Sunday, March 16, 2008

Native Deen ft Zain Bhikha - Zamiloonii

I first heard this on Noojs Wall last night. She told me about it a few weeks ago. I love this Nasheed so much. It brought me to tears when i first heard it. Amongst the memories that rushed back to me was one of the historians on the documentary 'Muhammed :Legacy of the Prophet' - who spoke about rasoolullahs intense love for his wife Khadijah bint Khuwaylid. Check out the pic of just Zain on his own - He is holding an Azam Khans Microphone (yay for MJ's bro).
I'l post the lyrics on the comments section


M Junaid said...

This blog forms part of a series on MJ's favourite Nsheeds - i have covered Zain and Native Deen in previosu posts - please use the search function of you'd like to find out more.

Native Deen ft Zain Bhikha - Zamiloonii

He stepped inside his home, and he overwhelmed with fear
An angel came with words from God, things were still unclear
Saying read - read, but he couldn't read, then amazing words he heard
A trembling deep inside his heart, confused by what had occurred

There was only one who could comfort him
And help him see the light
To ease his fears, to reassure
It was khadijah, his wife...

He said Zamilooni, Zamilooni, Dathirooni, Dathirooni, (Envelop me, Embrace me)
A mighty task has come before me...
I need you here with me...
By my side...

She was a woman of nobility, successful in all her trade
Many wealthy men had asked for her, she had turned them all away
But when she saw Muhammad, a shining moon, may peace be on his soul
He was a light for her -- so right for her -- her life will now be whole

But she had never seen him so distressed, as he was there that day
She would comfort him, and hold him tight, and chase his doubts away


We look for stories of love, in places dark and cold
When we have a guiding light, for the whole world to behold
But were so selfish in our ways, and to the ones we hold so close
Our own pleasure and happiness is what we value most

But she sacrificed all her wealth and everything she had
And he honored her, and gave her faith,
when the times were bad, when times were bad...

Now years have passed, times had changed, since khadijah breathed her last.
Message of the one true God, was spreading far and vast
But then he came across a neaklace, that khajidah once had worn
His eyes began to swell with tears, his heart again began to mourn

Cause she was there for him, when times were rough, and his enimies were cruel
Was the first believer, so keen and eager, to comfort al-Rasool


Mawlaya salli wa sallim da'iman abada
'Ala habibika khayril khalqi kullihimi
(O my Leader, send your salutations and blessings forever
Upon Your Beloved, the best of the whole of creation)

Waseem said...

if i had sound i would have listened to it, someone mail me an mp3.

I love those lyrics, like an islamic love song. Another post idea perhaps?

M Junaid said...

will bluetooth you tomorrow when we go and watch something - i have loads of time this week - only finished half of what i was supposed to cover in class, so thursdays lecture is sorted . yazang!

Nooj said...

i wish u'd given me the mp3 before the sisters' camp. we made them cd's with songs but i didn't have this one
i made them print the words of the song in our camp pack but the words alone do not convey all the emotion

this was on zia's blog today-

Brother Zia


I am writing to respond to the question whether the Qur'an sanctions slavery? D Pavett asked: "You claim that the God of the Qur'an is not an unjust God, punishing people for crimes they never committed. I am not so sure about that. Would you not agree that taking captive women into slavery and giving their masters power over them even to the point of being free to use them for sexual pleasure is a form of punishment for people who have not committed a crime? And does not the acceptance of the institution of slavery in the Qur'an suggest that your ahistorical reading is wide of the mark?"

Although the correspondent has very eagerly posed this question, thereby implying that the Qur'an sanctions slavery, and the use of slave girls for sexual gratification - he fails to identify as to how he reached this conclusion, and also failed to supply any textual evidence to support his claim. In view of this, his claim remains just a claim, an allegation, and nothing more.

But as it has been alleged, that the Qur'an sanctions slavery, thereby implying that the God of the Qur'an is an unjust God, it is expedient that textual evidence from the Qur'an be cited to see whether it sanctions or abolishes slavery.

It may be the case that slavery is practiced in a society, and in case believers find themselves in such an environment, then how are they to behave? After all, even today cases of slave labour, sweat shops, workers hired on menial wages and living in sub-human standards, human trafficking etc are not unheard of, and such are at times even patronized by brands and business organizations based in the so called western liberal and democratic societies who get their products manufactured through such cheap labourers, and then sell them at a high price in their domestic market, whose consumers buy such products, thereby sustaining the vicious cycle of modern day slavery. In other words the so called champions of human rights are themselves guilty of slavery these days!

