The Nasheed Hub, an initiative of SeekersGuidance Global, aims to showcase the traditional Islamic art of nasheed, or Islamic devotional songs.
Ya Imam al Rusli-O Leader of the Messengers
“Ya Imam al Rusli,” is a nasheed with origins in the Levantine tradition. The writer expresses his need for the Prophet’s guidance as he, Allah bless him and give him peace, is his connection to Allah. He refers to the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, as “the door to Allah, and the one on whom I depend,” and asks him to take him by the hand.
He continues by mentioning the Prophet’s virtues, Allah bless him and give him peace. He speaks about his care and guardianship for all people, and his vast knowledge.
The author also used various examples and metaphors to express his love and longing. He swears by the falling star, to equate the knower of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, as someone who is in good health, as opposed to someone who doesn’t know him, who he compares to someone who is ill.
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About Nasheed Hub
Throughout the decades and civilizations 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.