ya nabi salam alayka

Ya Nabi Salam Alayka by Maher Zain – Best Song?

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Perhaps the most popular modern Islamic song to date.

The Arabic version of Ya Nabi Salam Alayka has obtained over 128 million YouTube views since releasing back in 2011. To put this into perspective, that’s more views that U2’s Beautiful Day despite being released two years later.

Exactly how has Maher Zain managed to reach so many people with this Islamic song?

Here are three likely reasons:

  1. Maher Zain is a polyglot (sings in multiple languages)
  2. There’s a non-music version
  3. It’s got a catchy hook

Polyglot (Multilingualism)

The majority of Maher Zain’s songs are sang in three different languages – by Maher himself!

Ya Nabi Salam Alayka has a version in English, Arabic and Turkish. His ability to sing multiple languages helps to bring in a wider audience, and reach people across the globe.

Many Muslims can speak or vaguely understand Arabic and therefore it’s no surprise that the Arabic version has picked up the most views.

Maher Zain has also sang a number of tracks in Urdu, helping to draw in the Pakistani community. One example of an Urdu track is Allah Hi Allah Kiya Karo, one of his earliest hits.

Collaborating with the popular Pakistani artist Atif Aslam in ‘I’m Alive‘ was a huge success. Maher tends to sing the Urdu parts during live performances where Atif Aslam is not present. He recently performed the song on his UK tour, and it was a huge hit with the majority Pakistani crowd.

No Music Version

Awakening Records are the label behind Maher Zain and have much experience when it comes to Islamic Music.

They helped launch Sami Yusuf, brought out the teen-sensation Harris J and recently signed Iman – their first female artist. This strong experience helps them to create tracks both with and without music.

One technique used by Awakening Records is releasing a non-music version of each of Maher Zain’s songs. This is no easy task.

How do they ensure it sounds good?

Jonas Otterbeck studies Islamic music and the Awakening Record label. At a recent lecture in London, he spoke about the process to creating a non-music version.

Otterbeck explained that the instrumental version is usually passed to a production team, who closely listen to the sounds. They then create similar base sounds using voice only, and adjust the temp/pitch in order to ensure it closely matches the instrumental. The end result is a good sounding product without use of musical instruments.

This is important as Muslims are generally split into two categories on the topic of instruments. There are those who feel musical instruments are acceptable as long as the vocals are positive, and those who feel instruments are forbidden. Cater to both and views increase!

Catchy Hook

Of course, the other reason why the track has many views is due to the catchy nature of it, especially the chorus.

The chorus starts low and gradually builds up, along with the music.

Maher Zain has released many hit songs, and this can only be achieved through hard work and a strong, dedicated team.

Islamic Music Hub would like to congratulate Maher Zain on this video achievement, and look forward to seeing more in the near future.

 

Ya Nabi Salam Alayka – Video

The Arabic version has been chosen to be shared as it’s statistically the most popular.

You can listen to previews of the other versions below (and buy on Amazon):

Arabic version – Preview
English (International) Version – Preview
Turkish Version – Preview

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Maher Zain – Ya Nabi Salam Alayka Lyrics

Let’s go through the lyrics to Ya Nabi Salam Alayka, calling out references to Quran and Hadith.

Gönüllärde hasretin var
Yüreklär ashkenla tcharpar
Sensiz Dünya bizlere dar
Seelam sana Ey kotlu yar
(Our souls long for you
Our hearts beat with your love
This world without you is unbearable for us
Peace and blessings upon you O Prophet) – 1

With submission, faith and patience
You conveyed the noble “message” – 2
Brought us light through your guidance
Peace be upon you my beloved
Ya habibi ya Muhammad
(Muhammad O my beloved)

Chorus:
Ya Nabi salam ‘alayka – 3
Ya Rasool salam ‘alayka
Ya Habib salam ‘alayka
Salawatu Allah ‘alayka
(O Prophet peace and blessings be upon you
O Messenger peace and blessings be upon you
O Beloved peace and blessings be upon you
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you)

Teri mohabbat kee mehek se
Yeah zameeno asma abadh hain
Rehmat kee barsat aati hain
Dillo jaan ya rasoola Allah
(By the fragrance of your love
The earth and sky reside
You’re a monsoon of mercy
Beloved of my heart O Messenger of Allah)

Ayyuhal mukhtaru feena
Zaadanal hubbu haneena
Ji’tana bil khayri deena
Ya khitaamal mursaleena
Ya Habibi ya Muhammad
(O you who was chosen from amongst us
Our love has increased our longing for you
You came to us with everything good embodied in a religion
O Seal of all messengers – 4
Muhammad O my beloved)

Chorus

 

Links to Quran / Hadith

Peace and blessings upon you O Prophet

The Quran teaches that we should send our blessings on the prophet Muhammed (pbuh). This is often carried out during the last portion of prayer.

“Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you that believe! Send your blessings on him, and salute him with all respect” (Quran 33:56)

 

You conveyed the noble “message”

The prophet was only sent down for one purpose, to convey the message of Islam to the world.

The duty of Our Messenger is only to convey the Message. Allah knows what you disclose and what you conceal“ (Quran 5:99)

 

(CHORUS)  Ya Nabi salam ‘alayka…

In point 1 we discussed the importance of sending blessings upon the prophet. The chorus of this song is actually doing just that. The full chorus translates to:

  • O Prophet peace and blessings be upon you
  • O Messenger peace and blessings be upon you
  • O Beloved peace and blessings be upon you
  • May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon you

It’s great to see Maher sending his blessings through such a popular song, as this will likely motivate others to do the same.

O Seal of all messengers

Many messengers were sent down by Allah, and Muhammed (pbuh) was the final one. This is confirmed in the Quran:

“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things” (Quran 33:40)

 

Final Thoughts

It’s easy to see why this song is so popular.

The track is well-produced, catchy and contains many different versions catering to people of different cultures and religious views.

Ya Nabi Salam Alayka is (as of Nov 17) the most popular song on the Awakening Records YouTube channel. Do you know which is the second most popular? It’s actually another Arabic song by Humood titled Kun Anta – read the review.

Ya Nabi Salam Alayka rating:

Lyrics: 10/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 10/10
References & Reflection: 9/10

IMH Rating: 49/50 – Very good! 

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True Love its a gift Maher Zain

True Love by Maher Zain – Love songs can be Islamic

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Love songs are popular – from Bollywood to Hollywood and everything between, but how do you link love songs and Islam?

The answer: True Love by Maher Zain

The track focuses on the benefits of having love for each other, and Allah.

It’s a joyful one and the vision is shared by many around the world. We would all like to find true love.

I suggest purchase via Amazon. You can download the track as an MP3 and also listen to it from your phone using the Amazon Music App. Buy True Love

 

VIDEO

There is not an official music video as of yet, however the lyrics video can be found below.

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Now onto the main part of the review. There are some lovely links between the lyrics of this song and the Quran.

Maher Zain – True Love Lyrics

I long for a world so pure and free
I wish for others all I’d wish for me – 1
To live right, avoiding what is wrong
And focus everyday on the ultimate goal
Forever, what’s in my heart
Is all of the love from Allah

Chorus:
True love, it’s a gift
I will never let go of true love
I will give my body and soul for true love
Everyday in my heart I feel it grow
With true love, oh oh
True love, love, love yeah!

Each day
I’ll extend my hand
Give my all and do whatever I can
For a good life
Of joy and happiness – 2
Everything I do I start in His Name – 3

Forever, what’s in my heart
Is all of the love from Allah

CHORUS

Now raise your hands
And let’s be thankful to Allah – 4
True love!
Let’s forgive each other with all our hearts – 5
True love!
I never knew it would feel so good
Just being true to myself and true to You

CHORUS

 

Links to Quran / Hadith

I wish for others all I’d wish for me

We often think believing simply involves praying, however there is more to it. Having love for one another is required in order to be a believer.

“None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

 

For a good life Of joy and happiness

We are encouraged to smile and be happy in Islam:

“Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Harith ibn Jazz narrated. I did not see anyone smiling more than Allah’s Messenger (Jami’ Tirmidhi, The Book on Merits)

 

Everything I do I start in His Name

The chapters of the Quran begin with Bismillah ar-rahman ar-rahim: “In (or with) the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.”

 

And let’s be thankful to Allah

“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me” (Quran 2:152)

 

5 Let’s forgive each other with all our hearts

This comes back to point 1.

Not only does Islam emphasis the importance of forgiveness, but other religious scripture also carry the same message.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Bible Ephesians 4:32)

Final Thoughts

I love the up-beat nature of this track and feel the song breaks stereotypes by showing that love songs do have a place in Islam. What do you think? Comment below.

If you like this track I feel you may also enjoy By My Side by Safe Adam. it has the same up-beat feel, and a great message.

Lyrics: 9/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
References & Reflection: 9/10

IMH Rating: 47/50 

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Maher Zain UK Tour

Maher Zain UK Tour 2017

It’s been 3 years since Maher Zain’s last UK tour. The popular Nasheed artist will be back on tour with his new album ‘One‘.

