Devoted to music: Abid Iqbal’s top ten tracks

BIRMINGHAM-BASED Abid Iqbal is an interna­tional promoter of tilawat, naat and qawwali music. He has worked with some of the biggest artists in these three fields of Islamic spiritual music since 2003. In a Ramadan special, Eastern Eye got Abid to talk us through the 10 Muslim devotional music he loves most… Surah Ar Rahman by Qari Karamat Ali Naemi: This is a tilawat by one of Pakistan’s top qaris. It’s a recitation from the holy Quran, which was re­vealed in Ramadan. It brings you back down to reality and says: ‘Which of the favours of your lord will you deny.’ I had the honour of organis­ing this great artist’s tour back in 2011. Allah Hu Allah Hu by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: This is a qawwali familiar to most fans of Sufi music. It is also the first one I heard live at Small Heath Park, Birmingham, and the reason I am a qawwali promoter today. This is also the most loved qawwali by all faiths and religions. Allah Allah Phir Hum Ma­dine Chale by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan: This naat has been done so simply with­out too much instruments. It’s the naat you would listen to once you have done hajj and want to go again. Rahat toured with back in 2003. Maa Di Shaan by Qari Shahid Mehmood: This beautifully-crafted naat makes you cry because it makes reference to the love for mothers and has so much feeling attached to it. Tajdar-e-Haram by Atif Aslam: The Pakistani superstar singer took on a naat made famous by qawwali group Sabri Brothers and presented it in a brand new way on Coke Studio. The lyrics encourages you to perform umrah and hajj. Shah-e-Madina by Sahira Naseem: The won­derfully-talented singer has delivered perhaps the best version of this…

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