Might not be right

Might Not Be Right by Waqas ft Safe Adam & Lenny

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Outlandish were a band you could catch on both Islam Channel and MTV – an odd combination that was unheard of back when they formed in 1997.

The group were best known for tracks such as ‘Aisha’, ‘Walou’ and ‘Callin’ You’. ‘Kom Igen’ was used in a Fifa video game, and ‘Guantanamo’ made a strong impression in the EU charts.

Furthermore, they collaborated with well-known Nasheed artists such as Sami Yusuf and Native Deen.

The group disbanded in 2017, however that doesn’t mean they left the music world…

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About The Song

Might Not Be Right’ is an independent release from former Outlandish member Waqas.

Waqas created an early version of this track with well-known singer Safe Adam. Once complete he showed it to Lenny (former Outlandish member), who was so impressed he asked if he could feature on it.

It’s fantastic to see these three working together, each adding their own flavour to the song. The trio have toured together on many occasions, even before collaborating.

The track is upbeat, full of energy and well-produced. I wouldn’t be surprised if it got air time on non-Muslim radio and TV stations.

But how does this track relate to Islam?

Islamic music varies greatly. Some songs emphasis a particular Quranic quote or hadith, while others focus on Dhikr.

One common theme in modern day Nasheeds is to give out a positive faith-inspired message. ‘Might Not Be Right’ does just that by giving out a positive message of encouragement.

What’s the message?

It’s about taking on new tasks, ideas or challenges.

Sometimes we get the feeling that the ideas we take on in life might not be right. This can apply to big long-term objectives or small self-changes.

Why do we get this feeling?

Society can make us feel like we need to behave and act in a certain way. We often conform to these rules and feel uncomfortable when we sway.

Do You Conform?

Asch conducted a psychological experiment on conformity in 1951, the results of which are shocking and a little humorous.

He presented participants with drawings of three lines, and asked them which ones matched.

Asch_experiment

The answer was clearly C however 75% of participants answered incorrectly.

Surprised?

The setup of the experiment may have influenced the responses.

Asch had asked a number of other people to give answers before the participant, only these people were actually in on the experiment (confederates) and gave the wrong answer on purpose.

The participants were clearly influenced by the others, showing the power of conformity. See the Asch experiment in action.

Many of the participants said that they knew the answer was incorrect, but didn’t want to face the awkwardness of going against the crowd.

Further studies have found that this idea of fitting in appears to be far more common in Eastern cultures, but applies to the West too.

So let’s take a look at some Islamic examples of decisions that might not seem right, due to the pressures of society.

Good Actions That Might Not Feel Right

Some examples of positive actions we might feel pressure to go against include:

  • Giving Up Swearing
  • Avoid Drinking
  • Giving to Charity
  • Not Skipping A Prayer
  • Telling Truth Without Exaggeration

 

Never Swearing Again

Imagine if someone claimed they had never said a swear word in their life – likely responses would be “Really!?”. “Why!”, “Not even once!”.

The idea of swearing has become so common in society that it is hard to believe anyone who claims they have never said a bad word.

Someone who decides to give up swearing for the sake of Allah might feel like they are doing wrong if questioned like this over and over.

But bad language is highly discouraged in Islam, and a goal of this nature should be followed through.

“O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers” (Quran 49:11)

 

Avoiding The Drink

I’d love to say this only applies to Muslims living in the West, however the pressure to drink can be sky high in rich societies of Muslim countries too.

Someone who decides to avoid drinking alcohol should continue to do so. Did you know that the Muslims at the time of the prophet were heavy drinkers? They were able to overcome their habits and quit drinking altogether.

The first verse to be revealed in the Quran discouraged praying while in a drunken state. The Muslims significantly reduced their alcohol intake as a result of the verse.

“O you who believe, do not approach the Salat while intoxicated, until you know what you are saying.” (Quran 4:43)

Another verse was then revealed that banned alcohol altogether.

