Nguzo Saba Prayer

by Tarik Nia

Nguzo Saba * The Way of Truth
Umoja * Unity
Kujichagulia * self determination
Ujima * collective effort
Ujamaa * collective economics
Nia * purpose
Kuumba * creativity
Imani * faith

Almighty God
Lord of Heaven
Mother of humanity
Give us this day
Nguzo Saba
And lead us forward
In spiritual revival

Lead us in Umoja
For thou has made us
As a force against evil
And we have endured
By the will of God
Make us your chosen
And forever shall we live
As a righteous people

Grant us Kujichagulia
And never again
Shall we be forced
Away from the righteous path
For the Lord is with us
And showed our prophets
The ways to redemption

God empower us
To do your will
And make each a force
In the circle of Ujima
To follow the leaders
And to lead the followers
Make us your chisel
To mold a noble people

Grant us prosperity
And shower our people
With the blessings of Ujamaa
Shelter us from the influence
Of the selfish
And the self-seeking
Nurture our gardens
That we may share your abundance

Grant each a righteous Nia
That we may do God's will
For our persons
And for our people
Make us your torch barers
That we may share the light
Of a new awakening

The rhythm of Kuumba
Is a gift from God
And blessed is the song
Of a righteous voice
Kuumba is our strength
In every discipline
For after God
We are the creators

Grace us in spirit
And fill us with Imani
For God lives within them
Who walk a righteous path
To protect our children
Respect our elders
And honor our ancestors
In Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima,
Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba, and  Imani

Forever and ever


Nguzo Saba Prayer by Tarik Nia

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