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Jul. 17th, 2014 | 09:54 pm

Aziz Alili is a celebrated hafiz and singer of devotional songs. Although often associated with Bosnia, he is from Macedonia, studied in Sarajevo, and is the imam of a large mosque in Zagreb.

He is probably best known for his song Šehidi (Martyrs), about the Bosnian war. I noticed that this video was part of a concert dedicated to victims in Gaza in 2009.



Šehidi (Martyrs)

Šehidi, O loved ones
where are you?
By the faucet
there is an embroidered towel.
And the pitcher,
(clay) of which we are made.
Šehidi, O loved ones,
where are you?

Šehidi, O loved ones
where are you?
In the dust
there is a trace of bare feet.
Who prays now,
on the green carpets?
Šehidi, O loved ones
where are you?

Šehidi, O fragrant ones
where are you?
By the villages in Bosnia
are your castles (graves).
In the garden
like flowers cut down.
Šehidi, O fragrant ones
where are you?

Šehidi, O white birds
where are you?
Like swallows going south
you are full of joy.
Like a cluster of stars in tesbih
you are flickering.
Šehidi, O white birds
where are you?

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