Queen: Mustapha Meaning
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Song Released: 1979
Allah, Allah, Allah
Will pray for you...
Mustapha, Mustapha, Mustapha Ebrahiem
Mustapha, Mustapha, Mustapha Ebrahiem
Allah, Allah, Allah
Will pray for...
anonymous Jan 1st, 2012 1:48pm report
first of all,"Zoroastrian" doesn't count as nationality! freddie's parents were originally persian(yeah,that means iranian!)
that's why his birth name was "Farrokh",it's a persian name meaning fortunate or Joyful(gay!:D)
of course i don't know what his parents were thinking! because at the time they were living in india,and we all know that you can't pronounce "kh" in english! (Jew's do rock that sound,though!:d)
I have no idea what arab muslems think of this song,but we persians think it's funny! you know,the beginning part of the song,where he is calling:"Ebrahiem,Ebrahiem" has a tune like the Islamic Prayers!He really nailed it!
Anyway,it's a goofy,harmless song! i like it!
p.s: no one here calls freddie "islam's enemy"! i think people made a bigger fuss about him being gay in the U.S and England than the radical muslims ever did!if those guys want someone to pin on,they always have marylin manson!:d
anonymous Apr 14th, 2012 4:30am report
My name is Mostafa and I am Egyptian so I may be considered Arabic which technically may not be true any ways it's all good. I pray that one day there is no religion that divides people. I mean people take religion so serious like they walked with christ or muhammad or whatever and they witnessed the holy books written. Give me a break people. We take for granted as a fact that these books come from god did any one EVER prove it? I bet you NEVER and it will NEVER be proven. So live a good life and stop being a bigot. Life is too short for living blindly. I love you Freddie :)
Mostafa (you can pray for me now :) )
anonymous Feb 24th, 2012 2:07pm report
Islams don't give a shit if he is gay. My mom came from the middle east and they actually like his music. So hop off his shit. Just people in United States assume what other countries "think" or "do", and thats why our country (u.s) is the dumbest country in the world and so arrogant.
anonymous Apr 22nd, 2020 4:32am report
When I first herd the song I thought it was a song about a young adolescent being scolded by his father. I didn’t understand the language but that’s what I gleaned from the dynamics. My translation would have been Mustapha why why why in the hell do you act this way? I pray to God for you. Straighten up act right or everyone will think you’re crazy. Back then I knew nothing of the world. I thought that the band members of Queen looked really weird but they were musicians and growing up around musicians myself only clued me in to the fact that they were true to their form. Queen was the real deal and way before their time. Freddy’s voice is a gold standard that every singer tries to achieve.
anonymous Jun 25th, 2018 6:26am report
Im muslim but not religious, my dad is, very religious, yup as an arab muslim the first time i heard this song i was in a little shock, i was shocked cuz i never thought queen will make a song in arabic style, nevermind my dad is a queeb addicted, basically friddie addict, i remmber before 3 or 4 years ago, i told him friddie was gay..
He said to me *so what?* as he later continues that even though friddie was gay that dosent make him less than a great singer, this was one of the lessons that dad taught me to not be a homophobic, in his opinion everybody is for himself, and i think a little majority of muslims think that way also!
anonymous Oct 16th, 2017 10:23pm report
If I'm not mistaken "Ibrahim" means "father" (like an Arabic version of Abraham). I have no idea what any of the rest of it means.
One thing that baffles me (Allah will pray for you) is that if Allah is supposed to be God, then who does God (Allah) pray to?
anonymous Nov 9th, 2016 11:12pm report
Only Freddie really knows unless he shared with Brian, John and Roger what the heck he was singing about.
anonymous Nov 9th, 2016 11:09pm report
Only Freddie really knows...unless he shared with the other guys, Brian, John, Roger, what he was singing about.
anonymous Apr 19th, 2016 4:21pm report
Freddy says in an interview, that he was thinking about Mustafa Ataturk when he wrote it. Since Freddy was born Zoroastrian and grew up in Zanaibar, some of the language is Parsi, the forerunner of Farsi and is just what it sounds like >>>he includes an Iranian greeting,and the correct response to it, says Allah will pray for you so ..........
anonymous Aug 11th, 2014 8:19am report
i think this is about someone who he knows. its like he prays for him ,maybe he missed him or that someone was already dead.
it is like callinf his name wich is Ebrahim Mustafa / Mustafa Ebrahim.then saying he was not just a star he was more like a flame.
anonymous Oct 10th, 2013 10:56pm report
I'm Persian and all I can add to comments is that there is 1 Persian sentence among this funny song;where he said: "Mustapha Mustapha - Akhtar es na sholei" .the second part in persian means: he was "Star"(akhtar-اختر) not just "flame"(sholei-شعله).rest of the song I can not get it in persian.yes some Arabic and some English but the other parts...well let's just make a toast for the one of a kind singer all around.
anonymous Dec 17th, 2012 12:54pm report
well first of all im arabic, and its killing me that i dont understand what th hell he's saying !! there are some arabic words .. and it definitely has an islamic theme, th intro sounds a lot like th islamic prayer's call, mustapha ibrahim alla will pray for you .. thats roughly th idea of something that muslims recite near th end of a prayer th rest is in persian i assume .. nd while u people were arguing about someth that is completely irrelevant to th point of what this song actually means i have wasted my time reading some crazy none-sense :@ so if u got someth useful to say .. say it and if u dont just shush it ! nobody here think freddie is "islam's enemy", nobody cares that he's gay
anonymous May 18th, 2012 5:50pm report
its talking about prophet Muhammad.
In Islam, Mustapha is a nickname of Muhammad.
"Allah will pray for you"
Yes, God greet Prophet Muhammad.
Islam greeting is a prayer. This is the prayer "Assalaamu’alaika ayyuhan nabiyyu warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh" (may peace be upon to you o Muhammad)
and the other, i dont know hehehehe...
anonymous Aug 11th, 2011 8:47am report
Knowing Freddie's background it is most likely to believe it is an anti-Islamic song. The words, as many said, apparently mean nothing, but the way he shouts it and the tune are full of anger.Most Muslims didn't accept the fact he was Zoroastrian and gay - So he was considered many times as the Islam's enemy. The name "Mustapha Ibrahim" is a typical Arabic-Muslim name.
Another clue that he hated the radical part of the Islam (I don't believe that a man like Freddie would hate someone just because he's Muslim if he's not radical) is in the song "Bohemian Rhapsody", where the 'bad guys' shout Bismillah - in the name of Alla(Sometimes in English Alla is written Allah - I don't think it matters) -The G-d in the Islam.
Unforgivin Oct 31st, 2007 10:54pm report
This song is mainly just Freddy having fun. Most of it is arabic-sounding jibberish that doesn't mean anything in any language. However, their are refrences to Freddie's multiculturalism. Ebrihim is the arabic name for Abraham, who is revered in both arabic and judeo-christian cultures. Mustapha is an epithet for Muhammad. The phrase salaam aleikum also appears, meaning peace unto you, a common arabic greeting. Finally, the only english phrase is "Allah will pray for you." Allah of course is the arabic word for God. Freddie himself was often mistaken for being Arabian (he was infact Zoroastrian) and was probably having some fun with this misconception by doing a very bad impersonation on stage.
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