The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of Seekersguidance Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.
Qasida Burda, Chapter 7
Having praised the Qur’an, and thereby, indirectly, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless and him give him peace), Imam al-Busiri now addresses his beloved and eloquently praises him for the the Night Journey and the Ascension. These two events were of the greatest honours Allah granted His beloved Messenger.
Here he is praised for being the best of all creation who seekers turn to when in need; and why would this not be the case? Is he not the one who was singled out for the Night Journey and Ascension? Is he not the one who was raised to such a rank that none before or after him will reach?
Is he not the one whom all the prophets honoured and followed on that night? Is he not the one who – unparalleled – attained such favours that cannot even be described? Of course he is. And what good news there is for us – his umma – who through his virtues have become the best of nations. May Allah bless him with the best of what He gives to His beloved servants.
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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.