Alhamdulillah wa Shukran Lillah, by the Majesty, Greatness and Mercy of Allah ﷻ, and the Love and Honour of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ, and the Barakah of our Shuyukh, SimplyIslam.sg is very pleased to organise our 6th Mawlid Festival 2017. This year’s Mawlid Festival is themed “The Triumph of Love” and insha’Allah will be held on Friday 10 November 2017, 7.30 pm, at Singapore Expo Max Atria. Tickets are available at http://mawlidfest.eventbrite.sg.
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The 6th MawlidFest 2017 will have an extraordinary array of local and international Islamic scholars like
The MawlidFest 2017 participants will also be treated to a host of reciters and performers like:
Islamic Music & Genres
Islamic music is religious devotional music and expressions that are related to the praise of Allah, His Messenger (s) and the noble pious predecessors. The classic heartland of Islam is the Middle East, North Africa, Iran, Central Asia, Horn of Africa and South Asia. Due to Islam being a multi-ethnic religion, the musical expression of its adherents is vastly diverse. The indigenous musical styles of these areas have shaped the devotional music enjoyed by contemporary Muslims. The following are just some of the current genres of Islamic music:
Nasyid (or Nasheed)
The people of Southeast Asia or Nusantara region is very familiar with nasyid or sometimes spelt as nasheed – songs whose contents deal with Islamic precepts, stories about the Prophets or in the Qur’an, and Islamic messages and reminders. Nasyid has been made popular by many groups from Malaysia, in particular Raihan. In Singapore and the region, the nasyids appear more commonly in the Malay or Bahasa Indonesia.
Qasidah or Ilahi or Na’at
Qasidah is a form of lyrical poetry that originated in Pre-Islamic Arabia. Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (s) used to recite qasidah or poetry in praise of Allah and His Messenger (s). As Muslims migrated from Yemen and the Arab world to spread Islam in Southeast Asia, they brought with them popular qasidah such as the well-loved Tala’al Badru Alayna that the members of the Ansar community sung to Prophet Muhammad (s) upon his arrival at Yathrib. Also popular are verses from Imam al-Busiri’s Qasidah Burda. In Turkey, such Islamic songs or poetry are called ilahis. In Pakistan such songs are called na’at.
Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia, particularly in the Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan, Hyderabad, Delhi and other parts of India. It is a musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years. Originally performed mainly at Sufi shrines or dargahs throughout South Asia, it has also gained mainstream popularity. The qawwali music received international exposure through the work of the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. A typical qawwali ensemble consists of one or two lead vocalists; a chorus of hand-clapping ‘qawwals’ who sing the refrains; a harmonium (a small, hand-pumped, portable organ) player, who supports the fixed melody as well as the melodic improvisations of the soloist; and a percussionist, who articulates the metric framework using a dholak (double-headed drum) or a tabla (a pair of single-headed drums). They are always performed energetically and aim to lead the listeners to a spiritual ecstasy. The central themes of qawwali are love, devotion and longing (of man for the Divine).
In the western countries like America, United Kingdom and Europe, Islamic Music also exists in the more modern form of hip-hop music such as rap. Rapping refers to “spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics” that is performed in time to a beat.
Born into an eminent family of religious scholars in Beirut, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Al-Kabbani is a world-renowned Muslim scholar, author, and lecturer.
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani received his Islamic Law (Shariah) Degree in Syria (Damascus). He also studied deeply the subject of Islamic spirituality under two internationally renowned Naqshbandi spiritual guides, namely, Shaykh Abdullah al-Fa’iz ad-Daghestani and Shaykh Nazim Adil al-Haqqani. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut and also studied medicine in Lowain, Belgium.
Shaykh Hisham Kabbani is Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America (ISCA), a non-profit religious organisation based in Washington DC. ISCA has spearheaded a number of peace initiatives, hosted notable conferences, actively engages in inter-religious dialogue, and promotes traditional and moderate Islamic views within and outside of USA. ISCA has addressed numerous world bodies such as the United Nations and continues to advise the United States Department of State on issues regarding Islam, religious tolerance and terrorism. The organisation was a key adviser in the formation of US foreign policy on Kosova, and has recently paved development and trade resources for Muslim-populated newly independent states of former Russia.
For many years Shaykh Hisham Kabbani has publicly condemned all acts of terrorism and the use of Islam to promote terrorist agendas. He has worked ardently to help people all over the world, from all walks of life, better understand the moderate, tolerant nature of traditional Islam, as practiced around the world.
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Loving Prophet Muhammad (s)
The Holy Qur’an, hadith traditions and narrations of sahabah (companions) are replete with abundant encouragement, advice, proof and indication of the necessity of loving the Prophet Muhammad (s) and suffice to show that this duty is an immensely important obligation. There are immense rewards for having and expressing love for the Prophet,
Anas said that a man came to the Prophet and asked, “When will the Last Hour come, Messenger of Allah?”, “What have you prepared for it?” he asked? He replied, “I have not prepared a lot of prayer or fasting or charity for it, but I love Allah and His Messenger.” The Prophet said, “You will be with the one you love.” (Sahih Bukhari)
During the entire event, me and my friends were enjoying ourselves without feeling tired or sleepy. My favourite moments were performances from Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble,the Qawali singer, dance item from Azkafa Saman, speech fom Shaykh Hisham Kabani and Spore Haqqani Ensemble. Of course, the best part was FINALE. I will definitely recommend to my friends because to me it was an Islamic concert with international brand of performers, opening our eyes and ears to different languages and cultures but to one’s heart that is love for the Prophet Muhamad SAW. [Jamaliah Mohammad]