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Published: Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 1:48:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 1:51:50 PM

Nasyid group Raihan serenades North America

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian nasyid group Raihan delighted audiences with their award-winning Islamic music at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) Convention in Toronto, Canada last December.

The convention, one of the largest of its kind in North America, saw over 25,000 attendees packing the Metro Toronto Convention Hall.

The speaker roster included prominent Islamic thinkers, academics and educators such as the Boston-based Imam Suhaib Webb, who was named one of the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims in the World’ by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010.

In their closing performance on Dec 29, Raihan entertained the crowd with favourites such as Allahu, Your Face Is Bright, Thank You Allah and Assubhu Bada, which were made available to convention-goers via a downloadable app.

Young Canadian Muslim children at RIS joined them to sing Rakan Selawat and Cahaya Selawat, and the quartet connected with fans during a meet-and-greet session after the show.

It was their fourth invitation to North America, with prior engagements including the Muslim Day programme at Paramount Wonderland, a premier amusement park now known as Canada’s Wonderland.


During their week-long visit, the members also filmed a documentary about the Muslim community in Canada.

With an OnIslam report terming the convention as “a major platform for some of the leading Muslim personalities from around the world to address one of the largest assemblies of Muslims in the western hemisphere”, the group was able to interview a diverse Muslim audience from US and Canada on their experiences in the region.

Raihan, which is Arabic for ‘fragrance of heaven’, debuted as a five-member act in 1995 with the album Puji-Pujian.

Currently comprised of Che Amran Idris, Abu Bakar Md Yatim, Amran Ibrahim and Zulfadli Bin Mustaza, the group’s has fascinated audiences worldwide with their best-selling nasyid albums, an Islamic music genre with religious lyrics.

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