Dates: 20-30th October

Cities: London, Glasgow, Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford, Cardiff, Blackburn, Luton, Reading.

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Read about some of the biggest tracks from the album One:

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Which is your favourite track from the album? Comment below.

Maher Zain Atif Aslam Im Alive

I’m Alive by Maher Zain (ft Atif Aslam) – Much Needed Colaboration

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It’s fantastic to see these two collaborate.

Atif Aslam is extremely popular in Pakistan and after entering Bollywood, his popularity increased around the world. Having him enter the Islamic music scene is a real step forward for Islamic music, helping it reach new people.

The track has been produced by Awakening Recods, one of the top record labels for Islamic music. Awakening are famous for promoting artists such as Sami Yusuf, Harris J and of course Maher Zain.

I’m Alive features on Maher Zain’s third album ‘One’ and includes a non-music version – like many of his tracks.

What is the song about?

The track focuses on the blessings of Allah and being thankful to him for giving us life.

It’s refreshing to hear such an upbeat, joyful Nasheed.

VIDEO

The video is set in Pakistan. It features Maher Zain wondering the Mosque before meeting Atif Aslam, the two then sing together.

Check it out below. The MP3 is available on Amazon.

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Now onto the main part. Reviewing the lyrics with reference to Quran and hadith.

Maher Zain – I’m Alive Lyrics

You’re the reason my life’s worth living
You’re the reason I’m alive – 1
I’d be lost without You
You’re the reason that I strive
You’re my destiny – 2
You’re my reverie – 3
You’re the reason that I breathe
You are all that I believe

Chorus:
Ilahi, ilahi, ilahi, Maula
(My Lord, my Lord, my Lord, my Master)

Ho malang mein
(Like a wandering mystic)
Zindagi ki raah chal chala
(I have set forth on this journey called life)
Hai Khuda ek tera mera
(One Creator for you and me) – 4
Hai ek falsafa
(This is my philosophy [in life])

Pre-Chorus:

Khana’badosh hon
(I’m a nomad traveller)
Mein madhosh hon
(I’m lost in a trance)
Tere ishq mein
(In Your supreme love)
Mein sharaboor hon
(I am deeply submerged)

CHORUS

For so long I’ve been denying
But now I feel like I’m flying
I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive
Now nothing seems impossible
With You I feel unstoppable
I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

PRE-CHORUS & CHORUS

Ilahi, ilahi, Maula, Maula
Ilahi

Links to Quran / Hadith

1 You’re the reason I’m alive

Not only does Allah give us life, but he also promises to bring us back to life after we die.

Interestingly, Allah uses the seasons to remind us of his power. He gives life to the plants during summer, causes them to die in winter, and brings them back to life again – a lesson to reflect on.

“Know that Allah gives life to the earth after its death; indeed, We have made the communications clear to you that you may understand” (Quran 57:17)

 

2 You’re my destiny

When we hear about a disaster (such as the death of a loved one) we are taught to say “Inna Lillahi Wa inna ilayhi rajioon”. This means “To Allah we belong and to him we return”, we are essentially reminding ourselves that we indeed belong to him, he is our destiny.

“Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.”” (Quran 2:156)

 

3 You’re my reverie

Keeping Islam in our minds all day can help us stay on the straight path, and also gain the help of Allah.

“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying), I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favors on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.” (Quran 2:152)

 

4 Hai Khuda ek tera mera (One Creator for you and me)

Allah is one – known as the Shahada.

“…there is no god but He (God)…” (Quran 3:18)

This was also mentioned in the previous scriptures brought my Moses and Jesus (PBUT).

“Hear, O’ Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is One” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord” (Mark 12:29)

 

Final Thoughts

This is one of my favourite tracks from the album. Not only is the track great but the video production is fantastic.

I would love to see more of Atif Aslam in the nasheed industry, helping to promote a positive message for the youngsters of Pakistan and beyond.

Leave your thoughts on the track below.

Lyrics: 9/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
References & Reflection: 9/10

IMH Rating: 47/50 

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Maher Zain By my side

By My Side – Maher Zain

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Amazing track! Maher Zain has done it again.

This song is all about turning to Allah for guidance. It teaches us to remember him no matter how difficult things may get.

It’s completely normal for us to feel left alone at times, in fact the prophet Muhammed (pbuh) also felt this way.

There was one instance where the prophet stopped receiving revelation from God, which got him feeling depressed. The revelation was suspended for 6 months; after which a new chapter appeared:

Surah Ad-Duha:

“By the morning brightness. And [by] the night when it covers with darkness. Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you]. And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life]. And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied. Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge? And He found you lost and guided [you], And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient. So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him]. And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him]. But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it]” (Quran 93:1-11)

This teaches us to never loose hope. Maher’s song gives out a similar message.

