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According to the narration of ‘Uqba(R.A):

As the Prophet (S.A.W) was offered the Asr prayer, I offered the prayer behind him. He hurriedly got up after completing the prayer with Taslim, so he could go out to one of his wives’ dwellings by crossing over the rows of people to get there. There was a feeling of fear among the people when he was moving so fast. In response to the Prophet’s return to the people, he found them surprised at his haste and he explained to them that he recalled a piece of gold lying in his house that he didn’t want it to take his attention from Allah’s worship, so he ordered it to be distributed to the poor.

There are 810 entries in volume 1 of the book 12 of the Sahih Bukhari


In the 14th century, a hymn known as the Hurrian Hymn No. 6 was composed. It is considered to be one of the earliest melodies on Earth.

Music has been a part of human history for as long as humanity has existed. It is estimated that many ancient musical styles have been preserved in oral traditions throughout the centuries, which is why archaeologists have found flutes made of bone and ivory dating back 43,000 years.

The oldest known examples of specific songs, however, are relatively more recent when it comes to the date of the song itself. In a Sumerian clay tablet discovered 4,000 years ago, there is an example of the earliest musical notation, which includes a hymn honoring the ruler Lipit-Ishtar, along with the notes and tunings for the hymn.

Despite this, most historians agree that Hurrian Hymn No. 6, a cuneiform ode to the goddess Nikkal, has the title of the oldest extant song, composed by the ancient Hurrians sometime between the 14th and 13th centuries B.C. Excavations of the ruins of Ugarit, Syria, from the 1950s contained clay tablets containing the tune, which were discovered in the 1950s. The song also provides detailed instructions throughout for how to play a type of nine-stringed lyre in addition to a nearly complete set of musical notations.

Despite the fact that Hurrian Hymn No. 6 is considered to be the oldest melody known to mankind, the oldest musical composition with an intact melody is that of a first century A.D. melodic composition known as the Seikilos Epitaph, written by a Greek poet. As a matter of fact, the song has been found inscribed on an ancient marble column which marked the graveside of a woman in Turkey. It also includes a short set of lyrics as well as a musical notation that reads: “While you live, shine / Do not let your sorrows overtake you / Life exists only for a short while / And time demands time’s toll on you.”

Inscriptions on the Seikilos Epitaph which have been well-preserved have made it possible for scholars and musicians to reconstruct its plaintive melodies note-for-note based on the well-preserved inscriptions. An eight-stringed instrument played with a mallet was used by Dr. David Creese of the University of Newcastle in a performance of the piece, and ancient music researcher Michael Levy has recorded a version recorded using a lyre played with a mallet.

Also, there have been several attempts to decode and play Hurrian Hymn No. 6, but as a result of difficulties encountered in translating Hurrian tablets, there is no definitive version of the composition. It was the performance of Syrian composer Malek Jandali with the full orchestra in 2009 that was regarded as one of the most popular interpretations of the ancient hymn.

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