Algeria National Anthem

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Anthem History

The words to "Qassaman" were written in 1956 in Serkaji-Barberousse Prison in Algiers, where the author Moufdi Zakaria was incarcerated by the colonial forces. The poem was put into music, first by Mohamed Triki in 1956, then by the Egyptian composer Mohamed Fawzi. It became the National Anthem after the independence of Algeria on July 5th 1962.

Anthem Lyrics

Qassaman Binnazilat Ilmahiqat


Waddimaa Izzakiyat Ittahirat

Qassa Walbonood Illamiaat Ilkhafiqat

F'Ilgibal Ishshamikhat Ishshahiqat

Nahno Thurna Fahayaton Aw ma maaat

Wa Aqadna Alazma An Tahya Algazair

Fashhadoo! Fashhadoo! Fashhadoo!

Nahno Gondon Fi Sabil Il hakki Thorna

Wa Ila Isstiqlalina Bilharbi Kumna.

Lam Yakon Yossgha Lana Lamma Natakna

Fattakhathna Rannat AIbaroodi Wazna.

Wa Azafna Naghamat Alrashshashi Lahna

Wa Aqadna Alazmat An Tahya Algazair.

Fashhadoo! Fashhadoo! Fashhadoo!

Nahno min Abtalina Nadfaoo Gondan

Wa Ala Ashlaina Nassnaoo Magdan.

Wa Ala Hamatina Narfao Bandan.

Gabhato' Ltahreeri Aataynaki Ahdan

Wa Aqadna Alazma An Tahya Algazair.

Fashhadoo! Fashhadoo! Fashhadoo!

Sarkhato 'lawtani min Sah Ilfida

Issmaooha Wasstageebo Linnida

Waktobooha Bidimaa Ilshohadaa

Wakraooha Libany Ilgeeli ghadan.

Kad Madadna Laka Ya Magdo Yada

Wa Aqadna Alazma An Tahya Algazair.

Fashhadoo! Fashhadoo! Fashhadoo!

Anthem Lyrics English

1. We swear by the lightning that destroys,

By the streams of generous blood being shed,

By the bright flags that wave,

Flying proudly on the high djebels,

That we are in revolt, whether to live or to die,

We are determined that Algeria should live,

So be our witness -be our witness -be our witness!

2. We are soldiers in revolt for truth

And we have fought for our independence.

When we spoke, nobody listened to us,

So we have taken the noise of gunpowder as our rhythm

And the sound of machine guns as our melody,

We are determined that Algeria should live,

So be our witness -be our witness -be our witness!

3. Ô France! Past is the time of palavers

We closed it as we close a book Ô France!

The day to settle the accounts has come!

Prepare yourself! Here is our answer!

The verdict, our Revolution will return it

We are determined that Algeria should live,

So be our witness - be our witness - be our witness!

4. From our heroes we shall make an army come to being,

From our dead we shall build up a glory,

Our spirits shall ascend to immortality

And on our shoulders we shall raise the Standard.

To the nation's Liberation Front we have sworn an oath,

We are determined that Algeria should live,

So be our witness -be our witness -be our witness!

5. The cry of the Fatherland sounds from the battlefields.

Listen to it and answer the call!

Let it be written with the blood of martyrs

And be read to future generations.

Oh, Glory, we have held out our hand to you,

We are determined that Algeria should live,

So be our witness -be our witness -be our witness!

Algeria Flag

Flag Date of Adoption 3 July 1962
Flag Symbolism has two equal vertical bands of green (hoist side) and white; a red, five-pointed star within a red crescent centered over the two-color boundary; the crescent, star, and color green are traditional symbols of Islam (the state religion). Meanings of the colors: green for the Islam and white for purity. According to "Lexikon Flaggen und Wappen", Germany, 1990, the white color also reminds of Abd al-Kadir, who used a White flag in his fight against the French in 1847.

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