JollyGul.com presents Nasir Khusraw’s Persian qasida Guzinam (I Choose) recited by Shahid Akhtar Qalandar. The video with music has lyrics, Urdu and English translations displayed.
Shahid also plays the rabab (lute-like musical instrument used in Central and West Asia) in this video and did the music composition. Music and video is produced by Waqas Ali who also played the flute. The audio and video production was done in Pakistan and in the USA.
Nasir Khusraw was an 11th Century Fatimid Period Persian poet, philosopher, Ismaili scholar, traveler and one of the greatest writers in Persian literature.
Shahid Akhtar Qalandar is a Pakistani singer-songwriter, instrumentalist born and raised in Hunza Valley, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. He now lives in the USA. Shahid’s inspiration since the age of 12 years came from watching his grandfather and grandfather’s brother play the rabab and sing qasidas after Jamatkhana ceremonies.
Shahid has recorded 6 Albums to date and has been part of promoting the cultural music of mountain areas at local and international level as a lead singer and rabab player. He is an ardent believer in the ability of music (and education) to break barriers and build a more tolerant world. Shahid has always encouraged the youth especially girls from Gilgit-Baltistan to learn music and acquire education to break the male dominance in regional music.
Shahid also helped guide musicians from Hunza to perform at the Diamond Jubilee Arts Festival in Lisbon, Portugal in 2017.
Nasir Khusraw says in the qasida that he has chosen the Quran and Islam because these were the choices of Muhammad (PBUH) and by following these two, his faith will be like the faith of Muhammad (PBUH). The key to heaven, proof of divine blessings and citadel of peace is the religion of Muhammad (PBUH).
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