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Feb 18, 2009 - music/pics/videos    21 Comments

A. R. Rahman and Arziyan – Marammat Muqaddar Ki Kar do Maula, Mere Maula

I am sooo in love with this song. For YEARS A.R. Rahman has composed the most amazing devotional Islamic songs that he slips into these Bollywood movie soundtracks without anyone noticing!! I want to write to him and ask him to make a CD of all these songs or to compose one CD of just amazing Islamic nasheed/naats. It could be his lasting life’s work and make such a good impact on people!! He is just incredible ma’shaAllah. As a person, his life story is very interesting. He and his whole family converted to Islam a number of years ago.
There is a really nice detailing of how A.R. Rahman converted to Islam at this fan site: http://rahmaniac.wordpress.com/2008/05/27/islam-gives-me-peace-a-r-rahman/

Anyway just read the lyrics if you’re not into music.
(I modified these a bit…sorry I know I don’t know urdu that well but just to understand what is meant or make the English a bit better. If u have any corrections pls let me know.)

The Song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhImIrLacV0

The Lyrics of Arizyan from film Delhi 6:

Arziyaan Sari Mein, Chehre Pe Likh Ke Laaya Hoon
(All the requests (yearnings), I’ve brought with me, are written on my face)
Tumse Kya Mangu Mein, Tum Khud Hi Samjah Lo…
(What can I myself ask from You, You Yourself understand…)
Ya Maula…, Maula Maula, Mere Maula
(O Lord… (also means: Protector, Owner, God) Lord Lord …My Lord)
Maula Maula Maula, Mere Maula
Maula Maula Maula Maula
Dararein Dararein Bandhein Pe Maula
(Obstacles (worries), obstacles on my shoulders, Lord)
Marammat Muqaddar Ki Kar Do Maula, Mere Maula..
(Take control of my fate/destiny/fortune (qadr) O Lord, my Lord)
Tere Dar Pe Jhuka Hoon Meeta Hoon Bana Hoon
(I am bowing at your feet, I’ve been made by you, I surrender to you)
Marammat Muqaddar Ki Kar Doo Maula..
(Improve my fate/destiny, O Lord..)

Jo Bhi Tere Dar Aaya, Juhkne Jo Sar Aaya
(Whoever came to Your door, whoever came head bowed to You)
Mastiyan Piye Sabko, Jhoomta Nazar Aaya
(He appeared drunk with happiness to all, dancing to everyone)
Pyaas Le Ke Aaya Tha, Dariya Woh Bhar Laya
(He had come thirsty, and returned with a river full)
Noor Ki Barish Mein Beeghta Sa Tar Aaya
(He came and became wet in the rain of Light (noor))
Noor Ki Barish Mein.. Ooo…
(In the rain of Light)
Noor Ki Barish Mein, Beeghta Sa Tar Aaya
(In the rain of Light, he came and became wet [drenched])
Maula Maula Maula Mere Maula
Maula Maula Maula Maula
Dararein Dararein Maathe Pe Maula
(My forehead is creased with worries, Lord)
Marramat Muqaddar Ki Kar Do Maula, Mere Maula..
(Improve my fate/destiny, O Lord, My Lord..)
Jo Bhi Tere Dar Aaya, Jhukne Jo Sar Aaya
Mastiyan Piye Sabko, Jhoomta Nazar Aaya

O Ek Khusbu Aati Thi
(A fragrance used to come
Mein Bhatakta Jata Tha,
(and [confused] I would wander)
Reshmi Si Maya Thi
(Mesmerizing wonders [like a mirage])
Aur Mein Takta Jata Tha
(And I would keep gazing on [looking for it])
Jab Teri Gali Aaya, Sach Tabhi Nazar Aaya
(When Your lane came near, only then could I truly see the truth)
Mujhe Mein Woh Khusboo Thi, Jisse Tune Milwaya
(I possessed the fragrance, that you brought to me)
Maula Maula Maula Mere Maula
Maula Maula Maula Maula
Dararein Dararein Hai Maathe Pe Maula
Marammat Muqaddar Ki Kar Do Maula, Mere Maula..

Aaa Aaaa…
Tut Ke Bikharna Mujhko Zarur Aata Hai
(I really know how to break and scatter into pieces [make mistakes])
Hoo, Tut Ke Bikharna Mujhko Zarur Aata Hai
Varna Ibbadat Wala Ssarur Aata Hai
(Otherwise I know how to pray (ibadah) to you)
Sajde Mein Rehne Do, Abb Kahin Na Jaunga
(Let me stay in prostration (sajdah),I will not go anywhere now)
Abb Jo Tumne Tukhraya To Sawar Na Paunga
(Now if You leave me, I will not be able to recover)
Maula Maula Maula Mere Maula
Maula Maula Maula Maula
Dararein Dararein Hai Maathe Pe Maula
Marammat Muqaddar Ki Kar Do Maula, Mere Maula..