Video

The video is one of the best things about the track in my opinion. It has been kept extremely simple, featuring Maher Zain in his house by the fire – there are no cuts or edits.

I really like the use of mise-en-scene – it gives that warm, comfy ‘singing by the fire’ feel. Do you know the feeling?

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Now onto the main part of the review.

We will go through the lyrics, calling out any references to Quran and hadith.

Maher Zain – By My Side Lyrics

Sometimes I can’t see
Where I’m supposed to go
Sometimes I speed up,
When I should take it slow
But through all my hard times
When I lose my way
You’re concealing my mistakes, yeah! – 1

Pre-Chorus:
I know You’re always by my side – 2
Never turning out Your light
When I need You most Your stars will shine

Chorus:
When I’m out there in the darkest place
Worn and tired
I can still see You illuminate
All my skies
When it feels like I’ve fallen too far from You
There You, there You, there You are – 3
Guiding me through

Whenever I feel down
You can lift me up
Turning my life around
With Your love
No matter how rough it gets
I can wear a smile
‘Cause Your mercy never dries – 4

I know You’re always by my side
Never turning out Your light
When I need You most Your stars will shine

PRE-CHORUS & CHORUS

Ain’t nobody, no no nobody
That knows me like You do – 5
Ain’t nobody who makes me feel this way
Got no worries, no no worries
About anything
Cause I know You’re always there, oh

CHORUS

 

Links to Quran / Hadith

1 You’re concealing my mistakes, yeah!

This is a huge point. We naturally sin however much of it is unknown to anyone but ourselves. We are actually taught not to make sins public. Let’s reflect on this hadith:

“Abu Hurayrah said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: “All of my ummah will be forgiven except those who sin openly. It is a part of sinning openly when a man does something at night, then the following morning when Allah has concealed his sin, he says, ‘O So and so, I did such and such last night,’ when all night his Lord has concealed him and the next morning he uncovers what Allah had concealed.”” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5721; Muslim, 2990).

I almost feel the above Hadith is a reference to Facebook/Instagram.

Some youngsters may end up going to bars and clubs during the night, especially at university/college. This is a prime example of a sin which is covered by the darkness of the night. The problem in these modern times is that many people take photos and post them on social media, allowing everyone to see their sins the next morning!

Let’s be thankful to Allah for covering our mistakes.

 

2 I know You’re always by my side

Indeed Allah is with us.

“O you who believe, seek assistance through patience and prayer; surely Allah is with the patient (Quran 1:153)

 

3 When it feels like I’ve fallen too far from You. There You, there You, there You are

This is a good reference to what I spoke about earlier. The prophet was depressed with the absence of revelation, which restarted.

“…Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you]… (Quran 93:3)

 

4 ‘Cause Your mercy never dries

Allah speaks about his mercy in many places in the Quran.

“Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”” (Quran 39:53)

 

5 That knows me like You do

Allah is close to us, and made mention of it in the Quran:

“And indeed We have created man, and We know whatever thoughts his inner self develops, and We are closer to him than (his) jugular vein.” (Quran 50:16)

It’s amazing to think Allah described his closeness as being closer than the jugular vein, as this vein is essential for survival.

 

Final Thoughts

Lovely song – it’s unique, well-produced and contains deep meaning.

The title ‘By My Side’ has also been used by Safe Adam in his track which I reviewed a few months back. The same words also appear in the chorus of Zambilooni by Zain Bikhr.

Please find my rating below. What do you think of this track?

Lyrics: 9/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
References & Reflection: 9/10

IMH Rating: 47/50 

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Maher Zain Good Day review

Good Day – Maher Zain

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Delightful! Good Day is all about staying positive.

The song features Issam Kamal, who sings a few verses in Arabic. I’m not too sure if a nasheed should make you want to get up and dance but his part certainly does – I like it.

The track is lively and unique – certainly not your everyday nasheed. The lyrics have good meaning too. Maher sings about having a positive mindset and viewing each day as a fresh opportunity to do good.

Seeing every day as a good day is a nice thought, but how practical is it?

One of the best examples we have is the story of Yusuf (PBUH).

Surah Yusuf

Prophet Yusuf went through many hardship; he was betrayed by his brothers, thrown down a well and unjustly put into prison. Despite this he was able to stay positive and saw his life improve drastically.

