Monday, December 8, 2014

Islam Forbids Music

Abdul Raof Nurin (left) had declared that the Shafie stream of Islam only allows Muslims to listen to music that touches on love for the religion. The Muslim scholar presented his paper at the National Seminar on Entertainment and Islam in Kuala Lumpur and which was organized by the Malaysian Muslim Consumer Group (PPIM) and the Human Development and Investigation Bureau.
 
That was not all. According to Abdul Raof, Islam also forbids Muslims from playing musical instruments like guitar, piano or trumpets as they go against the hadiths. To him, the Islamic definition of entertainment, forbids Western musical instruments. What is permissible is the gong or kompang. Also the "gabus", a stringed instrument similar to the guitar – but only if it is played according to Islamic laws, whatever that means!
 
He also started to deride Western lifestyle that is centered around entertainment. As example, Abdul Raof cited the many singing competitions, which he said provided for lucrative awards. He said such events inculcate materialism among the young. He pointed to the high suicide rates in the west to prove the detriments of such lifestyle. (I think this is a good example of twisted logic)
 
Baharudin Ahmad, supposedly a professor at the National Art and Heritage Academy (Aswara), however, said the musical instruments alone are not “haram” (i.e. forbidden), but the sounds they make are, since they are often used to play music that encourages immoral activities like free mingling of the genders.
 
"A huge part of household spending is wasted on entertainment, junk food, clothing which the young are proud of, such as football jerseys and branded items,” he had explained in his presentation. "They wear brands and follow the latest in fashion, music and films, thus contributing to household budgeting problems.”
 
Baharudin maintained that entertainment today had veered off track from its real aim of entertaining according to culture and religion
 
There you have it! Malay-Muslims should avoid the above because they are against Islamic teachings.

Methinks there are so many temptations that lie in wait to seduce Malay-Muslims that the government should consider banning everything and anything. And the former will have to trust the learned ulamas to tell them whether something is “haram” or “halal”.
 
Reigning champions and leaders Celtic claimed their seventh straight Scottish Premiership victory when they beat Motherwell 1-0. Thanks to Anthony Stokes in the sixth minute.
 
On Saturday, Liverpool struggled in an EPL match and in the end, produced a goalless draw with Sunderland. Their play was just disappointing. And if Liverpool fans had expected a win at Anfield – then they are really na├»ve. Don’t expect us to even be in the Top 4 this season. I don’t have any expectations for them at all. I have given up on Liverpool this season.

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