:: Title :: La Ilaha Ila Allah (There is No God But God)
:: Genre :: amdah nabawiya, religious song, song of praise
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified [bendir, vocal]
:: Group Name :: The Men of God
:: Setting :: The tomb of Moulay Idriss
:: Location :: Fes (Fès-Dar-Dbibegh), Fès-Boulemane (Morocco)
:: Language :: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
:: Culture :: Moroccan, Arab, Fes
:: Session :: Fes III 9/67
:: Date :: 9/27/1967
:: Reference Information :: T2099.0, Track 11 (00:04:27)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - More recordings from the moussem of Moulay Idriss in Fes. This session comprises mostly religious folk songs and music of Sufi orders (ar. turuq, sing: tariqa). The tradition of celebration and veneration of holy men (ar. auliya') such as Moulay Idriss stems from Sufism, the mystical strand of Islamic belief, and several turuq incorporate music into their ritual practice, including the Hamadcha and 'Aissaouia orders.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - The men of God (an association of men who always speak of God) -chorus of 10-12 males with frame drums (poor recording). "There is only one God and Muhammad is his prophet, there is no God but God in heaven, Allah, the God who sees all, the good and the bad."
0 - The text "La ilaha ila Allah" (There is no God but God) is part of the Islamic shahada, or profession of faith. Traditionally, all that is required to convert to Islam is to publicly recite the shahada: 'Ashadu an la ilaha ila allah wa ashadu anna muhammadan rasul-ullah' (I testify that there is no God but God and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of God).
:: Collection :: Morocco 1967

 

 

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