 

Summary of the plot:

1. Yusuf’s dream (vv. 4-6)
2. The brothers’ plot against Joseph (vv. 7-22)
3. Potiphar’s wife’s attempt to seduce Joseph (vv. 23-29)
4 . A similar attempt by Egyptian ladies (vv. 30-34)
5. Yusuf’s imprisonment (vv. 35-42)
6. The king’s dream (vv. 43-44)

7. The king’s dream interpreted (vv. 45-49)
8. Joseph’s release from prison (v. 50)
9. Confession of the Egyptian ladies (v. 51a)
10. Confession of Potiphar’s wife (vv. 51b-57)
11. The brothers learn their lesson (vv. 58-99)
12. Fulfillment of Joseph’s dream (vv. 100-101)

Yusuf had a number of negative experiences during the early part of his life. His brothers heard about his positive dream and therefore plotted against him, throwing him into a well. He was then seduced on two occasions and thrown into prison, despite clear evidence that he was in the right.

During his time in prison he was given the gift of interpreting dreams, which aided with his release. The women then cleared his name by confessing that they were in the wrong. Yusuf was then put into a position of power, and confronted his brothers who then learnt their lesson. The story ends with his Father, Mother and brothers all bowing down to him – a confirmation of the dream he had in the beginning.

How does the plot relate to Maher Zain’s track?

One interesting point about the plot is that item 1-6 are negative experiences, while items 7-12 are positive. Despite going through so much difficulty he remained patient and positive. Prophet Yusuf’s life was not only made better, but saw a significant improvement.

The story of Yusuf teaches us to stay positive. No matter how difficult our life is we should treat every day like a new beginning, as Maher says in the song.

Did you notice the ring composition?

Another interesting point about the plot is that line 1 and 12 are linked; line 2 and 11 are linked and so on until we get to the middle. This is known as ring composition – a common occurrence in the Quran and a sign that the book is indeed from God and not a human. Other parts of the Quran which include ring composition include ayat-ul Kursi and Surah Baqarah.

Let us now present the lyrics to ‘Good Day’, calling out references to Quran and Hadith. This is always my favourite part of the review!


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Maher Zain – Good Day Lyrics

Woke up with the light – 1
A sky so blue upon my eyes
With a thankful heart – 2
Today is another brand new start
I feel so positive
Just want to do my best
And show this world I’m living in
All of the love that I can give, give, give – 3

There are many things that I can do
Many things yeah
That can make me feel so close to You
To You, to You, to You, oh!
This joy within my heart can’t be removed
Within my heart when I’m…
Loving, loving, loving, loving You, yeah!

Chorus:
Oh, everyday is a good day
I put my life in Your hands Allah – 4
You will always lead my way

Oh, everyday is a good day
I give my life to You Allah
You will always lead my way

I love this morning breeze
Love how it can revive my soul
I’m so glad to be
Surrounded by the people I know
Filled with happiness
Just wanna give my all
And be all that I can be
Share all my love and energy, yeah!

There are many things that I can do
Many things yeah
That can make me feel so close to You
To You, to You, to You, oh!
This joy within my heart can’t be removed
Within my heart when I’m…
Loving, loving, loving, loving You, yeah!

 

Links to Quran / Hadith

1 Woke up with the light

We are taught to wake up each morning at the thread of dawn in order to pray, and in order to start fasting:

“Establish regular prayers – at the sun’s decline till the darkness of the night, and the morning prayer and reading: for the prayer and reading in the morning carry their testimony” (Quran 17:78)

“…and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night), then complete your Sawm (fast) till the nightfall” (Quran 2:187)

 

2 With a thankful heart

It’s important to thank Allah for everything:

“… and be grateful to Allah, if it is Him you worship” (Al-Baqarah 2:172)

 

3 All of the love that I can give, give, give

Muslims are taught to love one another – that’s obvious. However did you know that we are also taught to be good to non-Muslims:

“God does not forbid you from being good to those who have not fought you in the religion or driven you from your homes, or from being just towards them. God loves those who are just.” (Quran al-Mumtahana, 8)

 

4 I put my life in Your hands Allah

Allah tells us to put trust in him, so we should – simple!

“Remember two of your parties Meditated cowardice; but Allah was their protector, and in Allah should the faithful (Ever) put their trust (Quran al-Imran, 122)

 

Final Thoughts

We’re living in a time where people prefer to listen to idle songs over ones with meaningful lyrics. Traditionally this was because the meaningful songs were lacking in production, and sometimes cheesy. Maher and other like him are changing this with good produced music while maintaining positive lyrics.

I really like this song, and have repeated it many times in my car.

Maher Zain sings in multiple languages, this song is available in Arabic and Turkish too. Those who understand the languages tell me: is the song just as good in your language?

