A Hamd (Arabic: حمد) is a poem or song in praise of Allah. A hamd is usually written in Arabic, Persian, Punjabi, or Urdu. The word "hamd" comes from the Qur'an, which Muslims believe to be Allah's Word; its English translation is "Praise".
Hamds are sung and recited all over the Muslim world, from Indonesia to Morocco. A Qawwali performance usually includes at least one hamd, which is traditionally the first song in the performance.
Some well-known hamd singers are Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sabri Brothers, and Qari Waheed Zafar.
Modern English language singers of hamd include Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens), Sami Yusuf and Nusrullah Khan Noori.