Mevlidi Sherif

Cambridge and Oxford, 13th and 11th March respectively

Assalamu 'alaikum,

"Allah and His angels send blessing on the Prophet; O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him and salute him with all respect".

Surah al-Ahzab Verse 56 [Abdullah Yusuf Ali]

Last week - during the month of Rabi al-Awwal - millions of Muslims around the world raised themselves singly and in gatherings of tens, hundreds and thousands to praise the Messenger of Allah Muhammad, peace be upon him, his family and his companions. For it was on a Monday, on the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal that al-Mustafa - the chosen one - was brought into this world to change it and our hearts forever. He was sent to all peoples and thus praise of him - peace be upon him - echoes from voices heard around the world. The scholastic cities of Oxford and Cambridge both joined in this wave of rejoicing in gatherings wonderfully expressive of the love Muslims have for he who is most beloved of Allah.


Cambridge's town and gown met in Wolfson College during this year's 'Love for the Beloved' event. Both this and the Oxford gathering can be downloaded in whole or as parts outlined below:

Listen to the whole Mawlid
Download the whole Mawlid (MP3, 120MB - 2hr 11mins)

1. The gathering opened with Fatiha, Surah al-Ikhlas, Falaq, Nas, then continued with some istighfar and salawat led by Sheikh Abdal Hakim.

2. The Sheikh recites two poems written by the great wali and pillar of Istanbul Aziz Mahmud Hudayi (Allah have mercy on his soul), who now rests in the neighbourhood of Uskudar.

Listen to the the poems
Download the poems (MP3, 7.54MB 8mins 14 secs)

3. The Sheikh leads the recital of another of Aziz Mahmud Hudayi's poems 'Asikin Maksudu'. The text and translation by Shiekh Abdal Hakim can be found here.

Listen to Asikin Maksudu
Download Asikin Maksudu (MP3, 2.62MB 2mins 52secs)

4. The gathering now moves on to recite the eminent Hadrami scholar Habib Umar's mawlid text about the Prophet - peace be upon him - titled al-Diya al-Lami', the Shimmering Light, which can be downloaded with translation here. Traditionally in between chapters of such a text an Arabic qasida is recited. In light of the nature of our community English songs are sung instead: Litany VII, Litany XXX. In addition, an English translation of parts of the Ottoman wali Suleyman Chelebi's mawlid poem Mevlidi Sherif - text found here.

Listen to Al-Diya al-Lami'
Download Al-Diya al-Lami' (MP3, 21.8MB - 23mins 52 secs)

5. We now move onto two songs, the first, Bird of the Soul was written by Sefer efendi and translated by Sheikh Abdal Hakim and is set to a melody written by Zeki Altun.

6. This qasida is written by the great 17th century scholar and saint Imam Abdallah b. 'Alawi al-Haddad (Allah have mercy on his soul), who was born and died in the Hadrami town of Tarim, Yemen. The melody is from a royalist air titled 'When the King enjoys his own again'. The musical notation is here and the arabic text here. Imam Haddad's Diwan can be found on this website also replete with other valuable resources (warning; may take some time to load).

7. Poems written in Farsi including the famous lines by Sheikh Sa'di (Allah have mercy on his soul) are now recited by members of Cambridge's Iranian community.

Listen to the Persian recital
Download the Persian recital (MP3, 6.56MB - 7mins 9secs)

8. A few of the Brothers from the Isoc contributed with a few well known Arabic nasheeds including Talama ashku gharami and Tala al Badru 'alayna - a song that has been on Muslim lips since the emigration of the Prophet peace be upon him from Mecca to Medina in the year 622 (0 H). The text can be found here

Listen to the Brothers' Medley and Dua'
Download the Brothers' Medley and Dua' (MP3, 15.1MB 16mins 30secs)


A few days previously the Oxford Isoc organised a wonderful gathering with Sheikhs Babikr and Ozturk and Sudanese nasheed reciters as part of their Experience Islam Term. We apologise in advance for the poor quality of some of the recordings - the event overwhelmed our hearts but unfortunately also the capabilities of our recorder. The videos may act as a compensation. A full video recording will soon be available; please keep visiting www.ouisoc.com for this and other information.

Listen to the whole Mawlid
Download the whole Mawlid (MP3, 75.7MB - 1hr 22secs)

1. Sheikh Ozturk, a visiting scholar from Istanbul, opens with the recitation of the famous verses (40 to 48) from the Chapter of the Confederates in praise of the Prophet peace be upon him.