Here’s my rating:

Lyrics: 8/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 10/10
References & Reflection: 8/10

IMH Rating: 46/50 

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Maher Zain Peace Be Upon You lyrics

Peace Be Upon You – Maher Zain

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If I were ever asked to provide a list of beautiful nasheeds – this song would be included.

One of the unique things about Awakening Records is that they provide both music and vocal only versions of Maher Zain’s songs. There are differences of opinion regarding musical instruments in Islam, and this approach helps keep everyone happy!

As the title suggests the song is about the prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him), thanking him for what he did and sending blessings.

Many messengers have been sent down by Allah over time, in fact Allah sent a messenger to every nation:

“To every nation We sent a Messenger who told its people, “Worship God and stay away from satan.” Some of them were guided by God and others were doomed to go astray. Travel through the land and see how terrible was the end for those who rejected the truth!” (Quran 16:36)

Each messenger came with their own miracle, which varied depending on the people they were sent to, and time they were on the Earth.

Examples of miracles by the prophets

The prophet Moses (PBUH) came at a time when magic was popular. He performed greater magic than his people by splitting the sea and turning the staff into a snake.

The prophet Jesus (PBUH) came at a time when medicine was the craze. He healed the leper and brought people back from the dead, again out-performing his people.

The prophet Muhammed (PBUH) was the final messenger to be sent by Allah. He came to the Arabs, at a time when they were most proud of their language. He revealed the Quran, a book with many linguistic miracles. Many of those who heard the Quran became Muslim due to the poetic and linguistic nature of it alone, as they knew this revelation could not have come from a human.

Furthermore Muhammed (PBUH) was not only sent to the Arabs at that time, but he was the final messenger sent for everyone who came after him. The Quran also contains many prophecies and scientific facts that we are only beginning to discover today – this is our sign.

Following the way of the final messenger is our key to success, and this nasheed really helps us to reflect on his life.

Let us now present the lyrics to ‘Peace Be Upon You’, calling out references to Quran and Hadith.


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Maher Zain – Peace Be Upon You Lyrics

There’s faith in my world
It comes back to your teachings and all your words – 1
From your life I have learnt
To be patient and caring at every turn – 2
The reason I’m strong
You’re where I belong
In a world spinning out of control
The reason for my pride
You are my guide
And I will always follow your way
Your way, your way, oh!

Chorus:
‘Alayka salla Allah O Muhammad
(May Allah’s salutations be upon you O Muhammad) – 3
Peace & blessings on you every day
‘Alayka salla Allah O Muhammad
You inspire me in every way
I promise that wherever I go
Whenever I pray
I’ll be sending you praise – 4
With the words that I say
Rasulallah (Messenger of Allah), O Muhammad
Peace & blessings on you every day

There’s light in my heart
Helps me find my way back when I’ve gone too far
When all my anger makes me blind
I remember you’re a mercy for all mankind
The reason I forgive as long as I live – 5
In a world spinning out of control
The reason I love, I’ll never give up
And I will always follow your way
Your way, your way, oh!

I know the only thing I want from this life
And it’s to follow all your footsteps to Paradise
So that’s the way I’m going to spend all my time
Yes I swear, by Allah I swear!

 

Links to Quran / Hadith

1 There’s faith in my world. It comes back to your teachings and all your words

The prophet taught us to have faith, but having faith isn’t just believing in your mind. We are taught to show faith through actions and character:

“The Prophet said, “None of you will have faith till he wishes for his (Muslim) brother what he likes for himself.”” (Bukhari, Book of Beliefs 2:13)

 

2 To be patient and caring at every turn

He taught us to be patient:

“Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (peace be upon him) passed by a woman who was weeping beside a grave. He told her to fear Allah and be patient. She said to him, “Go away, for you have not been afflicted with a calamity like mine.” And she did not recognize him. Then she was informed that he was the Prophet. So she went to the house of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and there she did not find any guard. Then she said to him, “I did not recognize you.” He said, “Verily, the patience is at the first stroke of a calamity.”” (Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 23 Hadith 372)

 

3 ‘Alayka salla Allah O Muhammad (May Allah’s salutations be upon you O Muhammad)

We are asked by Allah to send blessings on the prophet:

“Allah sends His Salât (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)) and also His angels (ask Allah to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salât on (ask Allah to bless) him (Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islamic way of greeting (salutation i.e. As¬Salâmu ‘Alaikum)” (Quran 33:56)

 

4 Whenever I pray, I’ll be sending you praise

Sending blessing upon the Prophet not only benefits him, but also us. Hence why we send blessing upon him during the final part of the prayer.

