Awesome! The best! Spectacular! Power!
What else should I described the festival? Beyond speech. It was truly great. Worth the tickets. I had made the right decision to bring along my kids to the festival.
Let me share and go through the events and you can see how successful the festival was.
The opening was done by Ustaz Muhammad Nuzhan. I love it how he shared his Islamic knowledge throughout the event.
One of my favourite qasidah group, Qafilah Zikrullah lead by Ustaz Omar Maulana was next. Their vocals and performance were powerful.
The maulid du’a by Ustaz Masruhan Kyai Choteb was so touching…
The performance by Madrasah Aljunied Angklung Ensemble really fascinate me. They were so good in playing the angklungs that Afiqah wanted to play one too!
As always, Syamil and Ustaz Sofyan Yadi’s recitations soothed the ears and heart.
The performance that I was waiting for, AlMawlid from Malaysia!
Next on the stage was Anak-Anak Cinta Rasul lead by both my murabbi, Ustaz Solihin and Ustaz Shafi. Sad to say that my son was not selected to be on stage, but it’s ok, Allah knows best.
SimplyIslam Kidz performed next and awed the patrons with their voices.
The first time I heard the voice of Az-Zahra Ensemble from USA, I was like… wow! The soft, soothing, calm voices penetrated straight to my heart. I fell in love with them immediately. Their recitations of qasidahs truly touched me. So I straightaway bought their CD for good cause and got them to autograph.
At first I was not sure why there was a performance by Azkafada Saman Dance from Indonesia, until I read the background on where this dance originated from. It was actually created by a native Acehnese religious leader. It is almost like our Dikir Barat but when I listened to their voices carefully, there was Islamic recitations. Their performance was significant too.
Next on stage were Qawali singer, A Jainullabudin Faizi, poetry recital by Nadiputra, performances by Art Fazil and NowSeeHeart from Malayia.
Though Shaykh Hisham Kabbani came to Singapore a couple of times, this was the first time I had the chance to attend his lecture. Alhamdulillah. He is one of the greatest scholars we have.
I don’t need to write on how awe-inspiring, stunning, breathtaking Madeehul Mustafa’s qasidah performance was. Their powerful harmonic vocals while beating the duff. MasyaAllah!
The next performance was very unique. They were the Haqqani Whirling Dervishes from Indonesia. What struck me was that, they could whirl and whirl all the way till the music ended! I managed to record their performance. Simply amazing!
The last performance was by Singapore Haqqani Ensemble which was also awesome. Take a look at this video for their version of Mahalul Qiyam.
The event ended with du’a from our Shaykh Hisham Kabbani…