Qaumii Salaam (Dhivehi: ޤައުމީ ސަލާމް, National Salute) is the current national anthem of the Maldives. The lyrics were written by Muhammad Jameel Didi in 1948, and the melody was composed by Sri Lankan maestro Pandit Wannakuwattawaduge Don Amaradeva in 1972. Qaumii Salaam is a proud declaration of national unity, the country's Islamic faith, the victory of historic battles and an homage to the heroes who fell defending the nation. It also wishes further development on the country, while paying respect to the leaders who had served her. Lyrics: Latin Transliteration Gavmii mi ekuverikan matii tibegen kuriime salaam, Gavmii bahun gina heyo du'aa kuramun kuriime salaam. Gavmii nishaanang hurmataa eku boo lambai tibegen Audaanakan libigen e vaa dida-ak kuriime salaam. Nasraa nasiibaa kaamyaabu-ge ramzakang himenee Fessaa rataai hudaa ekii fenumun kuriime salaam. English Translation: We salute you in this national unity. We salute you, with many good wishes in the national tongue, Bowing the head in respect to the national symbol. We salute the flag that has such might; It falls into the sphere of victory, fortune and success With its green and red and white together, and therefore we salute it.