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RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
She s visited T&T twice in less than
five months. That s how much Amina
Sultani loves this country and the people.
She s been to Maracas Bay, Chaguara-
mas, shopped at the India Expo, tried
doubles, enjoyed coconut, and visited
the major shopping malls.
Back in Birmingham in the United
Kingdom, Sultani is widely known for her
singing and recitation.
She s a nasheed artiste and recites the
Holy Qur an, a rare talent among Muslim
Nasheeds are songs in Arabic and Urdu
praising Prophet Muhammad. Sultani was
invited to perform at the Southern Acad-
emy for the Performing Arts (Sapa) on
July 26 by The An-Nur Foundation, a
non-profit organisation geared towards
promoting Islamic awareness and activ-
ities in T&T. It is the first official event
hosted by the foundation since setting
up in February. The event titled, An After-
noon of Remembrance featuring Amina
Sultani, was planned with women in
During her performance at Sapa,
women were enthralled by her melodious
voice. Sultani s performances are without
music. Many were fascinated that such
a petite person could capture their atten-
tion without music.
Sultani, 21, was born and raised in
Attock City, formerly Campbellpur, a city
located in the northern border of the
Punjab province of Pakistan, and began
singing when she was five. By 13, her
amazingly powerful voice was wooing
crowds at competitions in school and
events. She then moved to the UK.
Her artistic talent as a female reciter
is all the more remarkable when consid-
ered against the backdrop of a childhood
nurtured in a country where female talent
is downplayed. During her first visit in
March, she visited several primary schools
of the Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Asso-
ciation, where she encouraged pupils to
sing qaseedas. She also held workshops
with some of the local Islamic women s
groups and performed before a packed
hall at the Barrackpore Islamic Centre.
It was the success of that performance at Barrack-
pore that she returned.
Interviewed on July 25 in San Fernando, she said,
"When I visited in March, I loved every minute
being here, I enjoyed the company that much that
it made me come back very quickly."
Privileged to sing
As a young, devout Muslim woman, she feels
that God has chosen her to serve the ummah (com-
munity) through her singing, and she feels "absolutely
privileged" for that blessing.
Sultani said, "If the communities and hearts can
be brought together and bring people closer to their
creator through my singing then I don t feel there
is any thing more I can ask for.
"It feels great when we receive good feedback
from the audience or listeners."
About Muslim women in Trinidad, she said they
were active in the community and had a lot of
"The sisters are very passionate to learn about
Islam and enjoy singing," she said.
Sultani s inspiration comes from renowned Pak-
istani singers like Abida Parveen and Nusrat Fateh
In telling her story of how she became involved
in singing, she said before she was born, her cousin
used to recite naats (poetry praising Prophet Muham-
mad) in gatherings and when her mother heard her
(cousin), she was so inspired that she prayed for a
daughter who would sing.
"Once I was five years old and humming in my
own little world, then she realised that Allah accepted
her dua and gifted me with a good voice, after that
day she started looking for professional people who
Nasheed artiste wows Muslim women in T&T
could help me further in this field."
She said although her late grandmother and elders
never had any formal training in singing because of
the lack of opportunities, she s been very fortunate to
have great supporters and teachers. Sultani credits her
mother as her biggest supporter.
Qaseeda singing is increasing
A qaseeda is a song of praise and has been part of
Islamic tradition for centuries. In T&T, many mosques
host qaaseeda competitions and try to include them
in monthly programmes or events.
Sultani said, "I feel that qaseeda singing is promoting
day by day. If we look at YouTube or social media,
so many youngsters are reciting qaseedas, and it s good
to see that the love for the Prophet Muhamamd (peace
be upon) is increasing."
Earlier this year, she released her first CD; scores
of them were sold in T&T. Sultani is also a student
at the University of Wolverhampton, pursuing Religious
Her dream is to become the best female Qur an
She said, "I have a strong belief that when we do
something for the sake of Allah or in the path of Allah,
he opens many ways and make things easy for us."
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