Quick Find: Ahmed Bukhatir – Islamic Nasheed Singer

REPOST: Another gem of a find is in the music of Islamic singer AHMED BUKHATIR. The first song I hear was an English nasheed* called “Forgive Me.” Even though the English isn’t very well put together the essence and the emotion is felt. The video for the song shows Ahmed coming in contact with various children, one with no leg, another with no sight, and one with no hearing. When he realizes these things his words, “Oh God, forgive me when I whine” A subtle and strong song about how we complain about things in life and when we come to the realization of other people’s suffering, we must humble our selfs about trivial things.

Another song I listen to was another nasheed but in Arabic called “Ya Ummi (My Mother).” The video below includes English subtitles and is about a son who finds out about the illness of his mother and is faced with guilt for leaving her in such bad spirits. He drives to be with her and is remembering the love and warmth of his mother when he was young. Most beautiful part of the song is when she says these words to him, “You will never find a heart more tender towards you than mine.” Brought tears to my eyes.

Ahmed Bukhatir newest album, “Moments with Allah” came out this year and the newest video for the album is below.

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*Nasheed – An Islamic-oriented song traditionally sung a cappella. This musical style is used because many Muslim scholars interpret Islam as prohibiting the use of musical instruments except for some basic percussion. Many people admire the purity and simplicity of the music.

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