Nasheeds have always been around since the early Islamic days, poetry was the pride of the arabs in Mecca as they were experts in poetry. Little children were expected to be able to make complete stanzas on the spot in praise or criticism of anyone or anything, however at that time poetry was recited/sung through mere voice only. Poetry was integrated within the arabs’ daily speech, it was common within their marketplaces, recited at weddings, in front of kings and even used to criticise and curse. Poetry is powerful, and can reach hearts, and with the eloquence of the arabic language, poetry and Islam went hand in hand.
With the spreading of Islam, the arab culture of poetry also spread as many poems were in praise of the Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him). A famous example of this that still lives on today in many variations is the ‘Qasida Burda’.
Because Islam spread to different countries where people spoke different languages (for example English), many muslims have decided to continue on the tradition of praising Allah and the prophet in their own languages, therefore Islamic "music" was born and nasheeds as we know it today is available in every possible language!
NasheedBay website is based in London (UK), aiming to make listening to nasheeds easier and mainly give new artists and talents a platform to reach out to the correct audience. Nasheedbay aims at reviving Voice Only Nasheeds and has become the #1 source for muslims to listen to Islamic music online and on their smartphones. Since its launch, NasheedBay has dominated Islamic blogs and forums as the number one choice for nasheed listening. With no restrictions, Nasheed Bay is open for access to all countries. IOS and android apps will further help nasheed listeners take their songs out and about with them. As the site still develops, more nasheed artists are choosing to promote their work through NasheedBay for promotion, new fans and analytical purposes.