Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 9 – On Seeking Intercession

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersGuidance Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Qasida Burda, Chapter 9

In this chapter, Imam al-Buṣirī expresses what he hopes to attain through the exquisite praise of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) which he has adorned this poem with: redemption. We learn of his deep remorse over the many wasted days, months, and years spent following his whims; and of the deceit experienced by those who exchange the permanent afterlife to gain the fleeting pleasures of the life of this world.

Imam al-Buṣīrī is full of confidence in the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) who never let anyone down. Never did someone hoping for his favour have his hopes dashed, nor did any of his neighbours leave without being honoured. How can he be let down, then, by the Messenger of Allah?

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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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Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 8 – On His Struggle

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersGuidance Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Qasida Burda, Chapter 8

Imam al-Būṣīrī continues, in this chapter, to mention honours the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) was granted. Allah aided him with such might and bravery that he was the best protector of Islam. Enemies only had to hear of him before being immediately immersed in paralysing fear. His companions, eager to support him in all situations, are described as being the true mountains, due to their strength and fortitude. Those in doubt can go ask Ḥunayn, Badr, and Uḥud what bravery and resolve really are.

Indeed, even lions in their own den’s would retreat on facing a person  whose aid is from the Messenger of Allah. Yet, his knowledge – despite being unable to read – and his excellent character – despite growing up an orphan in era of decadence – are more than enough to prove his greatness and prophethood.

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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.nasheed hub
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.


Resources for Seekers

Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 7–On The Ascension

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.


Resources for Seekers

Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 6–On The Qur’an

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Qasida Burda, Chapter 6

After alluding to the plethora of miracles granted to the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace), Imam al-Busiri now proceeds to praise him through his beautiful description of what is arguable the greatest miracle bestowed upon any prophet: the Qurʾan. The greatness of its verses is more manifest than the bonfires the generous Arabs would lite in the darkness of the desert to invite weary travellers.

With the most beautiful of expressions and words, its meanings indefatigably pour forth with the persistence of the waves of the sea. Admitting no boredom despite frequent recitation, its wonders cease not; without exception, all who venture to challenge it cast down their arms after seeing the folly of their way.

Yet – despite its being the perfect source of purification, guidance, and justice – some feign ignorance of its greatness. The blame lies in them, and not with it; just as the sun cannot be blamed for the sick eye’s inability to see its light.

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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.


Resources for Seekers

Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 5–On His Miracles

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Qasida Burda, Chapter 5

After looking at the specific miracles manifested at the birth of the Messenger of Allah, Imam al-Buṣayrī now discusses how his beloved was honoured with many other miracles. From trees uprooting themselves and walking to him at his beck and call, to pigeons and arachnids cloaking his presence from his enemies. Each was a sign of his truthfulness. A sign that he truly was a messenger sent by Allah.

This was evidently manifest throughout his life. Even his dreams were revelation, because his heart was ever-conscious. All of this was a gift from his Loving Lord, because prophecy is always a gift from Him; and those who are granted it are never miserly with the knowledge they are given. They are kind to people as Allah has been kind to them.

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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.


Resources for Seekers

Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 4–On His Blessed Birth

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.


Resources for Seekers

 

Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 2–On Admonition About The Caprices Of The Self

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Qasida Burda, Part 2

After having his secret love discovered in the first chapter due to the toll hiding it took on his appearance, the poet now admits his faults. He recognises that he should have listened to the advice his whitening hair was giving him, but his recalcitrant ego was would pay no heed. He compares it to an obstinate steed and yearns for someone to bring it back under his control.
The poet then proceeds to advise this reader on how to best protect himself from the ego, and its vain desires. He speaks from experience as someone who has seen the pitfalls and is now well versed in how to avoid them. His advice also extends to the subtle plots of the Devil, and how to avoid them.
After this sincere counsel, he returns to his own regrets and then asks God’s pardon for imparting advice not acted upon. His recognition of his deficiency is sincere enough for him to admit all the lost opportunities in drawing closer to God through voluntary worship. This sets the scene for the him to actually admit who his beloved is in the third chapter.
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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.


Resources for Seekers

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https://seekersguidance.org/articles/video/shaykh-ibrahim-osi-efa-sura-luqman-listening-spiritual-poetry/

Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 1–On Lyrical Loveyearning

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Qasida Burda

The Qasida Burda (Poem of the Cloak) is one of the most famous poems of Islamic history. The writer, Imam al-Busiri was inspired to write it after he became paralysed. When he went to sleep, he saw the Prophet, Allah bless him and in a dream, laying his cloak over him. When he woke up, he was completely healed.

The first chapter of this poem speaks of the writer’s love and longing. Rather than directly mentioning the object of his love, he hints at it in true poetic fashion, mentioning Dhi-salam, Kadhima, and Iram, the cities surrounding the Prophet’s city. He further mentions that excessive crying has caused marks on his face, which causes him to admit his love towards the end of the chapter.

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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.


Resources for Seekers

Nasheed Hub: Biha Tathbut al-Iman

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Biha Yathbut al-Iman (It Strengthens Faith)

There are many hadiths that speak about why repeating the Testification of Faith is beneficial, such as this one.

“Belief is seventy and some branches. Its lowest branch is the removal of harm from the road while its highest is to say: There is no god but Allah.” (Muslim, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad). 

Sometimes, repetition can become dry, and that’s when this beautiful nasheed comes in, which literally sings the praises of singing praise. Whenever you feel like you’re losing focus, this poem, authored by ShaykhʿAbdul-Qadir al-Lubni, will come to your rescue.

With it faith is strengthened, with it security is obtained

Repeat it, whoever you are, “there is no God but Allah!”

The poem lists the benefits of saying this blessed phrase, including reaching success, healing from illnesses, and lifting of tribulations.

It cures all maladies, it rectifies all defects,

Mention it without fear of boredom, “there is no God but Allah!”

It’s pleasant tune and encouraging theme makes it a nice song to sing alone, in a group, or with children.

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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.

Resources for Seekers

Nasheed Hub: Ya Sa’da Qawm

The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.

Ya Sa’da Qawm–How Felicitous are the People

Many have been the literary and spiritual giants through history who have blessed us with their poetry. They have the talent of writing deeply moving verses, which give the readers a slight taste of something they couldn’t otherwise reach.

Ya Saada Qawm was written by the great spiritual master, Gawth Abu-Madyan, and speaks about the people who have attained unto Allah. It does so in beautiful words that reflect the beauty of this experiential relationship,  in a way that almost lets us taste it.

How could you want anything other than Him, when you’ve seen His exaltation? he asks. After He’s allowed you to see His light and splendour?

The way to Allah is repentance, and those who repent will come into His sanctuary. Loving Him becomes automatic, effortless, and the  heart will never want to be far from Him.  Get to know Him by reflecting over the signs in His earthly creation.

Just as Gawth Abu Madyan guided thousands of people in 12th century Andalusia and Morocco, he continues to guide through this poem.

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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.


Resources for Seekers