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.
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.
The video is set in Pakistan. It features Maher Zain wondering the Mosque before meeting Atif Aslam, the two then sing together.
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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
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])
(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)
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
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)
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.
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References & Reflection: 9/10
IMH Rating: 47/50