"Menah!" means "Follow me!"
"A gentleman traveling in Syria, relates how he stopped to watch three shepherds who were at a well watering their flocks. The three flocks were all mingled together at the watering place. The traveler could see no difference between them, and he wondered how they would get them separated again without great trouble. But presently one of the shepherds stood forth and called out, "Menah," the Arabic for "Follow me," and sure enough thirty sheep immediately separated themselves from the indiscriminate mass and began to follow the shepherd up the hill. Then, a second shepherd lifted the cry, "Menah," and a second flock separated themselves and started after him, while the rest of the sheep remained as unconcerned as if no one had spoken at all.
The traveler was so astonished that as he saw the third
shepherd preparing to depart, laying his hand to his crook and beginning
to gather a few dates fallen from a palm beneath which he had been resting,
he stepped up to him and asked: "Would your sheep follow me if I
called them?" The man shook his head. "Give me your shepherd's
cloak and crook and let me try." The traveler said He even wound
the shepherds turban round his head and standing forth began to cry, "Menah,
Menah!" but no sheep stirred. They only blinked at him lazily in
the sunshine. "Do they never follow any one but you?" asked
the traveler. Only when a sheep is sick; then the silly creature follows
any one, " the shepherd said." Whose voice are you following?