The Praised One

Date of release: 25 Jan, 2021

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  1. The Praised One

    Muhammad is the noblest of Arabs and non-Arabs

    Muhammad is the finest who ever walked on two feet

    Muhammad disseminates righteousness and embodies it

    Muhammad is the possessor of virtue and nobility

    Muhammad is the crown of each and every messenger

    Muhammad is the most truthful in speech and words

    Muhammad , the firm upholder and preserver of covenants

    Muhammad , pleasant in character and qualities

    Muhammad’s earthly substance was imbued with Light

    Muhammad remains a Light from pre-eternity

    Muhammad , a just and noble ruler

    Muhammad , a source of blessings and wisdom

    Muhammad is the best of God’s creation,

    A descendant of the noble forefather Muḍar

    Muhammad is the best of all of God’s Messengers

    Muhammad’s religion is the truth that we practice

    Muhammad is the Truth’s adornment and its banner

    Remembering Muhammad is a comfort for our souls

    Expressing gratitude to Muhammad is incumbent upon the nations

    Muhammad is the beauty and delight of this world

    Muhammad dispels sorrow and darkness

    Muhammad is a master, with excellent traits

    Muhammad was fashioned by the All-Merciful with grace

    Muhammad was purified by God and is His elected one

    Muhammad is innocent of all accusations

    Muhammad smiles to his guest and honors him

    Muhammad’s neighbor, by God, is never harmed

    Muhammad’s mission made ours a delightful world

    Muhammad came forth with signs and wisdom

    Muhammad is our intercessor on the Day of Resurrection

    Muhammad’s Light is the guide out of darkness

    Muhammad stands firm for God with great resolve

    Muhammad is the final Seal of the Messengers

    Muhammad is the noblest of Arabs and non-Arabs

    Muhammad is the finest who ever walked on two feet

    Muhammad disseminates righteousness and embodies it

    Muhammad is the possessor of virtue and nobility

    Muhammad is the crown of each and every messenger

    Muhammad is the most truthful in speech and words

    Muhammad , the firm upholder and preserver of covenants

    Muhammad , pleasant in character and qualities

    Muhammad is the noblest of Arabs and non-Arabs

    Muhammad is the finest who ever walked on two feet

    Muhammad disseminates righteousness and embodies it

    Muhammad is the possessor of virtue and nobility

     

    Music Composed, Arranged and Performed by Sami Yusuf

    Words by Imam Busiri

    English translation by Dr. Yousef Casewit

     

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Inspired by the evocative sound of flamenco ‘The Praised One’ is Sami Yusuf’s ethereal rendition of Qasidah Muhammadiyyah, a love poem for the Prophet by the 13th century Sufi poet Imam Busiri. From its intensely emotional intro to the sustained energy of the outro, the composer fuses traditional instruments of the Silk Road with contemporary sounds.

Sami Yusuf plays tar, rabab and frame drums for this fully acoustic performance that moves from meditative vocals to the complexity of flamenco rhythms. He is joined by Jon Lawton on classical guitar. The music is both intimate and exhilarating, reflecting the multi-faceted and luminous spirit of the Prophet expressed in this beautiful poem.

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