Song Lyric Sunday – A Religious Spin

Those that have read my contributions to Song Lyric Sunday know I like to introduce some lesser known music. I don’t know if many (or any) have heard of some of the artists or songs I have blogged about, but it has always been fun for me to take a song I like and search for “people who listened to also liked” and discovery new music. Now, keep in mind, I often share my miraculous finds with my daughters only to be told “Mom, seriously? I’ve been listening to them since like 5th grade.” But still…new to me.

Anyway, as it is Ramadan and I make it a point not to listen to my usual music, but rather focus on listening to the recitation of the Quran or music reminding me of the love of Allah(“Allah” means God, for those of you who don’t know. Not a new deity, but rather the same God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, etc. It is just an Arabic name for God and used because it cannot be pluralized, or given a gender.) and the Prophet Mohammed (saw), I thought I would introduce a song by Sami Yusuf called “Make Me Strong”. I am a fan of Lauren Daigle, Skillet, Red and Hawk Nelson – all of whom are considered Christian music and as my tastes are diverse, I figured no harm in introducing a Muslim singer.

Sami Yusuf is an Iranian-born British Muslim singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, record producer, and humanitarian of Azerbaijani descent. He became popular internationally after his debut album in 2003 and performs all over the world. He performs music in English, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Persian, Turkish and Urdu. His songs address social, spiritual and humanitarian issues. In addition to his music, Sami Yusuf is know for his philanthropy and humanitarian issues. His main focus appears to be fighting hunger.

Religiously, Sami was raised as a Shia Muslim, but embraced Sunni Islam growing up. (I am not an expert to discuss the differences between Sunni and Shia Islam, however, by way of brief explanation, sides were chosen after the death of the Prophet Mohammad (saw) as to who should be the successor.) Sami’s music however brings people together.

While Sami’s music is quite popular, as is that of other Muslim artists, such as Maher Zain, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and Zain Bhikha), all Muslim mainstream artists receive criticism. Music is considered impermissible in Islam by many conservative Muslims. Debates are held as to whether or not non-instrumental music would be permitted, but for the most part distracting oneself with music is considered impermissible. As with many religions, the debate is taken down to the very minutest of points and will never change. For me, I admit I do find myself distracted at time with music and it is something I struggle with, however, at the same time, songs such as this, or any song for that matter, can also remind me of God and the goals for us in this life. Lyrics are, to me, subjective. I hear what I want to hear and often resist reading about lyrics from the singer’s standpoint, as it can ruin a song for me. (“thoughts and prayers” by Grandson being the most recent song that skewed my original views on that song and the artist…boo.)

The song itself and its lyrics really need no explanation. It is, to me, a cry for guidance from God, to keep us on the straight path. To remind us of our goal and “show us the way” when we become overwhelmed by the temptations and struggles of this life. It also addresses the questions of am I doing enough and will You have Mercy on me? Personally, that deeply affects me. I believe God is Most Merciful but am I deserving of His Mercy. No way to know the answer to that until the day I stand before Him. But the reminder is enough (as are many other reminders in my daily life) to check myself.

I know I’m waiting
Waiting for something
Something to happen to me
But this waiting comes with
Trials and challenges
Nothing in life is free

I wish that somehow
You’d tell me out aloud
That on that day I’ll be ok
But we’ll never know ’cause
That’s not the way it works
Help 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

I know I’m waiting
Yearning for something
Something known only to me
This waiting comes with
Trials and challenges
Life is one mystery

I wish that somehow
You’d tell me out aloud
That on that day you’ll forgive me

But we’ll never know cause
That’s not the way it works
I beg for your mercy

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

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

Published by SadiRose

Blogging gets the noise in my head out...at least for a little while. I use blogging to weed through all that noise and find the humor in each situation, even if it takes some time to find it. I am not selling anything, just sharing experiences as a mother, Amma, wife, paralegal, volunteer, Muslimah, sister, daughter, mother-in-law, woman.

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