Assalamu aleikum ummah,
In Mandé which is the main classification of my tribe, we add ‘Sambè Sambè’ after wishing you a happy Eid. There are two more specific classifications of my tribe but I won’t disclose that today ( Mandé > ? > ? ) .
So ‘Sambè Sambè’ stems from a dua which is ‘Allah san gbrê daah man’. It means , ‘May Allah give us next year.’ We usually utter ‘amiin’ at this dua, and we make subsequent duas. To continue, ‘Sambè’ is a variant of ‘san gbrê’ in our dialect; next year.
Normally, on the afternoon of the Eid, children get dressed and go see the parents of their moms for gifts or Eid money by saying and chanting ‘Sambè Sambè’ at the doors of these maternal relatives. These days, the custom is a bit perverted. Children (Muslim and non-Muslims) go to anyone chanting ‘Sambè Sambè’ during the Eids (Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, First Day of Muharram- New Years).
So without any further delay, I’ll make the duas in order for you and translate them insha’Allah.
“Bonne fête de Tabaski. Eidhul mubarak. Allah san gbrê daah man. Allah san chaya. Allah sini ni kênêya daah man. Allah kanan mro djrou blah an yêh. Allah an dé ballo. Allah lamon o si danh manh. Aminan.”
“Eid al-Adha mubarak. May Allah give us next year. May He give us many more years. May He give us a long life in health. May Allah protect us from evil people who want to divide us. May Allah bless our children. May Allah let them live long to reach their full potential in this life. Ameen.”
Depending on the person, it could be shorter or longer than mine. Elders tend to be longer than us younger folks and we never mind because duas are awesome masha’Allah :).
Bonne fête de Tabaski again!
~La Scribe Africaine (The African Scribe)~