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Update: Here is the official press relesae from Awakening (source):

Without You Album Release and Awakening Records

19th January 2009

It has come to the attention of Awakening Records that there are certain rumours and statements circulating claiming that Sami Yusuf has left Awakening Records and that Awakening Records is releasing Without You – the third album of Sami Yusuf – without his approval and that the album merely consists of demos. Awakening Records has so far taken careful steps to not publicly disclose any information or discuss the matter in order to minimise any harm to Sami Yusuf, his fan base or even Awakening Records itself. However, Awakening Records would like to clarify that:

1. Awakening Records is a reputable worldwide company and takes every measure to ensure that it has full rights to release a product and deliver it to the highest quality. It will not jeopardise its relationship with its partners, artists, customers, investors and supporters by releasing a product that it has no right to release. 

2. Awakening Records has produced pioneering Islamic music albums since 2003 to provide an alternative cultural vision for the global Muslim community. In this effort, it identified, supported, supervised and managed the work of Sami Yusuf since May 2003. 

3. First and foremost by God’s grace, then through the gifted talent of Sami Yusuf and with huge investment and tremendously hard work undertaken by Awakening Records, Sami Yusuf is now a household name across the global Muslim community inspiring millions of Muslim youth to be proud of their faith and identity. 

4. Sami Yusuf is signed exclusively to Awakening Records for five albums. Awakening Records has previously released two albums – Al-Muallim and My Ummah and the third album Without You was released on Monday 12th of January 2009. Under the current agreements, all recordings are exclusively owned by Awakening Records. 

5. Awakening Records has made substantial payments to Sami Yusuf for the third album which was due for release in August 2008 – as advertised on www.samiyusuf.com since May 2008 – and has full exclusive rights to release and distribute the album worldwide. Any other individual or company releasing any of Sami Yusuf’s music albums or works can only do so by infringing the copyrights held by Awakening Records. 

6. The third album is a complete and high quality album. It consists of 11 professionally recorded studio tracks owned by Awakening Records. All of the songs were composed, arranged and recorded by Sami Yusuf and so were all the vocals without exception. 

7. Due to some internal contractual disputes – primarily resulting from third party interferences – Awakening Records had initially decided to postpone the release of the album till the outstanding matters were resolved. 

8. It now seems that the dispute will take longer than expected to resolve and thus Awakening Records has decided to release the third album whilst other outstanding contractual issues are resolved. It is not in the interest of Awakening Records or Sami Yusuf to continue to put all work on hold indefinitely. 

9. The matter is not in the courts as claimed but is currently being dealt with by lawyers representing Sami Yusuf and Awakening Records. 

10. It has further come to the attention of Awakening Records that certain people are taking this opportunity to spread false information and rumours about Awakening Records and Sami Yusuf. Despite what is happening, Awakening Records holds Sami Yusuf in high esteem and is proud to have him as one of its artists. We urge people to refrain from spreading uncorroborated and partial information that only harms Sami Yusuf and Awakening Records. 

11. The relationship between Awakening Records and Sami Yusuf is not merely contractual. All the directors of Awakening Records without exception are close personal friends of Sami Yusuf and hence the matter is very delicate, sensitive and complicated. 

12. The issue is best left to be sorted out by Awakening Records, Sami Yusuf and their respective lawyers. Awakening Records is not willing to engage in gossip about its artists. Such action is not only unethical but also un-Islamic. Awakening Records has no intention to make this matter a public debacle and will thus issue no further statements. 

Although contractual disputes are the norm in the ‘music industry’, it is unfortunate and it deeply saddens us that it has come to this. However, we are hopeful that matters will be resolved amicably and as swiftly as possible. In the meantime, enjoy the creative brilliance of Sami Yusuf’s long awaited third album, which can be purchased fromwww.awakeningstore.com, iTunes and music stores worldwide. Awakening Records is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the album to Islamic Relief’s Gaza Appeal.

Awakening Records
19th January 2009

A brother emailed Awakening Records asking them about Sami Yusuf’s public statement.  Here is their response:

Assalamu Alikum

Thanks for your email, we would like to clarify that:

1. Sami Yusuf is signed exclusively to Awakening Records for 5 albums. Awakening Records has already released two albums – Al-Muallim and My Ummah and is releasing the third album today.

2. Awakening Records has paid Sami Yusuf for the third album which was due for release in August 2008 (as advertised on http://www.samiyusuf.com and has full right to release and distribute the album.

3. Due to some internal contractual disputes Awakening Records had initially decided to postpone the release of the album till the outstanding matters were resolved.

4. It now seems that the dispute will take longer than expected to resolve and thus Awakening Records has decided to release the third album whilst other outstanding contractual issues are resolved.

5. It has come to the attention of Awakening Records that certain people are taking this opportunity to spread false information and rumors about Awakening Records and Sami Yusuf. Awakening holds Sami in very high esteem and is honored to have him as one its artists.

