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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