1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham

Date of release: 18 Dec, 2015

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Tracklist + Liner Notes

  1. Scientist Goal (feat. Omar Sharif)
  2. Struggle
  3. The Golden Ages (Instrumental Version)
  4. Ibn Al-Haytham's Adventure
  5. Why
  6. Darkness
  7. Into the Light
  8. The Giants
  9. Shine

    They filled my path full of doubt
    And wouldn’t hear me out
    But still I chased my dreams
    They told me to quit
    But my heart could not resist
    And from the darkness came a light

    I will shine on tomorrow
    Light the way for all to follow
    From the darkness I will shine

    Learning from the past I tried
    To stare the world in the eyes
    Find strength to pull me through
    I saw through my tests and trials
    A road that ran a thousand miles
    At the end was only truth

    I will shine on tomorrow
    Light the way for all to follow
    In the darkness I will shine
    I will shine on forever
    Take my chance now or never
    In the darkness I will shine

    I know I can if I believe
    And I will choose my destiny
    We’ll make the change we want to see
    I know we can if we believe
    And we will choose our destiny
    I know I can if I believe



    Performed, composed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Words by Sana Al-Yemen & Will Knox
    Recorded at Andante Studios
    Mixed by Vishnu Rajan & Barron @ Andante Studios
    Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios

  10. The Golden Ages (feat. Omar Sharif)

Album Description

This music album is the official soundtrack for the short film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham”

The music album composed by Sami Yusuf and released by Andante Records features the song ‘Shine’ and ends with a special tribute track to the late actor Omar Sharif who delivers his final lead performance in the short film.

Directed by Ahmed Salim, the partly animated film storyline is intertwined with a live-action backstory starring Omar Sharif, who guides in the quest of discovering Ibn al-Haytham’s journey to understand the principles of light and optical theories. The album supports a global Ibn al-Haytham awareness campaign launched by British organisation 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO that is part of United Nations proclaimed ‘International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies’ (IYL2015).


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