QAWWALI

QAWWALI

SUFIANA KALAM

SUFIANA KALAM

HAMD

HAMD

A hamd (حمد), Arabic for praise, is a song in praise of Allah. Traditionally, a qawwali performance starts with a hamd.


NAAT

NAAT

A naat (نعت), Arabic for description, is a song in praise of the Prophet Muhammad. The opening hamd is traditionally followed by a naat.


MANQABAT

MANQABAT

A manqabat (plural manaqib, مناقب, which means characteristics) is a song in praise of either Imam Ali or one of the Sufi saints. Manaqib in praise of Ali are sung at both Sunni and Shi'a gatherings. If one is sung, it will follow right after the naat. There is usually at least one manqabat in a traditional programme.


DOCUMENTARY

DOCUMENTARY