“Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” by Aaron, Shay & Friends

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Seattle, Washington, USA with Aaron, Shay, and Friends, singing “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” in Arabic.

This song was filmed and recorded in Seattle, USA, in August 2019. The performers are Aaron Ferguson, Shay Morris-Doty, Camila Matamala-Ost, Sina Najafi, Nikka Malakooti, Rob Domos, Saba Najafi, Ai Ana Richmond, Samin Bahizad, Ben Spriggs, Olivia Rahbin, and Yosi Mesbah.

Here is the transliteration of the Arabic lyrics followed by the English translation in brackets:

LYRICS ARABIC & ENGLISH:

Ya Baha’u’l-Abha (O Thou Glory of Glories)
Ya Aliyyu’l-Ala (O Exalted of the Most Exalted One)

NOTE: This song in Arabic is a repetition of the phrases “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” which means “O Thou Glory of Glories”, and “Ya Aliyyu’l-Ala” which means “O Exalted of the Most Exalted One”. The phrase “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” is an invocation, and is often referred to as the “The Greatest Name”. You can learn more about this term and other similar terms and their use in this Baha’i Blog article: https://www.bahaiblog.net/2011/06/using-the-greatest-name/

LYRICS & CHORDS:

E7/D(no3), Dsus2, CMaj7/G, D6/9(no3), Bsus4/F#, Asus4 E7/D(no3), Dmaj9, G6/D(no3), A5/D, Dmaj9, E7/D(no3) E7/D(no3), Dsus2, CMaj7/G, D6/9(no3), Bsus4/F#, Asus4 Cmaj7/G, D6/9(no3), Bsus4/F#, Asus4, Em7, Asus4

E7/D(no3), Dsus2, CMaj7/G, D6/9(no3), Bsus4/F#, Asus4

Ya Baha’u’l-Abha

Dsus2, CMaj7/G, D6/9(no3), Bsus4/F#
E7/D(no3), Dmaj9, G6/D(no3), A5/D, Dmaj9, E7/D(no3)

Ya Aliyyu’l-Ala

E7/D(no3), Dmaj9, G6/D(no3), A5/D, Dmaj9

E7/D(no3), Dsus2, CMaj7/G, D6/9(no3), Bsus4/F#, Asus4

Ya Baha’u’l-Abha

Dsus2, CMaj7/G, D6/9(no3), Bsus4/F#
Cmaj7/G, D6/9(no3), Bsus4/F#, Asus4, Em7, Asus4

Ya Aliyyu’l-Ala

D6/9(no3), Bsus4/F#, Asus4, Em7

You can also listen to and download the audio version of this song from Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page here: “Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” by Aaron, Shay & Friends [Audio Track]

Watch the entire Studio Sessions video series on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel here: Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions playlist

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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