2020 kicked off in a unique way. So unique that you would be forgiven for overlooking developments in the Nasheed industry.
So what’s new?
Nasheed artist Muad released his debut album back in February 2020 titled ‘Home‘.
For those who are not familiar with Muad, the artist is of Yemini descent. Signed to the Brimero label, he sings in both Arabic and English. Muad has travelled greatly performing at big venues with the likes of Harris J, Mo Amer and a 10 city tour with Outlandish. Muad’s music is soulful, poetic and powerful.
The album combines mainstream sounds with Islamic content, and it works! One track stands out above them all… Jannah!
Jannah is about reflecting on the wonders of the garden, and asking Allah to allow you to enter it. The track combines English and Arabic, and is sang in a soothing way bringing peace to the heart. Exactly what an Islamic song should do right?
Is there anything else special about the song Jannah?
Yes. The song has recently been re-released with a twist, it now features the popular Nasheed artist Zain Bhikha!
Those familiar with Islamic Music Hub will already be aware of our review structure. For those of you who are new to the site here is the format:
- What’s the track about?
- Music video
- Analysis of Lyrics (references to the Quran and Hadith)
What is Jannah About?
The track carries a simple message, almost dua-like, the artists are asking Allah to grant them Jannah while reflecting on it’s magnificence.
It begins with a description of Jannah, painting pictures in the listeners mind about what it might be like to stand in Jannah.
There is particular reference to meeting the prophet in Jannah. Zain Bhikha reflects on how he might respond at this moment stating that he will be frozen motionless, amazed by the prophet – more on the lyrics later.
Did You Know? Jannah Edition
There are lots of details about Jannah described in the song, backed by Quran and Hadith. Here are some of the interesting facts that you may not have know:
There is no suffering or pain
There is no pain in Jannah. Everything you like will be there, and everything you dislike will not be there.
“And they will say, ‘Praise to Allah, who has removed from us [all] sorrow. Indeed, our Lord is Forgiving and Appreciative” (Quran 35:34)
You get to drink wine
Forbidden on Earth, the wine in Jannah will not cause intoxication.
“There will circulate among them young boys made eternal With vessels, pitchers and a cup [of wine] from a flowing spring – No headache will they have therefrom, nor will they be intoxicated – And fruit of what they select And the meat of fowl, from whatever they desire.” (Quran 56:17-21)
You cannot sin
Instead people will say ‘Peace, Peace’. What a world!
“They will not hear therein ill speech or commission of sin – Only a saying: “Peace, peace.” (56:25-26)
There are rivers of Milk, Wine & Honey
It may sound like a fairy tale, but there are actual rivers of milk, wine and honey following through Jannah. Have a read of this verse of the Quran, found in Surah Muhammed chapter 47:
“The description of Paradise which the righteous have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey (clear and pure) therein for them is every kind of fruit; and forgiveness from their Lord..” (Quran 47:15)
You will be young
You may wonder what age you will be in Jannah. Are those who die at 80 raised up the same age? No. All of those who enter Jannah will enter in their youth.
Mu’adh ibn Jabal reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The people of Paradise will enter Paradise with smooth and hairless skin, kohl upon their eyes, at thirty or thirty-three years of age.” (Hadith al-Tirmidhī 2545) Now on to the music video.
Jannah Music Video
The music video for Jannah was released onto Youtube in November 2020. It is highly likely that the video was filmed during lockdown, which may explain why Muad and Zain Bhikha are never in the same shot.
Being from the UK, Muad’s scenes appear to be shot in England. While Zain Bhikha’s scenes are filmed in Cape Town, South Africa – evident by the shot of table mountain in the background.
The music video features closeups of nature, showing the detail and beauty of Allah’s natural creation. The video’s simple nature combined with a soothing song helps the viewer relax and reflect on the favour of Allah, and the significance of striving for Jannah.
Music Video for ‘Jannah’:
Vocals Only version
The lyrics to ‘Jannah’ have been provided below, while references to Quran and Hadith have been numbed in Purple and explained in the next section.
