Watch ‘Al Mu’allim’ (Live) now

Posted on September 1st, 2017

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Written, arranged, composed and performed by Sami Yusuf
Mode: Aeolian

Released in 2003, and composed when Sami Yusuf was 23 years old, ‘Al Mu’allim’, a pure song in praise of the Prophet (pbuh) that extols the highest aspirations in the Islamic soul, touched and lifted hearts with its inspiring message and captivating music, and the song spread throughout the Islamic world like wildfire. It shot to number one on the music charts in Turkey and throughout the Arab world and it catapulted Sami Yusuf to unprecedented fame. The song was genre-defining and responsible for a whole new wave of spiritual music in the Middle East and beyond. Although released almost 15 years ago, it remains a timeless classic, one of the most popular songs in the Islamic world today.


We once had a Teacher
The Teacher of teachers
He changed the world for the better
And made us better creatures

Oh Allah we’ve shamed ourselves
We’ve strayed from Al Mu’allim
Surely we’ve wronged ourselves
What will we say in front him?


He was Muhammad (Arabic: Peace and blessings of God be upon him)Muhammad, mercy upon Mankind
He was Muhammad (Arabic: Peace and blessings of God be upon him)Muhammad, mercy upon Mankind
Teacher of all Mankind.

Abul Qasim (one of the names of the Prophet)
My beloved, O Muhammad
My intercessor, O Muhammad
The best of God’s creation is Muhammad

He prayed while others slept
While others ate he’d fast
While they would laugh he wept
Until he breathed his last

His only wish was for us to be
Among the ones who prosper
Ya Mu’allim peace be upon you
Truly you are our Teacher

Performers (From right to left):

Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf, Bendir, Dayre & Vocals
Ömer Avci: Dohol, Bendir, Kudum & Vocals
Abbas Karacan: Bass Darabuka, Bendir & Tef
Mustafa Olgan: Qanun & Vocals
Selim Boyaci: Oud & Vocals
Seyed Ali Jaberi: Tanbour, Tar & Vocals
Türker Dinletir: Ney, Zourna & vocals
Adem Tosunoglu: Baglama, Tanbur, Kemançe & Vocals
Farshad Mohammadi: Santoor & Vocals
Jon Lawton: Classical Guitar, Tanbour & Vocals


Sami Yusuf: Vocal, Piano, Tar, Oud & Tonbak

Backing Vocalists (From the right):

Sami Mohammad Ahmad Alhaj: Bass
AbdulRazzak Barma: Baritone
Abeer El Sayed Ahmad: Mezzo-Soprano
Nancy Al Baltaji: Contra-Alto

Executive Producers: Ahmed Salim, Sami Yusuf, Christine Hoechstoetter

Recording Engineer: Peter Herrmann
Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
Video Editing and Postproduction by Omar Habib @ Andante Studios
Colour Grading @ Elements Cine Productions
Filmed by 2Shoes (London, UK)

Graphic Design & Artwork: Kwame Busia
Additional Graphics & Design: Mahdi Jahangir

The DVD (+ Audio CD) includes 19 tracks, 4 Bonus tracks + Behind The Scenes, Exclusive Interview with Sami Yusuf as well as a beautifully designed comprehensive booklet with detailed descriptions for all songs.

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