Some questions regarding M.U.S.I.C..
What do you think about music?
Do you think music halal or haram?
What kind of music do you like?
Where do you stand on music? <<<< This is a good question.
First of all, why is my thought on music being haram and halal matters? It doesn’t matter at all. If you want to know the religious point of view on music, you can ask the scholars near you. You can ask all the reasons why they permit or prohibit it. Scholars have different opinions about this and (wallahy) I don’t have enough qualification to say anything against any of the opinions. If I said it’s haram, that means I am saying I know better from professors graduated from some leading Islamic universities, or the other way around. So I’m not going to explain about fatwa, I already made it clear that this is not a fatwa blog. But I will answer the questions about my personal opinion regarding music.
For my early readers, you would know that I had a category concerning music, the category had been inactive since early December 2010 so I deleted it. Why is it inactive? Simple. I don’t listen to music anymore. Not even what they call islamic nasheeds, I don’t listen to them. Well, okay, you might think to stop reading this because I begin to sound like an extremist 😀 No, please continue and understand why I choose to stop listen to music, it is all very logical.
Dear readers, I grew up with music. I felt like I couldn’t live without it and I felt like my life will be empty if I don’t have music in my life. I used to have a music page with thousands of fans throughout the world on facebook, yes, thousands of fans. I was involved with one of the biggest university rock music festivals in my country. So yes, I did love music very much. Specially with the random thesis that fools people explaining that person who loves the genre of music that I like is.. you know.. kinda smart 😉
Honestly, I heard about many scholars putting music as haram (prohibited) years ago. But then I looked for other opinions and I found it, music is permissible as long as it doesn’t promote sinful actions. My friends giving me options of so called islamic music, some groups, and some cute guys promoting dhikr… it was so boring. From a person who listened to Metallica switching to Raihan (a group from Malaysia) was truly a struggle, and it didn’t work. So what did I do? I sorted out my music collection, to make me listen to only what I thought to be ‘acceptable’. It was another struggle On the way, I also found some islamic music groups that I like, until now, I just don’t listen to them anymore — doesn’t mean I hate them —
Until one night, I don’t know what hit me. When I was sorting songs from an album by Avenged Sevenfold, I was thinking, this is just music, why putting so much effort to make it permissible for me to listen to it? This thing distracts me from my concentration. And if I was sad, listening to music will boost up my spirit, for a while, but prayer and dhikr will solve it. If I was angry, listening to Linkin’ Park will make me even angrier and it is not good. If I was happy, I will be so jumpy, and music distract me from being grateful. I memorize the lyrics too much, they are not even in my own language, I wish I had used my memory space to memorize Qur’an and Hadith. That night I felt like an idiot, I was so embarrassed. Then, in a few clicks I deleted over 12 GB of my music files. Few clicks and I have more space to put other useful files.
So be honest, people. Do music really necessary? Doesn’t matter if it’s halal or haram, we can debate this until the end of time, the opinions are both there. But, for our own good, be honest to your own self, is it really worth it? Our lips are easier reciting the words from our favorite songs than Qur’an. We memorize the history of our favorite musicians better than we understand the life of the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasalam. Is it seriously worth it? Is music really THAT important? And then for the so called islamic music. Is listening to them really help us on our remembrance of Allah and understand the deen better? Or only the cute face of Maher Zein? Or the upbeat tempo by Native Deen? Imagine, doing dhikr while nodding our heads to the tempo of music, sounds stupid? Then imagine THIS : whipping our hijab, or niqab, or beard back and forth to the music and reciting takbeer and tahmid. RIDICULOUS!!
And the best thing is, it’s been months for me not to listen to music. No signs of nausea, fever, shivering, or other disturbing withdrawal symptoms 😀 . So, if you trust me, I’m telling you now, giving up the addiction to music is the easiest EVER! And you will not miss it even one second! What will you do with your mp3 player or Ipod? Find some lectures and Qur’an mp3. It’s better. I think my music jihad is going pretty well…. What about you? Wanna start? Ask yourself is music really THAT important?