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Malam Kalimah Cinta: A Night to Remember

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As it was my first time attending a Hafiz Hamidun show, forgive me if I pour too much praise on such a wonderful night in the next few paragraphs. It so happened that I somehow managed to secure two passes to the 24th December show at Istana Budaya.

Having arrived there early, the build-up and anticipation was the purest form of pleasure. The show began at 8.30 pm and went on for around two hours that evening. Among the attendees were Ahmad Fedtri Yahya (who penned the lyrics of one of the songs that Hafiz performed that night), Suhaimi Saad, formerly of Inteam, Izwan Malik, ex Selangor FM DJ, and perhaps the surprise guest of the night, Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi along with his wife who I assume from her theatrics was more of a fan compared to her husband.

Hafiz’s playlist for the evening, as evident in the title of the event comes mostly from his brainchild, the Zikir Terapi series. In between belting out songs or zikir, one could say that he is a natural on the stage, the way he playfully interacts with the crowd and almost at will turning the moment into a more serious tone moving to the next hit. The first half of the performance was filled with melodies and zikir full of praises to Allah while in the second half was more of remembering our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. Hafiz spoke of his friendship with Abdul Rahman Muhammad before singing the singer songwriter’s hit single, Law Kaana Bainana. All of it seem fitting as the show fell on date of birth of the Prophet s.a.w.


There was a special appearance mid-show. Lah Ahmad made a short guest appearance on stage giving Hafiz a while of a breather. Bringing along his new public image, Lah sang two songs, the first is the altered version of Ayu, the song made popular during his V.E. days and secondly, Salam, which is a salawat from his 2014 Solo Album. Lah’s soulful presence that night further highlighted the night as one to remember for ages.

As with any world class performances, the music department did not disappoint either. Hafiz (and Lah) were flanked by industrious musicians and back-up singers throughout the evening. They provided the necessary vibes and extravagant grooves to the set. On stage, Hafiz was also joined by some, as he called them, Sufi dancers to further liven up the stage while he did his thing.

Hafiz ended the night by performing his song made popular by Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza. For a while the audience thought that Dato’ Siti was going to join Hafiz on stage for a duet. It turned out to be one of the many light hearted jokes made by Hafiz customary of his playful personality. However, I found it to be a touch of class when Hafiz took the time to explain the meaning behind the wordings in the lyrics of Mikraj Cinta. All this while I only know Mikraj Cinta as another Siti Nurhaliza song that hit the airwaves of local radio stations without actually grasping the message that he wanted to portray to listeners.

Throughout the night Hafiz Hamidun showcased himself as a rare talent with exceptional showmanship blessed with a wonderful soothing voice. His quality approach to music is much welcomed in this era of hedonism that is killing the community and threatening the very purpose of life. Overall, it was a perfect way to spend the splendid evening on the birth date of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

If only they had let us have popcorn or light snacks and drinks during the show.

photos by Firdaus Mahadi

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I’m Not Ready To Let You Go – A Zain Bhikha Single That Speaks To The Heart

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I'm Not Ready To Let You Go - Zain Bhikha.

Iconic Zain Bhikha who has won the hearts of Muslims throughout the word for three decades of song, story and the Dada and Me children’s series, releases a deeply personal song after many years. “I’m Not Ready To Let You Go” is an emotionally moving tribute to his beloved father Rashid Bhikha, a man who embodied faith, strength, unwavering love for his family, and left his mark on the world for his contribution to medicine and humanity.

Zain’s songs have always been a reflection of his personal life’s journey reflecting his faith, but more so, the meandering nature of being human, and this one is no different. Though the nature of its message speaks to the universal feelings of love and loss that we can all relate to. With hundreds of songs inspiring and motivating hearts towards Allah, “I’m Not Ready To Let You Go” is undoubtedly going to become a comfort and a favourite of Zain Bhikha fans.

“My father passed away a few months ago, he was the anchor that held us all together, the mountain upon which we all stand and the guiding light that showed us the way, I miss him every day,” said Zain Bhikha.

I’m Not Ready To Let You Go is available as a voice-only version. The official video is available on the ZainBhikhaOfficial YouTube channel and the audio, on all major music streaming platforms.

Other Releases

“Voice In Your Head” is a deep reflection of the unwavering love that parents bestow upon their children. It talks of the all-encompassing nature of a parents’ dedication to their children and the way that bond shapes who we are and who we become.

“The Forgiven” (featuring BoonaaM) delves into a powerful Hadith (prophetic narration) about forgiveness and Allah’s mercy. This song artfully tells the story of a man’s journey towards redemption.

“Salvation” (featuring Ashley Belal Chin) takes listeners on a heartfelt exploration of seeking Allah (SWT). The song emphasizes the closeness of Allah’s presence, reminding us that He is always with us.

All three songs are available in both voice-and-drum and voice-only versions on all major music streaming platforms. You can find the official videos* on the ZainBhikhaOfficial YouTube channel.