“O you who believe, intoxicants, gambling, altars and arrows of chance are afflictions that are the work of the devil; you shall ‘ijtanibuhu’ (stay away from him) so that you may succeed.” (Quran 5:90)

 

Give To Charity… If You Can

Almost everyone would agree that giving to charity is a fantastic idea, but ask the same people to give a portion of their monthly wage and it’s a different story.

Safe Adam has recently been working closely with the charity Penny Appeal, helping improve lives in Gambia.

Who are Penny Appeal?

Penny Appeal are a UK based charity known for putting on large events featuring Nasheed artists, comedians and other Muslim talent. There is always a charity appeal half way through their shows.

During these appeals, the fundraiser will start by asking for a large sum of money and gradually get lower. In UK events this might involve asking for £10,000 – and sure enough someone will put their hand up.

The thought of giving so much might not feel right for that individual.

But we say go for it!

When committing to such a large figure Allah will make it work out.

We often hold back from charity giving by convincing ourselves that we cannot afford it. We give old clothes that we no longer wear instead of new ones. We worry that we will loose all our wealth… however this is from Shaytan.

Satan threatens you with poverty and he commands you to immorality. But God promises you His forgiveness and bounty” (Quran 2:268).

 

Never Skip A Prayer

It’s 13:00 on a Friday and your meeting is over running. What do you do?

The awkwardness of being excused for prayer can be so off putting that people feel more comfortable skipping a prayer or two.

Rescheduling a meeting for prayer might feel uncomfortable, especially if you live in a non-Muslim country, however it’s the best way.

“And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow [in worship and obedience].” (Quran 2:43)

If you forget to pray, it’s best to offer it as soon as possible:

It was narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever forgets a prayer, let him offer it as soon as he remembers, for there is no expiation for it other than that.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (572) and Muslim (684); Muslim narrated an additional phrase: “or sleeps and misses it”.

 

Trying Not To Exaggerate

Chinese whispers was a fun game to play while young, however it should never mix with real life.

We seem to exaggerate stories to make them more interesting, eventful, believable or funny.

Telling the hard truth might seem abit boring at times (not right perhaps), but it’s important to keep facts from fiction. The Quran mentions this in a verse:

“And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it].” (Quran 2:42)

 

Might Not Be Right Music Video

The best thing about this video is that the singers produced and edited it themselves, along with the track.

The video is shot in three locations: Pakistan, Bahrain and UK.

Pakistani Waqas

Waqas brought a desi flavour to Outlandish, it seems he is proud to be Pakistani.

He started filming while out on vacation in Pakistan, and decided to include the footage as part of the ‘Might not be right’ video.

We see children playing cricket on the streets, teens hanging out a car boot and a few traditional Pakistani streets. On the last day Waqas found a train track, which features in a number of scenes.

Lenny’s Trip To Bahrain

Lenny happened to be heading over to Bahrain, and decided to do some filming over there.

We only catch a few glimpses of Bahrain, of tall buildings in particular. Perhaps this signifies ambition and achievement of dreams?

Safe At Home

Safe Adam’s part is filmed in his home country, the UK. The team meet up here to shoot some final scenes.

They appear to find a castle on a hill with an amazing backdrop as far as the eye can see. A perfect location for reflection.

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Lyrics below.

Might Not Be Right Lyrics

Lyrics to ‘Might Not Be Right’ by Waqas, Safe and Lenny below.

HOOK
Might not be right
Got one chance in life – 1
So I will take my chance tonight

WAQAS
Living life like i’m in limbo
Gotta make a change, get to another level – 2
Dark and silence in here, Hello!
Got to light it up, Zippo!
I dont know what they done told ya
but you’re a soldier, dont let them control ya
Sip a lie, tell a lie, hear a lie enough times then you believe it yourself – 3
Push aside all the lies in disguise then you rise and you´ll see for yourself
That you dont know what you possess unless you seek it out for yourself

HOOK
Might not be right
I dont know why
Might not be right
but I got to let it go, let it it fly
Got one chance in life
How will I know if I dont try – 4
So I will take my chance tonight

