Xulfi pens emotional note on ‘Asma-ul-Husna’ making
Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka Xulfi has added another accolade to his collection and once again has brought Pakistani music to the limelight in the international arena.
This time, he has produced the video of “Asma-ul-Husna,” the 99 attributes of Allah, recited by superstar Atif Aslam.
The three-and-a-half-minute track is on the 99 attributes of Allah. The recitation was produced by Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan alias Xulfi, while the video was directed by Asim Raza.
Taking to Facebook, Xulfi penned an emotional note and wrote: “One of many posts I’m going to write about this. Because jitna bhee likhoon shayad kum hai. This is going to be more of a personal note with some light being shed on the process.
He further adds, “Everything happens for a reason at its due time. When Coke contacted me for discussing a project for Coke Studio for Ramazan, I went down my memory lane to visit the strongest memory of a spiritual composition that still resides in me. That was Asma-ul-Husna, the names of Allah. I presented the idea of reimagining it to them. They loved it and here we are today.”
“Now, these times aren’t the normal times we have lived till now. The world is in quarantine. With all the cons associated with these times, there are some beautiful pros too. The biggest one for me is self-improvement. Nature is self-improving through healing. We can see it everywhere. And we, humans, are expressing ourselves more than we used to, learning new things on the way.” Xulfi said.
He further added: “I found this to be the perfect inspiration for me. Spent countless hours looking at the stars in the clearest sky I’ve ever seen in my city. My love for the universe and it’s knowledge grew many folds. I decided that for this re-imagination of Asma-ul-Husna, I’ll begin before the beginning of time.”
He concluded saying: “The sounds you hear in the start are actual sounds of a black hole collision (converted by Caltech USA from electromagnetic vibrations to sound waves). In my mind and philosophy, a collision like that in another space and time caused our Big Bang and began our space and time. And the first sound you hear after the Big Bang is the first time the word, the concept, “Allah” echoed in our universe, long before we existed. I used the sound of “Allah” from the iconic Azaan from Makkah. And from then on, the journey through time begins in the honour of the Creator, the Deity “Allah”. The soundscape is layered with sounds from NASA and other Nature sound archives. The sound of the Earth, The sound of the Sun. The sound of underwater life. The sound of nature.”