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Haram Money by Omar Esa – Never Seen Anything like it

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Every heard of a music-free musical Nasheed drama?

Neither had I…

But that’s exactly what Haram Money is and it’s a brilliant idea.

Innovative, bold and different.

Innovation may not be allowed when it comes to religious practices. However, it’s perfectly acceptable to apply to other things.

I love it when Nasheed artists think outside the box. Because, it’s how things progress and move forward.

So, what is Haram Money?

What is Haram Money?

Haram Money is a vocal only Nasheed by Omar Esa. But, it’s also the title of the musical drama which features that Nasheed.

The Drama

Produced by ‘Sacred House Productions’ and ‘The Film Studio’, Haram Money is a 30 minute drama film in collaboration with Islamic Finance Guru.

The Drama is available to watch for free on Omar Esa’s Youtube channel.

But keep scrolling…

…as we have embedded the film further down this page.

So, what is the drama about?

All About Money

As the title suggests, the drama is all about earning and spending money. And how money changes our actions.

Set in London, the drama tackles common issues around money in Islam.

What issues are covered?

Interest – Interest plays a key role in the film. The lead characters live in a home that has been purchased with a mortgage. As is often the case, the family members are divided over the importance of fixing this. Lending is also touched upon.

Drugs – The film deals with drug dealing. More and more young Muslims are being led astray, especially in large cities. Therefore, tackling this issue is a must.

Theft – Crimes are more common in large cities, and British Muslims tend to be found in the city rather than the countryside.

Aggression – Money makes us do the unthinkable. Just watch how the personality of the characters change when money is involved.

Why Watch Haram Money?

There are loads of reasons why I believe you should take 30 minutes to watch this drama. Here they are:

Reason 1 – Relatable

If you’re reading this chances are you are a practising brother or sister. However, are your siblings as practising as you? or are your parents as keen on the deen or more worried about business, status and… money?

The characters have been carefully selected to represent a typical British Muslim family. It works!

Reason 2 – Omar Esa

The man behind it all. Omar Esa makes the drama what it is.

Omar Esa is a vocal only Nasheed artist who produces great quality Nasheeds.

The film opens with one of my favourite tracks of his titled ‘My Nabi‘. The ‘Haram Money’ song is featured throughout the film.

Reason 3 – Islamic Finance Guru!

The film features Ibrahim Khan from Islamic Finance Guru. Ibrahim is an Oxford graduate who is doing so much for the Muslim community of Britain in the way of finance.

We had the opportunity to interview Ibrahim Khan on our radio show during Ramadan, in a show that was coincidently titled ‘Halal Money’. Ibrahim recently had a tv show on Islam Channel titled ‘The Halal Money Show‘. (We like to think he got the idea from us… but probably didn’t.)

See our interview with Islamic Finance Guru in our Halal Money radio show:

Faisal & Kunzah - Halal Money - Show 3

Reason 4 – It’s Funny

Although the drama tackles serious issues, contemporary jokes are featured throughout.

Here is one example:

References are made to the famous Salt Bae. Salt Bae is the nickname for a restaurant owner who has a reputation of pouring salt over meals by hand. The chef went viral recently due to his over priced meals, where you can purchase real gold to eat.

Let’s Watch the Haram Money Drama

Here it is. The full 30 minute drama film embedded from Omar Esa’s Youtube Channel.

Omar Esa - Haram Money (Nasheed Musical Drama)

Now, let’s take a look at the lyrics for the feature song ‘Haram Money’.

The Nasheed

Let’s deep dive into the Nasheed itself. Because, we are a Nasheed website after all.

The lyrics are below along with analysis.

Haram Money Lyrics

Make your money no matter what you do now
But as long as your family’s all fed now
That’s the modern way, that’s the modern way now
Make your money no matter what you do now
But as long as your family’s all fed now
That’s the modern way, that’s the modern way now
That’s the modern way, that’s the modern way now

Got your new kicks looking all fresh now
Got your mama no diamond with a chain now
That’s the modern way that’s the modern way now
That’s the modern way that’s the modern way now

The system is a squid game
Interests get a quick gain – 1 read analysis
Fast dollar, no pain
Living in the maze now
Can we find a way out

Everything’s the same and nothing seems to change
This money is a game
We’re living in the maze now
Can we find a way out way out, way out

Chorus

Money money money money money
You make people sin for your money, You make people kill for your money
You don’t have to sin for your money, You don’t have to kill for your money
Do the right thing, turn to Rabbi

We’re all stuck in the money matrix
Any way to make peace for a quick fix
We find the easy way and say it’ll be ok
But do we contemplate what our lord will say
Ok Ok I hear your voices
Trust i’m not judging your choices

All i’m saying try to believing in the most high
Wallahi he will provide – 2 read analysis
Allah is the most kind
Life’s a show for us to sin
Turning back to him we will win
Allah for me and you
Will help us get us through

Everything’s the same and nothing seems to change
Money is a game
We’re living in the maze now, can’t find a way out

Money money money money money
You make people sin for your money, You make people kill for your money
You don’t have to sin for your money, You don’t have to kill for your money
Do the right thing, turn to Rabbi

Lyrics Analysis

Let’s go through the lyrics calling out any references to Quran and Hadith

1 – We should avoid Interest

Interests get a quick gain

It’s easy to get a quick and guaranteed return on our money using interest. However, this is a major sin in Islam.

There are several verses on the topic. Here is one that has been referenced in the drama:

“0, believers, consciously revere Allah, and give up what is still due to you from the Riba, if you are true believers.” “If you do not do so, then take notice of war from Allah and His Messenger. But, if you repent, you can have your principal. Neither should you commit injustice nor should you be subjected to it.”

(Al-Quran – Surah Al Baqarah – Ayah’s: 278/279)

2 – Allah says he will provide

Wallahi he will provide

This lyric is a direct reference to several verses in the Quran, where Allah says that he will always provide as long as you turn to him.

And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.

(Quran 65:3)

Final Thoughts on Haram Money

A music free musical Nasheed drama is new, innovative and never been done before – I love it!

Furthermore, I hope this will open the doors to more dramas like this in the future.

In fact, i’d love to see more Nasheed artists working on projects like this one. Perhaps a Nasheed based film one day.

Lyrics: 8/10
Vocals: 9/10
Production: 9/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
References & Reflection: 7/10
IMH Total Rating: 42/50

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