Let’s begin by commemorating Xuda,iii 

And elate the spirit of the Prophets; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

When Muhammad called us to be one.

ئەۋەل باشلاپ خۇدانى ياد ئېتىمىز  

پەېغەمبەرلەرروھىنى شاد ئېتىمىز 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.مۇھەممەت ئۈمبەت دېگەن شۇرامىزان

It was Omer Ali, who once sang Ramadan songs, 

Bequeathing us such a legacy; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes the Ramadan with blessings. 

،رامىزان ئېيتىپ ئۆتكەن ئۆمەر ئېلى 

.ئولاردىن قالغان ئىكەن نۇسخالىرى 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

Assalamu Alaikum oh those rich who are still asleep, 

Those who have been blessed with the zakat of this Ramadan; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

When Muhammad called us to be one.

،ئەسسالامۇ ئەلەيكۇم ياتقان بايلار 

.روزىنىڭ زاكاتىغا پاتقان بايلار 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

مۇھەممەت ئۈمبەت دېگەن شۇرامىزان 

By the age of six, Hassan, grandson of the Prophet 

Completed six journeys from Mecca to Medina;iv  

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،پەيغەمبەر ئوغلى ھەسەن ئالتە ياشار 

.مەككىدىن - مەدىنىگە سەككىز باسار 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

Having fasted for fifteen days, we come to your door, 

Please offer us your zakat for Ramadan; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،روزىنى ئونبەش تۇتۇپ كەلدۇق سىزگە

.رۇزىنىڭ زاكاتىنى بېرىڭ بىزگە 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

Fast and pray for the sake of your being, 

Do the good deeds and offer zakat for the things you own; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،روزى تۇت، ناماز ئۆتە جانىڭ ئۈچۈن 

.خەيرى قىل زاكاتنى بەر مالىڭ ئۈچۈن 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

Sacred is the tenth day of the Ramadan, Where have those Muslims who were amongst us last year gone? 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،روزىنىڭ ئونى كۈنى قادىر كۈنى  

.بۇلتۇرقى مۇسۇلمانلار بۇيىل قېنى 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

Another Ramadan will come following this one, 

Who will die and who will be born is known only to Allah; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

When Muhammad called us to be one.  

،بۇ روزا ئۈتسە يەنە روزا كىلۇر  

.كىم ئۆلۆپ كىم تىرىلۇر ئاللا بىلۇر 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

مۇھەممەت ئۈمبەت دېگەن شۇرامىزان 

Over your gate shines the beautiful moon, 

Of all the households, yours appears the most affluent; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،ئىشىكىڭنىڭ باشىدا ئاي كۆرىنەر 

.ھەممە ئۆيدىن موشۇ ئۆي باې كۆرىنەر 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

What you slaughtered for the Ramadan was a spotted lamb, 

If you eat the meat, do leave me the breast bones; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،روزىدا ئۆلتۈرگىنىڭ كۆك ئالا قوي 

.گۆشىنى ئۆزۆڭ يىسەڭ،تۆشىنى قوي 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

Your beautiful white house will become a palace, 

The son you have is destined to become a Mullah. 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

When Muhammad called us to be one.  

،ئاق ئۆيۆڭ ئاپپاق ئۆيۆڭ ئوردا بولۇر 

.ئۆيۈڭدە بىر ئوغلۇڭ بار موللا بولۇر 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

مۇھەممەت ئۈمبەت دېگەن شۇرامىزان 

Your backyard is covered with sheep hoofprints, 

Come out quickly and give us nan oh the daughter of the well-to-do.v 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،ئۆيلىرىنىڭ  ئار قىسى قوينىڭ ئىزى  

.پات چىقىپ نان بەرسىلە ناينىڭ قىزى  

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

Hammer your pegs there, hammer your pegs here, 

Shake your supra if there is no flour left in your flour sack;vi 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،قوزۇقنى ئۇيەرگە قاق، بۇيەرگە قاق 

.خالتاڭدا ئۇن قالمىسا سۇپراڭنى قاق  

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

This Ramadan is a guest of thirty days, 

Those who do not fast are indeed like some animals; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

When Muhammad called us to be one.  

،بۇ روزا ئوتتۇز كۈن مېھمانىدۇر 

.روزىنى تۇتمىغانلار ھايۋانىدۇر 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

مۇھەممەت ئۈمبەت دېگەن شۇرامىزان 

It will soon be late, if we sing so much at every place,  

Whatever you have offered will become unacceptable.  

