On the road with the band.
This is what it looks like. A nasheed/qasida band from Tareem having dinner in Indonesia. To be clear I wasn’t with them but I’ve been in similar moments.
This is some of the members from the established contemporary band, al-Masarrah. I saw them perform at the philharmonic orchestra in Oman, as well as in Tareem.
I mentioned contemporary because most ‘bands’ are known and long established (by hundreds of years old). They are family based ones. With the exception of wedding bands.
You must know that in general the concept of forming bands, and secondly performing, are generally traditionally alien to them.
Likewise people, and the recitors too , are not concerned with who sang it. But who wrote it and its delicate meanings.
I’ve witnessed lunch gatherings where slower poems were recited by men whom many would agree ‘can’t sing,’ yet put the attendees to tears.
Remember, all Abu Jahal and his cursed mates saw, was a poor orphan from Bani Hashim.
But the one promised paradise in his lifetime, Abu Bakr as-Siddiq, and likewise the one whose footsteps were heard in Paradise during his lifetime in earth, Bilal Ibn Rabeeah – what did they see?