Maher Zain or Palestine?
LAST NIGHT WAS A BLAST!!! More than 3 thousand people flooded the Cultural Activity Centre (CAC) of IIUM Gombak. Outside the doors of CAC, traffic congestion occurred everywhere, the road was so packed with vehicles, security tried to do what they could. As I was doing my duty backstage (in charge of the performing artists) one question came to my mind, why did all these people come here tonight? Did they pay RM20 because to see MAHER ZAIN or to feel the urgency to help PALESTINE? Yeah, what is your answer?
A week before, while I was on duty at our PTWBF booth in front of the female IIUM Mosque, a sister came to our booth and approached me.
“Brother, is the ticket still available, a friend of mine said it’s sold out” the sister asked.
“What ticket sis?” I asked her as if I didn’t know.
“The ticket on the Palestine Concert” said her.
“Oho, why didn’t you say the concert that Maher Zain will be performing, it’s the same thing actually”
“Maher Zain is performing?! I didn’t know about that” said the sister. Suprised.
“You didn’t know? See sis, you’re the first person to ask me, the ticket to Palestine Concert, instead of Maher Zain concert.”
Out of all the person I met, in Facebook or face to face, they all kept on repeating “Maher Zain’s concert...Maher Zain this...Maher Zain that...Maher Zain’s coming...I love you Maher Zain...bla..bla..bla" without ever stating our main focus is Palestine Tomorrow Will Be Free (PTWBF).
I admit that Maher Zain’s voice is wonderful, his music is entertaining and his song lyrics are mesmerising, I wonder why people are so crazy about him, screaming his name like someone possessed as if he knows you. All of you forget the da’wah that he is trying to convey through his song, through his lyrics. He only wants you to remember Allah, remember what the prophet teaches us. Maher Zain is not the same as other artists like Eminem or Lady Gaga, so don’t treat him as someone similar to them. Maher Zain is still a human being, a muslim who wants the betterment in Islam.
But to me the highlight for last night was Shoutul Harakah not Maher Zain. I was the one who fetched them at the airport and the nights with them. I can conclude all the members of Shoutul Harakah as “True popularity is not the popularity which is followed after, but the popularity which follows after.” Shoutul Harakah to me are like my family, they treat me as if I’m they’re little brother. Why did I say this? Because I’ve spent many times together with Shoutul Harakah. Maher Zain? One day Inshallah.
Last words from me, Alhamdulillah, total collection of donation for Palestine for 4 days was RM24 thousand*.
The one needin ur dua’
*Concert Mahabbah GAZA=RM23 Thousand, Palestine Mass Gathering=RM123 Thousand.