Back in 1998, i was a bad bad bad boy. Yeap… seriously, you have no idea how bad a 17 year old can be. Those were the days i used to hangout at my Korean brade’s place (yeap there are Koreans in Malaysia). It was somewhere during March, i skipped school after recess and went over to ma brader’s place. My brade was even more hardcore, skips school full time. I was a prefect so i did it part time ke ke ke ke. Anyway like i was saying i walked into his house, he opened the door and i heard hard rock music blasting away. I was freaking curious, cos the lyrics went something like “save the ummah!”. It was one of those WTF* moments, my Korean bro was listening to rock tuned nasyid!.
That is when i became acquainted with Soldiers Of Allah. They were the first rock nasyid band i ever listened to. I gotta warn you guys, their lyrics might just freak you off, but hey its music. So yeah dont get all worked up. Im sure some of you guys here would scream in protest about this, but im not going to hold back because i think rock tuned nasyid is awesome! Its amazing how devotion is expressed this way. Anyway here is a little bit on Soldiers Of Allah, Soldiers of Allah was a Muslim rap group from Los Angeles, California. The last Soldiers of Allah album 1924 was their most successful album. The name of the album refers to the year 1924 when “Islamic state was destroyed”. The album was recorded before 9/11, but it is supposed that after 9/11 the group became controversial as Islam came further into public awareness in America.
What has perplexed Soldiers of Allah’s fiercely loyal fans is why the group suddenly vanished into thin air. Some think they were silenced by the government, given the band’s departure from the net shortly after 9/11: The project was only meant as temporary project. The goal wasn’t to start a music band up and make money, but rather use the tool of music to pass the message of Islam. After a while, they noticed that their music was increasing the emotions of the people, instead of making them think. So they decided that the tool of music may not necessarily be the best tool to use since people’s emotions can easily be attached to it.
Since then i have been a fan of rock and pop tuned nasyid. My current favourite is SEVEN8SIX ! The name SEVEN8SIX (or 786) is a popular numeric shorthand for the Islamic bismillah,or saying, “In the name of Allah, the Beneficent,the Merciful.” The talented singing group consists of Shahaab Quraishi, Omar Razzacki, Zafar Razzacki, Muhammad Saadullah (Saad), and Muhammad Saeedullah (Saeed). These five guys come together to share a single stage with a single voice. SEVEN8SIX is the definition of harmony.
SEVEN8SIX first began in the summer of 2001 in the suburbs of Detroit. The group began as the guys unknowingly came together to sing at a friend’s wedding. They received such a positive response to their performance that the five decided to stay together as a group and direct their talents towards delivering an Islamic message. The group performed as SEVEN8SIX for the first time at the 2002 ISNA convention in Washington, DC. Most of the group’s subsequent public appearances have been at large concert events organized by Muslim groups, including major events co-sponsored in part by the Islamic Society of North America and other community organizations around the United States.
This group is working far and wide to please Allah (SWT). As Shahaab says, “We are using SEVEN8SIX as a tool for propagating Allah’s message. Although we all love to sing, that is not the reason for the group. It is something we do well together and share a passion for, but more importantly, we share a passion for being Muslim and spreading the message of Islam. None of us claims to be perfect, or that we do everything correctly, or even try to preach to others. We just want to open people’s eyes to what Islam truly is about and to tell the youth of this country that we know what you are going through and simply…we understand.”
You guys wanna get into roack and pop tuned nasyid? The best resource would be MuslimHipHop. Pop tuned nasyid, yea im sure you guys have heard some from our very own Rabbani and their Intifada right? But i wonder why Islamic hip hop isn’t flourishing in Malaysia, since we got so many hipsters around. Anyway people i hope you guys will enjoy the following Youtube video’s.
This one is by 786, i love this guys works!. Mind blowing!!!
This one is by Native Deen, but this guys are Hip Hoppers.
Apacam? Haha want more? Head on to MuslimHipHop. Await my next post, The Bruce Lee Philosophy… meeeeeeaaaaaaooooooooowwwwwwww! – over and out – The Desperado!