SAFE ADAM
Cross this heart
But I don’t hope to die
When we clash two cultures
Sparks will fly – 5
Little did I know when i was growing up
That life really is no lullaby
Ring a ring a roses
This world is full of posers – 6
This life is full vultures
That will swoop down and steal your
Hovis bread
How many followers
How many likes
How many views – 7
till we say the songs nice
It doesn’t matter
So sets your sights high
We take on the world
As we roll the dice

HOOK
Might not be right
I dont know why
Might not be right
but I got to let it go, let it it fly
Got one chance in life
How will I know if I dont try
So I will take my chance tonight

LENNYGM
Yo vivo la vida / Estoy bien donde estoy
(I live my life / I’m fine where I am)
Vivo / Yo Creo / Yo soy el que soy
(I live / I believe / I am what I am)
Dejo llevarme / No se donde voy
(I let it take me / I do not know where I’m going)
Si me equivoco te pido perdon
(And If Im wrong, I apologise)

BRIDGE
It might not be right hey
But I’m searching for light
In a world full of darkeness
We don’t have the answers
To all of your questions
Tonight so I

HOOK
Might not be right
I dont know why
Might not be right
but I got to let it go, let it it fly
Got one chance in life
How will I know if I dont try
So I will take my chance tonight



Lyrics Analysis

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

1 YOLO or YOLOT

Got one chance in life

The term YOLO doesn’t really apply to us Muslims, we tend to use YOLOT instead (you only live twice)

However this verse in the song specifically states that we only have one chance in life, possibly referring to life on earth.

That’s true.

Our life is a test, and we only get one chance at it. Those who do good will have a reward, and those who do bad will be punished. So let’s try to pass with an A+

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient” (Quran 2:155)

 

2 Three Levels To Complete

Gotta make a change, get to another level

There are three levels of faith: Islam, Eiman and I’hsan. Reaching the next level should be our goal.

A man asked the Messenger of Allah five questions: the meaning of Islam, Eiman, I’hsan, the Hour, and the Hour signs. Each time the prophet replied the man said ‘You have told the truth’. Once the man left the prophet informed his companions that this was actually the Angel Jibril. (Muslim)

 

3 Lies Become Truth

Sip a lie, tell a lie, hear a lie enough times then you believe it yourself

Hear a lie so many times and you might think it’s the truth. There is actually Psychological research to back this up known as the illusory truth effect.

“Surely Allah does not guide him aright who is a liar, ungrateful.” (Quran 39:3)

 

4 Keep Trying, It Will Pay

How will I know if I dont try

No matter how difficult or challenging things get, Allah will help.

“…After a difficulty, Allah will soon grant relief.” (Quran 65:7)

 

5 Clashing Cultures

When we clash two cultures Sparks will fly

A culture clash can cause issues at times, especially when marriage is involved.

However Allah created different cultures in order for us to understand one another, and learn from each other. We should seize the opportunity rather than focus on differences.

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Quran 49:13)

 

6 “Let Me Take Another One For My Insta”

This world is full of posers

You may have found this review through an Instagram or Facebook post, which is great. Social media can be a good way to share information.

However many people are using the tools to fill their ego, posting posing photos and monitoring the likes.

The idea of showing off is discouraged in Islam, so much that we hold back from wearing trousers below the ankles.

Why?

Back in the days of the prophet, people would boast their wealth by wearing long garments that dragged along the floor. The idea was that they were so rich, they could afford to ruin their garments. The prophet discouraged this by forbidding people to allow the lower garment below the ankle.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are three whom Allaah will not look at or praise on the Day of Judgement and theirs will be a painful punishment: the one who wears his garment below his ankles, the one who reminds others of his favours, and the one who sells his product by means of making false oaths” (reported by Muslim, no. 106)

We should be careful not to show off in all forms of life, from our clothing to social media snaps.

 

7 “OMG, That Insta Pic Got 30 Likes!”

How many followers, How many likes, How many views

Sometimes we obsess over stats so much that our lives start to revolve around them.

This can lead one away from the bigger picture in life. We should try and keep away from anything that distracts us from the remembrance of Allah.

You might think of it as a simple picture, but anything that takes someone away from Islam not good.

“Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return.” (Quran 3:14)



Final Thoughts

Waqas, Safe and Lenny have produced a fantastic track! I hope to see them working together again in the near future.

Many western Muslims have been brought up listening to mainstream songs by artists like such as Beyonce, Justin Beiber and Snoop Dogg. The idea of Nasheeds is a little boring for them. I feel a track like this can really bridge the gap between mainstream and religious music, helping bring those people closer to Islam.

Overall it’s great track!

Please leave your comments on the song below.

Lyrics: 10/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 8/10
References & Reflection: 5/10

IMH Rating: 43/50 

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Waqas - One foot in the sink

One Foot In The Sink by Waqas – DIY track & album

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Fresh, innovative & personal.

There are many techniques associated with writing new songs and albums. Personalisation is one key method that, when done correctly, can have a huge impact.

Waqas has been in the music industry for over 20 years, topping mainstream music charts in groups such as Outlandish. He is therefore in a good position to move forward with his music, and create something much more personal.

The album ‘One Foot In The Sink, The Other On A Bananna Peel‘ does just that. It takes us on a journey from track to track, helping us to understand Waqas and relate his life stories to our own. The title track gives us a great overview of Waqas in his early days.

The song highlights the struggle of trying to find a balance between dunya and deen – something we all go through, especially in the west.

Waqas himself has stated in various interviews that his music always has a positive message, and has helped people to overcome negative experiences.

One Foot In The Sink Music Video

The most interesting thing about the video is that it was filmed and edited by Waqas himself.

In order to produce a music video 20 years ago, you would have had to spend a lot of money and hire a camera operator / full editing suite. Modern technology has changed the way we live, and given creative people the ability to produce great work in their own home – and Waqas has done just that.

A number of shots are used in the video, including the aerial shot which is filmed with a drone. Long-shots help put Waqas in perspective of his surroundings while the close-ups allow us to get more personal with him.

The colour grading helps connote a street-like feel, and gives us a great idea of the kind of environment Waqas may have grown up in.

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We will now go through the lyrics, calling out any references to Quran and Hadith.

Waqas – One Foot In The Sink Lyrics

In preschool I was kind of a dork
The other kids were like why is it you can’t eat pork? – 1
I wasn’t good at sport so I never got picked
and what’s up with that kebab on the rye bread, “eww that’s sick”
We didn’t celebrate Christmas at home – 2
So I danced around the prayer rug in my room alone
When Umi said “beta go pray your salaat”
I used to sit on the rug with a comic book on the side
I mean life was pretty ok, a little confusing at worst
More like a blessing nothing at all like a curse
I was a little chubby kid so innocent
Just trying to find a balance with one foot in the sink – 3

Hook
With one foot in the sink
Yeah we striking a pose
And were trying to fin a balance in a world so cold behold

Verse
Ok things got a bit more weird in high school
The kids were like why don’t you drink like the rest of us do – 4
Here’s some weed, puf pass
I’m ok with admitting I did things in my past
That i’m not so proud of but they were all part of our growth
Like jay z said that’s one to grow with
Nope not trying to be heroic its ok to be out of sync
When you trying to find a balance with one foot in the sink

Hook
With one foot in the sink
Yeah we striking a pose
And were trying to fin a balance in a world so cold behold

Verse
Life is a blessing, life is a challenge
Life is striking a balance between dunya and deen
Between the seen and yet to be seen
Life is getting up on that scene with a bullet proof vest
Cause you will take shots daily, trust me
And make shaytaan so mad that he will come for you with everything that he got – 5
So ’till the day we die we ponder and think
Just trying to find a balance with one foot in the sink

 

Links to Quran / Hadith

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

1 The other kids were like why is it you can’t eat pork?

There are clear verses in the Quran that mention the prohibition of swine, however the reasons behind such prohibition are not always found in the same place. The reasoning may be present in Tafseer or Hadith, or not given at all. Sometimes we find clues to the answer later on through science and study. This may result in a number of children growing up aware that certain things are wrong but unsure as to why.

Regardless of whether a reason is clear or not, we as Musilms should be aware that Allah knows what is best for us, and obey him alone.

