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246 Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u Do not imperil yourselves and risk Hell-fire. 24 Any woman who refuses, receives no benefit, The merciful Lord will give her the reward ofthe danmed. 25 I have written this poem ofadmonition For you to put to good use in the Community. 26 I end with thanks to God. I invoke His peace On the Prophet and his companions. 27 The year ofthe Hijra is 1273. LanIDla~e oforiiinal: Source oftext: Introduction: Hausa Prayer for Rain Ro&onRuwa 1857 - 1274 Bello Sa'id (1973: 286-287) Work 40 This poem is not only a prayer for rain, but also a strong attack on the pre-Islamic customs which had surfaced during a period of prolonged drought. Precisely what these were is open to speculation. Obviously, drumming was one of the activities involved. In Katsina, around 1964, there was a drought during which many hundreds ofwomen took to the streets chanting, ''A ba mu ruwa, a ba mu ruwa, a ba mu ruwa " ("Give us rain"). It is not clear whether drumming was a major element during this event, but the possibility should not be ruled out. The scenes were dismissed by Muslim friends as "Ba kyau " ("A disgrace"). References to bori or customary practices during a drought have not been found, but the relationship of the phenomena bears further investigation by scholars. Under the heading "Rites de pluie" Nicolas says: "En principe, une telle situation estpert;ue comme un efJet de la colere des divinites, ou d'une perturbation apportee par les hommes au cours normal des choses" (1975: 300). However, Nicolas does not discuss drought remedies. In Sokoto during the 1960s, when there was drought the Sultan ordered prayers to be said for rain. When the condition grew worse, communal prayers were said at the idi prayer field. On one occasion the Sultan went on foot to the prayer field, with thousands of others, in an act of 246 24 25 26 27 Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u Do not imperil yourselves and risk Hell-fire. Any woman who refuses, receives no benefit, The merciful Lord will give her the reward ofthe damned. I have written this poem of admonition For you to put to good use in the Community. I end with thanks to God. I invoke His peace On the Prophet and his companions. The year ofthe Hijra is 1273. Prayer for Rain Ro&mRuwq 1857 - 1274 Work 40 Langua2e oforiiinal: Hausa Source oftext: Bello Sa'id (1973 286-287) Introduction: This poem is not only a prayer for rain, but also a strong attack on the pre-Islamic customs which had surfaced during a period of prolonged drought. Precisely what these were is open to speculation. Obviously, drumming was one of the activities involved. In Katsina, around 1964, there was a drought during which many hundreds ofwomen took to the streets chanting, "A ba mu ruwa, a ba mu ruwa, a ba mu ruwa " ("Give us rain"). It is not clear whether drumming was a major element during this event, but the possibility should not be ruled out. The scenes were dismissed by Muslim fhends as "Ba kyau " ("A disgrace"). References to bori or customary practices during a drought have not been found, but the relationship of the phenomena bears further investigation by scholars. Under the heading "Rites de pluie" Nicolas says: "En principe, une telle situation estperr;:ue comme un ejJet de la colere des divinites, au d'une perturbation apportee par les hommes au cours normal des chases" (1975: 300). However, Nicolas does not discuss drought remedies. In Sokoto during the 1960s, when there was drought the Sultan ordered prayers to be said for rain. When the condition grew worse, communal prayers were said at the idi prayer field. On one occasion the Sultan went on foot to the prayer field, with thousands of others, in an act of 246 24 25 26 27 Boyd & Mack/The Collected Works ofNana Asma 'u Do not imperil yourselves and risk Hell-fire. Any woman who refuses, receives no benefit, The merciful Lord will give her the reward ofthe damned. I have written this poem of admonition For you to put to good use in the Community. I end with thanks to God. I invoke His peace On the Prophet and his companions. The year ofthe Hijra is 1273. Prayer for Rain Ro&mRuwq 1857 - 1274 Work 40 Langua2e oforiiinal: Hausa Source oftext: Bello Sa'id (1973 286-287) Introduction: This poem...

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ISBN
9781609170653
Related ISBN
9780870134753
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OCLC
605316199
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
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