This Ramadan in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Coke Studio and Pakistani singer and actor, Atif Aslam, joined forces to create a special recording of Asma-ul-Husna, or, “The 99 Names”. Coke Studio released the collaboration on May 14th via their YouTube channel.
In Islam, Allah (SWT) is held to have 99 Names, or attributes. As with many, many things in Islam, there is no one set agreement on what exactly counts as a name, with some appearing in the Quran, and some only in the hadith (a collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad [PBUH]), and some that are found in both. However, it is also common for Asma-ul-Husna to be recited.
According to Coke Studio, their Asma-ul-Husna “recitation borrows 24 voices from across the country to build a large vocal acapella personality”. Among the voices are Abdullah Qureshi, Adnan Dhool, Xulfi, Mujeeb Rizvi, Bilawal Lahooti, Samya Gohar, and of course, Atif Aslam. Coke Studio even claims that they added sounds of a black hole collision to the track. Pakistani musician Melvin Arthur worked on the global choir arrangement.
Coke Studio has added, “Asma-Ul-Husna is an ode to the unwavering human spirit, an expression of spiritual healing and nourishment, and reassurance of better times ahead.”
Ramadan Mubarak, everyone!