The song being softly sung at a Muslim funeral in New Zealand (below) is “Hallelujah” – a song with biblical references, that was written by legendary Jewish composer, Leonard Cohen. Hallelujah is a Hebrew word, meaning “praise God.”
“Hallelujah” was originally composed by singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen and released in 1984. The song, as Cohen wrote it, is rich with references to Jewish Scriptures, including references to King David and Samson’s tragic romances.
The song’s thematic content is oddly fitting for its history. The song’s constant refrain, “hallelujah,” takes the listener through a journey of pain, joy, suffering, and celebration. This is a journey that all peoples know well, but speaks volumes in Jewish History. Cohen did use Christian imagery at times in his work, for example the “holy dove” in this song, but the symbolism that drives this song is coming straight out of the Hebrew scriptures.
I wonder if these Muslims know that KD Lang, a Lesbian singer, recorded one of the most popular versions of Hallelujah?
Hallelujah is so popular, there’s even a special “Easter” version of it.