Hafiz Amran Ellahi is the founder and the lead singer of Aa'shiq al-Rasul, the most versatile nasheed group. You can read more at www.aashiqalrasul.com
Allah, the Exalted, says:
"Worship Allah and
join none with Him (in worship); and do good to parents, kinsfolk,
orphans, the poor, the neighbour who is near of kin, the neighbour who
is a stranger, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and
those whom your right hands possess.'' (Al-Quran 4:36)
Ibn `Umar(ra) and `Aishah (ra) reported: Messenger of Allah (s) said, "Jibril kept recommending treating neighbours with kindness until I thought he would assign a share of inheritance".[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Rasulullah (s) said:
"Let him not harm anyone. This too is charity for him."[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Rasulullah (s) said:
"There is blessings in (rendering service to) every living creature." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Abu Hurairah (ra) narrates that Rasulullah (s) said:
"Every joint (in
the human body) is liable for one act of charity daily. Justice meted
out between two persons is also charity. Assisting someone to mount a
vehicle or helping in loading his luggage are also acts of charity. A
good word (which benefits others) is also charity. Removing a harmful
object (e.g. thorn, peel, etc.) from the road is also charity." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Our Guide Muhammad (s),
was very sensitive to the needs of others to the extent that he (s)
empathized with the pain and suffering of all God’s creation. As shown
by quotes from the Divine revelation (the Qur’an) that he (s) received
and by his (s) own counsel, being sensitive to the needs of others and
acting in a manner to prevent or alleviate any harm suffered, are
highly regarded, blessed and rewarded ethical conduct.
January 2010 presented me with such an opportunity to express empathy
for those who have suffered from acts of genocides. Holocaust Memorial
Day (January 27th) is the international day of remembrance
as designated by the United Nations. It commemorates victims and
survivors of the Holocaust, as well as other worldwide genocides such
as Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
The ceremony took place in the beautiful neo-classical Birmingham, Town Hall, and was inspired by the theme from the Holocaust Memorial Trust for 2010 – The Legacy of Hope.
The afternoon included speeches, music, readings and a special performance of Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
with more than 200 singers and musicians including the Phoenix Singers,
and the OneSound Youth Orchestra and Choir. The ceremony enabled all
those affected by genocides, either directly or indirectly, to reflect
on these experiences and issues.
event was a moving experience for both audience and performers. Phoenix
Singers and members from OneSound Orchestra and choir, along with
support from other choirs and members of the Birmingham Conservatoire
performed another wonderful performance of Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.
The work as a whole is an hour long, set within Christian Mass, but
brings together text from Mahabarata, Kipling, Tennyson and various
other sources... the overall idea is to bring together people of all
backgrounds, races and religions, seeking peace. The second movement of
this work is the solo 'Muezzin' part - which is a call to prayer
'Adhaan'. It is for one solo male to sing un-accompanied this was my
role of the day.
The Phoenix Singers are
a mixed voice choir performing a variety of choral works. Based in
South Birmingham the choir was formed in 2001 and currently has 90+
strong performing members. As well as performing regularly in and
around Birmingham, they have established an international reputation
through a series of European tours.
is the UK's leading Christian Orchestra & Choir for under 26's. As
a concert orchestra and a versatile choir, the group has performed and
recorded with the likes of Matt Redman throughout the country in
national and regional venues. OneSound is delighted to welcome both
practising Christians, and those who are currently exploring their
included a survivor of the Holocaust, local journalist Adrian Goldberg
and Cllr Mike Whitby, the Leader of Birmingham City Council.
it was disappointing to see the lack of my fellow Muslim participants
at the service neither as speakers, performers nor as part of the
audience. I don’t remember seeing a single Muslim back stage or in the
audience whilst I was performing.
need to hold on to the universal abhorrence against harm done to all
human beings and other of God’s creation. To do so does not negate the
harm and suffering being inflicted on those of whom we share the same
faith particularly in Palestine or Afghanistan, Kashmir, Pakistan,
Guantánamo or anywhere else. It just adds to the authenticity of our
protest against such vile behaviour.
human beings we need to have genuine concern for one another as our Holy
Prophet (s) has emphasized, taught and himself demonstrated love and
care for your neighbours, weak and the poor and this was regardless of
religious belief, ethnicity, caste etc. May the blessings of Allah be
upon him in abundance and all the Messengers and Prophets.