I recently attended my friend Tasneem Harnaker birthday and was quite excited as she got a group of Islamic men that recited the Qasida al Burda.
I had no idea at the time what this was all about but knew that it had something to with the Prophet Muhammed (P) and of course the banging of drums, so you can understand my excitement.... I LOVE DRUMS !!
Qaṣīdat al-Burda (Arabic: قصيدة البردة, "Poem of the Mantle") is an ode of praise for the Islamic prophet Muhammad composed by the eminent Sufi, Imam al-Busiri (Muḥammad b. Saʿīd b. Ḥammād b. Muḥsin b. Abū Surūr b. Ḥibbān b. ʿAbdullah b. Mallak al-Sanhajī) of Egypt. The poem, whose actual title is al-Kawākib ad-Durrīya fī Madḥ Khayr al-Barīya ("Celestial Lights in Praise of the Best of Creation"), is famous mainly in the Sunni Muslim world. It is entirely in praise of Muhammad, who is said to have cured the poet of paralysis by appearing to him in a dream and wrapping him in a mantle or cloak.
The evening was mystical and magical with arabic chants and drum beats . We where reminded that there was something greater than ourselves in this world and left everyone that attend with a raised spiritual awareness and focus.
I tried to capture the essence of this mystical evening.