The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.
Qad Kafani Ilm Rabbi (My Lord’s Knowledge Has Sufficed Me) is a beautiful nasheed, written by the great Imam al-Haddad in the 17th century. It takes the singer to a journey from neediness to fulfillment, and connection to Allah. The author begins by expressing his need to his Lord. He prays for his need to be fulfilled, while using the symbolism of a door to express that he is waiting for Allah’s answer. He knows that Allah is All-Knowing, and knows all his worries and fears. He is supplicating to his Lord to express his need and humility.
Halfway through the poem, the singer senses a feeling of desperation. Either the author is losing hope, or his circumstances are getting worse and worse. He asks Allah to bring aid swiftly, before he runs out of patience.
A few line later, the tone changes. He attains realization, he says, through his brokenness and poverty. He realizes that the important thing isn’t so much his needs being met, but that he stays at the door of Allah.
Sometimes your salvation won’t be through your sucess, it will be through your seeking.
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About Nasheed Hub
Throughout the decades and civilizations of Islam, the vocal tradition, sometimes known as nasheed or devotional songs, were penned as a way of celebrating and giving thanks to Allah for the message of Islam, as well as for the Messenger himself.
These nasheeds were a way for people to turn towards their Lord in joyful celebration, rather than stringent routine. They were also tools to spread the message of Islam in a non-confrontational way. These nasheeds were able to reach out to those who were alienated or indifferent to the religion and the Muslim community, as well as to teach children who were too young for academic study.
These nasheeds originating from all corners of the Muslim world – from West Africa to Malaysia, from Turkey to Great Britian – mirror their own culture but all carry a common thread: love of Allah and His Messenger.
This series will explore the different nasheeds, penned by some of the great historical Muslim figures, poets, and scholars.
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