The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.
Ataynak Bil Faqr (We Have Come to You In Need)
Ataynak Bil Faqr is a classic nasheed that sung all over the Muslim world. It comes in the form of an intimate expression of need, and a comforting recognition that Allah is in control of everything.
The poem starts off by the author describing himself in a state of despair and poverty. In contrast, he knows that Allah is completely free of need, and is the Most Merciful and Generous.
We have come to you, enwrapped in poverty, O You who is always without need. And You are the one who has always been excellent in showing kindness.
He continues by describing his deep love for Allah, and that his wish to reach Allah overriding everything else in his life. He knows that “there is no one in richness like You, and in poverty there is no group like us.” He is determined to put all his trust in Allah, knowing that He has Divine control, while nobody else has power to change things. “If You’re with me in every state, than I have no need of carrying my provision. Because You are the Truly Real, so if only I could realise who I am!”
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About Nasheed Hub
Throughout the decades and civilisations 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.
With gratitude to the Chicago Mawlid Committee.