كن فيكون (Be and it is)
BismiLlah Al Rahman Al Rahim,
I was recently introduced to the music of Hamza El Din: Nubian oud music that simply transports you out of this world. Listening to it, I was reminded by a story Shaykh Hamza said in one of his lectures (unfortunately, I can’t tell which one): He met a famous musician (I think it was Hamza El Din) and they talked about letters. Letters have the ability to describe or give away the feeling of a word. Take for instance the letter “ش” in Arabic: to pronounce it you spread air through your teeth to make its sound. A word like “شمس” (sun) gives you that spreading feeling: like the rays of the sun, spreading on earth. Or for instance, “شفايف” (lips) that gives away that lips are used to spread your voice here and there for example.
Hamza told Shaykh Hamza the sound of “k” or “ك” has that “cutting” strength. It is the only letter that can cut through silence, break it. It is no coincidence that “couper”, “cut” share not only the same meaning but also the same first pronounciation. He also added that the letter “n” or “ن” has the ability resonate through silence like no other letter. It has that echo effect.
Isn’t it amazing that God to create the world out of nothing, out of complete silence, said: كن (Be)? Cutting through silence (ك) and echoing to infinity (ن)?