Mighty Mighty Muslims

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By Wael Abdelgawad | IslamicSunrays.com

There’s a children’s song that I learned as a teenager, at the Muslim Youth Camp. It’s called, “Mighty Mighty Muslims”, and it’s just a little ditty, more of a travelling song than anything else:

We are the Muslims,
the mighty mighty Muslims,
everywhere we go
people want to know
who we are,
who we are,
so we tell them,
so we tell them,
We are the Muslims (and repeat).

By the way, some Muslims apparently chanted this at New York City’s annual Muslim Day Parade, and some non-Muslim observers took offense, as they found it to be supremacist or exclusive in some way. That’s nonsense. Chanting it at a NYC parade may not have been the brightest idea in the current climate of growing bigotry; but I never thought of this as anything but a children’s song, a way of helping kids to feel good and positive about their faith in an environment that is often discriminatory against it. It’s not about being better than anyone else or putting anyone else down.

The fact is that everywhere we go (if we are dressed in traditional Islamic garb like kufi caps or hijab) people do take notice. Sometimes they stare, sometimes ask questions about our faith, and sometimes cast insults. This song is a way of saying to kids, hey, it’s okay if people notice you, andyou have nothing to be ashamed of. Be proud and strong in your faith.

Who would have thought a little children’s song could become a political issue? SubhanAllah, things have gotten ridiculous these days. May Allah guide them.

Did you learn this song as a child? I’m curious how well known it is.

I decided to expand it just a little to turn it into a teaching song for Salma (my daughter) and other Muslim children. Here’s my expanded version:

Bismillah we say
when we start the day
and everywhere we go
people want to know
who we are, who we are,
so we tell them, so we tell them,
We are the Muslims,
mighty mighty Muslims,
no matter where we’re from
we say salamu alaykum,
we pray in the night
and at the morning light.

If anyone is desperate to know the tune, I could record it and put it on here. But be warned, I’m no singer. Maybe someone else could take it and make something really catchy out of it.

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including Zawaj.com and IslamicAnswers.com, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project, IslamicSunrays.com, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at AbolishTorture.com. He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , , Read 259 articles by
14 Comments Post a Comment
  1. María M says:

    As salamu alaykum,

    Yes, I want to listen the tune. Children songs makes me happy. Let´s share some happiness.

    Beslama

  2. María M says:

    I like your version.

  3. SisterZ says:

    Lol, we could do with a laugh Wael, so yes lets here you sing, lol. Or maybe you can get Salma to sing it :O).

    Although, I think I have heard this on Peace TV. There are other lyrics to the same tune aswell.

  4. SisterZ says:

    The first Islamic song I heard was by Yusuf Islam ‘A is for Allah’

    Aa is for Allah, nothing but Allah
    Ba is the beginning of Bismillah
    Ta is for Tawqa, bewaring of Allah and
    Tha is for Thawaab for reward
    Ja is for Jannah, the Garden of Paradise
    Ha is for Hajj, the blessed Pilgrimage
    Kha is for Khatam, the Seal of the Prophethood, giving to the Prophet Muhammed, sallallaahu alayhi wasallam…

    Da is for Deen, Al Islam, religion from Allah since time began
    Dha is for Dhikr, remembering Allah and ….

    Etc etc

    I didnt understand it all then, I would just sing along and get some of the words wrong, like when I would try to sing along to some of Michael Jackson’s songs (haha). But the nasheed makes sense now.

  5. GenDarMe says:

    i love children songs >>
    if i only had my guitar in here >>
    well we’re capable of
    am workin on it >> i might add some stuff & modify some others >>
    u might impress Salma with the Newest Version >>
    but our sisters r right >> we’ve got 2 hear ur version 1st >>
    4 copyright cause 😀 >>>

    • wael says:

      Ha ha, okay, let me get over my cough first, then I’ll record it Insha’Allah.

      • SisterZ says:

        “Uhm uhm *cough *cough”

        I recall a little birdy telling me that you are over the worst of your cough now.

        So I await your promise of a live recording, lol.

        Come on Wael… 😉

        • wael says:

          Hmm, I hoped that little comment of mine would have been forgotten.

          • SisterZ says:

            Lol, I was just teasing and I release you of your promise. I don’t want your own laughter to set off your cough again.

            Giggle giggle, keep smiling and keep healthy inshAllah ;O)

    • María M says:

      As salamu alaykum,

      GenDarMe you are full of surprises,… I would love to listen to you playing guitar. Do you write songs?

      It has been a gift to find you here.

      María

  6. ola says:

    assalamou alikoum
    very nice words but i urgently need the tune !!can u help me???

  7. Lateefah says:

    Assalamu alaykum,
    This is Dec 2015 and the recording is no where to be found….Can we get Salma to record it for us because I would like to teach my 2,4 & 6 yr olds.

    JazakAllahu khayran

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