Archive for February, 2015

Islamic art gallery promotes unity and peace with collaborative art concept

Islamic art gallery promotes unity and peace with collaborative art concept
Ahlan Art, a London-based Islamic art gallery, has started a campaign to highlight the positive image of Islam through an art initiative inspired by the faith’s foundations. The gallery has launched the first Islamic interactive art piece created by the public. Make Your Mark began with a blank canvas with a cube at the centre, representing the Kaaba. Since its creation, the art piece has travelled across a number of international destinations to have members of the public add their own brush stroke. Acclaimed musician Sami Yusuf made the first brush stroke, followed by many well-known public figures as well as the general public as a whole. The co-founder of Ahlan Art gallery, Hassan Mawji, said, “With over ...
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Who is Babak Radmanesh? Father of Sami Yusuf

Who is Babak Radmanesh? Father of Sami Yusuf
Babak Radmanesh, originally Azeri, was born in Tabriz (capital of Eastern Azerbaijan, Iran). He was a student of music, having studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran University. He has been a musician (traditional and pop), composer, lyricist, poet, teacher, and a singer for over three decades. He is an expert and an instructor on instruments like tar, setar, santour, barbat (Oud), kamanche, tombak and ney. He also plays other instruments such as violin, piano and keyboard. Maestros and MethodsHis violin teachers included AbulHassan Saba during childhood, and Ali Tajwidi in adolescence. In Kamanche, he benefited from the teachings of Asghar Bahari. Babak Radmanesh’s method of playing and style of teaching his students -- ...
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Jordan Unites All Faiths in Under 3 Minutes with The Gift of Love

Jordan Unites All Faiths in Under 3 Minutes with The Gift of Love
“None of you truly believes until you love for your neighbor what you love for yourself.” A saying of the Prophet Mohammad : . With the common underlying message of all major faiths, “Love of God and Love of the neighbor; or Love of the Good and Love of the neighbor,” Jordan unleashes what they’re calling the world’s first interfaith anthem as part of the World Interfaith Harmony Week initiative. The Gift of Love is Interfaith Anthem is composed, arranged and performed by the well-known singer Sami Yusuf, who’s better known in the Middle East for his song Al Mu’allem. “What a relief! To give my love, I am now you, And you are my love!” ....
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Centered: The Music and Passion of Sami Yusuf

Centered: The Music and Passion of Sami Yusuf
The questions during the live Twitterchat with the singer, songwriter and composer Sami Yusuf a few weeks ago were pouring in, hundreds every few minutes, from all corners of the world, asking about various aspects of his life, from his taste in food and movies (Burgers or pizza? Have you watched Harry Potter?), to when he would be coming to perform in their country (from Morocco to Bangladesh, Syria to Sweden), to more weighty issues (What is your life’s most memorable moment? Who is your role model? When you’re 90, what will matter most to you?). The conversation was peppered with profuse declarations of love and adoration (I adore you! Why are you so handsome? You’re the ...
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Sami Yusuf’s blessed life

Sami Yusuf’s blessed life
The British singer on his latest peace project and move to Hollywood A quick glance at Sami Yusuf’s body of work and you will notice a pattern. Ever since his 2003 debut, the British singer, known for his music with a spiritual flavour, has always been about the message of peace and of brotherhood, irrespective of religion. So, when the people behind the United Nations-endorsed World Interfaith Harmony Week came calling for a project, Yusuf just couldn’t say no. The plan was for the singer and instrumentalist to write and record a track to mark the event, held on the first week of February every year. The result, a song called The Gift of ...
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Sami Yusuf releases his ‘Gift of Love’

Sami Yusuf releases his ‘Gift of Love’
One year after he launched a soul-stirring cry for help for the people of Syria via asong called Silent Words, British singer Sami Yusuf is back at it. This time, the United Nation’s World Food Programme celebrity ambassador is promoting what he calls the world’s first interfaith anthem, a song called The Gift of Love, to mark the World Interfaith Harmony Week this week. Proposed by King Abdullah II of Jordan in 2010 and later adopted by the UN, the first week of February is now observed every year as the World Interfaith Harmony Week. Yusuf’s song and video was released on Monday to promote the event, and hopefully start a movement.   “I cannot stress ...
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