayatal tahrir fikra
Hina asha'alna rimalal urbi thawra
Wa hamalna Rayatal tahrir fikra
Montho an laza muthanna alkhayl mohrah
Wa Salahoddin ghattaha rimaha
Watanun Mada
Ala'al ofki janaha
Wartada majd alhadharati wishaha
Bwurikat Ardulfurataini
Watan
Abkarial majd a'azman wa samaha
Watanun Mada
Ala'al ofki janaha
Wartada majd alhadharati wishaha
Bwurikat Ardulfurataini
Watan
Abkarial majd a'azman wa samaha
Qasaman bel sayfi wal qawli alabi
Wa saheel el khayli endal talabi
Qasaman bel sayfi wal qawli alabi
Wa saheel el khayli endal talabi
Innana soro himaaha al arhabi
Wa hadeer al sha'ab yomal nowabi
Thawratal tawhidi wa rayatol nabi
Walsajaya walshomokh al ya'arobi
Majjidi jazla belada al arabi
Nahno ashraqna fia shamsu ughrubi
Aljebaho olsomro bishron wa mahabba
Wa somodon shakka lelinsani darbah
Aljebaho olsomro bishron wa mahabba
Wa somodon shakka lelinsani darbah
Ayoha al ka'id lela'alyai shabah
Eja'ali al aafaak lelsawlati saha
Watanun Mada
Ala'al ofki janaha
Wartada majd alhadharati wishaha
Bwurikat Ardulfurataini
Watan
Abkarial majd a'azman wa samaha
Watanun Mada
Ala'al ofki janaha
Wartada majd alhadharati wishaha
Bwurikat Ardulfurataini
Watan
Abkarial majd a'azman wa samaha
Ya saraial ba'athi ya osdal areen
Ya shmokhal Ezi wal majil taleed
Ya saraial ba'athi ya osdal aleel
Ya shmokhal Ezi wal majil taleed
Izahafi kalhawli lelnasri el mobeen
Waba'athi fi Ardina a'ahdal Rasheed
Nahno jeelol bathli fajrul kadihin
Ya rihabal majdi odna min jadeed
Ommatan tabni bee'azmin la yalean
Wa shaheedin yaktafi khatwa shaheed
Shabuna aljabbaro zahwon wantilak
Wa kela'a elizi yabneehal rifaqu
Shabuna aljabbaro zahwon wantilak
Wa kela'a elizi yabneehal rifaqu
Domta lil orbi malathan
Ya Iraq
Wa shomosan tajalol layla sabaha
Watanun Mada
Ala'al ofki janaha
Wartada majd alhadharati wishaha
Bwurikat Ardulfurataini
Watan
Abkarial majd a'azman wa samaha
Watanun Mada
Ala'al ofki janaha
Wartada majd alhadharati wishaha
Bwurikat Ardulfurataini
Watan
Abkarial majd a'azman wa samaha

English Translation

A Fatherland has extended (its) wing[s] over the horizon,
And wore the glory of civilizations as a scarf -
Blessed be the land of the two rivers
A Fatherland of glorious determination and tolerance.
This homeland is made of flame and splendor
And pride unmatched by the highest heaven.
It is a mountain that rises above the tops of the world
And a plain that embodies our pride.
Babylon is inherent in us and Assyria is ours,
And because of the glory of our background
History itself radiates with light,
And it is we alone who possess the anger of the sword and the patience of the prophets.
When we forged the sands of Arabia into a revolution
And bore the flag of history as an ideology
When we forged the sands of Arabia into a revolution
And bore the flag of history as an ideology
Since AlMothanna of Horses charged
And Saladin covered it with spears
A home land that extended its wings over the horizon,
And wore the glory of civilization as a garment -
Blessed be the land of the two rivers,
A homeland of glorious determination and tolerance.
A home land that extended its wings over the horizon,
And wore the glory of civilization as a garment -
Blessed be the land of the two rivers,
A homeland of glorious determination and tolerance.
We swear by sword and the speech of pride
And the neighing of horses when in duty
We swear by sword and the speech of pride
And the neighing of horses when in duty
We are the wall of its limitless range
And the roarings of people in days of war
We inherited the flags of the Prophet from desert
And the Arabian nature and pride
Glorify well the Land of the Arabs
We have risen, oh Sun set
The tanned foreheads are filled with laughter and love
And firmness that cruised for humans their way
The tanned foreheads are filled with laughter and love
And firmness that cruised for humans their way
O you who is leading his people to supreme elevation
Make of the horizons our battlefields
A home land that extended its wings over the horizon,
And wore the glory of civilization as a garment -
Blessed be the land of the two rivers,
A homeland of glorious determination and tolerance.
A home land that extended its wings over the horizon,
And wore the glory of civilization as a garment -
Blessed be the land of the two rivers,
A homeland of glorious determination and tolerance.
Oh company of al-Ba'th, you pride of lions,
Oh pinnacle of pride and of inherited glory,
Oh company of al-Ba'th, you pride of lions,
Oh pinnacle of pride and of inherited glory,
Advance, like terror, to a certain victory
And resurrect the time of al-Rashid in our land!
We are a generation who give all and toil to the utmost.
Oh expanse of glory, we have returned anew
To a nation that we build with unyielding determination.
And each martyr follows the footsteps of a former martyr.
Our mighty nation is filled with pride and vigour
And the comrades build the fortresses of glory.
Our mighty nation is filled with pride and vigour
And the comrades build the fortresses of glory.
May you remain forever a refuge for all the Arabs
Oh Iraq
And be as suns that turn night into day!
A home land that extended its wings over the horizon,
And wore the glory of civilization as a garment -
Blessed be the land of the two rivers,
A homeland of glorious determination and tolerance.
A home land that extended its wings over the horizon,
And wore the glory of civilization as a garment -
Blessed be the land of the two rivers,
A homeland of glorious determination and tolerance.

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