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Sami Yusuf Vs. Maher ZainSlide2
A brief about Sami Yusuf.
Reciting “Make Me Strong”.
A brief about Maher Zain.
Listening to “Paradise”.
He was born in July 1980 into a musical family of
origin Tehran, Iran, learning to play
at a very young age and demonstrating a keen interest in singing and composing
He studied music at several
and musicians including composers from the Royal Academy of Music in London, one of the world most prestigious music institutions.
He is a singer, songwriter & composer.Slide4
In 2003 Yusuf released his first album
at the age of
“Wherever you are“
is his fourth
Yusuf's fifth official album "
We chose “
make me strong
I know I’m waitingWaiting for somethingSomething to happen to meBut this waiting comes withTrials and challengesNothing in life is freeI wish that somehowYou’d tell me out aloudThat on that day I’ll be okBut we’ll never know causeThat’s not the way it worksHelp me find my way
My Lord show me right from wrong
Give me light make me strong
I know the road is long
it just gets too much
I feel that I’ve lost touch
I know the road is long
Make me strongSlide6
Education: BA in Aeronautical Engineering
Zain is a Swedish
, songwriter & music producer of Lebanese origin
He released 2 albums with Awakening Records, Thank You Allah (2009) & Forgive Me (2012).
worked in New York with internationally renowned producer
(Akon, Lady Gaga,
) but he chose instead to make music that reflects his
first musical inspiration came from his father, who was a singer himself, performing locally in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Tripoli - Lebanon.
His famous statement which I like most “
I loved the music but I hated everything that surrounded it, it always felt like something wasn’t right
Maher still felt like something is missing.
was restless and eventually decided that the music industry and all that surrounded wasn’t the right place for him and he returned to Sweden
In early 2009, Maher Zain re-entered the music industry albeit with a different kind of music and decided to work with Awakening Records (UK) on an album that reflects his identity – Arab, Muslim and Swedish.Slide8
music (dynamic and modern mix of East &
the sounds of R&B with traditional spiritual, soul and contemporary pop music, not just updating spiritual music and
but fearlessly reviving it with contemporary flair. Maher’s songs are instant classics of great power and timeless, unassailably intense spirituality
We chose his beautiful song “paradise”Slide9
I remember when I first met you
I felt that God answered my call
There was that one place I always thought about
And I just wanted to be there with you
The place that no eye has ever seen
The place that no heart has ever perceived
I had a great feeling inside of me
That one day I’ll be there with
And now that we’re here feeling so good
About all the things that we went through
Knowing that God is pleased with us too
It’s not a dream, this is so true
Feeling the peace all around
Seeing things we could never imagine
Hearing the sound of rivers flow
And we know we’ll be here forever
The feeling is indescribable
Knowing that this is our
Both are lyrical poems.
Form (poetic style – ballad)
Rhyme scheme both have imperfect rhyme.
Both grew in an artistic family.
The message of both poets:
of peace, love, repentance & hope.
Meaningful & Islamic entertainment.
Supporting others, specially those in regions conflict.Slide11
Make me strong & paradise are different in the theme.. It is like that paradise continues the idea of the first one.
Sami is polyglot; since he knows more than one language, as Indian, French, English, Arabic, Azeri, Chinese & so on.
Maher mainly knows three languages: English, Arabic & Swedish.
Nationality of both as we said previously.Slide12
There is about sex years between the appearance of Sami & Maher. Sami appears earlier sex years than Maher; so there is a strong possibility that Maher could be influenced by Sami.
But, the fact that they are both originally influenced by their fathers.*Slide13
Both are well received & very popular. However, Maher Zain is much popular than
Yusuf according to their followers on FB & Twitter.
"Thank you Allah
” & “forgive me” were in
the top 10 bestselling albums on Amazon
one of the UK’s biggest exports in the last decade. In the course of 10 years, he has masterfully navigated through unchartered waters – he has won over the hearts and minds of millions from across the Middle East, Europe, North America and North Africa.Slide14Slide15Slide16
Some Islamic preachers rejected the idea of using musical instruments in the
, justifying that these instruments is taboo in Islam.
But the majority of critics encourage this kind of meaningful songs, regarding the fact that it is better than listening to impudent songs.Slide17
Cat Stevens ( Yusuf Islam)Slide18
Thinking that his given name- Steven Georgiou- might not be memorable to prospective fans, he first chose the stage name Cat Stevens.Steven Georgiou or Cat Stevens, also known as Yusuf Islam, is a British singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist.Slide19
He was born on 21 July 1948 in London.Inspired by the popularity of the Beatles, at 15 he extended his interest to the guitar.In 1965, he began his musical career.Slide20
In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam, and he adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year.In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community.Slide21
In 2006, he returned to pop music – releasing his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup.Slide22
Conversion into Islam:
While on holiday in Marrakesh, Morocco, Stevens was charmed by the sound of the Aḏan- the call for prayer. After he had heard the call for prayer, Steven asked about its meaning.People described it to him as a “ music for God”Slide23
Conversion into Islam:
Stevens said, "I thought, music for God? I'd never heard that before – I'd heard of music for money, music for fame, music for personal power, but music for God!“In 1976 , Stevens nearly drowned off the coast of Malibu, California, United States, and said he shouted: "Oh, God! If you save me I will work for you."Slide24
Conversion into Islam:
Stevens' brother David Gordon brought him a copy of the Qur'an as a birthday gift from a trip to Jerusalem.Then Yusuf converted to Islam.Following his conversion, Yusuf abandoned his music career for nearly three decades, after some sheiks had told him it was prohibited.Slide25
Folk , music transmitted orally, or as music with unknown composers.Pop, short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure) as well as the common employment of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.Slide26
Rock, centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar and drums.Islamic, Muslim religious musicSlide27
Stevens emphasized that the advent of West Side Story , an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, in particular affected him, giving him a "different view of life".Slide28
Can’t Keep It InMorning Has BrokenMorning Has BrokenMoonshadow God Is The Light “Islamic”Bismillah “Islamic nasheed”Slide29
Stevens performed in cafes, pubs, and coffee houses. His stage name, Cat Stevens.Mike Hurst (producer).Decca Records.“Mathew and son” “Tea for Tillerman” “Wild World”
Mostly drowned.(His promise to God)“I didn’t have any strength left, there was only one place to go, and that was God. I never doubted God’s existence but I never called on him because every thing had seemed all right in my life. This is life and death.”1977-1979 ( Yusuf Islam)His money in favor of Muslim schools.
Conversion to IslamSlide31
1983: Islamia primary school.
1922: a foundation that brought up all Muslim schools together in the UK.
90’s & 2000’s: didactic music that teaches children about their faith.
“I was getting criticism from the Muslim community, why are you picking up a guitar again? What’s happening to you?”“Listen to me, this is a part of the Islamic civilization we have lost our contact with it, we lost our vibrant approach to life and culture.”“There was so much antagonism in the world.”People who want to remember me as Cat Stevens, welcome. Those who want me as Yusuf Islam, here we are.”
Returning back to music (1989)Slide33
“I just want to write music from my heart and give people a message of hope and the search for a better life.”