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Qad Kafani Ilmu Rabbi (Scottish style), by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Listen to this unusual rendition of Qad Kafani, by Imam al-Haddad, in Scottish style, sung by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad’s Harmonia Alcorani. Support the Cambridge New Mosque by downloading fantastic Islamic songs from around the world here.

Translation:
My Lord’s knowledge has sufficed me
from asking or choosing
For my du’a and my agonising supplication
is a witness to my poverty.
For this secret (reason) I make supplication
in times of ease and times of difficulty
I am a slave whose pride
is in his poverty and obligation
O my Lord and my King
You know my state
And what has settled in my heart
of agonies and preoccupations
Save me with a gentleness
from You, O Lord of Lords
Oh save me, Most Generous
before I run out of patience (with myself)
My Lord’s knowledge has sufficed me
from asking or choosing
O One who is swift in sending aid
I ask for aid that will arrive to me swiftly
It will defeat all difficulty
and it will bring all that I hope for
O Near One Who answers
and All-Knowing and All-Hearing
I have attained realisation through my incapacity,
my submission and my brokenness
My Lord’s knowledge has sufficed me
from asking or choosing
I am still standing by the door, so please my Lord
have mercy on my standing
And in the valley of generosity, I am in i’tikaf (solitary retreat)
So, Allah, make my retreat here permanent
And I’m abiding by good opinion (of You)
For it is my friend and ally
And it is the one that sits by me and keeps me company
All day and night
My Lord’s knowledge has sufficed me
from asking or choosing
There is a need in my soul, O Allah
so please fulfil it, O Best of Fulfillers
And comfort my secret and my heart
from its burning and its shrapnel
In pleasure and in happiness
and as long as You are pleased with me
For joy and expansion is my state
and my motto and my cover
My Lord’s knowledge has sufficed me
from asking or choosing

Diffused Congruence In Conversation With Nader Khan

Diffused Congruence’s latest podcast episode features one of our favourite Muslim singers/songwriters Nader Khan, who speaks about his life journey, how he ended up choosing the path that he did, and what new projects he has coming up.

Also, hear co-host Zaki Hasan discuss his trip to Washington DC for the Eid-al-Fitr reception at the White House, as well as other odds and ends. Remember to follow Diffused Congruence on Facebook!

Farewell Ode to Ramadan, by Hafidh Abdullah Francis

Ramadan has come and gone in the blink of the eye. Our qari for this blessed month, who helped us complete the recitation of the Qur’an, sang this ode to Ramadan shortly after the last tarawih prayer at SeekersHub Toronto. May Allah reward Hafidh Abdullah Francis for all the beauty and youthful life he brought to all our lives over the past few weeks. Ameen!

25% off Songs of Presence for SeekersHub community

Do you remember that video of the Keighly Munshids singing alongside Habib Ali that we shared a few months ago? They were singing from a book called Songs of Presence and the team behind that book have just released an audio version. And if you love qasidas like we do, you’ll be excited to know that we’ve organised a 25% discount at Songs of Presence.

Why we love qasidas

Allah Most High created us with needs and gave us the choice as to how we fulfill them. Some ways bring us closer to Him. Other ways create distance between us. And there are some which are neither here nor there.
Of course, we must distance ourselves from those that distance us from Him. But just like when the Prophet ﷺ said, “Oh Allah! I ask you for the love of those actions which bring me closer to your love!”, we should definitely prefer those ways which bring us closer to Him.
Entertainment is one of our needs and we feel it much more when everyone around us seems to be living for it. And one of the greatest ways of fulfilling that need in a way that brings us closer to Allah Most High is singing qasidas and listening to them being sung.

How qasidas bring us closer to Allah

The qasidas we sing as Muslims are made up of two recurring themes. The first is Allah Most High, His praises and the journey of drawing close to Him. The second is the Prophet ﷺ, his attributes, his praises and love for him.
These qasidas have been written by people who were completely devoted to Allah swt and their content is based on the deep insights they acquired through that devotion. And when we sing them, we are exposing ourselves to those insights, effectively giving us ta’leem (education), tarbiya (development), zikr (remembrance) and muzakara (reminder), all bundled up in a form that is as enjoyable as any other form of entertainment.
Not only that, but there is an entire science of singing that helps take this bundle of ta’leem, tarbiya, zikr and muzakira, and channel it straight to the heart, which is the king of the body.

Back to the SeekersHub discount

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Songs of Presence  is reviving and strengthening the tradition of qasida singing/listening amongst Muslims. The book presents 200+ qasidas in a format that is easily read from by Arabs and non-Arabs alike. The album then has all of the qasidas sung by masters of the singing science, totalling 260+ recordings spread over 26+ hours. Combined, the book and album help you learn the qasidas and organise small singing gatherings for family and friends.
You can learn more on the Songs of Presence website and you can get your 25% SeekersHub discount by using the promo code SEEKERS25 during checkout. Just note that this offer expires on May 1st.

VIDEO: A Night of Praising the Prophet at Dar al-Mustafa

A night of praising the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) led by Habib Umar at Dar al-Mustafa.

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