6. Although contractual disputes are the norm in this industry, it is unfortunate that it has come to do this but we are hopeful that matters will be resolved amicably and swiftly.

Please find below a press release issued today by Awakening Records.

http://awakeningrecords.org/press/index.htm

Your sincerely

Israa Shareef
Awakening Records

So now that I have seen both sides, I can see that Sami Yusuf may be breaking his own contract with them. I can also see the tone of their words.  Sami appears to be harsh and condemning while Awakening has the braveness and humbleness to respect Sami and speak good about him.  May Allah end this dispute and bring peace between the two parties.


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  • 22 Responses for "Awakening Records Responds to Sami Yusuf’s Allegations [Update: Official Press Release]"

    1. Muslim in America January 17th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

      Hopefully this will be resolved soon and in a peaceful manner. May Allah help both sides come to an understanding.

      - Muslim in America
      http://www.musliminamerica.org

    2. aamer khan January 17th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

      this is better than masjid drama!

      on a serious note, it is sad to see this stuff being aired publicly. insha Allah it gets resolved.

    3. Akbar January 17th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

      Alhamdulillah this sheds more light on the situation. Awakening atleast have kept basic adab when dealing with the situation and sounds like they have the full right to do so. I think Br. Sami is breaking his own contract – thats dangerous.

      Hope it gets sorted soon eh.

    4. . January 17th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

      Some say that the website samiyusufofficial is actually a fake, as sami yusufs original website is samiyusuf, in which he is selling the album. Someone might have set this new website up and made this bigger than it actually is.

      Allahu Aalam.

      Best thing is not to make judgments on either Sami Yusuf or Awakening.

    5. Siraaj Muhammad January 18th, 2009 at 12:09 am

      Looks like a well-written political piece, saying much and answering nothing of what came from the previous post.

      Siraaj

    6. Abdullah January 18th, 2009 at 4:49 am

      “I think Br. Sami is breaking his own contract – thats dangerous.”

      We should speak little and keep our opinions to ourselves. None of us really know what is going on behind closed doors. Both parties are at dispute and that is all we know. So lets leave this as it is and keep our opinions to ourselves as this is between Sami and awakening.

      As muslims we feel the need to comment on everything, little realising that our comments may lead to slander or backbiting – especially against fellow muslims.

    7. Ismaeel Malik January 18th, 2009 at 4:56 am

      Salaam,

      Regardless of who is right and who is wrong, this whole event just comes to show how great Muslims are at being unorganized. I mean, if you ever visited Pakistan or Egypt, you’d understand right away that you’re in a “Muslim” country.

      Besides,

      Making albums and industries is leaning towards bid’aah. Nasheeds were only allowed at special occasions, like ‘Eyd or the arrival of the Prophet in Madeenah.

      Maybe a little experience of mine will help you nasheed lovers:

      It was ‘Eyd day. I was bored. We were rather new in Makkah, so there were no fun get togethers or anything. My dad went to sleep. What was I going to do?

      Well, I remember some brother had saved some “Sami Yusuf” Nasheeds on my computer. So I listen through five of his nasheeds. And guess what? everything he sang was nonsense as compared to the previous audio I was listening to (Shaykh Mishaari – Surah Ikhlaas)

      When I had finished listening, I was like, “What’s the use”? First of all, it wasn’t Islamic, it had so much bid’aah.

      If it wasn’t Islamic, at least it should have been entertaining. I mean, one person singing, with the background of his own voice to make it look like a elementary school chorus, is quite pathetic. Was it his ego that kept him from adding other singers…? Or was the record company addicted to his voice..? I would have loved to listen to Shaykh Dwayne’s rap then to Sami Yusuf’s insane cr*p.

      Not Islamic, Not entertaining, Not unique, WHAT’S THE USE?

      It’s a time waster.

      Some church lady once asked my mom if in Islam we have Music (Sami would nod a ‘yes’ at this, no?). My mom said no. It was Maghrib time, so my mom lead the women’s Jamaa’ah in the interfaith dialogue room. You no what? Here’s what the lady said:

      “You don’t need music! The prayers you sang were so beautiful!” (Referring to Surah An-Nasr)

      Come on, A CHRISTIAN is saying this! And look at us, bickering over trash like “Nashhed albums”.

      So that ‘Eyd I closed the Sami Yusuf clips and opened a beautiful, entertaining video of Taraweeh from Masjid Al-Haraam.

      Forget nasheeds. Do good deeds. Fulfill your needs

      -Ismaeel Bin Muhammad Aal-Maalik

    8. . January 18th, 2009 at 8:38 am

      ^Sorry but that is your opinion, whilst others like to listen to Quran as well as nasheeds. You speak about him doing bidah etc, but what are you doing now? Speaking behind a Muslims back?

      His nasheeds bring many people close to Allah SWT, those who feel the soul of the nasheed, and not just the words.

