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Shadowless By Sami Yusuf – The Meaning Behind The Song

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Sami Yusuf was one of the first Nasheed artists to enter the world of modern Islamic music.

Al-Mu’allim, Allah-Hu and Hasbi-Rabi are just some of his greatest hits. These were fantastic songs, but there’s one problem… they were released years ago.

What about new music?

It’s good news for Sami Yusuf fans. The artist has just released a new song, and it sounds like it’s going to be a huge hit!

Co-written by Will Knox, Shadowless is a deep track with powerful lyrics to keep you pondering.

What is Shadowless About?

The meaning is open to interpretation, and so understanding this track requires deep thinking.

Social media users have already put forward their theories:

“I dont quite understand the lyrics. Is it that God is talking and saying i shine bright but we cant see him because we dont have shadow to recognize his light?” Keshytube

“I think it means that people doubt the existence of god just cause they dont c hear or can feel him close to them” Lazy RN

“I think that lyrics especially in the beginning are not appropriate to be consedered a conversation with God …may be it’s between two lovers …that simple” Hatifdal

 

Top Theories

There are several theories on the track’s meaning, but some ideas seem more popular than others.

Let’s take a look at the top three:

  1. Allah talking to one who denies
  2. Someone talking to their spouse
  3. Someone talking to the public

 

Allah Talking to One Who Denies

The lyrics could be about Allah speaking to his servants.

This makes sense, especially when considering lines such as ‘you turned me away’ and ‘know that my love is Limitless’. These lyrics relate to the characteristics of Allah, who is always there for people who turn towards him:

” O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will remit from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow.” (Quran 66:8).

What is meant by shadowless?

Allah calls himself the light in the Quran, so the part of the chorus that says ‘I shine…’ seems to be a good fit.

‘I shine but you’re shadowless’

A shadow can only form if light touches something or someone, and Allah is shining. Therefore this may imply that the light of Allah is not reaching people who deny.

 

Someone Talking to Their Spouse

We’ve seen a huge change in marriage trends over the past 50 years.

Less people are getting married, and more couple are getting divorced.

With complicated relationships increasing, it’s no surprise that this topic would be incorporated into songs.

Shadowless could be about two lovers speaking.

‘Oh my love i’m calling’

It seems one partner is paying less attention to the relationship. The one singing is ready to forgive their love and make the relationship work.

There are strong Islamic values embedded in this, as we are taught to put effort into relationships:

Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: The best among you is the best towards his wife, and I am the best of you to my wives.” (Ibn Majah and authenticated by Al-Albani)

 

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Someone Talking to The Public

The majority of the people on this earth will be led astray:

“And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allah’s Path. They follow nothing but conjectures, and they do nothing but lie.” (Quran 6:116)

Many people on this earth are chasing the wordly life i.e. the dunya, and therefore too busy to pray or reflect about why they are here.

‘Shadowless no you don’t see me’

The character singing this song could be a righteous person, who is calling people to Islam but finding they are too busy to pay attention.

 

Your Thoughts?

Do you agree with any of the theories above? or do you have another view?

Feel free to leave your comments in the comment box at the end of this review.

 

Shadowless Music Video

There is no music video at present, but an official lyrics video has been made.

Fun Observation: At 1:30 the chorus kicks in and we see a man in the ocean, on a boat. Shadows are usually difficult to see on water, he is therefore shadowless.

Video for ‘Shadowless’:

Try Amazon Music and listen to ‘Shadowless’ on your phone.


Lyrics below.

Shadowless Lyrics

Lyrics to ‘Shadowless’ by Sami Yusuf, with analysis below.

What do you see?
Tell me what do you taste?
Tell me what do you hear
when I whisper your name?
You see through my eyes
and turned me away – 1
In madness, you’d spiral
if I did the same

Oh my love I’m waiting
Oh my love I’m calling
Oh my love I’m yearning
I shine but you’re

Shadowless, no you don’t see me
Shadowless, bright as I can be
Shadowless, no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re
Shadowless no you don’t see me
Shadowless bright as I can be
Shadowless no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re
Shadowless

Memories you took
like grapes off the vine
In citrus, in sweetness
with you all the time
You tasted my love
and turned me away
Your tears would make oceans
if I did the same

Shadowless, no you don’t see me
Shadowless, bright as I can be
Shadowless, no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re
Shadowless no you don’t see me
Shadowless bright as I can be
Shadowless no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re

Shadowless
Shadowless
Shadowless
I shine but you’re
Shadowless
Shadowless
Shadowless
I shine but you’re

(I know) you think you don’t see me
(I know) you think you don’t hear me,
(Tell me) If you ever need me
Know that my love is
Limitless, Boundless, Waiting there for you
(I know) you think you don’t see me
(I know) you think you don’t hear me,
(Tell me) If you ever need me
Know that my love is
Limitless, Boundless, Waiting there for you

Shadowless, no you don’t see me
Shadowless, bright as I can be
Shadowless, no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re
Shadowless no you don’t see me
Shadowless bright as I can be
Shadowless no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re

Shadowless
Shadowless
Shadowless
I shine but you’re
Shadowless
Shadowless
Shadowless
I shine but you’re
Shadowless



Shadowless Lyrics Analysis

Links to the Quran and hadith have been numbered (in purple) and presented below.

1 Why Turn Away?

and turned me away

This verse in the song could imply people are turning away from Allah.

It’s not the best idea, let’s try hard to keep remembering of Allah.

“And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” (Quran 20:124)



Final Thoughts

Songs that keep you thinking are my favourite kind – I just wish the meaning was a little clearer.

Please leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

Lyrics: 8/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 9/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
References & Reflection: 7/10

IMH Rating: 43/50 

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