We cannot say precisely when the musical penetration of East and West began, but one thing is certain: composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and others could not resist the fascination of the Orient. Thus elements of Turkish music, Persian poetry and Arabic storytelling found their way straight to the heart of European culture.
Islam in European Classical Music
Nadja Kayali is a composer and music journalist living in Vienna. 2010 saw the premiere in Osnabrück of her opera Neda, which was inspired by the medieval Persian poet Nizami, but also makes reference to the Iranian protest movement.
The following is a translated transcript of a speech delivered by the Ameer of Hizb ut Tahrir, the Aalim, Ata Ibn Khalil Abu Arashtah - may Allah protect him - to the people in Al-Sham and the sincere revolutionaries, on the occasion of the glorious day of the birth of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, in the month of his Hijrah and the establishment of the great Islamic state, a state that the Muslims were glorified by, which will be established again soon, Insha’Allah.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
To the people of Al-sham, the Abode of Islam and the sincere revolutionaries,
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Praise be to Allah, prayer and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, companions and allies and those after them.
وَقَدْ مَكَرُوا مَكْرَهُمْ وَعِنْدَ اللَّهِ مَكْرُهُمْ وَإِنْ كَانَ مَكْرُهُمْ لِتَزُولَ مِنْهُ الْجِبَالُ
“They concocted their plots, but their plots were with Allah, even if they were such as to make the mountains vanish.”
(Surah Ibrahim, 14:46)
Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoubi descends from a scholarly family whose lineage goes back to the Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alayhi sallam, through his grandson Sayyiduna al-Hasan, radiya Allahu ‘anhu. Shaykh Muhammad was born in Damascus on the 13th of DhulHijja in 1382 H. As a little boy, he crawled in the Grand Omayyad Mosque and the Darwishiyya Mosque, where his father was an instructor for 40 years, and sat in the laps of some of the greatest scholars.
Since he was four-years-old, Shaykh Muhammad accompanied his father in all of his visits, gatherings, and classes, both public and private, as well as at home and outside. His father took care of him and was both his teacher and spiritual master. Under his tutelage, Shaykh Muhammad followed a solid traditional curriculum since the age of four, studying, step-by-step, the major classical works on the various disciplines of the Shari’ah as well as the instrumental disciplines. Shaykh Muhammad dutifully studied with his father over 500 books in the course of 20 years, some of them from cover-to-cover and others in portions; some are multi-volumes, and others are small concise works.
The following is a lecture delivered by his son in November 2009
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
The founder of Hizb ut Tahrir, Muhammad Taqi ud Deen bin Ibrahim bin isma’el al Nabhani, was born in the year 1911 in the village of Haifa in Palestine. He grew up in a scholarly environment, where his father Sheikh Ibrahim, who was a fiqhi scholar, had attained high shar’i positions in Palestine and Damascus. His father’s grandfather was a fiqhi scholar who had a sea worth of knowledge in the sciences of the Arabic language and in usool-ul-fiqh. However, they did not write any books or leave behind literature but sufficed in issuing fatawa and participating in councils (of knowledge) with the scholars of al Azhar and the scholars of Tunisia and Morocco.
As for his mother’s grandfather, Sheikh Yusuf An Nabhani, he was active and energetic in the fields of knowledge and politics. He was a Sufi on the madhab of the ottoman state. He wrote fiqh and poetry in Lebanon and elsewhere, to the point where he wrote over 500 verses of poetry. It was he who discovered his grandson’s talents, and sent him to study at Al Azhar from his own expense.
America and Its Allies Compete against Time by Preparing a Ruling Coalition and Supporting It through International initiatives, Fearing the Islamic Khilafah Might Outstrip Them in Its own Abode of Islam
Political initiatives have clearly escalated these days to solve the Syrian crisis, the latest of which is the initiative of Erdogan reported in the media on the 17th and 18th of December 2012 and there is evidence that the political circles are still considering the matter seriously. What has raised the degree of seriousness on this initiative is the fact that Moscow, well-known in its strong support and defense of the Syrian regime, has considered this initiative as “contrived” and did not reject it completely as was the case with any other previous initiative!