Sting & Inshallah


Sting’s 2016 album “57th and 9th” (a reference to the Manhattan street corner Sting crossed every day to get to the studio in Hell’s Kitchen where the recordings were done) features the song called “Inshallah”.
He sang “Inshallah” at the first concert in the renovated Bataclan Theatre, in Paris, a year after 89 people were killed there by Daesh affiliates.on 15 November 2015. Those Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” murdered a lot of people, yet Sting, reopening the place, chose to sing “Inshallah,” which means “God willing”.
Arabs use it before doing something, leaving the results in God’s hands and expressing the belief that nothing happens unless God wills it.

The song  is a tribute to all migrants who have been suffering in their journeys to safety. The lyrics talk about a family on a boat, risking their lives in search of a better life.
Refugees say “Inshallah” before escaping a war zone and entering the waters, not knowing their fate. To Sting, this “implies resignation, it implies humility, it implies hope, it implies courage. And … it implies solidarity.”
He said that in the song he is referring to all refugees arriving in Europe, forced by warfare in the Middle East, by poverty in Africa, and, maybe, by climate change in the very near future.

“Inshallah” corresponds to the Latin phrase “Deo volente”, which was often used in conjunction with a signature at the end of letters to indicate that “God willing” the letter will arrive safely, “God willing” the contents of this letter come true. As an abbreviation (simply “D.V.”) it is often found in English personal letters of the early 1900s, to signify that a future planned action will be carried out, so long as God wills

“It shall come to pass” is used in biblical language and simply means: “It will happen “

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