Rivers of Birmingham

(Halal nasheed version of ‘Rivers of Babylon’)

By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

By the rivers of Birmingham, there we sat down
Ye-ah we wept, when we remembered Mirpur

By the rivers of Birmingham, there we sat down
Ye-ah we wept, when we remembered Mirpur

When the wicked
Carried us away in capitalism
Required from us nasheeds
Now, how shall we sing
The Lord’s song in a strange land?

When the wicked
Carried us away in capitalism
Requiring of us nasheeds
Now, how shall we sing
The Lord’s song in a strange land?

Let the words of our mouth
And the dhikr of our heart
Be acceptable in Thy sight here, tonight

Let the words of our mouth
And the dhikr of our heart
Be acceptable in thy sight here, tonight

By the rivers of Birmingham, there we sat down
Ye-ah we wept, when we remembered Mirpur

By the rivers of Birmingham, there we sat down
Ye-ah we wept, when we remembered Mirpur

By the rivers of Birmingham (dark tears of Birmingham)
There we sat down (you got to sing nasheeds)
Ye-ah we wept (sing nasheeds halal)
When we remembered Mirpur (yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)

By the rivers of Birmingham (rough bits of Birmingham)
There we sat down (you hear the people cry)
Ye-ah we wept (they need their Mullahs)
When we remembered Mirpur (ooh, have the power)

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