Atif Aslam hopes his son finds Allah through his rendition of 'Wohi Khuda Hai'

Published: October 10, 2019
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PHOTO: KOHI MARRI FOR COKE STUDIO SEASON 12

PHOTO: KOHI MARRI FOR COKE STUDIO SEASON 12

Atif Aslam will be the first artist to perform at the much-awaited Coke Studio season 12. The celebrated singer will recite a version of popular hamd, Wohi Khuda Hai. 

Penned by Muzaffar Warsi, the lyrics of Wohi Khuda Hai praise Allah as the One Creator of a system that runs and maintains an order of the universe in balance and harmony.

PHOTO: KOHI MARRI FOR COKE STUDIO SEASON 12

PHOTO: KOHI MARRI FOR COKE STUDIO SEASON 12

The piece goes on to describe this in the various experiences of the human connection with the Divine; through the seen and unseen and, ultimately, with one’s heart and soul.

A piece that was originally made iconic in the vocals of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Wohi Khuda Hai remains favorite, as a composition that has been etched into our cultural framework.

PHOTO: KOHI MARRI FOR COKE STUDIO SEASON 12

PHOTO: KOHI MARRI FOR COKE STUDIO SEASON 12

It has been sung and covered countless times across the globe, taking on different colours, profoundly impacting audiences with the universal appeal of its poetry.

This season at Coke Studio, the rendition presents Atif Aslam in a space that offers an exploration of the essence of the hamd, by witnessing the play of a soundscape that serves the contemplative nature of the verses.

PHOTO: KOHI MARRI FOR COKE STUDIO SEASON 12

PHOTO: KOHI MARRI FOR COKE STUDIO SEASON 12

“I’d like to dedicate this performance to my son,” Atif shared in the BTS video. “He will grow up and listen to it. He will be proud that my father recited this hamd. I hope he understands what I said. I hope he finds his own journey and Allah in the process.”

Reflecting on his life journey, Atif shared, “I still don’t think I have made it. When I started, for the first few years, I used to think, with fame and money, I’d made it. But after that, I asked myself, ‘What have you made? This is all material that you have.’ After that, the real search started. That is when the fun started. Even today, I am caught in that search. I will keep at it, always.”

The first episode drops on October 11.

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