“The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever sends blessings upon me once, Allah will send blessings upon him tenfold”” (Narrated by an-Nasaa’i 1297)

 

5 The reason I forgive as long as I live

A group of people once threw stones at the prophet, and drove him out of their city. The angel came to him and asked if he wanted them to be crushed between mountains. The prophet replied with:

No! For, I hope that God will bring forth from their loins people who will worship God alone, associating nothing with Him.” (Saheeh Muslim)

 

Final Thoughts

We need more like this!

Tracks like this help us reflect on Islam, recall stories from the past and promote good. Not only are the lyrics meaningful but the track is produced really well – both instrumental and vocal versions.

My rating can be found below. You may leave your rating using the star system under mine. Feel free to comment – do you prefer the instrumental version or voice only?

Lyrics: 9/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 8/10
References & Reflection: 9/10

IMH Rating: 46/50 

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Maher Medina

Medina by Maher Zain – Innovative video

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This is certainly a catchy tune!

As the title suggests the song is all about Medina.

The full name for the city is Medina-tun-nabi, meaning ‘The city of the prophet’. It is sometimes shortened to Medina meaning ‘The City’. Before the arrival of the prophet (pbuh) it was called Yathrib.

In the Quran, Allah commonly refers to the city using the name Medina. There is however an instance where the word Yathrib is used, even though the passage was revealed after the Prophet entered the city.

“And when a faction of them said, “O people of Yathrib, there is no stability for you [here], so return [home].” And a party of them asked permission of the Prophet, saying, “Indeed, our houses are unprotected,” while they were not exposed. They did not intend except to flee” (Quran 33:13)

So why was the word Yathrib used?

When this verse was revealed, the enemy had the city surrounded. Within the city were both Muslims and people who were Muslim by name only – they had converted to Islam but did not believe.

They were the ones who said, as the verse reads: “O people of Yathrib, there is no stability for you [here], so return [home].” By using the word Yathrib they exposed who’s side they were really on. Allah captured that word and displayed it in the Quran, to show their true intentions. 

It’s amazing to think that the usage of one small word could contain so much meaning. This is a sign that the Quran is indeed from Allah, and in many places Allah challenges people to produce a sentence or chapter like it:

“Say: ‘If all mankind and the jinn would come together to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce its like even though they exerted all and their strength in aiding one another.’” (Quran 17:88)

Back to the track

Medina is track number two on the album. Many have expressed their enjoyment of the song and it has received over 11 million Youtube views.

I really like the part where Maher sings ‘Tala’al badru ‘alayna’, a famous song from the days of the prophet. This song was sang in order to welcome the prophet (PBUH) back to Medina, after competing in the battle of Tabuk. As he entered they played an instrument known as the Duff (similar to drums) and sang with joy.

Video

A new music video has just been released for Medina.

The video depicts Medina as a place of happiness, peace and fun.

The characters in this video use their imagination to turn negative situations into positive ones. Real-lift situations are not always positive, but we all wish they could be.

Deep saturation is used to connote imagination, helping to emphasis warmth and love. A true vision of the city of Media at the time of the prophet.

The concept of this video is unique and refreshing. Many people on Twitter were expecting footage of Medina to appear in the video, however Maher and the Awakening team have given us a twist – an innovative one.

Let’s go through the lyrics to ‘Medina’.


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Maher Zain – Medina Lyrics

Medina, Medina
Medinatun Nabi (the city of the Prophet)

In my dreams I make my way to Medina
The home and chosen place
Of our beloved Prophet
Where all I feel is peace
And so much joy around
No better place for me, yeah!

Chorus:
Medina, Medina
Medinatun Nabi (the city of the Prophet)
Medina, Medina
That’s where I want to be
Medina, Medina
Medinatun Nabi
Medina, Medina
That’s where I want to be
Oh, oh, Medina Medina
Oh, oh, Medina Medina

I wake with the morning light in Medina
Everywhere I see blue skies
Set above these mountains
Bright colours fill the streets
A smile on every face
A special place for me, yeah!

CHORUS

Tala’al badru ‘alayna, min thaniyyatil wadaa’
Wajabash shukru ‘alayna, ma da’a lillahi daa’
Ayyuhal mab’uthu fina, ji’ta bil amril mutaa’
Ji’ta sharraftal Medina, marhaban ya khayra daa’
(The full Moon rose over us
From the valley of Wadaa’
And we owe it to show gratefulness
Whenever a caller prays to Allah
O you who were raised amongst us
Coming with the word to be obeyed
You have brought to Medina nobleness
Welcome, best caller to God’s way)

CHORUS

Medina, Medina
Medinatun Nabi

 

Final Thoughts

The lyrics are not deep, however I still found myself reflecting while listening.

