Our Music Our Selves

FINAL PROGRAM — Yaum-ul-Khamees (“Thor’s Day”), 29 Dhul-Hijjah 1435 (October 23, 2014) — Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”)

Posted in Programming by Lester Knibbs on the October 16th, 2014

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

As-Salaam alaikum! Peace!

Our Music Our Selves is an exploration of the symphonic structure and message of the Qur’an and an exploration of the symphonic structure and message of our serious music, and of the role of both in shaping our human history and identity.

We ask and attempt to answer the questions, Who are we? What are we? and What will we become? Our mission is a mission of healing, a sacred jihaad, to overcome the damaging effects of over two thousand years of religious lies which enslave the vast majority of human beings, and to overcome, as well, the damaging effects of the Middle Passage, the centuries of terroristic exploitation and oppression, and the generations of self-perpetuating self-destruction which continue to afflict the African American people. This program is not entertainment; it is struggle, healing, and change.

Our scheduled broadcast time is Thursday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanmuslim360. Because of the length of the featured symphonic work, there will be no time for calls.

THIS YAUM-UL-KHAMEES (“THOR’S DAY), 29th of Dhul-Hijjah 1435 (October 23, 2014):

Our theme for the year 1435 A.H. was The Chaconne. See complete programming for the year. Our planned two-week review of The Chaconne was cancelled.

This final program of Our Music Our Selves on American Muslim Blogtalk Radio will feature the Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) for very large orchestra, chorus and soprano and contralto soloists. This awesome work was composed in 1894 by the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). This symphony has five movements — the first, a rather robust funeral march in C minor; the second, a mostly lyrical and dancelike movement in A-flat major; the third, an energetic and occasionally boisterous scherzo in C minor; the fourth, a slow and hymn-like short movement featuring the contralto soloist; and the fifth, a symphony in itself, from its wild outburst opening passage to the glorious and triumphant conclusion featuring the combined forces of a huge orchestra and large mixed chorus with soprano and contralto soloists. The symphonic concludes in the glorious key of E-flat major — a resurrection from the solemn opening key of c minor.

The texts of the fourth and fifth movements, with translations from the German, can be found in the Wikipedia article here.

All of Mahler’s symphonies use cyclic form — re-using themes from earlier movements in later movements. In this symphony, the triumphant theme of the last movement is heard (in truncated form) at the height of a climax in the first movement. Cyclic form in reverse.


This is the final program of “Our Music Our Selves” on American Muslim 360 Blogtalk Radio.

This is a personal decision on my part, based on limitations of time, energy and focus. There are so many things we all need to be doing, and we need to prioritize and make sometimes difficult decisions. We plan to continue sharing information and ideas on this blog.

Thank you for listening to us over the months and years, thanks to our Brother Thomas Abdul-Salaam, Executive Director of American Muslim 360, for sponsoring us, and thanks above all to Allah who makes all things possible. May Allah continue to bless you.


As usual, we to call on our Muslim Brothers and Sisters — especially my Brothers (because Allah has given men the responsibility of leadership) — if you have not been reading the Qur’an (which is in Arabic and only in Arabic, which is what Allah says, so do not be one of the mukadhdhibeen and call Allah a liar), I am calling on you to admit that you have never ever read the Qur’an.

Just ‘fess up and say:

“I have never ever read the Qur’an.”

That’s all. Do that, and you will be helping yourself and many, many other Muslims. In fact, you will be helping every person in the world — more than you know.


Thank you for joining Brother Solomon and myself for our four-year long conversation.

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Dear Listeners, my good Brothers and Sisters, please check out my other blogs from time to time. They are:

Doctor Hakeem: African-American Commentaries


Word-to-Word: A Comparative Study of the Bible and the Qur’an


Take it easy.

As-Salaamu alaikum wa-rahmatul-Laahi wa-barakaatuh!

Brother Lester

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