The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.
Ya Arham al-Rahimeen
Ya Arham al-Rahimeen (O Most Merciful of Those Who Show Mercy) is a very unique nasheed. It is in the form of a long, beautifully complex prayer, and it calls on Allah to help the believers in their time of need.
It begins by calling on Allah through His Blessed Names: The Generous, the Merciful, the Clement, The Powerful, and Mighty. The singers recognize that they have no one but Allah, and no salvation except for their Lord. They then ask Allah to send them a righteous leader that they can follow, rather than being forced to follow a corrupt one. They hope for a leader who abolishes evil, enjoins the good, and removes distress.
The singers would then go on to ask for other things to alleviate their suffering. They ask for beneficial rainfalls that continue throughout the years, forgiveness from sins and a good ending.
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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.