Pakistan’s Top Music Artists to Release Anti Terrorism Single in UK
The track features the vocal talents of Pakistan’s biggest artists such as Haroon, Ali Haider, Ali Zafar, Strings, Shufqat Amanat Ali and Hadiqa Kiani and will be released on FNIK Music in the UK mainstream & Asian outlets on July 16th 2007. The song has been written by Ali Moeen, one of Pakistan’s leading lyricist, while the music has been arranged by Shuja Haider, who is one of Pakistan’s most well known music composers.
The song is the brainchild of Waseem Mahmood, author and media consultant who specializes in the reconstruction of media in post war countries. Waseem Mahmood says: “The idea behind “Yeh Hum Naheen” came about because my children were fed up with the way in which some misguided people were high-jacking Islam and putting forward a message of radicalization and terrorism which was at odds with what the majority of Muslims believe.
My children told me that I had to do something to stop this perception and thus the “Yeh Hum Naheen” concept was born!”
“This song is aimed at young people like my own children who have now got to stand up and say this is not us!” He goes on to say “What I see myself as doing is giving a voice to the voiceless”.
Waseem goes on to say that he is heartened by how much support he has received since the start of his project. "So many have told me how important they think the message is", including the legendary boxing icon Muhammad Ali who sent a message to the group in appreciation of the song's mission of countering radical messages to the Pakistani youth. Muhammad Ali said that he would pray that 'Yeh Hum Naheen' will be successful in bridging the gap between the West and Islam
Yeh Hum Naheen has become a truly unprecedented musical movement. Featuring the vocal talents of some of Pakistans biggest music artists, including Haroon, Ali Haider, Ali Zafar, Shufqat, Strings, Shuja Haider and Hadiqa Kiani, uniting to sing out the message the world needs to hear.
Written by Ali Moeen, Pakistans foremost lyricist, with music composed by Shuja Haider, its the central message of the song that has compelled so many people to become involved. It is a message of reconciliation, a message of peace and a message of truth. Capturing the imagination of people across the board, Yeh Hum Naheen has given a voice to the silent majority, those in the Muslim world who have for too long been mis-represented. These are the people who although not appearing on our television screens are saddened and shocked at the high-jacking of Islam by terrorists, and want to stand up and shout “This is Not Us”. The song is the brainchild of Waseem Mahmood, author and media consultant, who took inspiration for the project from his children. They were tired at the way a minority of misguided young people were vehemently putting forward a message of radicalization and terrorism which was at odds with what the majority of Muslims believe. It is time to re-address the imbalance, and from the smallest child to the oldest person, Yeh Hum Naheen seeks to give a voice to the voiceless.
Waseem has been amazed and humbled by the number of people who have wanted to be involved in the project. From world icons such as Muhammad Ali to the nameless masses, the fact that so many people feel the same way has led to the setting up of the Yeh Hum Naheen Foundation, which seeks to bring this message of tolerance, communication, and harmony to a wider audience. The Foundation has plans to build upon the success of the song and develop further project that keeps this issue firmly in the public eye.