MUSIC streaming service Spotify has seen a 68 per cent increase worldwide in streams of nasheeds (Islamic devotional songs or spiritual hymns) during Ramadan than the previous month. 

This trend is expected to continue this year and based on streams in March 2022, the UK was the third top country globally for streaming nasheeds behind Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Last year UK hit artist Harris J saw listening increases during Ramadan with his hits 'Rasool' Allah' and 'Salam Alaikum' both having more than 250 per cent increases. 

Lebanese-Swedish R&B singer Maher Zain was one of the most streamed artists with Ramadan-related songs last April.

His song Ramadan - English version saw more than a 1,000 per cent increase in listens in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Jordan during Ramadan last year.

Streams of the song also saw more than a 500 per cent increase in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US.

Zain’s songs in different languages also appealed to different Muslim communities globally.

Spiritual British singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Sami Yusuf’s track You Came to Me - English trended in the US with a 260 per cent increase in the same time frame.

Muslim communities globally are creating user-generated playlists of their favourite nasheed and spiritual music, with Ramadan related words such as zikir (remembrance), ilahi (divine), hati (heart) and doa (supplication) to share with friends and family to soundtrack the month.

Dr Mufti Ismail Menk, a leading global Islamic scholar born and raised in Zimbabwe, still remains one of the most popular choices for worldwide audiences.

In the UK, associated words surah (chapter in the Quran), nazam (Urdu poetry) and deen (‘religion’) proved popular for the creation of spiritual and nasheed playlists. 

Each year, Spotify refreshes its dedicated Ramadan Destination offering content for every Ramadan moment throughout the day whether it’s Sufi music, Oud soundscapes, or health and fitness podcasts.

This year Ramadan this year, streams Chill-oud have risen over 200 per cent in March across the likes of Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Germany and the USA when compared to streams in January-February of this year.

Whilst Lagu Raya continues to be a popular Ramadan associated playlist, particularly with the Muslim community in Australia with streams skyrockting 320 per cent in the same time frame. Other countries listening to this playlist include Singapore, Japan and India.

One of the most popular podcasts during the Holy Month is 'Freshly Grounded'. Hosted by two British Muslim entrepreneurs, they discuss anything and everything from business, lifestyle and current world events. Guests often feature sharing their own stories and experiences.

The UK has the most listeners by far for Anchor podcast M. Quraish Shihab Podcast which features Indonesian Muslim scholar M. Quraish Shihab reflecting on the Quran and the principles of Islam.

Spotify has curated its own list of podcast recommendations for listeners in the UK:

1.    Mufti Ismail Menk
2.    Islamic Talks
3.    Omar Suleiman 
4.    Muhammad Hoblos