Listen to Surah al-Ahzab
Download Surah al-Ahzab (MP3, 7.54MB 8mins 14secs)

Surah al-Ahzab verse 56 - Sheikh Ozturk - Salute him!

2. Sheikh Ozturk then moves on to beautifully recite the passages in Suleyman Chelebis Mevlidi Sherif (mentioned above) regarding the birth of the Prophet peace be upon him through the eyes of his mother Amina hatun.

Listen to Mevlidi Sherif
Download Mevlidi Sherif (MP3, 8.83MB - 9mins 38secs)

3. This begins a series of anasheed sung in the Sudanese fashion. Unfortunately some of the other recordings are obscured somewhat by the voices of others in the gathering.

Listen to Ibrahim Madih [1]
Download Ibrahim Madih [1] (MP3, 5.79MB - 6mins 19secs)

Ibrahim Madih - La ilaha Illa Allah

4. One of the most beloved of our Shuyukh, Sheikh Babikr scarcely needs an introduction but just in case one can be found here. He delivers a powerful talk about the Prophet peace be upon him, and our need to realise our humanity by harkening back to what he laid down for us in his sunnah.

Listen to Sheikh Babikr's talk
Download Sheikh Babikr's talk (MP3, 53.5MB - 58mins 30secs)

Tala al Badru 'alayna - Sheikh Ozturk

5. The second of Ibrahim Madih's Sudanese contributions.

Listen to Ibrahim Madih [2]
Download Ibrahim Madih [2] (MP3, 9.93MB - 10mins 51secs)

6. And the third

Listen to Ibrahim Madih - Anta nur min nur [3]
Download Ibrahim Madih - Anta nur min nur [3] (MP3, 4.47MB - 5mins 13secs)

7. Sheikh Babikr offers some closing remarks and the gathering closes with supplications to Allah.

Listen to the closing remarks and ad'iya
Download the closing remarks and ad'iya (MP3, 10.3MB 11mins 15secs)

Wassalamu 'alaikum

"Allah and His angels send blessing on the Prophet; O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him and salute him with all respect"


Anonymous said...

This was pure joy to listen to.

Anonymous said...

Bravo, Cambridge!

Anonymous said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
thank you for putting this up.

O Allah, Exalted, send blessings on your beautiful slave Muhammed, forever and always...

Anonymous said...

Would it be possible to post a copy of the two English poems recited during the mawlid?
Or are they available anywhere on the internet?

Cambridge Khutbas said...
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Cambridge Khutbas said...

Assalamu 'alaikum,

I hope this finds you well. Which two English poems were you referring to? Which file are they in? Were they sung or recited by a single voice? If you could type a few words from the poem we can identify which one it is and get them up.

As far as we know we put everything in English up, but let us know just in case!

Best wishes and Salams

CKETC team

Anonymous said...

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem,
Assalamu 'alaikum.
Many thanks to all the CKETC team!

May you all be bless in this world and the next...

May the most beloved of Allah (peace be upon him)greet you all with Salam,Ameen.

SimplyPrecious said...

Alsalamu alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatu

Mawlid Mubarak to the Shiyookh, organizers, attendees and readers/listeners :)

As a Sudanese in the US but an affiliation with the UK (as most Sudanese!), it was an absolute delight to know that this dhikr was in Cambridge! My heart swells with pride and joy at the thought and pray that the attendees enjoyed our different Madeeh style :)

May Allah unite us all with the Beloved salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, where our gatherings (real or virtual) can be a witness for our love for him.

Jazakum Allahu kul kheir for posting these clips,
Walsalamu alaykum

Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for such love and care that goes into this website. For someone living in Australia to have access to zikr offered on the other side of the world is indeed Rahmat from Allah swt.

May Allah reward the CKETC team generously
Salams from a sister in Australia

Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting this, and so many other beautiful sermons on. Allah emanet olun. Chris

shazanax said...

Assalaamu alaiykum,
This sounds absolutely beautiful. Could you please post the translation for the poems on #2? Where it reads: 'The Sheikh recites two poems written by the great wali and pillar of Istanbul Aziz Mahmud Hudayi (Allah have mercy on his soul), who now rests in the neighbourhood of Uskudar.' Or if you could please direct me to where I could find it?
Barak Allah feekum in abundance