21 February 2020   26. Jumad-us-Thaani 1441
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The Rut (Deadly Wastefulness) of Music

"So abstain from the pollution of the idols and abstain from false vain words." (Ch. 22, V. 30) Some may argue for the permissibility of “light music” in Islam. However, this position is seriously questionable.

How can one distinguish between the so-called “light music” and “other music”? Since “all forms of music” are haram in Islam, the answer to this dubious query can be anyone’s guess. Some even go to the extent of listening to the so-called “light music” or “soft music”, which they claim is non-toxicant, non-poisonous and does not titillate one. Subsequently they endorse and license it as permissible.

In addition to the above Quranic Ayat, the following Hadeeth demolishes any and all such feeble arguments.

“A people from my Ummah will drink wine, calling it by other than its real name. Merriment will be made for them through the playing of musical instruments and the singing of female singers. Allah will split open the earth under them and turn others into apes and swines.” (Bayhaaqi & Ibn-Asaakir – authenticated by Ibn-Qayyim)

Viewed from any possible angle, music is music. Authentic Ahaadeeth openly and clearly forbid the use of musical instruments. The moot point is that Ahaadith are extremely so explicit about its harmful and destructive effects such as, inter alia, hypocrisy, weakening of one’s imaan and the heart being possessed by Iblees … then what is the purpose of examining its “softness or lightness” and/or whether it excites and titillates the heart.

In the Glorious Quran-e-Kareem, Allah Ta’ala states: “And of mankind there are some who purchase idle talks (i.e. music, singing) to mislead (men) from the path of Allaah…” [Ch. 31, V. 06]

One particular hadith reported by Hardhat Ali bin Talib (R) reports that Nabi stated: “When my Ummah becomes habitual with fifteen habits, then difficulties and hardships will increase\escalate in their lives. From among the fifteen habits Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam) mentioned only two … singing women (girls) and music, that will become rampant.” (Tirmizi)

It is evident from the above hadith that the upsurge and intensification of the numerous hardships and difficulties are triggered off by these two deplorable and disgraceful practices. Currently, the Ummah has become dangerously obsessed by shaitaan’s trickeries and deceptions. Sadly, the more we flout the warnings of the Quran and the lofty words of our beloved Nabi , the more are the “storms” of pain, problems, disasters and difficulties destroying the Ummah. There just seems to be no escape for those trapped in this cobweb of sins.

Musical extravaganzas, nude or semi-nude dance-shows, harmless looking concerts, as well as cell phones have all become part of our life-style. Simply stated, music is no longer viewed as a serious prohibition … it has just become a way of life.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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