In case a believer resides in a society where such a practice occurs, then how is he to behave? What if he is someone who prior to embracing Islam practiced this institution himself, has a stock of slave dependents but is now reading the Qur'an, seeking guidance from it on the matter, then what is he to do in that case? Should he 'join the club' and enslave people himself? Or is he to hold a different approach?

Textual evidence from the Qur'an needs to be analysed before forming an opinion on the matter.

A careful study of the text reveals that the Qur'an initiates a gradual process of improvement in status of those in bondage and culminating in the very abolition of this institution. The process started with:

" wed believing girls from among those whom your right hands them with the leave of their families, and give them their dower..."[4:25]

This conferred upon servant girls all the rights and privileges of a wife. Verse 36 of Sura 4 brought another big change in the status of slaves by enforcing the obligation to do good to one's parents and in the same breath, also to servants:

" 'Ihsan' (goodness) to parents ...and (to) what your right hands posses."[4:36]

verse 60 of Sura 9 exhorts Believers to give monetary help to those in bondage in order to alleviate their economic status:

"Alms are for...those in Bondage.."[9:60]

Verses 2:177,4:29,5:89 etc make another quantum change in this matter by urging the believers to free those in the shackles of slavery:

"...But it is spend of your substance out of love for Him...for the ransom of slaves.."[2:177]

"And whoever kills a believer by mistake, it is ordained that he should free a believing slave.."[4:92]

"He will call you to account for your deliberate oaths: for expiation...give a slave his freedom.."[5:89]

According to Qur'an if a slave asks for his freedom ,the believer is left for no other choice but to accede to his request and is also required to help him with funds in order to rehabilitate him as a free man:

"And if any of your slaves ask you for a deed in writing (for emancipation) give them such a deed; If ye knew any good in them: yea, give them something yourselves out of the means which Allah has given to you..."[24:33]

The basic and fundamental teaching of the Qur'an is that subservience and bondage is due to God alone and not to any human or group of humans. Unlike the Bible, which states:

"ye, shall take them (the slaves) as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them (the slaves) for a possession, they shall be, your BONDMEN (slaves) for ever . . . LEVITICUS 25:46

The Qur'an unambiguously states that no man no matter how high a status he may occupy, be that status of Prophet hood, no human being has the right to enslave any other human:

"It is not meet for a mortal that Allah should give him the Book and the wisdom and prophecy, then he should say to people: Be my slaves rather than Allah's; but rather (he would say): Be sustenance providers (Rabaniyoon) because of your teaching the Book and your studying (it yourselves)."[3:79]

The above clarifies the basic teaching of the Qur'an that no human has the right to enslave another human being, even though he be a Prophet of God. If Prophets are not allowed to enslave people, how can ordinary believers do the same? The fact of the matter is that there is no imperative or command issued to believers to enslave anybody. If someone used to do it but has now become a believer, his obligation as a believer, in numerous verses is to free those in bondage, and not to keep them shackled.

We can clearly see within the Qur'an that instances where man subjects his fellow men, are described as a great injustice. E.g. The Pharaoh had kept the Children of Israel in bondage, and Moses was commissioned to free them. (c.f 26:22).

From above and many other verses it is very clear that the Qur'an has abolished slavery, and not upheld it. If their remain certain verses were slaves are mentioned then these are those which were already existing in society from days of ignorance of the Qur'anic message and about whom the Qur'an enjoined a gradual elevation in status leading to their freedom and abolishment of any future enslavement.

As there is not a single statement in the Qur'an, whereby believers are commanded to enslave other human beings, and as the Qur'an has called for freeing of slaves as a meritorious act, alleviated their status by way of marriage as well as economic support, and declared that servitude is due to God alone (51:56) and no human being, no matter how high a status he may occupy, that status be of a Prophet of God even, has the right to say to people 'be my slaves' (3:79), it is wrong to suggest that the Book sanctions slavery.
Kashif Shahzada

Anonymous said...

Ummm those songs are copy righted. It would be best if you guys purchased them, and support the brothers who put the work out. The more bootleg or free copies that go out, the less likely they'll be able to continue this great work.