“Ya Rasulallah, Aghistnaa…”
The voices from Ustaz Hasbi & his qasidah group filled the morning air last Sunday as it rang out loud & clear around the Sultan Mosque vicinity. It appears that the torrential rain has not stopped the crowds from getting out and about early on a Sunday morning as the main prayer hall was full.
Ustaz Hasbi aroused the crowd and we stood up to sing one of the possibly oldest qasidah around, “Thola’al Badru Alayna”, to set the tone & mood for the rest of the morning. He informed us that each time we make salawat, Allah will present our faces to the Prophet SAW. He then encouraged us to salawat often so that he SAW may recognize us on Yaumul Qiyamah as people who love him.
Ustaz Hasbi then went on to talk about Selawat Badriyyah and mentioned briefly the Battle of Badr. It happened on 17 Ramadhan 2H, a month where the weather was scorching hot and the wind that blew were only hot air. Despite the many odds stacked against them, the 313 People of Badr soldiered on and with divine help, won the battle.
We sang different sections of “Selawat Badriyyah” throughout the event in hopes that we may also inculcate the vigor and enthusiasm of the People of Badr.
Another group that lent their voices that morning was Madeehul Mustafa. The now-famous group sang with passion and love, bringing the crowd from states of intense longing to elation and back again. Their seamless transition from one qasidah to the next is as smooth as velvet. Although they used the duff, their strong vocals were their dominant medium and one might even have missed the drumming in the background.
Ustaz Hasbi mentioned the different age groups that were involved in the Battle of Badr, with the youngest member being 16. He prayed for Madeehul Mustafa’s success in engaging the youth and spoke about salawat being the cure for many ills.
Next to take centerstage was the qasidah group by MHDS, which had a 20-odd-strong ensemble who gave salaam to the Prophet SAW in “Assalaamu’alayk Ya Zain al-Anbiya”.
It was an event of endless remembrance of Allah and the Prophet SAW, which made forsaking the bed during such a cold morning worth the struggle and toil. All voices were one as the crowd sang along to the lyrics that were shown on several wide screens.
There was a short tazkirah by Ustaz Hasan Saifouridzal succeeded by the zikir of “Hasbi Rabbi” led by the melodious articulation of Syamil. The blessed morning ended with a closing du’a by Ustaz Shafie and we soon stood shoulder to shoulder for zuhur prayers as the azan reverberated all around.
If you had missed the event, or wish to re-live the experience again, check out our live streaming of the event here.