      Your entitled to your opinion, but just say it with some manner, and realise your opinion isnt the only correct one in the whole world. People are just as correct to listen to Sami Yusuf or any nasheed artist similar to him.

    9. anon January 18th, 2009 at 11:26 am

      ^ first off there is only 1 straight path..cant be two correct opinions. Second the scholars that say music allowed are not even a handful..

    10. . January 18th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

      ^thats being narrow minded don’t you think? You gone round all the scholars across the world and asked them all for their opinion?!

      I think the people who think its haram should be respected, and so are the people who use music in an Islamic way. Both need to respect one-another and both have their back-up reasons.

    11. Rsatek January 18th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

      I remember when Sami Yusuf first came out with his album, shoot I remember when brothers like Dawud Wharnsby came out with their album, and mashAllah it was beautiful.

      I listen to nasheeds now, and it appears they aren’t in the category of nasheeds anymore.

      They are music by muslims about Islam.

      It hurts to see Brother Sami in this situation as well as Awakening. I have bought from Awakening, and will continue to do so.

      InshAllah may both parties come to peace as true muslims

    12. Zahra January 20th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      “Although contractual disputes are the norm in this industry, it is unfortunate that it has come to [amongst Muslim parties, to whom many look to for inspiration] this but we are hopeful that matters will be resolved amicably and swiftly.”

    13. Muhammad January 20th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

      Sami has left nasheeds anyway. For a while now he has distanced himself from the Islamic scene and does not refer to himself as a nasheed artist – he says he never did.

      So his music is just music, some of his music has Islamic messages, others do not (not un-Islamic though).

      So I think people need to consider him like Yusuf Islam and his new mainstream album – as just simply a Muslim musician.

      Although I do see that Sami is slowly removing himself entirely from the Muslim audience and heading elsewhere. His style of singing, music and messages are very mainstream – not what he began with.

    14. Basma January 20th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

      “Awakening Records has made substantial payments to Sami Yusuf for the third album which was due for release in August 2008 – ”

      Im sure they payed alot of money. thats why they had do this. it makes proper sense. its like buying a house if ive payed most of thr emoney for the house then i will definatley wantto make sure its my house!

      if i get my money back then i have no reason to claim the house.
      i think awakening are in the same position.

      samii yusuf probably didnt want to give the payments back.
      then awakening has every right to claim its theirs.

      Allah knows best that what my view is after reading the response.
      hope it gets solved though.

      basma

    15. noreen January 20th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

      I just bought the cd its amazing mashallah. Nice to hear Sami Yusufs voice. Who cares if its demos .I can say they are no way demos they are full complete songs. I dont know why all of you are getting involved in these disputes. We are his fans we love his voice. Just buy it and enjoy it.

      Amazing cd.Sami your songs are soo touching the heart

    16. nnnn January 20th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

      nnnnnn

    17. Karimullah Khan January 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

      I do agree with sister Basma’s post. After I read this statement it all started making sense, especially this part:

      “Awakening Records has made substantial payments to Sami Yusuf for the third album which was due for release in August 2008 – ”

      It looks like these brothers in the Awakenings company tried to resolve the situation since August but haven’t been able to. It’s quite likely that they’ve paid Sami Yusuf a lot of money (since he’s the number ONE superstar). Their only solution was then to release it.

      Subhana Allah, this music industry is so filthy, due to all the fame and money that’s in it. Imagine you’re a young man going on stage with sisters screaming your name and saying you’re the best thing since sliced bread. Imagine how that would affect your nafs. I know that for myself it would make my nafs and ego so strong, Na’uzu billah. I wish I will remain forever unknown as fame is such a big fitna.

      From the tone of the Awakenings Statement I can tell these people are very professional and calm, and they don’t want gossip and fitna to spread. At the same time they’re not willing for their superstar to walk all over them.

      May Allah guide Sami, I don’t know if he realises how many of our youngsters look up to him and how much he’s damaging his image with his childish messages and rants. He and a few teenagers are wasting their time crusading for him online and against Awakenings

      I’ve heard the album and it’s definitely not made up of demos. I really liked some of the songs and I see there is some maturity in Sami’s music. I hope that maturity is translated into his actions too

    18. muhib January 20th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

      i heard the album. i prefer his old style. Asma Allah and a thousand times were the best. not sure about the new style. the little boy is powerful.

    19. m.a. January 21st, 2009 at 6:08 pm

      out of curiosity…

      Will there be a dhaff/percussion only version of the release or will it only be with instruments?

      jazaks!

    20. Me February 8th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

      http://www.boycott-awakening.com
      See & Understand.

    21. Ifthikhar April 17th, 2009 at 8:26 am

      What is the state of this problem now?….is it solved.?…
      But its still there in the official site of Sami…

      http://www.samiyusufofficial.com/?p=221

    22. Danish October 27th, 2009 at 5:31 am

      I’m a big fan of urs,it is my wish that i would meet u once in my lifetime.keep going in ur mission. May ALLAH bless us.

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