Mawlid Nabi 2008

Mawlid Nabi 2008Mawlid season has come and gone once again and I’ve only now had the chance to put a little something together.
This time, I’ve got some fresh video clips, and new this year, an audio recording of our Kuching mawlid recital.

Listening to Mawlid Dibai

It’s almost two hours long, and incomplete, with the last half-hour or so missing due to my little mp3 recorder tiring out. And the sound quality is uneven. And we are strictly an amatuer operation. So bear all that in mind if you decide to download the 75MB file. We are reciting from a prayer book originally printed in Singapore at least twenty-five years ago, that includes Mawlid Diba’i, Mawlid Barzanji, and litanies of duas and zikrs. This evening, we recited a litany followed by the Mawlid Diba’i followed by what is essentially a catechism of obligatory knowledge set to poetry, including the Attributes of Allah, the attributes of Nabi Muhammad, the names of the known prophets and angels, the family tree of Nabi Muhammad, and so on. Enjoy the recording, and inshallah enjoy it more by getting a copy of the mawlid and reciting it yourself!

Video: Marhaban Ahlan wa Sahlan Ya Rasul

Video: Muhammadun Mutahharu


Shaik Abdul Khafid, the man behind Red Sulphur and the rad “____ Muslims against Terrorism” banners that have spread far and wide, translated Muhammadun Mutahharu years ago. Here is his translation:

You are like the full moon, nay you are brighter
Your face is like fine water that drips

O Ornament of the World, O Aim of Hopes
Who has ever perceived a face such as yours?

No descendant of Eve from the essence of Adam
And none in the Eternal Heavens is similar to you

Your first is the sun, your second a star
The circular and luminous full moon is your third

And your fourth is camphor, your fifth ambergris
Corundum your sixth, the rest of you gems

Your five fingers refers to five tidings
They aim at the signs, so observe

Your middle finger is Abu Bakr, ‘Umar the ring finger
‘Uthman the smallest finger, ‘Ali the thumb

His forefinger is the seal of the Messengers, Muhammad
And that is none else save a Prophet, purified

Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and the Ka’abah is my Qiblah
My religion is more exalted and honoured than other religions

Mediate for me, Messenger of Allah, Allah is Merciful
There is no god save Allah, Allah is Great

Blessings of Allah for every day and night
Upon Ahmad, the Chosen One, the Purified

There is a small Flickr Set of the Event.

Listening to Mawlid Dibai 3