The international flavour!

There is one genre’ of music that stands out amongst all for its internationality – something that extends beyond national/lingual boundaries… and that is nasheeds or ‘islamic’ songs. A thought… just try listening to any of the well known nasheed singers be it the Malaysian group Raihan, or the young Sami Yusuf, or his father Yusuf Islam, Zain Bhika… just about anyone..

I am listening to the tracks of Raihan’s new collection, Tawakal and the richness is just amazing… It truly reflects the international characteristic of Islam — where the differences add to richness and don’t act as barriers…

Listen to the Salaam from Raihan.. french, malay….
Listen to Sami Yusuf’s Manajat… English,Turkish, Arabic, Urdu…

Its beautiful! MashaAllah!

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6 responses to “The international flavour!

  1. “or the young Sami Yusuf, or his father Yusuf Islam,”

    Yusuf Islam is not the father of Sami Yusuf!!!

    Yusuf’s sons name is Muhammed!

  2. Sorry, Muhammad

  3. I always thought somehow the two were related! Thanks Sue for the information… 🙂

  4. As-salaamulaykum. i was just enthralled by Zain Bhikha’s “The Heart of a Muslim” and i find you mentioning him here.have you heard it yet..?in case you haven’t it’d be a pleasure for me to share with you the youtube address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN9CmqPA-Zo [hope you get thru.. ^__^]

    SubhanALLAH..for me personally, Zain Bhikha’s songs aren’t just melodies to the ears, they’re also food for the soul..ryte 😀

    and this particular song is a combo of enchanting vocal and music plus lyrics that stimulates and resuscitates the Emaan. MashaALLAH .. beyond words can say

    HEART OF A MUSLIM
    Looking up at the sky,
    Searching for Allah most High
    He rejected the way of worshipping Gods of clay
    Prophet Ebrahim knew that Allah was near
    And that the heart of a Muslim is sincere.

    Under the hot burning sun, he declared God is One
    Though with stones on his chest,
    His Imaan would not rest
    The Muadhin knew that right would conquer wrong
    And the heart of a Muslim must be strong.

    It’s the heart of a Muslim through
    The guidance of Islam
    That makes you fair and kind
    And helpful to your fellow man
    So living as a Muslim means that
    You must play a part
    Allah looks not at how you look
    But what is in your heart

    In our poor meager state, little food on our plate
    Mother said she was glad
    Always sharing what we had
    When I asked how can we share what’s not enough
    She said the heart of a Muslim’s filled with love.

    He said its time you should know
    You will learn as you grow
    That some people around will do what’s bad
    To bring you down
    Father said to be a star that’s shinning bright
    For the heart of a Muslim does what’s right.

    So whatever you so, make sure your words are true
    Honesty is the best, because life is a test
    Even if it hurts so much you want to cry
    For the heart of a Muslim does not lie.

    Tabaraka wa ta’ala..”Heart of a Muslim”> i’ve learnt it by heart alredi.. if it strikes your heart, might as well just get da CD.. hehe 😀

  5. as-salaamu’alaykum again,in case the link i gave earlier is a bit troublesome,which i think it is,i hope this one would make up for the inaccessibility,sincere apologies for the inconvenience ..and please do listen to it :)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7SCUBZLuWY

  6. Hello

    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!

    Bye

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