Album – Shaam A Prayer Of Hope

In July 2010 the North West of Pakistan experienced some of the heaviest rainfalls since 1929 that triggered floods, which resulted in over 1,600 deaths and over 20 million people being displaced from their homes and their livelihoods. Emergency support by governments and NGO’s across the world sought to provide food, clean water, medical aid and shelter whilst battling against deteriorating weather conditions. The work is ongoing; sadly, the suffering is far from over…

Having seen the heartbreaking images, we, like millions around the world were devastated and wanted to contribute as artists by releasing the “Prayer of Hope” single for the remarkable people of Pakistan and pray that you too will support the cause of those affected by donating generously.

‘Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua’ (The longing comes to my lips as Supplication) was chosen by us as it is the most widely recognised prayer by millions of people around the world, written by Pakistan’s most famous poet Allama Iqbal.

It is imperative that the disaster is not forgotten as rebuilding this region and the lives of those affected will take many years if not decades to re-establish.

Bukhari narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:

“The Muslim is the brother of his fellow-Muslim; he should not mistreat him or let him down. Whoever meets the needs of his brother, Allah will meet his needs, and whoever relieves a Muslim of some distress, Allah will relieve him of some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever conceals (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will conceal him (his faults) in this world and the next.” [Bukhari: Kitaab al-Mazaalim, Baab laa Yazlim al-Muslim [al-Muslim, Fath al-Baari, 5/97.]


Album Acknowledgements

SHAAM would like to sincerely thank everybody who came on board and supported the cause; all those individuals who sacrifi ced their time for the sake of Allah (swt), may you get a just reward in this world and the hereafter, amin.

Na’eem Raza and Sammera Ali for your extreme professionalism, optimism, sincerity and for supporting the campaign.

Matthew E. Green (you are a star), Sister Asma Ajaz-Ali and all the children from Al Medina Choir (Anwar Rahman, Asghar Ali, Imaadh Ahmed, Sana Ahmed, Reemah Suleman, Sabah Lodhi, Yusuf Ali, Hamza Rashid, Amarah Baber, Aamna Javed, Khadeeja Saffi ya Rahman, Aisha Ilyas, Zayn-Ul-Abidin Ilyas), Amani Suleman, Zahrah Ahmed, Qari Tanveer Iqbal, Steve Ash, pupils from the School Choir of King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, Jacob Genders, Tom Dowling, Chris Jones, Oliver Palmer, Edward Lawrence, Alex Pattison, Kieran Ahern, & Simon Palmer (Head of Music). Jon Cotton, Jordon Morris, Aiden Laverty of Artisan, Juggy, The Pak Foods Family, Andrew Sparks, Azeem Suleman, Zain ul Abideen of partners in Print, Ruh of Make Believe, Yusuf & Nadeem of Media Works, Tayyeb Shah, Mukhtar ul Mustafa, Farkhanda Faraz, Saydia Iqbal and Atif Saghir. Photography courtesy of Islamic Relief and Human Appeal.

CD Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua
Lyrics: Allama Iqbal
Composition and Arrangement: Traditional/Haroon Bashir
Vocals: Haroon Bashir, Yasin Alam, Imran Bashir, Mahmoud Norris
Children’s Choir: Al Medina Choir
Adult Choir: Choir of King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
Choir/Harmony Arrangement: Matthew Green/Haroon Bashir/Aidan Laverty
Adult Choir Conducted by: Matthew Green
Children’s Choir Conducted by: Aasma Ajaz-Ali
Percussion: Juggy/Matthew Green
Engineered by: Aidan Laverty
Produced by: Haroon Bashir for SHAAM Productions
Executive Producer: SHAAM