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،ھەر يەردە شۇنچە ئېيتساق كەچ بولىدۇ 

.بەرگىنىڭ بەرمىگىنىڭ ھەش بولىدۇ  

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

The firewood, this white firewood, this dry firewood,  

A woman who refuses to offer nan to the Ramadan singer is indeed ugly. 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،بۇ ئوتۇن ئاپپاق ئوتۇن، قاخشال ئوتۇن 

.رامىزانچىغا نان بەرمىگەن مايماق خوتۇن

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

This world is like a pigeon coop,  

One flies away, while another comes to land; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

When Muhammad called us to be one. 

،بۇ ئالەم بە جايى كەپتەر خانىدۇر 

.بىرى ئۇچسا بىرى كىلىپ قونادۇر 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

مۇھەممەت ئۈمبەت دېگەن شۇرامىزان 

Grandmother got up to fetch flour, 

The container tipped over and knocked her down. 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،موماي قوپتى كۆندۈكتىن ئۇن ئالغىلى  

.كۆندۈك ئۆرۈلدى موماينى باسقىلى 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

Grandfather got up to catch a lamb from the sheds, 

The door slammed  and knocked him down; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

When Muhammad called us to be one. 

،بوۋاي قوپتى كۆندۈكتىن قوي تۇتقىلى  

.قوغى ئۇرۇلدى بوۋاينى باسقىلى 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

مۇھەممەت ئۈمبەت دېگەن شۇرامىزان 

Your house is filled with beans inside-out, 

And you have a son at home who is not so bright; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

When Muhammad called us to be one. 

،ئۆيۈڭنىڭ ئىچى - تېشى خاندو پۇرچاق 

.ئۆيىڭدە بىر ئوغلۇڭ بار خام قاپاق  

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

مۇھەممەت ئۈمبەت دېگەن شۇرامىزان 

Your house is filled with camelthorn firewood, 

But you, clumsy woman, did not even come out to greet us. 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،ئۆيىڭنىڭ ئىچى تېشى يانتاق ئوتۇن 

.ئۆيىڭدىن بىر چىقمىدىڭ مايماق خوتۇن 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

The Prophet rode the white stallion, 

Cracked the whip and embarked on journey of struggle; 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

When Muhammad called us to be one. 

،پەيغەمبەر مىندى ئاقبوز ئاتنىڭ يالىغا 

.سالدى قامچا كىردى جەڭنىڭ يولىغا 

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

مۇھەممەت ئۈمبەت دېگەن شۇرامىزان 

We came to your doorstep to sing you Ramadan songs, 

May Xuda present you a baby boy for your cradle. 

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،رامىزان ئېيتىپ كەلدۇق ئىشىكىڭگە 

.خۇدايىم ئوغۇل بەرسۇن بۆشۈكۈڭگە  

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

We shall not be tired of singing Ramadan songs, 

Nor shall we return until you give us six nans

Oh our Lord, Allah the Creator, oh this Ramadan, 

Merrily comes with blessings this Ramadan. 

،رامىزان ئېيتىپ ئېيتىپ ھارمايدىمىز 

.ئالتە نان بەرمىگىچە يانمايدىمىز  

،رەببىم ئاللا، رەببىم ئاللا رامىزان 

.خوش مۇبارەك كىلىدۇ شۇ رامىزان 

 

Endnotes:

In Central Asia and parts of the Indian subcontinent, a mähällä refers to a neighbourhood or local community.

ii One of the five pillars of Islam, Zakat is the obligatory almsgiving in Islam.

iii Xuda, or Khuda, a Uyghur loanword from Persian, meaning God, or Lord. 

iv Here it refers to Hajj, the Pilgrimage. 

v As in naan bread. 

vi Supra is a flat cotton sheet that functions as a pastry board, usually used when preparing nan. 

Further readings

Harris, R. (2008). The making of a musical canon in Chinese Central Asia: the Uyghur Twelve Muqam. Aldershot: Ashgate.  

Nathan, L. (2008). Intimate Heritage: Creating Uyghur Muqam Song in Xinjiang. Berlin: Lit Verlag. 

Wong, C.-F. (2012). Reinventing the Central Asian Rawap in Modern China: Musical Stereotypes, Minority Modernity, and Uyghur Instrumental Music. Asian Music, 43(1), 34–63. 

Wong, C.-F. (2013). Singing Muqam in Uyghur Pop: Minority Modernity and Popular Music in China. Popular Music & Society, 36(1), 98–118.