The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.
Salawat al-Badriyya (The Badran Praise)
The tradition of tawassul, or seeking Allah’s favours through the high rank of Prophets or the righteous, is a confirmed practice which has been done through the centuries of Islamic history. This nasheed seeks Allah’s many favours through the people who were present at the Battle of Badr, one of the most miraculous events of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace, and a pivotal moment for the Muslim community.
The poem begins by sending Allah’s peace and blessings on the Muhammad, the Prophet of Allah and the Beloved of Allah. Then, the author first seeks intercession through the blessed words Bismillah, or “in the name of Allah,” and through the Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace. After that, he begins tawassul through the people of Badr.
He asks Allah to protect the Muslim umma from calamities, worries, and trials, through the high spiritual rank of those at Badr. He recounts how many blessings have been granted and how many difficulties have been removed, because of the people of Badr.
He then says that hearts have felt constricted despite the vastness of the earth, and asks Allah to remove this sadness. He says that they have come to Allah, seeking to gain peace and happiness, and asks Allah to put them into a goodly state.
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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.