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Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 10 – On Petition of One’s State

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

Qasida Burda, Chapter 10

In this final section of this great poem, Imam al-Buṣīrī directly presents his abjectness and need before the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace). He entreats him for an intercession stating that rank of the Messenger of Allah will not diminish by interceding for him, yet he has much to lose, and no one else to turn to on the Day of Judgement.

We them see him console himself with the knowledge of Allah’s great mercy, and then turn to Him directly admitting his flaws, and pleading to Allah to not let his hopes in His forgiveness be dashed. The poem is concluded with prayers for the Messenger of Allah, his companions, and the Muslims.

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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.


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Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 9 – On Seeking Intercession

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

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.intercession

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.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 8 – On His Struggle

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

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 SeekersHub Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.praiseqasida burdamiracles

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?miracles

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.praiseqasida burdamiracles

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.praiseqasida burda

Qasida Burda, Chapter 5qasida burda

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.praiseqasida burda

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

http://seekershub.org/articles/video/nasheed-hub-ya-sada-qawm/’

 

The Believer’s Strange Rejoicing – and an Exclusive Eid Gift

Eid Message from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Eid al-Adha, 1439 / 2018

Say: In Allah’s grace and mercy let them rejoice. That is far better than whatever they amass.” [Qur’an, 10.58] 

Allah, the Lord of Grace and Mercy, has made rejoicing (farah) a religious duty. Gratitude for God’s blessings doesn’t come easily to humans. Rather, we’re given to rejoice in the gifts, while forgetting the Giver.
 
Eid is a time to rejoice in Allah’s Blessings; to rejoice in the Grace and Mercy of Allah; to rejoice in Allah Himself.

Take time this Eid to look with gratitude: appreciate and celebrate the blessings of faith, guidance, and good in your life. Celebrate the blessing of parents, family, friends, and community. Celebrate everything that surrounds you of Allah’s blessings.

And direct this celebration in gratitude to the Giver–Allah Most High, declaring, ‘God is Truly Great’ (Allahu Akbar).

What About Difficulties and Trials

We all have troubles, and difficulties–and we are all aware of much injustice, tribulation, hardship, and distress all around the world.

However, the believer understands that all trials are from the Divine Wisdom. Allah Most High tells us, “[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deeds.” [Qur’an, 67.2]

If we respond to the tests in our life–and the tests we see around us–with the best of deeds, with steadfast patience (sabr) and gratitude (shukr), then every moment of our lives is a moment of light, mercy, good, and a step on the path of Divine Love.

This is the marvel of the Prophetic way. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “How strange are the affairs of the believer, for their entire affair is for their good–and that is for no one but the believer. If pleasing things happen to them, they are grateful–and that is good for them. And if displeasing things happen to them, they are steadfastly patience–and that is also good for them.”  [Muslim]

The Burda of Imam Busiri

The Burda of Imam Busiri of Imam Sharaf al-Din al-Busiri (d. 696 AH, 1295 CE) is a ten-chapter, 160-line poem in praise of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). It is arguably the most loved, most recited, and most commented-upon poem in human history. There are over 100 scholarly commentaries by the greatest late scholars of Islam on it–including commentaries by Ibn Hajar, Zakariyya al-Ansari, Mulla Ali al-Qari, and Ibn Hajar al-Haytami, all imams of Islamic scholarship. This poem continues to be recited and sung from East and West.

This exclusive rendition of the Qasida Burda was recorded in a lively, ‘Shami’ (Syrian) style by the Diya Brothers of Amman, Jordan, for SeekersHub Global. 

We are sharing it with the global SeekersHub family as an Eid Gift. May Allah increase us in faith, guidance, and good–and make us of those who have true love and gratitude.

With love and best wishes,

Faraz Rabbani
Executive Director, SeekersHub Toronto Islamic Seminary

Exclusive Eid Gift

 


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Nasheed Hub: Qasida Burda Part 3–On Praise of the Prophet

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

Qasida Burda, Chapter 3

After having his love discovered, and after having poured his heart out in expressing his deficiencies, the poet now juxtaposes his flaws with the perfections of his beloved. He starts by declaring yet another one of his flaws: not imitating the habitual practices of his beloved in matters of religion and devotion to Allah; something he – as a lover – should necessarily have done.

From this point on, the narrative changes. It is as though the slightest reference to the beloved removes himself, his flaws, and mistakes from his mind altogether. All that appears to his mind is the perfection of his beloved, and praise for the beloved flows off his tongue as water does from a waterfall: unceasing and plenteous.

It is not long before all cautious restraint is lost and he openly expresses the sweet, fragrant name of the beloved: Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace). Having identified him, he goes on to state that he is the Beloved in whose intercession all hopes are placed from every great, intruding calamity. The Beloved is no ordinary being: even the greatest of the great – the prophets – recognising that he has surpassed them, seek to gain from him. But, due to the supreme perfection Allah gave him, all they can aspire to is akin to a handful taken from an ocean.

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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 Al-Madina Institute


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

 

http://seekershub.org/blog/2018/05/nasheed-hub-talaal-badru-alayna/
http://seekershub.org/blog/2018/07/shaykh-ibrahim-osi-efa-sura-luqman-listening-spiritual-poetry/