Sar Utha Ke Mene To Kitni Khwahishe Ki Thi
(I had haughtily desired for so many things)
Kitne Khwaab Dekhe The Kitni Khosishe Ki Thi
(I had seen so many dreams, had tried so much)
Jab Tu Rubaru Aaya…
(When You appeared in full)
Jab Tu Rubaru Aaya Nazarein Na Mila Paya
(With Your presence, I could not look into Your Eyes [I shied away])
Sar Jhuka Ke Ek Pal Mein… Ooo
(With bowing head, in that moment…)
Sar Jhuka Ke Ek Pal Mein Mene Kya Nahi Paya
(With bowing head, in that moment, what have I not found [once I surrendered to You])
Maula Maula Maula Mere Maula
Maula Maula Maula Maula
Maula Maula Maula Mere Maula, Mere Maula..
Maula Maula Maula Maula Mere Maula..

Mora Piya Ghar Aaya, Mora Piya Ghar Aaya
(My beloved has come home, My beloved has come home)
Maula Maula Maula Mere Maula
Maula Maula Maula Maula
Mere Maula Maula Maula Maula
Mere Maula Maula Maula Maula, Mere Maula..

Update: I found some more sufi/ish islamic songs by A.R. Rahman. Check em out ;)

Zikr – has the hasbi rabbi jalallah… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L6yZeJ6fFo

http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/M6pmJU4rK9.As1NMvHdW/

Marhaba Mustafa – this is for Al Risalah (2008) directed by Mustafa Akkad ??? He was killed in the Amman terrorist boming… so never realized? Very sad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd-InvozNeY http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/k7pmzDnVyS.As1NMvHdW/

Khwaja Mere Khwaja – this is like a saint devotional song to saint chisti but interesting

http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/iXpmKYjJ29.As1NMvHdW/

Al Maddath Maula – one of those sufi qawwalis i think

http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/psmm6R1Q_9.As1NMvHdW/

Piya Haji Ali – something about ali qawwali

http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/E4ymqkd9h9.As1NMvHdW/

Noor ala un Noor – its like nusrat meets crazyness

http://www.musicindiaonline.com/p/x/aBKmSI0hit.As1NMvHdW/

Update 2: Nice picture of A.R. Rahman with his wife Saira Bano at the Oscars:

& a nice thread with articles and his biography if anyone’s interested in reading more.

Nov 29, 2007 - music/pics/videos    1 Comment

Sad songs/poems

So, yeah I’m addicted to sad poems and songs. I don’t know why. My sister thinks I’m crazy and morbid. I think ironically they just make me feel better. Sometimes it’s nice to wallow and eat ice cream and feel that others have tougher lives than you do. And you know you can’t have highs without lows!!

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Moments

I was coming to the end of a long long walk
When a man crawled out of a cardboard box
Under the E. Street Bridge
Followed me on to it
I went out halfway across
With that homeless shadow tagging along
So I dug for some change
Wouldn’t need it anyway
He took it lookin’ just a bit ashamed
He said, You know, I haven’t always been this way
I’ve had my moments, days in the sun
Moments I was second to none
Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like that plane ride coming home from the war
That summer my son was born
And memories like a coat so warm
A cold wind can’t get through
Lookin’ at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments

I stood there tryin’ to find my nerve
Wondering if a single soul on Earth
Would care at all
Miss me when I’m gone
That old man just kept hanging around
Lookin’ at me, lookin’ down
I think he recognized
That look in my eyes
Standing with him there I felt ashamed
I said, You know, I haven’t always felt this way

I’ve had my moments, days in the sun
Moments I was second to none
Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like the day I walked away from the wine
For a woman who became my wife
And a love that, when it was right,
Could always see me through
Lookin’ at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments

I know somewhere ’round a trashcan fire tonight
That old man tells his story one more time
He says I’ve had my moments, days in the sun
Moments I was second to none
Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn’t do
Like that cool night on the E. Street Bridge
When a young man almost ended it
I was right there, wasn’t scared a bit
And I helped to pull him through
Lookin’ at me now you might not know it
Oh, lookin’ at me now you might not know it
But I’ve had my moments(Music song of it and if u watch MTV though its rather country here’s the video)

Jul 28, 2007 - music/pics/videos    3 Comments

A youtube recommendation…

Salaam,

This is a really nice presentation by an ‘anonymous brother’ on youtube about places of importance in the seerah of the prophet using google earth and pictures.

The links to the youtube movie is below. It’s 15 chapters. So check it out it’s very nice ma’shallah!
Here’s the link to watch all of them together… Watch till the end that’s the best part! ;)

Update: These videos were removed by the brother after speaking to some scholars and knowledgeable people, they were worried that certain parties would use the information to destroy those sites or some people might use the information wrongly.

Very sad :(

There is a link to a different type of presentation on the same subject in the comments.

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