The prohibition of Pork is not only mentioned in the Quran, but also present in Allah’s previous scriptures such as the Bible. Science has confirmed numerous studies showing that pork can lead to disease learn more

“Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah.” (Qur’an 5:3)

“Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch, they are unclean to you.” (Leviticus 11:7-8)

“And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you. Ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.” (Deuteronomy 14:8)

 

2 We didn’t celebrate Christmas at home

Some Muslims choose not to celebrate Christmas due to the following Hadith.

“It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever imitates a people is one of them.’” (Abu Daawood, Al-Libaas, 3512)

 

Just trying to find a balance with one foot in the sink

This refers to Wudu, which Muslims carry out before prayer.

“O you who believe! When you intend to offer As-Salaah (the prayer), wash your faces and your hands (forearms) up to the elbows, rub (by passing wet hands over) your heads, and (wash) your feet up to the ankles (Quran 5:6)

 

The kids were like why don’t you drink like the rest of us do

Interestingly the early Muslims were heavy drinkers. The prohibition of Alcohol came in stages in the Quran. Muslims were not allowed to offer prayer while drunk, and then a verse came down that banned alcohol altogether.

“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), and gambling, and Al-Ansaab, and Al-Azlaam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytaan’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful” (Quran 5:90)

 

And make shaytaan so mad that he will come for you with everything that he got

If we believe our lives will improve, however Allah will still test us in various ways.

Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test).” (Quran 29:2-3)

 

Final Thoughts

This song is deep, meaningful and can relate to many people.

Like with the old Outlandish albums, this album takes the listener on a journey, it’s defiantly worth a purchase!

What are your thoughts on this one? How do you feel it compares to his Outlandish days? Please leave a comment below.

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

IMH Rating: 46/50 

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Waqas it is written

It Is Written – Waqas ft. Safe Adam

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Outlandish may no longer be together, but Waqas is still producing great music!

It Is Written is track number 3 from the album One Foot In The Sink The Other On A Banana Peel.

Interesting album title… what does it mean?

In an interview with the BBC, Waqas mentioned that the foot in the sink represents spirituality (i.e. performing Wudu) while the foot on the banana peel represents the world we live in – where things are not always clear and rather confusing (or slippery).

It Is Written features Safe Adam, a well-known British Nasheed artist of Iraqi descent. Safe was previously part of the mainstream, writing music for  artists such as Ed Sheeran and N-Dubz. This experience has certainly helped him to bring a mainstream flavour to the track, and a memorable hook too.

What’s the song about?


The track is about keeping faith when you’re feeling down. Many people go through depressive episodes in their lives and this track helps them to keep their head high, reminding that everything is pre-planned by Allah i.e. It’s written.

Link to Quran

Did you know the prophet Muhammed (pbuh) also went through a similar experience?

There was a period where revelation stopped being sent down to the prophet, which resulted in him feeling down – he felt Allah had abandoned him. Allah then however revealed Surah Ad-Duha saying:

“…Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you]…” (Quran 93:3)

A full description of this story can be found in my review of By My Side by Maher Zain.

This teaches us that we should have trust in Allah regardless of our situation. The track by Waqas shares the same message, portrayed through deep lyrics.

Line-by-line commentary on the lyrics can be found below, with references to Quran and Hadith.

Video

The official lyrics video from Waqas’ YouTube channel. I strongly suggest supporting Waqas by buying the track from Amazon:

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We will now go through the lyrics, calling out any references to Quran and Hadith.