Your eyes will never see a sky like it – 1
And you will see rivers of eden flowing underneath – 2
And it’s fragrance of Musk leaves a trail of peace in the air – 3
And your dreams will not come close to what you will see
And to see the beloved (Muhammed PBUH) waiting at it’s gates – 4
And to see the Ummah at the house of peace
I pray for Jannah, Jannah, Jannah, Jannah, Jannah – 5
I pray for Jannah, Jannah, Jannah, Jannah, Jannah
I raise my hands in the air, I make a prayer
I pray for Jannah, Jannah, Jannah, Jannah, Jannah
Just to see him (pbuh) standing with the Saaliheen (Righteous) welcoming them
Then he (pbuh) motions to me to come forward and drink from his hands
But i’ll be motionless just starting at this most beautiful man (pbuh)
Who saved me form hellfire pleading to Allah ‘Ya Ummati’ – 6
Look what Allah’s mercy and blessing have brought
This is what you strived for what you’ve sent forth
I wana go
where no eye has ever seen
No ear has ever heard
No mind can imagine
Paradise – No more tests, no more tears, no more trials
Paradise – Just to hold my mother in my arms
Paradise – Where i’ll gaze into my children’s eyes
Paradise – Gardens beneath with rivers will flow
Paradise – Where nothing will hurt anymore
Jannah Lyrics Analysis
Links to the Quran and hadith have been numbered (in purple) and presented below.
1 We Cannot Imagine Jannah
Your eyes will never see a sky like it
It would be impossible for us to accurately imagine Jannah. Descriptions are often provided using examples on earth as a reference point, however the nature and quality of the same items in Jannah are far higher.
Remember the hadith on the rivers of Jannah?
The rivers of milk, wine and honey are described as having a taste that never changes. This would be impossible on earth, as we all know items of food and drink eventually pass their use by date. The longer you possess these items, the greater the chance it will become contaminated.
The idea of unimaginable blessings are mentioned in hadith:
In Paradise, there are blessings that no one has ever seen, has ever heard, or can ever imagine. (Hadith Muslim)
2 Rivers beneath Jannah
And you will see rivers of eden flowing underneath
If you’ve read the Quran you have most likley heard the phrase ‘Gardens beneath which rivers flow’… but what does that mean?
When reading the old English, you might think of a garden with underground rivers. However the verse is simply referring to gardens with many rivers and steams flowing through them.
The popular Oxford World’s Classic Quran offers a different translation for this sentence, ‘graced with flowing streams’. Here is an explanation on why they chose this in their book:
“Another example where adhering to Arabic can be misleading is in the description of Paradise, regularly described in the Qurʾan as having streams. A literal translation of the Arabic phrase tajri min tahtiha al-anhar is thought by some to be ‘under which rivers flow’. This may, however, suggest to the English reader that the rivers flow underground, which is not what is meant in Arabic; rather the image is of a shady garden watered by many streams. The present translation gives ‘graced with flowing streams’. ‘Graced’ was intended to convey the generosity in God’s gift to the people of Paradise implicit in the Qurʾanic text; the adjective ‘flowing’ is taken from the Arabic verb tajri used in connection with these ‘rivers’; while ‘streams’ was chosen above the more general ‘rivers’ as the impression is one of many small rivulets coursing throughout the garden, keeping it watered, beautiful, and fresh. In classical Arabic, the term nahr applies to any body of running water, from the smallest of streams to the widest of rivers. In modern Arabic the term has become restricted to rivers and this may in some cases have led to a misunderstanding of the term.” (Oxford World Classics)
3 Let’s talk about Musk
And it’s fragrance of Musk leaves a trail of peace in the air
Musk is the highest perfume a Muslim can wear. Those of us brought up in the West may prefer Calvin Klein or Chanel, however Musk has a special place.
Musk is actually obtained from a musk pod, which is located under the skin of a male deer. Many popular fragrance labels use Musk as part of their ingredients, including Tom Ford, Gucci and Versace.
