Prayer Of Jonas In The Belly Of The Whale (White Star Hawk Spirit Dance)

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La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen

La ilahi
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta…

White men like to dig in the ground for their food
My people prefer to hunt the buffalo as their fathers did

La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen

White men like to stay in one place
My people want to move their tepees here
To different hunting grounds

The life of the white men is slavery
They are prisoners in towns or farms
The life my people want is a life of freedom
Freedom!

La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen

La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen

La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen
La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen

La ilahi illa anta inni…

Notes:
The Arabic phrase that Peter keeps repeating (La ilahi illa anta inni kuntu minaz alimeen) is literally the prayer of Jonas (this is based on a Hadith, or saying of the Prophet Muhammad, as opposed to something written directly in the Qu’ran, but is accepted as true). The phrase itself roughly translates to “There is no God except Allah, all powerful are You. Indeed, I have been one of the wrongdoers.” Jonas recited this while trapped inside the belly of the whale. It is believed, however, that if a person recites the same line when enduring an affliction or adversity, God will forgive that person and make the affliction or adversity easier for the person to bear and overcome.

The English portions are actually a quote from Chief Sitting Bull. Following the surrender of Sitting Bull and his band to military officials in 1881, the army relocated the natives to Fort Randall as prisoners of war. While there, military personnel tried to westernize the natives. Over time, Sitting Bull began to feel a strong conflict between his people needing to make a new life for themselves but that he still wished for a freedom akin to what they had before the wars. This short speech given to a newsman at the fort explains what his life was like before capture and how he envisioned his remaining years would look.

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