Religious Songs

These songs appeared at the glorious time of the Prophet Mohammed pbuh during his pilgrimage from Mecca to Medina. He was met by happy girls from the Beni Najjar tribe. Their joy was then expressed by praise songs for the saint man. A dialogue took place between the Prophet Mohammed pbuh and these girls and brought about the first religious verses in Islam.

After the Prophet’s death, the tradition of the religious song was maintained from generation to generation until nowadays. It was also developed thanks to Sufism and the expansion of this thought in the Muslim world.

As is the case with all the kingdom’s regions, Sahrawis sing religious songs during happy ceremonies, religious feasts or at the return from Mecca. One or more people sit close to each other and start singing some verses which praise God and his Prophet Mohammed pbuh by changing rhythms and varying sonorities.

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