The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.
Qasidah Salamiyya (The Poem of Blessings)
This poem is another one written by the famous spiritual sage, Shaykh Muhammad Ibn al-Habib of the Darqawi spiritual path. Like Nahnu Fi Rawda, it carries his deep love for the Prophet Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace, and his attachment to the Rawda, his blessed resting place. This poem is in the form of a prayer, where Shaykh Ibn al-Habib sends peace on the Prophet Muhammad, naming everything that he loves about him.
He begins by sending peace in the grave of the Prophet, and the Rawda. He describes his heartfelt connection to the Rawda, and the many virtues that his Beloved has been adorned with, such as being called to Allah’s presence in the night of the Ascension, and having a lizard testify to the truth of his prophethood.
His Beloved is also the one to whom Allah has granted such splendid beauty, and special virtue and majesty. He mentioned the great news to being able to visit the Rawda, and asks people who are going to convey his greetings. Unfortunately, he says that he is not able to visit himself, but the image of the Rawda stays in his mind, the most beautiful image he has ever seen.
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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.