Alarmingly, any engagement in music is becoming illegal in some corners of the globe, and the ideology behind this snuffing out of a beautiful art form threatens to affect the rest of the world as well. We are referring to Islamic Sharia law.
Already, in countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Mali, musicians have been killed or threatened with removal of their fingers or tongues simply because they make music. Music stores and instruments have likewise been destroyed in the hopes of silencing virtually all styles of music.
Lest you think that these acts are confined to non-Western areas, the picture below shows one of a multitude of “Sharia Controlled Zone” signs that have gone up in neighborhoods in Great Britain. The signs detail the sharia prohibitions against such vices as alcohol, drugs and smoking, gambling, porn and prostitution, and....wait for it.....music and concerts. Yes, this scourge is affecting our neighbors and allies “across the pond.”
As one views the spread of Sharia, it is vital to understand the supremacist nature of Islamic law:
Qur'an 8:39 "So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world)."
“But,” you may say, “there's no Sharia law in the U.S.” Though to date our music industry here in America appears not to have been impacted, we're seeing many examples of cultural, financial and legal jihad, not to mention violent physical jihad such as we experienced with 9/11 and the Ft. Hood massacre.
For several years now, financial giants such as Citibank and AIG have dealt in Sharia-compliant products; when we invest in such products, a significant portion of the profits flow into vehicles selected by radical Islamic scholars to help finance jihad. School textbooks have been consistently written over the past twenty years to whitewash the history of Islamic Jihad and expansionism over the past fourteen centuries. (For an extensive research study on the subject, visit actforamericaeducation.com ). There is even a Sharia court in Texas, of all places. And the list goes on.
The treatment of women and gays in particular, coupled with death sentences for apostates, suggests that there are likely many Muslims who would much prefer to live under our Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom than under Sharia. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder with those folks. The appropriate object of any objections to Islam is the ideology with its repressive political laws and, by extension, those who seek to force Sharia on the rest of us.
Where does the concept that music is bad come from? While there is tremendous disagreement among Islamic scholars on whether (or what type of) music is prohibited by the Islamic doctrinal trilogy, the section on music in “The Reliance of the Traveler,” the compendium of Islamic law, is clear and enforceable in the minds of many religious Muslims:
r40.1 (Ibn Hajar Haytami:) As for the condemnation of musical instruments,flutes, strings, and the like by the Truthful and Trustworthy (Allah bless him and give him peace), who “does not speak from personal caprice: it is nothing besides a revelation inspired” (Koran 53:3-4), let those who refuse to obey him beware lest calamity strike them, or a painful torment. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
1) Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”
2) “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”
3) “Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.”
4) “This Community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones.” Someone asked, “When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?” and he said, “When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful.”
5) “There will be peoples of my Community who will hold fornication, silk, wine , and musical instruments to be lawful....”
All of this is explicit and compelling textual evidence that musical instruments of all types are unlawful (Kaff-al-ra'a' 'an muharramat al-lahw wa al-sama' (y49), 2.269-70).
r40.2 Nawawi:) It is unlawful to use musical instruments – such as those which drinkers are known for, like the mandolin, lute, cymbals, and flute – or to listen to them. It is permissible to play the tambourine at weddings, circumcisions, and other times, even if it has bells on its sides. Beating the kuba, a long drum with a narrow middle, is unlawful. (Mughni al-muhtaj ila ma'rifa ma'ani alfaz al-Minhaj (y73), 4.429-30).
SINGING UNACCOMPANIED BY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
r40.3 (Ibn Hajar Haytami:) As for listening to singing that is not accompanied by instruments, one should know that singing or listening to singing is offensive except under the circumstances to be mentioned in what follows. Some scholars hold that singing is sunna at weddings and the like, and of our Imams, Ghazali and 'Izz ibn 'Abd al-Salam say that it is sunna if it moves one to a noble state of mind that makes one remember the hereafter. It is clear from this that all poetry which encourages good deeds, wisdom, noble qualities, abstinence from this-wordly things, or similar pious traits such as urging one to obey Allah, follow the sunna, or shun disobedience, is sunna to write, sing, or listen to, as more than one of our Imams have stated is obvious, since using a means to do good is itself doing good (Kaff-al-ra'a' 'an muharramat al-lahw wa al-sama' (y49), 2.273).
Thus, though there may exist geographical areas under Islamic rule where at least some forms of music are allowed - witness the fact that Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf Islam) has, after a long post-conversion hiatus, resumed performing - nonetheless, the events of recent years show clearly the global support for restrictions upon and silencing of music.
Given the perennial presence of U.N. Res. 16/18 (designed to criminalize the criticism of any religion or religious figure), it is imperative that we all educate ourselves as to Islam and Sharia law and then, in turn, educate others.
The best place to begin such an education is by reading original sources: the Quran (the word of Allah as dictated to Muhammad), Sira (the official Islamic biography of Muhammad) and Hadith (the words and deeds of Muhammad as reported by family members and other fellow Muslims). Since the verses in the Quran have been reordered (not by subject or date, but by length of the verse), adding to an already confusing writing style, one recommended approach is to start by reading the Sira – not just any biography of Muhammad, but this officially sanctioned version; after all, since there are 91 verses in the Quran instructing the reader that Muhammad is the ideal man and is to be emulated, we must be familiar with Muhammad in order to understand Islam. Then, follow that with the Hadith for the same reason. Both of these books will give you the necessary background on Muhammad and provide the context for the Quran.
Before beginning any study of Islam and Saria, however, it is imperative that you understand two basic principals. The first is that of taqiyya; taqiyya is defined as “lying to further the spread of Islam” and it is not merely sanctioned by the Quran, but is considered to be a duty of all good Muslims. The second is the Doctrine of Abrogation; under this principle, in any case in which two Quranic verses contradict each other, the one written later nullifies the one previously written. Unfortunately, the revelations of Muhammad's murderous Medinan period abrogate the more peaceful revelations of his earlier Meccan period. Thanks to the Doctrine of Abrogation, we hear Muslims quote perfectly serene Quranic verses that have lost all authority through abrogation.
After reading the foundational texts of Islam, further your education by reading the works of apostates such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nonie Darwish, Wafa Sultan and Mark Gabriel (nom de plume for a former Egyptian imam with degrees from al-Azhar University, the seat of Islamic jurisprudence). All of these authors have earned themselves death threats for their courageous writings and it behooves us to learn from their experience. If such books aren't owned by your library, please request that they add them to their collection.
Qur'an 4:90 "If they turn back from Islam, becoming renegades, seize them and kill them wherever you find them."
Finally, after learning how Sharia law is a threat to music and to so much more, you must become active and spread the word to everyone you know. Eschew political correctness. Consider joining an organization designed to counter Sharia (at least those aspects that are contrary to the Constitution) such as ACT! for America, SIOA, Women Against Sharia or, of course, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which is the publisher of this magazine, Frontpagemag.com. There is a powerful lobby attempting to keep us from learning about Sharia; this effort towards our continuing ignorance of Sharia can be traced back as far as the Pact of Umar which forbade infidel parents from teaching their children anything about Islam. (You ought to question why any religion that seeks 100% of humanity as members would have such a mandate). Know where your legislators at every level of government stand on Sharia and make sure that they know where you stand. Ditto for political parties.
Our world has changed and we must become acutely attuned to those changes. So continue making music, but take the time to learn about this virulent threat to our freedoms – both artistic and personal. Without your help in sounding the alarm, we stand to lose the most precious gifts of Western Civilization.
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