Muslim Musicians / Nasheed Artists

Top musicians from around the Muslim world

Traditionally, Islamic music has been limited to the human voice and percussion (drum). But within these constraints, Muslim artists have been both modern and creative. Relying on the beauty and harmony of their God-given voices, Muslims use music to remind people of ​Allah, His signs, and His teachings to man. In Arabic, these types of songs are known as ​​nasheed. Here are some of the top modern Muslim nasheed artists today:

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Yusuf Islam at the 2009 MOJO Awards in London
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Formerly known as Cat Stevens, Yusuf had a successful pop music career before embracing Islam in the late 1970's. He then took a hiatus from performing live and focused on educational and philanthropic projects. In 1995, Yusuf returned to the recording studio to begin making a series of albums about the ​Prophet Muhammad and other Islamic themes. More »

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Sami Yusuf
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Sami Yusuf is a British composer/singer/musician of Azerbaijani origin. Born into a musical family, Sami studied music at several institutions and plays several instruments. Sami Yusuf is one of the few popular Islamic nasheed artists who sings with extensive musical accompaniment and makes music videos aired throughout the Muslim world, causing some devout Muslims to shy away from his work. More »

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American Muslim Hip-Hop band Native Deen performs live at State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah
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This group of three African-American men has a unique rhythm, setting Islamic lyrics to rap and hip-hop music. Band members Joshua Salaam, Naeem Muhammd, and Abdul-Malik Ahmad have been performing together since 2000 and are active in community work in their native Washington DC. Native Deen performs live to sold-out audiences throughout the world. More »
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Seven 8 Six
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Sometimes referred to as the "boy band" of the Islamic music scene, this singing group from Detroit has performed their popular harmonies live throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. More »

Dawud Wharnsby Ali
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After embracing Islam in 1993, this Canadian singer began writing nasheeds (Islamic songs) and poems about the beauty of Allah's creation, the natural curiosity and faith of children, and other inspirational themes. More »

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Zain Bhikha
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This South African Muslim has been gifted with a beautiful tenor voice, which he has used to entertain and touch crowds of fans since 1994. More »

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Raihan
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This Malaysian group has won music industry awards in their native country. The band's name means "Fragrance of Heaven." More »

Abida Parveen is a Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music.
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Muslims hold varying opinions about the acceptability and limits of music under Islamic guidance and law. The sister at Muhajabah.com does a good job outlining the arguments for and against, with links to further details on the range of opinion. More »