Light Upon Light

Date of release: 9 Nov, 2019

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Tracklist + Liner Notes

  1. Light Upon Light

    For you i will give everything
    To knock upon your door
    You are the calm beyond the storm
    The peace i’m searching for

    Allāhumma Ṣalli ʿAlā Sayyidinā Wa-Mawlānā Muḥammadin, Wa-‘Ala L-Ālihi Wa-Ṣaḥbihi Wa-Bārik Wa-Sallim

    For you i would give everything
    For you i’d give it all
    You are the praised and merciful
    The chosen one for all

    Nūr ʿAlā Nūr Yā Hudā (Ṣallā Llāhu ʿAlā Muḥammad)
    Ṣalli ʿAlā Khayr Al-Anbiyāʾ (Ṣallā Llāhu ʿAlā Muḥammad)
    Nūr ʿAlā Nūr Yā Muṣṭafā…(Ṣallā Llāhu ʿAlā Muḥammad)

    Ṭāhā (Ṭāhā)
    Mujtabā (Mujtabā)
    Yā Rasūl
    Rasūl Allāh

    Yā Ṭāhā … Yā Ṭāhā
    Yā Muṣṭafā

    Yā Imām Al-Mursalīn
    Rasūl Allāh
    Yā Imām Al-Mursalīn
    Rasūl Allāh

    To know you is to love you
    O light upon light
    So take my hand and lead me
    Lead me through the night

    O lover of the poor and weak
    Most generous and kind
    A gift sent from high above
    O healer of mankind

    Nūr ʿAlā Nūr Yā Hudā (Nūr ʿAlā Nūr Yā Hudā)
    Ṣalli ʿAlā Khayr Al-Anbiyāʾ (Ṣalli ʿAlā Khayr Al-Anbiyāʾ)

    Nūr ʿAlā Nūr Yā Muṣṭafā…(Ṣallā Llāhu ʿAlā Muḥammad)
    Ṭāhā…(Ṣallā Llāhu ʿAlayhi Wa-Sallam)
    Mujtabā… (Ṣallā Llāhu ʿAlā Muḥammad)
    Yā Rasūl Allāh

    Nūr ʿAlā Nūr
    Nūr ʿAlā Nūr
    Nūr ʿAlā Nūr


The new single, ‘Light upon Light’, is an extraordinary collaboration between A.R. Rahman and Sami Yusuf. Grammy and Academy award winning composer A.R. Rahman, India’s most renowned musician and composer, has teamed up for the first time with Sami Yusuf to produce this lyrical, devotional song.

‘Light upon Light’ is a love song for the Prophet of Islam. The artists believe that, in these turbulent times in which we live, these times when it can seem like the darkness of hatred threatens to overwhelm us, it’s crucial to look to the light surrounding us. And so this song is about the light of kindness, beauty and compassion that eternally radiates into this world. It’s about the light that dispels darkness. It’s about the light we need to see our way forward. Here it’s called the light of Muhammad, but as Rumi said, however many lamps are lit, there is only One Light.


Music Composed, Arranged and Produced by A R Rahman

Sami Yusuf
AR Rahman

Sami Yusuf
A R Rahman
Will Knox

Transliteration by Dr. Yousef Casewit

Executive Producer:
A R Ameen

Additional Vocals: A R Ameen
Flute: Kareem Kamalakar
Charango: Hriday Gattani
Strings: Sunshine Orchestra
Conducted by VJ Srinivasa Murthy

Additional Programming
Dilshaad Shabir Shaikh

Sound Engineers
Suresh Permal, Karthik Sekaran, Jerry Vincent, Vishnu Rajan

Recording Engineer
Vishnu Rajan

Mixed by Pradvay Sivashankar
Mastered by Suresh Permal
Artwork by Madi Jahangir @ Andante Studios
Lyric Video by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

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