Niyaz – Khuda Bowad Yaret

Beautiful rendition of an Afghan folk song, “Khuda Bowad Yaret,” sung by Azam Ali of Niyaz. Farsi lyrics and English translation are below (via this site).

(Farsi)

Khudâ buwad yârat qur’ân nigahdârat
sakhi madadgârat sakhi madadgârat
alâ yâr jân khatar dârad judâyi
nihâli besamar dârad judâyi
biyâ ki mâ wu tu yak jâ bishinem
ki margi bekhabar dârad judâyi
khudâ buwad yârat qur’ân nigahdârat
sakhi madadgârat sakhi madadgârat
dili man zin hama ghamhâ fasurda
tawânam râ ghami ishqi tu burda
darigha ruze âyi bar sari man
chiraghi umri man bini ki murda
khudâ buwad yârat qur’ân nigahdârat
sakhi madadgârat sakhi madadgârat
biyâyi didanam tarsam ki ân ruz
ba ghair az sabzayi khâkam nabini
khudâ buwad yârat qur’ân nigahdârat
sakhi madadgârat sakhi madadgârat

(English translation)

Khuda (Allah/God) be with you,
Quran (Holy Quran) be your protector,
Sakhi (Soubriquet of Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad) be your helper.

My very dear person parting is very dangerous,
It is like a plant without fruit,
Let’s sit together,
Because parting has an unknown dead.

Khuda (Allah/God) be with you,
Quran (Holy Quran) be your protector,
Sakhi (Soubriquet of Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad) be your helper

My heart is overwhelmed with sorrows
Your love’s sorrow consumed my strength
Unfortunately, if you came to my bedside
You see that my life has ended

Khuda (Allah/God) be with you,
Quran (Holy Quran) be your protector,
Sakhi (Soubriquet of Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad) be your helper

When you come to me someday,
Won’t see even other than grass on my soil

Khuda (Allah/God) be with you,
Quran (Holy Quran) be your protector,
Sakhi (Soubriquet of Hazrat Ali, son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad) be your helper

2 thoughts on “Niyaz – Khuda Bowad Yaret

  1. Beautiful! I find Afghan music quite fascinating. Musically speaking, it lies exactly between Persian and Northern-Indian/Pakistani music (no coincidence ofcourse because Afghanistan itself lies between those country) Afghanistan also has some pretty amazing qawwali. It was heavily surpressed under the Taliban, but now it’s resurging.

    Here is some of their music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abNxiO1kQGg

  2. This sounds familiar. I took a class on Afghan music in my undergrad (it was really cool lol) and I think this was one of the songs we listened to… but different singer, I think. Can’t remember who though. It was a guy.

    Do you have thoughts on the anti-Muslim sentiment after J20? Ever since Trump was elected I have intense anxiety like never before. Even from the day he started to run, I started using encrypted emails, hiding IPs (using a fake one right now), recently put in a bunch of security features in my phone etc. But all the articles I’ve been reading don’t make the connection that we’ve been doing for years and years.

    Sorry to ask in a comment and derail from the post, haha. Would send in an email but don’t think you check your inbox? Sent you a couple before. Thanks for posting the song, brought back some good memories. =)

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