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“Deep betul lagu raya terbaru Daqmie dan Mestica ni…”

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Yang Mulia - Daqmie x Mestica. Sumber: Daqmie

Selain Munif Hjjaz, seorang lagi figura yang aktif menghasilkan karya secara konsisten, tidak lain tidak bukan, penyanyi dan komposer terkenal; Daqmie.

Kali ini, Daqmie bekerjasama dengan Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam Malaysia (PERKIM) Cawangan Datuk Keramat menghasilkan sebuah lagu raya terbaru berjudul Yang Mulia. Lagu ini disampaikan oleh Daqmie dan Mestica.

Pengerusi PERKIM Cawangan Datuk Keramat; Ustaz Mohamad Suhaimi Abdul Aziz yang juga merupakan penulis lirik, berkata lagu tersebut mengisahkan hubungan masyarakat dengan golongan mualaf di negara ini.

“Lagu tersebut dinyanyikan oleh Daqmie dan juga Kumpulan Mestica yang mengisahkan hubungan antara masyarakat dengan golongan mualaf.

“Ia sebagai salah satu usaha dakwah kami agar masyarakat turut sama terlibat dengan usaha yang kami gerakkan ini sekaligus membantu mereka yang memerlukan,” katanya ketika sidang akhbar yang diadakan di sini.

Menurutnya idea penghasilan single ini tercetus hasil perbincangan dengan Daqmie yang juga merupakan komposer bagi lagu tersebut.

“Selaku Duta Mualaf PERKIM Datuk Keramat, Daqmie pernah melontarkan idea agar usaha dakwah PERKIM tidak terlalu terikat dengan kaedah lama namun harus dipelbagai agar sesuai dengan zaman.

“Bermula dari situ maka terlahirlah lagu ini yang turut diterapkan dengan melodi kontemporari bagi menarik minat masyarakat khususnya generasi muda.

“Kami mengharapkan dengan kepakaran dan populariti Daqmie dan kumpulan Mestica dapat menarik minat lebih ramai anak muda dengan kerja dakwah yang aktif di platform digital dan media sosial,” ujarnya pula.

Terdahulu PERKIM Datuk Keramat meraikan golongan mualaf dengan mengadakan Majlis Berbuka Puasa sekaligus melancarkan single raya tersebut.

Sementara itu Daqmie ketika mengulas berkata cabaran utama ketika penghasilan lagu ini ialah kekangan masa sambil berharap single raya ini dapat diterima masyarakat.

“Antara cabaran ketika menghasilkan lagu ini ialah masa yang diberi agak suntuk. Ketika Ustaz (Suhaimi) maklumkan PERKIM mahu terbit lagu raya pada mulanya saya agak terkejut.

“Namun setelah berbincang dengan rakan-rakan kami akhirnya bersetuju menerima cabaran ini, alhamdulliah kerjasama yang diberikan semua pihak akhirnya single ini berjaya direalisasikan.

“Semoga lagu ini dapat diterima semua pihak sekaligus memeriahkan sambutan Aidilfitri pada tahun ini,” katanya pula.

Pemilihan kumpulan Mestica sebagai rakan duet dalam lagu ini dilihat mampu mengubat rindu dikalangan peminat Mestica yang sentiasa menantikan karya baharu dari kumpulan nasyid popular tersebut.

Lagu Yang Mulia telah berada di pasaran dan boleh distrim di semua platform penstriman muzik digital yang sah. Manakala video muzik Yang Mulia boleh ditonton di saluran Youtube Daqmie Channel.

Untuk rekod PERKIM merupakan organisasi yang aktif dengan kerja-kerja dakwah dan kebajikan untuk menyebarluaskan syiar Islam kepada golongan Islam dan belum Islam di negara ini.

Sumber: Daqmie

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Sah! Malaysia Sambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri Pada Rabu 10 April 2024 Bersamaan 1 Syawal 1445H

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Masjid Putra, Putrajaya. Sumber: Tourism Malaysia

Umat Islam di Malaysia akan menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri pada hari Rabu, 10 April 2024 bersamaan 1 Syawal 1445H.

Pengumuman ini dibuat oleh Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja; Tan Sri Syed Danial bin Syed Ahmad dalam Pengumuman Tarikh Hari Raya yang disiarkan di semua radio dan televisyen tempatan sebentar tadi.

“Bagi menyempurnakan titah perintah Ke Bawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, setelah diperkenan oleh Duli-Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja-Raja, maka adalah dengan ini saya mengisytiharkan bahawa tarikh Hari Raya Puasa bagi negeri-negeri seluruh Malaysia ditetapkan pada hari Rabu, 10 April 2024,” katanya.

Penetapan tarikh Hari Raya Aidilfitri ini dibuat berdasarkan rukyah dan hisab.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri diucapkan kepada semua umat Islam. Maaf zahir dan batin.

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