This double album combines The Sultan of Madinah and Blessed Mustafa with two bonus tracks Call to Prayer and Paro Kalima. These 18 tracks (listed below) lyrically describes the message, mission of Muhammad Al-Mustafa (The Chosen One) and the sentiments that his followers have for him (s).
This album, combining the earlier Sultan of Madinah and Blessed Mustafa, presents lyrically “The Essence of al-Mustafa (the Chosen One)” . From the first track The Call to Prayer to the last Parho Kalima uses the language of music as a means to communicate the stature, message and mission of the best of creation, Muhammad(s). It is an essential collection for those who believe, follow his message and who yearn know him and understand his true character.
Aa'shiq-al-Rasul (AAR) -- meaning 'Lovers of the Prophet' (SAW) -- formed as a nasheed group in the summer of 1998. The core members of Amran Ellahi, Sheraz Yaqub, Kamran Ellahi and Tahir Khan hail from Birmingham, England and are classically trained singers who perform an impressive repertoire of traditional nasheeds or spiritually uplifting songs, in Arabic, Urdu and English.
Their debut album 'Blessed Mustafa' (1998) -- from which this album takes its name -- received great critical acclaim and was soon followed by 'Divine Lights' (1999), the group's excellent rendition of the Asma ul-Husna, or Beautiful Names of God. 'The Chosen One' (2001) went on to further develop their distinctive sound -- a combination of rousing, powerful vocals married to exciting live percussion -- that was also a feature of their fourth release, 'Lord of the Worlds' (2003). Each album presented cover versions of traditional material mixed with tracks developed by the group.
These albums together with their stirring live performances helped cement their reputation as a unique nasheed group and brought forth many plaudits and invitations. AAR have performed in front of thousands, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, at some of the most prestigious venues and events including Glastonbury, the International Sufi Music festival, The Muslim Millennium Festival and Birmingham Symphony Hall. They have also worked and performed with renowned nasheed artists like Yusuf Islam -- featuring on two of his compilation albums -- Raihan, Sabri Brothers Qawwal, Arshad Mehmood, Khaleel Muhammad, Sami Yusuf, Mecca2Madina and Zain Bhikha. Yet it is worthy of note that alongside their high profile engagements the group members make time for groups and causes dear to them; hence they are renowned for their performances in aid of charities and the community plus their school visits and workshops.
The 2004 version of 'Blessed Mustafa' is a compilation of tracks from their first and third albums which are no longer available. Of the nine tracks selected by the group, three are new versions (the dual title tracks: Blessed Mustafa, English and Urdu versions, plus Ya Nabi Salaam Alayka); three have been re-mixed (Talama Ashku Gharami, Ya Rafi ash-Shaani and Ya Rabbi Bil Mustafa) and three are original. All the tracks have been digitally re-mastered.
Aashiq al-Rasul is Britain's most versatile nasheed group in its tenth year of performing. Its catalogue varies from the traditional to the contemporary, lyrics are performed in English, Arabic, Urdu and Punjabi; supported by percussion instruments, drums only or voice only. AAR was founded in 1998 by Hafiz Amran Ellahi. Joining him were fellow Brummies (people from Birmingham, UK) Kamran Ellahi, Sheraz Yaqub, Tahir Khan on vocals supported by percussionists Usman Malik, Andy Mason and Harjit Singh. Tariq Aslam from Coventry also provides vocal support. AAR's vocalist are classically trained singers. Performing nasheeds, hamds, naats, qawalli, qasida, nasyhid, using classical and contemporary arrangements. Aa'shiq al-Rasul appeals to audiences with Indo-Pak roots as well as those who were socialized and cultured in the West.
On February 4th 2010, Aashiq al-Rasul was privileged and honoured to perform for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales at the Manchester United Football Club at Old Trafford. It was an event hosted under the patronage of Shaykh Hisham Kabbani. HRH Prince Charles chose to meet Aashiq al-Rasul at the end of their performance and chatted briefly with the band.
"Through creating contemporary, positive and reflective music Aa'shiq al-Rasul (AAR) intend to increase people's understanding of one another to help build social bridges globally whilst working with all faiths and cultures towards sharing a message of peace, love and hope." Amran Ellahi - AAR Founder (1998)
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