Naat is poetry that is written/recited in praise of our Holy Prophet (PBUH). It is not accompanied by any musical instrument, differentiating it from music and songs. Often known as Madih (Praise) in Arabic, naat is a tribute made to the Prophet.
Going back in history, we see that the recitation of Naat is an old concept. Since the time of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), his Sahaba used to recite such poetry often. One of the companions of the Prophet (PBUH), Hassan ibn Thabit started this work. Before accepting Islam he was a poet, and after converting, his poetry took a new turn and he started writing poetry in honor of the Prophet (PBUH).
Even though times have changed immensely, but when it comes to our Prophet (PBUH), the practices remain the same. We might say that music soothes our ears, but when we listen to a naat, it refreshes our mind, completely mesmerizing us.
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Naat recitation is thought to be a thing of great value. Those blessed with a good voice are lucky if they utilize their talent in such a thing with complete sincerity. Reciting and listening to Naat Shareef with good intentions add to your good deeds and is a way of receiving benefit and blessings for the Hereafter.
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Multan: 20th July (closed)
Lahore: 22nd July
Islamabad: 23rd July
Karachi: 25th July.
Update, Karachi Auditions:
Timing: 11a.m. onwards
Venue: Manzar Akber Hall, Arts Council of Pakistan.