The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.
Tala’al Badru Alayna
Tala’al Badru Alayna (The Full Moon Rose Over Us) is the oldest nasheed recorded in the Islamic tradition. It is a beautiful expression of love and yearning for the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
Picture this scene: for days, the people of Medina have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Prophet. Every day, they have gone to the outskirts of the city to watch and wait.
One day, they set out and wait all morning, then retire in the blazing midday heat. Before long, they hear a man on his rooftop calling out, telling them that he sees two men on the horizon.
The people come running, and they burst out into this song:
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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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