The Quran talks about the believers being given a wine in Jannah, which is actually sealed with Musk. This highlights it’s fragrance and suggest the drink is yet to be opened.
You will recognize on their faces the radiance of bliss. They will be given to drink a sealed wine. Whose seal is musk—this is what competitors should compete for. (Quran 83:24-26)
3 Will we see the prophet in Jannah?
And to see the beloved (Muhammed PBUH) waiting at it’s gates
Evidence suggest that we will be with those whom we love. Therefore there is a chance we will get to meet the prophet, Allah knows best.
A man came to the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) and asked, “O Messenger of Allah! When will the Hour (of Judgement Day) be?” The Prophet (pbuh) inquired, “What have you prepared for it?”. The man said: “Nothing, except that I love Allah and His Messenger.” The prophet (pbuh) said, “You will be with those whom you love.” We had never felt happier after embracing Islam with a thing like the statement of the Prophet (pbuh): “You will be with those whom you love” . (Anas ibn Malik said) ‘Hence, I love the Messenger (pbuh), Abu Bakr andOmar, and I hope that I will be with them (on the Last Day) because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs’
(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Kitaabul Birri was Silaah, Baab Al-Mar’oo ma’a mann ahabba, Hadith 1770)
4 Pray for Jannah!
I pray for Jannah, Jannah, Jannah, Jannah, Jannah
The wife of the Pharaoh prayed for Jannah, a dua which was recorded by Allah in the Quran.
And Allah has cited for the believers the example of the wife of Fir’aun (Pharaoh), when she said, “My Lord, build for me, near You, a house in the Paradise, and deliver me from Fir’aun and his deeds, and deliver me from the unjust people.” (Quran 66:11)
4 The prophet will save us from hellfire
Who saved me form hellfire pleading to Allah ‘Ya Ummati’
The Prophet said, “The believers will be kept on the Day of Resurrection so long that they will become worried and say, “Let us ask somebody to intercede for us with our Lord so that He may relieve us from our place.
Then they will go to Adam and say, ‘You are Adam, the father of the people. Allah created you with His Own Hand and made you reside in His Paradise and ordered His angels to prostrate before you, and taught you the names of all things will you intercede for us with your Lord so that He may relieve us from this place of ours? Adam will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking.’ He will mention his error which he committed, i.e., his eating off the tree. He will add, ‘Go to Noah, the first prophet sent by Allah to the people of the Earth.’
The people will go to Noah who will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking’ He will mention his error, i.e., his asking his Lord without knowledge.’ He will say (to them), ‘Go to Abraham, Khalil ar-Rahman.’ They will go to Abraham who will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking. He would mention three words by which he was evasive, and say (to them). ‘Go to Moses, a slave whom Allah gave the Torah and spoke to directly and brought near Him, for conversation.’
They will go to Moses who will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking. He will mention his error which he committed, i.e., killing a person, and will say (to them), ‘Go to Jesus, Allah’s slave and His messenger, and a soul created by Him and His Word “Be: And it is”. They will go to Jesus who will say, ‘I am not fit for this undertaking but you’d better go to Muhammad the slave whose past and future sins have been forgiven by Allah.’ So they will come to me, and I will ask my Lord’s permission to enter His presence and then I will be permitted.
When I see Him I will fall down in prostration before Him, and He will leave me (in prostration) as long as He wills, and then He will say, ‘O Muhammad, lift up your head and speak, for you will be listened to, and intercede, for your intercession will be accepted, and ask (for anything) for it will be granted:’ Then I will raise my head and glorify my Lord with certain praises which He has taught me. Allah will put a limit for me (to intercede for a certain type of people) I will take them out and make them enter Paradise.”
(Hadith Kitab at-Tawheed, Sahih al-Bukhari No. 7440)
Songs like this are amazing. They are soothing, deep and allow the listener to reflect. The fact that he has included a music free version is fantastic, as it gives a chance for those who do not agree with musical instruments to hear the song.
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