A Is for Allah

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A Is for Allah
Studio album by Yusuf Islam
Released July 11, 2000
Genre Children's music, Nasheed
Label Mountain of Light
Yusuf Islam chronology
Prayers of the Last Prophet
(1999)
A Is for Allah
(2000)
Bismillah
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

A is for Allah is the name of a double album created for Muslim children by Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens, originally known as Steven Demetre Georgiou). The album was released on July 11, 2000 by Resurgence UK Records. The title song was written in 1980 upon the birth of Yusufs first child, a daughter named Hasanah.[2] Yusuf wanted his daughter to learn the Arabic language as well as read and understand the Qu'ran (in Arabic). He himself was raised in London, the same city where they still lived, and had kept a home there throughout his life. Being a recent convert to the Islamic religion, he was concerned with the difficulties he will face securing a high quality 'Islamic' education for his children.

The musician used the song as a vehicle to teach other children about the 28-letter Arabic alphabet.[2] This kind of Islamic music is also known as nasheed in the Arabic language. Utilizing the talents of other Muslim musicians -Zain Bhikha from South Africa who sang on all but one track, the album that had been in the works since 1994, with the exception of the title track (dating back to 1980), was released with a large colorful book. Each page displayed a letter of the Arabic alphabet, by Mountain of Light, Yusuf Islam's own record imprint.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Introduction"
  2. "A: Allah"
  3. "Ayat al-Kursi (2: 255)"
  4. "Say He Is Allah"
  5. "B: Bismillah"
  6. "Bismillah"
  7. "T: Taqwa"
  8. "Th: Thawab"
  9. "J: Jannah"
  10. "Surah Al-Kahf (18: 31)"
  11. "H: Hajj"
  12. "Kh: Khatam"
  13. "D: Deen"
  14. "Our Guide is the Qur'an"
  15. "Dh: Dhikr"
  16. "R: Ramadan"
  17. "Z: Zakah"
  18. "Surah At-Tawba (9: 34-35)"
  19. "S: Salam"
  20. "Salam, Salam"
  21. "Sh: Shams"
  22. "Surah Al-An'am (6: 79)"
  23. "S: Salat"
  24. "D: Duha"
  25. "Surah Ad-Dhuha (93: 1-11)"
  26. "T: Tareeq"

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Turn to Allah"
  2. "Z: Zill"
  3. "I: Ilm"
  4. "Gh: Ghayb"
  5. "F: Fatihah "
  6. "Surah Al-Fatihah (1: 1-7)"
  7. "Q: Qur'an"
  8. "Surah Al-Qadr (97: 1-5)"
  9. "Qur'anu Rabbee"
  10. "K: Kalimah"
  11. "L: La Ilaha Illa-Allah"
  12. "M: Muhammad Rasul-Allah"
  13. "Seal of the Prophets"
  14. "N: Nawm"
  15. "Surah As-Sajda (32: 16)"
  16. "H: Hijrah"
  17. "W: Wu'du"
  18. "Surah Al-Muddaththir (74: 1-5)"
  19. "Y: Yawm Ad-Deen"
  20. "Surah Al-Infitar (82: 1-19)"
  21. "A Is for Allah"
  22. "Last Word"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r430603
  2. ^ a b Solomon, Deborah (2007-01-07). "Singing a New Song". The New York Times Magazine. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 

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