This is one of the Ramadhan phenomenon that I noted — italic, bold,
underline, font color : RED — I had this massive intention to write about this on my blog, subhanAllah…
Who doesn’t know this super cute looking guy, his name is Maher Zein. Caramel skin, well dressed, killing smile, good teeth, pretty eyes, beautiful voice and looking so Islamic. Oh yes, I know him. I saw him being posted over and over in facebook, my friends profile picture is his smiling face, and I saw his video clip called “InshaAllah” played in a public transport on Ramadhan when I got home from work, that was also the first time I listened to his one full song.
I never listened to music by intention anymore, why? I wrote it on this post. But sometimes I don’t have any choice from TV commercials, public transport, public places, etc. Alhamdulillah Qur’an recitation on my phone made me happy and really helped me on my stressed hours. I also take my headphones anywhere on long drive, to avoid my brain to be exposed to music along the way. So, since Maher Zein era, I never really listened to him. I have curiosity, but alhamdulillah I never fell into that trap.
Why am I writing this? I’m gonna share few experience regarding ‘Maher Zein’ 🙂
One of my friend, call her ‘A’, she had this rush to buy the original CDs, which was a bit difficult to find since it was Ramadhan, ‘religious music’ sale was rocketing to the seventh sky, subhanAllah. So, she went to this store over and over and over to spy on the CD, if it’s available or not. She was extremely excited to buy eventhough she had all songs on her phone.
I was like, this is no difference compare to me a long time ago having Jon Bon Jovi fever. What’s the difference? These guys made girls crazy, they are like ‘rock star’ — well, Bon Jovi IS a rock star, but even if Maher Zein is ‘islamically packaged’ the level of craziness that these guys spread to the ladies are all the same —
My cousin, she has the music on her cell-phone. She listened to it over and over and over. She know how a great of a father Maher Zein is — before that, I thought he was single 😀 how did she know? let it remains a mystery —, how beautiful his voice is, how handsome he is, how cool the way he dressed is, how intoxicating his smile is, and at last but not least how noble is the lyrics he sings :p
Her husband, looked at me with this painful look… And I knew that he was jealous — poor guy —
I don’t know about what happened in another part of the world, but here, Maher Zein is HUGE!! Everyone, young, old, woman, men, and everything in between are super crazy about him. This guy, Maher Zein, is an industrial product. He is a character, his image is created so commercially, his look is polished to please the eyes, and give him Islamic touch and there you go, the product is ready to sale. He is a celebrity in a music industry. That’s a fact. No, he is not a da’ee.
I will not going to push my opinions to people not to listen to this cute guy anymore. But I want to challenge everyone out there with these questions.
1. If he is not so cute, will you be so addicted?
2. Is it true, by listening him makes you remember Allah more? Or makes you love him more?
3. If it is the message of Allah subhana wa taala you truly love, give me one reason why you listen to him more than you listen to Qur’an?
We need alternatives of entertainment, I know. But this is too much. 😀
Waiting for your respond. Much love! ♥