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Youngster Raising Issues Concerning Ummah With Some Tune

“Nasheed” is an Arabic word which means Islamic tunes. Nasheeds aren’t just about Allah (swt) and the Prophet (saw), yet they cover a wide range of issues concerning the Ummah today. Those issues can be a lack of brotherhood, or pardah etcetera. These days most Nasheed singers use life after death or many other social issues which are not addressed but should be.

Nasheeds have been around as far back as the era of the Holy Prophet (saw)- yes that is 1400 years prior! Altogether there were 45 Munshideen (Islamic singers) in the era of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam (Peace and Blessings be upon him) with Hassan ibn Thabit (ra) being the top choice.

The four rightly guided caliphs or the khulfa e rashideen; Abu Bakr, Umar, Usmaan and Ali (may Allah be pleased with them all)) were additionally among the 45. Two of the most surely popular and appreciated Nasheeds among the Ummah are “Qasidah Burah” and “Tala Al Badru Alayna”.

Nasheed are Islamic melodies or chantings that transfer historic and religious feelings and sentiments among the listeners. Nasheeds have delighted in a resurgence recently. Leading munshids or purveyors have accomplished pop-star status, offering a large number of collections and performing world tours. Sami Yusuf is one of the most popular nasheed singers – here are five others.

Ahmed Bukhatir

The 40-year-old Emirati is effectively the most prominent Islamic Nasheed singer in the locale. He is the main artist from the class to top the music charts, with his latest and new album ­Hasanat in 2007. He was additionally the first Nasheed singer from the GCC to sing in French, on the track Pourquoi les hommes pleurent from his collection Moments with Allah. He is known to be the most effective UAE singer.

Mishary Rashid Alafasy

Notwithstanding being a successful and popular nasheed singer, the 39-year-old ­Kuwaiti is likewise known for his exceptional style of recitation of the Quran, and is lead imam at the Grand Mosque of Kuwait. He has released recently 10 albums and consistently introduces new music on YouTube. Among his most well known records are Anaqeed (2009) and its continuation, Anaqeed 2 (2011).

Zain Bhika

The 42-year-old, from South Africa, has released 12 successful albums and has a substantial fan base that traverses Africa, United Kingdom, South East Asia and Australia. He is known for his somber tracks, which are basically self-composed and written, and performed out a cappella or with insignificant percussion. His most recent collection was a year ago; The Passing Traveler.

Maher Zain

The 35-year-old Lebanese-Swede is one of the greatest nasheed stars. A previous R&B vocalist, lyricist and music maker, he made the melodic move to the class in 2009 with the arrival of Thank You Allah, trailed by the much greater ­selling Forgive Me in 2012. His most recent ­album, One, was released in the current year.

Dawud Wharnsby

The Canadian multi-instrumentalist is additionally a writer, poet, teacher and TV personality. He embraced Islam in 1993 and has released 11 albums intertwining spiritual sublime verses with folk music. In 2009, he was named as one of the 500 most Influential Muslims in a list which was assembled by The Royal Islamic Strategic ­Studies Center in Jordan.

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