Maher Zain has produced a lively track that will stay in the minds of many, for years to come.

I hope this track encourages people to visit the city of the prophet, and do further reading on Medina.

Lyrics: 8/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
References & Reflection: 5/10

IMH Rating: 42/50 

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Maher Zain One

The Power – Maher Zain

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The Power is indeed a powerful track, both in lyrics and production.

The song features a Zulu choir known as Amakhono We Sintu, adding an African theme to the track. The music video was actually filmed in South Africa, opening with Maher watching a Rhinoceros. After this there are many scenes featuring safari animals in their natural habitat.

Maher and Awakening Records have gone for an uplifting, inspirational feel with this one. The lyrics focus on the Shahada, reminding us of the power of Allah and that his remembrance will lead to success.

Let’s go through the lyrics to ‘The Power’, looking out for references to Quran and Hadith.


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Maher Zain – The Power Lyrics

Masisondele, masisondele haha phila nocolo yelele
(Let us draw nearer to perfect peace in life)

Subhan’Allah, walhamdu lillah
(Glory be to Allah, and all praise be to Allah
La ilaha illa Allah, wa’Allahu Akbar
There is no god but Allah, and Allah is the Greatest) – 1

You can say it once
Or a hundred times or more
You’ll feel at peace inside
And it’ll open every door

Chorus:
That’s the power of remembering Allah
It’s the best way to purify your heart – 2
And know you will be loved by the Merciful One – 3
‘Cause that’s the power of remembering Allah

Subhan’Allah, walhamdu lillah
(Glory be to Allah, and all praise be to Allah
La ilaha illa Allah, wa’Allahu Akbar
There is no god but Allah, and Allah is the Greatest)

So much you can gain
Just by saying those few words – 4
You can renew your faith – 5
And be showered in rewards – 6

CHORUS

La ilaha illa Allah (x3)
(There is no god but Allah)
Subhan’Allah, walhamdu lillah wa’Allahu Akbar
(Glory be to Allah, all praise be to Allah, and Allah is the Greatest)

Masisondele kuy’uAllah
(We obey You Allah)
Ngokukhulu ukuzithoba
(With submission, we humble ourselves before You)
Sizothol’ ukuphila Noxolo
(So we may find peace and happiness)

CHORUS

Subhan’Allah, walhamdu lillah
(Glory be to Allah, and all praise be to Allah
La ilaha illa Allah, wa’Allahu Akbar
There is no god but Allah, and Allah is the Greatest)

Links to Quran / Hadith

Links to the Quran and hadith have been numbered above (in purple) and presented below.

 

1 La ilaha illa Allah, wa’Allahu Akbar (There is no god but Allah, and Allah is the Greatest)

Its always positive to hear the shahada in a Nasheeds. The Shahada is the Islamic testimony of faith.

“Allah bears witness that there is no god but He, and (so do) the angels and those possessed of knowledge, maintaining His creation with justice; there is no god but He, the Mighty, the Wise” (Quran 3:18)

Muslims often say ‘and Muhammed is his messenger’ after this. These two parts are actually never mentioned besides each other in the Quran. They are however referred to in Hadith.

 

2 That’s the power of remembering Allah. It’s the best way to purify your heart

Only in remembrance of Allah (swt) will your heart find peace (Quran 13:28)

 

3 And know you will be loved by the Merciful One

“Certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” (Quran 3:159)

 

4  So much you can gain, just by saying those few words

“The Prophet — Allah bless and greet him — said: “Whoever says: there is no god but Allah enters Paradise.”” (Abu Dharr in the Kabir 7:55).

 

5 You can renew your faith

We are taught to constantly renew our faith.

“Faith wears out in your heart as clothes wear out, so ask Allah to renew the faith in your hearts.” (narrated by al-Haakim in his Mustadrak and al-Tabaraani in his Mu’jam with a saheeh isnaad)

 

6 And be showered in rewards

“And whoever does righteous deeds, whether male or female, while being a believer – those will enter Paradise and will not be wronged, [even as much as] the speck on a date seed” (Quran 4:124)

 

Final Thoughts

The Power is energising, uplifting, different and lyrically inspirational – certainly my favourite track from the album.

The song actually reminds me of the Lion King! Anyone agree? Leave a comment below.

I would love to hear more songs with Zulu choirs in the near future. Well done Maher Zain and Awakening Records, you have certainly helped us to reflect on the power of remembering of Allah.

Lyrics: 9/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 10/10
References & Reflection: 10/10

Overall IMH Rating: 49/50 

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