Travelling Light

"No Sacred Tradition Has Ever Marginalised Beauty"

What is it about the mellifluous sounds of voices or the stationary image of a picture that attracts us so deeply? Our senses are piqued as our souls are touched, and art that calls to the divine only serves to place our hearts in contemplation of our Lord. On this page, you will find sacred concerts that bring souls together in remembrance. Each song has a story specific to its own context stemming from a particular culture and people. Below you will find mawlids and nasheeds of celebration. All proceeds go directly to the establishment of the Cambridge Mosque.




Sufi Songs of Andalusia



The ancient voices of Andalusian Moorish Islam live again in this unique album! Recorded professionally in the Alpujarras Mountains, this series of passionate songs about Allah and His messenger recall the glory days of Islam, which even the cruelties of the Inquisition could not extinguish.



The Death of Abu Lahab



The story of the rage of Abu Lahab when he heard the news of Badr is famous. Out of rage he beat the freed slave Abu Rafi. Rushing to his defence, Umm Fadl (the Mother of Merit), struck him with a tent pole, and he died a few days later when the wound festered. In this rendering the story is retold by two well-known Icelandic singers. Thanks go to Abu Dharr Thor Thorvardarson and the brothers at the Reykjavik Mosque for making this possible.



Mohammeds Berufung



One of the greatest poets of the German language, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926), offers this lyrical account of the Angel Gabriel’s first appearance to the Founder of Islam. Arranged for tenor and baritone by Habib Dunne. Recorded at the Cambridge Muslim College in 2016.



Albanian Mawlid



This famous mawlid was written by the great poet and traveller Suleiman Çelebi (d.1409) and translated into Albanian by Hafiz Ali Ulqinaku (d.1913). In Albania this mawlid is recited with a modal melody which has as its basis the traditional melody of the folksongs of the northern part of Albania, especially Shkodra and Ulqin. The recitation, the fame and the distribution of this mawlid over almost all the territory of Albania contributed greatly in the forging of Albanian identity, and the preservation of Albanian language and of Albanian Islam.


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Mawlid of al-Barzanji



The mawlid of Imam as-Sayyid Ja'far ibn Hasan ibn 'Abdal Karim al-Barzanji (d.1764) is a popular eulogy in celebration of the birth of the Prophet. al-Barzanji was a renowned scholar and jurist who lived in Medina. He was known for his ascetism and knowledge, but his fame in the Muslim world today lies with the composition of this panegyric to the Prophet. Sung typically in the month of Rabi' al-Awwal, the mawlid has been a source of great joy for countless Muslims throughout the world.



Rawdat al-Shuhada'



This devotional hymn has been overlooked until recently in the English speaking world, but was once sung in awe amongst the peoples within the Ottoman and Mughal empires. Written by Imam Husayn Vaiz Kashifi (d.1505), it recalls the sufferings of the Ahl ul-Bayt and the reward that lies in wait for them in the next world. Originally written in Farsi, sections of it have been translated into English and sung by Al-Boran. The book and CD can be purchased from Hu Books.



Surah al Zumar'



“Say, O My servants who have transgressed against themselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful." This verse in Surah al-Zumar is a powerful reminder of Allah’s mercy. The door is always open for man to turn to his Lord even if his wrongs are numerous. It has been reported that the Blessed Prophet (PBUH) recited this Surah before sleep. Listen here to Ali Keeler’s recitation of the entire Surah in a soft and gentle Caledonian style.