We are delighted to announce an exciting partnership between SHUKR and the internationally recognized nasheed artist, Zain Bhikha. SHUKR is now Zain Bhikha’s official fashion stylist, providing his complete wardrobe of clothing that he will wear in all his public appearances. He will start wearing SHUKR clothing for his forthcoming UK tour at the end of May, organized by the Families Relief charity. You can read about the tour and book tickets via their website.
Zain Bhikha’s songs are unique in their emotionally uplifting messages and despite being an internationally famous artist, he does not profit at all from his efforts: everything is done solely for charity, masha’ Allah.
One of Zain Bhikha’a signature songs, which many people consider one of the greatest English nasheeds ever, is ‘Mountains of Mecca,’ inspired by his pilgrimage to Mecca in 2004. It is a powerful narrative of prophecy, told through the imaginary eyes of the mountains of this historic valley.
One of our favorite songs from his current album, ‘1415, The Beginning,’ is an acapella version of ‘Zamilooni,’ a touching rendition of the Prophet Muhammad’s (Allah bless him and give him peace) relationship with Khadija (Allah be pleased with her), focusing on the key moment between them after the descent of the first revelation.
The following is a more in-depth background to Zain Bhikha:
Zain Bhikha is one of the most successful Islamic singers today and has inspired fans the world over with his messages of hope and upliftment. As a singer, songwriter and through creative workshops and television, Zain serves as an ambassador for promoting a positive picture of his faith whilst simultaneously delivering messages of unity amongst nations and global peace through his various projects.
From the time that Zain recorded his first album in 1994, his experience as an artist has grown tremendously, increasing his exposure in his country of birth, South Africa, as well as globally. Zain remains a pioneer in the ‘Nasheed’ genre of music, where, as one of the first English Islamic singers, he opened the door for many other artists. His albums have been launched in many countries including the United Kingdom, North America, Malaysia, France, Turkey, Holland, India, The Middle East, and Australia. He has performed live in cities across most continents and has become a household name when it comes to spiritual music.
Over and above his individual endeavors, Zain has also collaborated with a long list of artists such as Dawud Wharnsby, Native Deen, Outlandish, Sami Yusuf, Raihaan, Khalid Belhrouzhi, Ahmed Bukhatir, Imad Rami, Ziryab, Khalil Ismail and not forgetting his mentor, Yusuf Islam. His songs are mainly self-written, driven by emotion and the need to reassure people that turning and submitting to the Almighty is the hope mankind needs for the core of our everyday questions and confusion. Many of his songs represent different times in his life and the lessons he has learnt through personal experience. Zain’s songs provide young and old with an alternative to mainstream music, carrying messages of faith and remembrance of God. His music promotes spiritual contemplation and encourages people to be proud of their beliefs, who they are and to work towards a better world.