As we enter the month of March and leading into Navroz 2019, JollyGul.com has launched its “Qasidas Unlocked” service for the Jamat.
The on-demand service is launched initially with 32 qasida recitals by top artists. The devotional poems are written by well known and revered Muslim poets.
JollyGul.com “Qasidas Unlocked” service displays lyrics and translations as the qasidas play on its custom designed and developed audio player.
Here is the link to the “Qasidas Unlocked” service: https://www.jollygul.com/qasidas/
Qasida is an ancient Arabic word and a form of devotional poetry, often addressing a particular subject, passed to other cultures after the Arab Muslim expansion. The classic form of qasida maintains a single elaborate rhythmic structure throughout the poem, and every line rhymes on the same sound.
After the 10th century, Persians developed the qasida immensely. Nasir Khusraw, the Ismaili Persian poet, philosopher and scholar, used it extensively for philosophical, theological and ethical purposes.
Most qasidas that we encounter today are in Farsi, though they are also found in Arabic, Urdu, Indonesian and even in West African languages.