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1.30.2016

Sami Yusuf - "Fiyyashiyya " (الفياشية)


"Ana mani Fiyyash ", also known as the "Fiyyashiyya " is a famous Moroccan devotional poem (qaṣīdaᵗ) written by Sidi Othman ibn Yahya Cherki, who lived in the 17th century. He was a jeweler but also an important Sufi poet of the Zawiya Harraqiya of Tetuan. The legend says that the Sultan gave him a diamond and asked him to make an ornament for the baby his wife was going to give birth to. Unfortunately, the artisan accidentally broke the diamond in two. Worried, he could not sleep at night, wondering what he would say to the Sultan and what would be his fate. While he was awake thinking, the emissary of the Sultan knocked at his door and asked the jeweler, who was expecting the worst, to cut the diamond into two because the Sultan's wife gave birth to twins ! This story inspired Sidi Othman ibn Yahya Cherki to write his famous poem. Dr Timothy Winter (Abdal Hakim Murad) translated it into English. After "Anna fil jannati " (here on Morphosis), this is the second taste from British artist Sami Yusuf's upcoming seventh album, "Barakah ". And once again, the accompanying video was beautifully directed by Thomas Markert.

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