Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui

Allah Knows – A Thought Provoking Nasheed by Zain Bhikha & Dawud Wharnsby Ali

In Nasheed on May 28, 2009 at 7:21 am

This thought provoking, wonderful  Nasheed is a duet of Zain Bhikha & Dawud Wharnsby Ali.

For new listeners of Nasheeds it will be good to know who these guys are. Here I am giving their brief intro.

Zain Bhikha, born August 9, 1974, is a South African Muslim singer-songwriter, who has achieved fame as a zainperformer of nasheed songs. Bhikha may best be known outside of the Muslim community by his performance with a drummer and several backup vocalists who are most famous for being the African singers in the famous Disneycartoonmovie The Lion King

Bhikha’s music almost exclusively follows Islamic themes, with only voice and drums being used. His voice is unmistakable; it is high and sweet, with an overall feeling of gentleness. He has mastered the art of harmony, and is proficient as both a lead vocalist and as a singer of backing vocals.

As his visibility as an artist in South Africa grew, other artists seeking to reach Muslim youth with music came to be familiar with his work, including world-renowned musician and prominent convert to Islam, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens).

Dawud Wharnsby Ali : Dawud Wharnsby Ali (former David Howard Wharnsby -born June 27, 1972) is a DawudWharnsby_3Canadiansinger-songwriter, poet, performer, educator and television personality. He is best known for his pioneering efforts in the musical/poetic genre of English Language nasheed.

In 1993, David Wharnsby embraced the teachings and philosophy of the Qur’an, changing his name to “Dawud – the Arabic form of “David” – and adopted the name “Ali” (Arabic: علي‎) ‎to his surname.

Wharnsby makes a strong differentiation between the application of Qur’anic teachings to his life-style and what he perceives as a general misconception that he “converted” from the “religion” of “Christianity” to the “religion” of “Islam” in 1993.

Wharnsby-Ali currently resides in Canada, where in addition to his work with Sound Vision.Com, he also oversees an Islamic Information Service, directing several study groups and youth discussion circles in Southern Ontario. Wharnsby-Ali travels extensively throughout the world and, although he still shuns public concerts and live performances of his songs, he is frequently called upon to address gatherings of all ages with his motivational lectures and social activism

Source : Wikipedia


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  1. Thanks for putting the wonderful Nasheed and the guys info at this blog.

  2. Pop Culture in the Name of Islam by Yvonne Ridley

    I FEEL very uncomfortable about the pop culture which is growing around some so-called Nasheed artists. Of course I use the term ‘Nasheed artists’ very lightly. Islamic ‘boy bands’ and Muslim ‘popsters’ would probably be more appropriate.

    http://yvonneridley.org/yvonne-ridley/articles/pop-culture-in-the-name-of-islam-4.html

    Its enough…

    Muhammad Nadeem

  3. assalame aliekoum
    thanks allah for islam

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