Ebrahim Moosa – Cii Broadcasting (26-07-12)
Barely 20 years ago, they hardly existed. The term ‘Nasheed Artist’ would not register even a blip on the radar of professions. But with the growth of new technologies and advances in mass communications, that has all changed. The Nasheed genre has developed substantially, in both content and technique, leaving behind an ever increasing number of professional and prospective artists in its wake. Many welcome the growth of Anasheed as a necessary counter-balance to the pervasive and corrupting influences of popular music. But not all are too happy. The trend of more and more young people opting to dedicate their talents to the promotion of Anasheed at the expense of other facets of Islam has of late sparked renewed criticism and calls for introspection.
Speaking to Cii recently, Quraan Reciter and humanitarian Qari Ziyaad Patel said the obsession with Anasheed was depriving many young people of an even more fulfilling relationship with the Quraan. He expressed concern at the current nature of goals being set by contemporary Muslim youth. “This is gaining momentum – wherever we go in the world, we find youngsters (saying): ‘I want to be like this Nasheed artist, I want to go here to sing, I want to sing on this platform, I want to share this platform with this person, I want to try this kind of thing, I want to try this beat-boxing etc.’ – this in unfortunately what is now gripping our youth, which is now distracting them in a very, very big way away from the path of the Holy Quraan e Kareem”
Whilst being part of the Nasheed industry may guarantee instant stardom, Qari Ziyaad said more honour would be found in learning the Quraan. “I always say to students…that before you start learning Nasheeds and Nazms, first learn to read the Quraan and learn the Quraan correctly. You must learn to recite the Quraan e Kareem correctly before we can start learning Nasheeds and Nazms. That’s in its place, but we need to prioritise. The first priority is the Quraan – let me take some time off to learn to recite the Quraan e Kareem correctly, to learn Tajweed correctly before we start going into the avenues of the Nasheed industry.”
Qari Ziyaad believes more projects should be initiated to introduce youth to the vibrancy of the Quraan. “When I was young, every child you spoke to would say ‘I want to become Hafiz of the Quraan, I want to learn to recite the Quraan e Kareem beautifully, I want to become a Qari of the Quraan.”
In response to his call, Cii has launched the ‘Who want to be a Qari?’ intiative, a challenge aimed at all listeners for the month of Ramadaan. In an exciting contest aired daily at the time of Suhoor, those with talent are encouraged to recite a portion of the Quraan live in the mode of their favourite Qari/Quraan reciter. A recording of the renowned Qari is played out and the contestant is required to offer his version of the recital straight after. Prizes of mobile phones are on offer weekly for the most talented contestants.
Launching the segment earlier this week, Qari Ziyaad Patel highlighted a host of benefits associated with becoming a Qari. “It is for the pleasure of the Quraan, it is for the love of the Quraan Kareem and it is also a great Sunnah because the Nabi of Allah SAW was the greatest Qari.” He said it was imperative that those blessed with good voices use it in the correct avenues to recite the Quraan correctly and eloquently. He suggested that the imitation of the manner of recital of a well known Qari could serve as a good springboard on the path of Qiraah. “Insha Allah, to motivate our youngsters, to encourage them, and to try and explore their potential within them, this is a good initiative. Rather than getting them into the path of Nasheeds, let them get into this field of the Quraan e Kareem.”
He however cautioned that mere imitation of a Qari would not alone render one a qualified reciter. “One cannot become a Qari only by listening to radio or CD’s of other Quraa. It is very important that one comes under the feet of an expert Qari…In the process of Deen we have the thing known as a Sanad, where the chain of learning goes back to Nabi SAW”
Who wants to be a Qari? is aired daily on the Awakening Suhoor Show with Ebrahim Moosa at approximately 4.45am daily. To register as a participant, sms the word QARI followed by your name, age, location and the name of the qari/reciter you would like to imitate to 32414Anasheed, Ebrahim Moosa, Nasheed Artists, Qari, Qari Abdul Basit, Qari Ziyaad Patel, Qiraah, Quraan, Ramadan, Suhoor