Unity is an album conceptualized, written and sung by Mohammed Khider. Development of the Album began in early 2016. The Album’s main focus is to enlighten humanity and specifically the Muslim nation towards unification. Today the Muslim nation is deeply affected and saddened due to its lack of unity and infiltration of intolerance and extremism.
Verse 103 from Surah Al- Imran in the Holy Quran highlights the importance of unity:
“And hold firmly to the rope of God all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of God upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does God make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.”
Unity exists in many forms. First, there exists a unity within oneself to hold steadfast against one’s own inclinations and desires. Once person is unified they can focus on their greater goal in life. There is also unity in a family, which consists of the husband and wife, parents and children and then the greater family. Once unified, the individual members can be focused and work towards a greater cause and be a productive component in any society at large.
Once a family is united then unification extends to our community, city and country. Disunity is the primary factor in the dissolution of marriages, families, communities and faiths.
The tracks in the Album focus on the theme of unity in its various components:
Track Details (13 tracks total):
Ya Ummati ( English and Arabic) – “O My Nation” – which refers to the cry of the Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w) for his nation. This song/nasheed stresses the importance of unity in the Muslim Nation throughout the world highlighting its most distressing concerns which specifically are the issues of oppression and suppression of the poor and weak and also the conflict between different created sects of the faith since its birth.
Zawjati (English and Urdu) – “My Wife” – a song/nasheed dedicated to my wife and also a song/nasheed to stress the importance of unity and love between a husband and wife. In today’s society, extramarital affairs are common and divorce rates are skyrocketing mainly due to the lack of concern and respect for one another among other factors.
Ya Rahman (English and Urdu) – “O Beneficent” – A cry to the Lord of the Worlds and a question as to why so many divisions and sects have formed overtime. This song/nasheed is also a plea to unify the nation. The essence the song is realization of our current state.
Waliday Al habiban- “My Beloved Parents” – a song/nasheed dedicated to my parents and also to stress the importance of unity and love between a child and their parents. In one aspect, dis-unification occurs initially between a husband and wife which may lead to further disunity between their children and themselves.
Ya Rabbi and Aye Khuda (English and Urdu) – “O My Lord” – A soul is searching for their Lord as it doesn’t feel content without His remembrance. Affairs of his world, desires and wants have emptied the individual and made them devoid of guidance. The soul questions his Lord in regards to the current state of mankind.
Ya Banati – “O my daughters” – a song dedicated to my daughters and also any individual with daughters which reflects the affection of a father for his daughters no matter what age they may be.
Ya Rasulallah – “O Messenger of God” – a song dedicated to the messenger God who is the most cherished person in the Islamic faith. He is also our teacher in all aspects of life. Despite his detailed instructions, we as a nation have done exactly the opposite of what he taught. Today the Muslim Nation is shown as being unjust and hateful. Our solution is to go back to his teachings.
We Cant Change Our – “we can’t change our condition until we change ourselves”. For any change to develop we must change our inner soul. A song and cry for this Ummah/Nation. If we have to be what we once were we must reflect on this.
We Must Survive – “we must survive in these dark times”. We are living in the “dark times” of the Ummah/Nation. This song stresses the importance of the initial revelation brought down to us by the Prophet. Our goal is to use his revelation to reach our prior state