Nearness To God: Achieving Al-Sama’ Through Metaphorical Lyrics In Contemporary Nasheed
Being a subject of debate in Sufism, the content of al-Sama’ has been explained by Ibn Arabi in a most detailed way. Relating to listening, al-Sama’ projects differences from one individual towards others as it depends on one’s perspective of the lyrics and songs being listened. Rhythm reflects emotions experienced by a human in daily life. In fathomizing the feeling, ones must maximize his application of listening. This research is aimed to analyze the concept of al-Sama’ of Ibn Arabi towards contemporary Malay religious songs (Malay nasheed). It is also to scrutinize the love metaphor portrayed by the nasheed’s lyric as the lyric is a vessel in achieving al-Sama’ theoretically. Based on al-Futūḥāt al-Makiyyah, the concept of al-Sama’ is analyzed using content and thematic analysis. Through Conceptual Metaphors Theory (CMT), three Malay nasheed’s lyrics are analyzed for its compatibility with the music and its ability to engender al-Sama’. The research shows that the highest level of al-Sama’, can be achieved when the lyric’s metaphors are delivered successfully within the song. Other factors are detected to encourage the deliverance such as the surroundings and the readiness of the listeners, inclusively, the motivational aspects either inner or outer. As conclusion, the highest level of al-Sama’ is unbounded by lyric and the song only, but it is gained also by the state of the readiness one’s experiences.