Aashiq Al Rasul -meaning Lovers of the Prophet (saw) formed a nasheed group in the summer of 1998. The core members are Amran Ellahi, Kamran Ellahi, Sheraz Yaqub, Tahir Khan and Usman Malik. Tariq Aslam, Ihsan Haynes, Imad RajRaji contribute to the back up chorus and harmonies. Further musical support is provided by Andy Mason and Harjit Singh.
The group come from Birmingham and perform an impressive repertoire of traditional Nasheeds or spirituality uplifting and creative songs in Arabic, Punjabi Urdu and English. Aashiq al Rasul have had a very successful year in reaching out to their audiences with many live shows performed at local, national and international levels. This has led to loads of exciting plans for the rest of 2011 and the coming 2012
AAR have performed in front of thousands Muslims and non Muslims alike at some of the most prestigious venues and events including Glastonbury, the International Islamic Song Festival, The Music Millennium Festival , Birmingham Symphony Hall, in the company of HRH Prince Charles and Caldmore Village Festival
They have worked and performed with renowned nasheed artists like Yusuf Islam-featuring on two of his compilation albums- Raihan, Sabri brothers Qawwal, Arshad Mehmood, Khaleel Muhammad, Sami Yusuf, Mecca to Medina , Zain Bhikha, Nazeel Azmi Muhammad Al-Husayan, Noor, Outlandish and 786 They have also supported various creative nasheed artisits with their work including The Calling, Salt in the wound (Stop The War Coalition), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) with Bismillah and In Praise Of The Last Prophet and assisted Raihan in Malaysia
Albums and Music Releases
Their debut album Blessed Mustafa (1998 and re-released in 2004) from which this album takes its name received great critical acclaim and was soon followed by Divine Lights (1999), the groups excellent rendition of the Asma ul Husna, or Beautiful Names Of God. The Chosen One (2001), went on to further develop their distinctive sound-a combination of rousing powerful vocals married to exciting and engaging live percussions-that was also a feature of their fourth release Lord Of The Worlds (2003). Other albums have included The Sultan Of Madinah (2005) Live In Concert (2006), Majesty (2007), Essence of Al-Mustafa (2008), Accapella (2009). Pilgrim (2011). Each album presents a cover versions of traditional material mixed with tracks developed by the group. These albums together with their stirring live performances helped cement their reputation as a unique Nasheed group and brought forth many plaudits and invitations.
Art and Music In The City
Aashiq al Rasul by the day are becoming more and more popular with the youth in Britain, they are currently conducting workshops in schools concentrating on Peace, Unity and love amongst Humans as well as tackling some contentious issues like drugs, crime and anti social behaviour that are becoming a big concern for parents in society today. Showing the youth a way to communicate, smile and take interest in education to better their lives and become better human beings plus their school visits and workshops and have recently set up a Nasheed Academy for youngsters.
The group have also supported many local and global community, educational and charity initatives both in the UK and Internationally
International Gigs and Tours
Aa'shiq Al Rasul has toured throughout the Europe, Far East, North America and the Carribean