As I write this, an ice cream truck has passed playing its usual dirge. The music has inspired me to head to the kitchen for some ice cream, but so far I’m keeping the cravings for whiskey under control.
“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.”
…they assume it’s another Saudi whackjob reporting from a country where women driving is a national security threat. But the Masjid Annur Islamic Center is actually the largest mosque in Sacramento, California.
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.
And then how do we allow it in the entire country? That’s the logic that leads to Islamic law becoming the law of the land.
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?”
Well I’m convinced. There is no room in Islam for such immoral activities. Not unless a Muslim kills a bunch of innocent people first and then gets to paradise where he will consort with 72 virgins.
Perhaps then he’ll get to listen to some music too.