Mohammed Forbids It: Top California Clerics Declare Music Evil Because Good Sounds Lead To Bad Behavior
Hadith Qudsi 19:5, ‘The Prophet said that Allah commanded him to destroy all the musical instruments, idols, crosses and all the trappings of ignorance.”
By Stephen Magagnini, The Sacramento Bee – “Muslim hip-hop artists, poets, singers and classical musicians will perform today at the Crest Theatre in ‘An Islamic Expression of Traditional & Contemporary Art.’
The event – perhaps the first of its kind in the nation – challenges the belief among some orthodox Muslims that music can lead to sinful behavior.
‘It’s kind of risky. It’s something we have not done before,’ said Imam M.A. Azeez of Salam Islamic Center, which organized the evening at the Crest. ‘It represents a paradigm shift in the Muslim community. Kids are listening to this stuff, so why not be proactive and expose them to beautiful, inspiring music that promotes love of religion and country?’
The imams of Sacramento’s two biggest mosques declared that music is not permissible according to the Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s messenger.
‘It’s a chain reaction – when people listen to music, they ask for alcohol, which will lead to adultery,’ said Imam Mahmoud Abdel of Masjid Annur Islamic Center. ‘One step leads to another in the majority of cases. It’s well known that anybody who listens to music a lot will be distracted from his or her mission, which is worshipping God Almighty.’
Imam Mumtaz Qasmi of Sacramento’s Downtown Mosque said there’s not a mosque in the world that allows music. ‘So how can we allow it outside the mosque?’ he asked.
The only instrument the Prophet Muhammad allowed was a tabla, or drum, and not more than two at a time, Qasmi said.
The tabla – which will be played at the Crest – ‘can make you feel relaxed, but nowadays there are hundreds of instruments, and music actually makes you high, 100 percent,’ Qasmi said. ‘Music has magic, it gets in your blood and makes you want to get up and dance and forget your personality. Your butt is shaking and she’s going to get up and her butt is going to shake – where is the religion then?'” Read more.
Flashback: Pakistan: Islamists Incensed Over ‘Un-Islamic’ Kite Flying, Attack Christians Over ‘Un-Islamic’ Cell Phone Music – “Pakistani authorities have dropped a plan to revive the ‘Basant’ festival and kite-flying in the central province of Punjab in the wake of a warning issued by Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which has described the event as ‘un-Islamic’. The interim government of Punjab headed by caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi surrendered to detractors of the festival and dropped the proposal to revive Basant.” Read more.
Flashback: Canada: Muslim Parents Remove Their Children From Music Classes For Being ‘Un-Islamic’ – “About one dozen families who recently immigrated to Canada are demanding that the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg excuse their children from music and coed physical education programs for religious reasons. The families believe that music is un-Islamic – just like the Taliban believe and then imposed on the entire population of Afghanistan – and that physical education classes should be segregated by gender even in the elementary years.” Read more.