The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.
Qasida Burda, Chapter 4
No longer caring about criticism, and completely unable to contain his praise for the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), the poet now proceeds to share his lovestruck eulogies regarding some of the greatest blessings the Messenger of Allah was given by Allah. He starts with the blessed birth.
Having stated at the end of the last chapter that his fragrant body had infused the soil of his grave with an unmatched scent, he now tells us that his miraculous, fragrant purity was even attested to by his birth. Just like perfumes eliminates odours, and light eliminates darkness, his birth was infused with great signs that he would eliminate all misguidance.
Fires, worshipped and lit incessantly for centuries, were put out; meteors chased devils away from the sky; false religious were made aware that their days were numbered; disbelievers were in panic…
The signs, foretold for millennia, were clear: his manifest light would efface the darkness of disbelief. There was no changing that.
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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 Winterspring Mawlid and Dr. Asim Yusuf.
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