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We Shall Rise by Muad – Michael Heart Remake

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Remember the classic Gaza song by Michael Heart? Well Muad has just released a remake!

Those familiar with the original song will have emotional memories racing back to them. The original was released in 2009 and obtained over 1 million views within the first year. At the time of writing this review, the song has over 8 million views on Youtube.

So how does Muad’s version differ?

Similarities and Differences to Michael Heart’s Version

1. Similar Theme

In Muad’s version, the lyrics follow a similar theme to the original song.

However, it’s not just about Gaza.

Muad sing for all those facing oppression in the world, whether in Syria, Palestine, Yemen or any other part of the world.

2. Play on Titles

Did you know?

Michael Heart’s version is titled ‘We will not go down’ however Muad cleverly named his remake ‘We will rise up’, suggesting many of us have indeed been knocked down by all we see. But we will come back strong.


3. Islamified Lyrics

Not that the original lyrics were no good, however Muad takes them a step further by adding Allah’s name.

“But Allah’s always on our side, and he is what remains”

We Shall Rise Lyrics, Muad

There is also a dua hidden in the song:

“So Allah, I pray you make it a safe land”

4. An Arabic Touch

As with all Muad tracks, he has added Arabic verses blended with the English – adding an Eastern flavour.

5. War Time Video Clips

A heart touching element of Micheal Heart’s song was the music video, which featured images of rockets and guns attacking civilians.

Has Muad adopted the same approach?

He sure has.

The opening of the video shows a little girl explaining that her father passed away during war. In addition, we see a clip of an old man struggling with soldiers. Clips like this help bring about emotion and steer the lister towards a certain compassionate direction.

So, let’s take a look at the video:

We Shall Rise Music Video

It’s a simple yet powerful music video. The opening scene gives us a clear idea of the type of song coming up.

It’s a song of hope. We can see this by Muad’s facial expressions and powerful singing.

In fact, the cover photo shows Muad standing tall with his hand raised in the air, suggesting Allah will always be there.

Clips of Crisis

Before the song begins we are shown a clip of a girl named Malak (which means Angel) telling us her farther has died. Malaks parents were killed by ISIS and her home destroyed. See the full video:

Malak: The Girl Who Stumbled Out of a War Zone and Stole Our Hearts

Early in the video we also see a man standing up to soldiers in Hebron. In the full video he confronts soldiers before falling to the group and is helped by journalists. See the full video:

Elderly Palestinian Man Confronts Armed Israeli Soldiers Before Collapsing

We Shall Rise Lyrics

Freedom runs through our veins
Even if you have us locked up in chains
Demons stand in our way
But nothing can hurt us as long as we pray – 1 read analysis

You think you can silence our cries
But Allah is always on our side – 2 read analysis
But he is what remains
Just a voice rising up in a smoky haze

We shall not go down, not tonight, We shall Rise.
You can take all our hopes and try break our home
But Allah keeps us alive – 3 read analysis
We will not go down
Oh no not tonight

Peace upon you my motherland
Peace upon you, the land that runs through my veins
I see you wounded
You cry a voice from an orphaned child
Who rose and screamed in an innocent voice
My country is my mother and my farther
and my freedom
So Allah, I pray that you make it a safe land

We shall not go down, not tonight, We shall Rise.
You can take all our hopes and try break our home
But Allah keeps us alive
We will not go down
Oh no not tonight

We shall not go down, not tonight, We shall Rise.
You can take all our hopes and try break our home
But Allah keeps us alive
We will not go down
Oh no not tonight

Lyrics Analysis

The lyrics have been numbered above, any references to Quran and Hadith have been called out below… and there’s alot in this amazing Nasheed!

1 – Nothing can really harm you if you pray

But nothing can hurt us as long as we pray

Well physically it can… i’ve tried it.

However Allah tells us he will look out for those who are patient and fear Allah. Their plots cannot harm us, ‘their’ referring to oppressors.

“If good touches you, it distresses them; but if harm strikes you, they rejoice at it. And if you are patient and fear Allah , their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, Allah is encompassing of what they do.”

(Quran 3:120)

2 – Allah is on the side of those who beleive

But Allah is always on our side

Allah is always on the side of those who fear him. See Quranic reference above.

What does it mean to fear Allah?

To understand that he is the all-powerful, his punishment is far worse than anything we experience in this world, yet his reward is far greater.

3 – We wouldn’t be alive without Allah

But Allah keeps us alive

Of course it is Allah who keeps us alive. Did you know, the prophet told us that we should never wish for death, no matter how bad things get?

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “None of you should wish for death because of a calamity befalling him; but if he has to wish for death, he should say: “O Allah! Keep me alive as long as life is better for me, and let me die if death is better for me.’


Final Thoughts on ‘We Will Rise’

It’s been a long time since i’ve heard the original song, and I love this version just as much.

Lyrics: 8/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 5/10
References & Reflection: 7/10
IMH Total Rating: 40/50

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