Waqas – It Is Written Lyrics

It is written
So don’t you let it bring you down – 1
Trying to fit in
be yourself

I am here to make amends – 2
And not stage a defence
It makes sense now
To tell you where i’ve been
I went into a state of depression only to came back again
I had to to hit rock bottom
My great depression
Flat on my back is where I learned my greatest lessons
This looks like a pretty good place to be asking of a miracle from you
Looking at the sky blue
I felt a spiritual high with you
And then I testified by you
Wishing I could press pause
Rewind stop then record
New day no flaws

CHORUS:
It is written
So don’t you let it bring you down
Trying to fit in
be yourself
Allah is watching over you 
He will always be there for you – 3
It is written
So don’t you let it bring you down

And when you feeling down
And no blessings are coming around
And your not healing
So you feel like leaving town
But its all around you
God works in mysterious ways – 4
I learned the hard way
Sometimes you got to take a seat and
Sometimes you got to take a beating – 5
Allow him to unfold what he’s got in store for you
You don’t get it now but it is good for you
Like what like black seed oil will do for you – 6
Remedy for the body and the soul to grow stronger and go higher

CHORUS

Don’t let it bring you down to your knees
And if it does bounce back up on your feet
I told you it is written, but that don’t mean we give in – 7
To get it right, we got to get it wrong sometimes

CHORUS

Bring you down
Say “La-Ilaha-Il-Allah” – 8
No No No No No never let it bring you down

 

Links to Quran / Hadith

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

1 It is written. So don’t you let it bring you down

These are great lyrics to start the track, as they summarise the message of the entire song. The same message was mentioned by Allah in Surah Al-Hadid where he explains that everything is pre-determined, and how we should not get upset over this:

No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfooz), before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah. In order that you may not grieve at the things that you fail to get, nor rejoice over that which has been given to you. And Allah likes not prideful boasters” (Quran 57:22-23)

 

2 I know You’re always by my side

We are encouraged to make amends as Muslims:

“Save such as repent, and make amends, and hold fast to God, and make their religion sincerely God’s; those are with the believers, and God will certainly give the believers a mighty wage” (Quran 4:146)

 

3 Allah is watching over you. He will always be there for you

It’s true. Allah sees everything we do, and is there for us as stated in Quran and Hadith:

“Surely, those who distort our revelations are not hidden from us. Is one who gets thrown into Hell better, or one who comes secure on the Day of Resurrection? Do whatever you wish; He is Seer of everything you do (Quran 41:40)

“Allah (swt) says: “Take one step towards me, I will take ten steps towards you. Walk towards me, I will run towards you.”” (Hadith Qudsi)

 

4 God works in mysterious ways

While this phrase is not mentioned in the Quran, there is reference to the planning of God. We are taught Allah has plans and his plans are the best:

“And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.” (Quran 8:30)

 

5 Sometimes you got to take a beating

There are many things that can bring us down, but this shouldn’t cause us to give up hope. In fact believers are guaranteed to be tested by Allah, as mentioned in a couple verses:

Do the people think that they will be left alone on saying “We believe,” and that they will not be tested?” (Quran 29:2)

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient” (Quran 2:155)

 

6 Like what like black seed oil will do for you

I love this part. Black seed oil contains great healing, as mentioned by the prophet Muhammed (pbuh):

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say concerning the black seed: “In it there is healing for every disease, except as-saam.” Ibn Shihaab said: As-saam is death. (Bukhari 5688, Muslim 2215)

 

7 I told you it is written, but that don’t mean we give in

Dr Zakir Naik gives a great explanation of pre-destiny in this video

 

8 Say “La-Ilaha-Il-Allah”

I love a track that ends with the Shahada (Islamic testimony of faith).

“Allah bears witness that there is no god but He, and (so do) the angels and those possessed of knowledge, maintaining His creation with justice; there is no god but He, the Mighty, the Wise” (Quran 3:18)

Muslims often say ‘and Muhammed is his messenger’ after this. These two parts are actually never mentioned besides each other in the Quran – they are however referred to in Hadith.

 

Final Thoughts

Great track! – I like the hook, meaning and variation in vocals.

Outlandish has always been about deep meaningful lyrics, and it’s great to see Waqas continue the trend despite the group being split. Featuring my favourite Nasheed artist Safe Adam is a huge bonus in my personal view. I hope they do more music together.

I can’t wait to hear more from Waqas in the future, and will be reviewing other tracks from One Foot In The Sink The Other On A Banana Peel fairly soon – keep an eye out in the review section.

Please find my rating below. Feel free to leave your own using the star system and comments section.

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

IMH Rating: 47/50 

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