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Sami Yusuf Vs. Maher Zain

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Outline:

A brief about Sami Yusuf.

Reciting “Make Me Strong”.

A brief about Maher Zain.

Listening to “Paradise”.

Similarities.

Differences.

Influence.

Reception

Theory.

Critics Perspective.

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Samy Yusuf:

He was born in July 1980 into a musical family of

Azeri

origin Tehran, Iran, learning to play

several instruments

at a very young age and demonstrating a keen interest in singing and composing

.

He studied music at several

institutions and

with

famous composers

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.

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In 2003 Yusuf released his first album

Al

mualim

"

at the age of

23

His

second album

“My

Ummah

"

in

2005

Third

official album

“Wherever you are“

2010

Salam

"

is his fourth

album

2012

Yusuf's fifth official album "

The

Center

“ 2015

We chose “

make me strong

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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

Make me

strong

Sometimes

it just gets too much

I feel that I’ve lost touch

I know the road is long

Make me strong

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Maher Zain:

Age

: 34

Years

old.

Education: BA in Aeronautical Engineering

Maher

Zain is a Swedish

Islamic singer

, songwriter & music producer of Lebanese origin

.

He released 2 albums with Awakening Records, Thank You Allah (2009) & Forgive Me (2012).

Maher

worked in New York with internationally renowned producer

RedOne

(Akon, Lady Gaga,

etc

) but he chose instead to make music that reflects his

Islamic roots.

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Maher

Zain’s

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.

Therefore, he

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.

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Maher

Zain’s

music (dynamic and modern mix of East &

West) mixes

the sounds of R&B with traditional spiritual, soul and contemporary pop music, not just updating spiritual music and

inshad

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”

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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

you

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

rewards

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Similarities:

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:

They are

the Islamic

messengers

of peace, love, repentance & hope.

Meaningful & Islamic entertainment.

Supporting others, specially those in regions conflict.

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Differences:

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.

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Influence:

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.*

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Reception theory:

Both are well received & very popular. However, Maher Zain is much popular than

Samy

Yusuf according to their followers on FB & Twitter.

"Thank you Allah

” & “forgive me” were in

the top 10 bestselling albums on Amazon

UK.

Sami

also is

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.

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Critics perspective:

Some Islamic preachers rejected the idea of using musical instruments in the

Nashid

, 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.

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Cat Stevens ( Yusuf Islam)

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Yusuf Islam:

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.

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Yusuf Islam:

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.

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Yusuf Islam:

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.

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Yusuf Islam:

In 2006, he returned to pop music – releasing his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup.

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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”

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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."

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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.

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Music Genre:

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.

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Music Genre:

Rock, centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar and drums.Islamic, Muslim religious music

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Influence:

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".

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Songs

Can’t Keep It InMorning Has BrokenMorning Has BrokenMoonshadow God Is The Light “Islamic”Bismillah “Islamic nasheed”

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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”

Music Life:

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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 Islam

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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.

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“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)

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“I just want to write music from my heart and give people a message of hope and the search for a better life.”

Message:

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Thank You

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