That’s It… I’ve Had Enough!

// October 31st, 2008 // Blog

The comment exchange on my very short MM post regarding the Global Peace & Unity event 2008 is a clear illustration of the exact reason why the organizers need to stop using music.

Sadly, not because of its impermissibility… or even because I may have lost a good percentage of my hearing over the weekend… seriously, what were the sound engineers thinking by putting the volume so loud?

No, because the issue of music – and how ridiculous is it that it has this ability? – divides the Ummah clean in two. In fact, if I am subjected to one more “Is music permissible in Islam?” debate, I may hurt someone.

Dear GPU people: if you are really all about the unity, you need to stop using music… so we can have some flippin' peace!

Else, you may want to seriously think about a name change.

May Allāh help me; that this of all things should be placed on my priority to-do list. Sigh…

10 Responses to “That’s It… I’ve Had Enough!”

  1. Shan says:

    Ok, good point. But are you suggesting whenever there’s an issue which creates “division”, the body, for the sake of”unity”, must always disregard whatever their opinions are and do whatever will placate the most people?

  2. Amad says:

    Your post was music to my ears ;)

  3. iMuslim says:

    Shan: err, yes actually. At least in this case, where it is clear that people will not *die* without their music, as long as it is substituted with something equally as entertaining, yet deemed halal by majority consensus, insha’Allah.

    If the GPU was just a glorified Muslim music concert, then it would be easy for people to leave it, if they followed the opinion that it was haram. The problem actually stems from the fact that it has so much variety, masha’Allah!

    People are tempted to come, because of the speakers, the workshops, the bazaar, or even just to be around other Muslims. But many feel torn when they are subjected to something that they believe to be impermissible; something they don’t want their kids to listen to. After all, it is a family event, just as it should be. And the event is not free – it cost £20 this year!

    The people who follow the “music is haram” opinion are not a tiny, “extreme” minority of the community. Many put up with music (like me, admittedly) because you can’t walk around with your fingers in your ears all day – I’m not even sure we are expected to. But just because we are there, it doesn’t mean that we like it, or want it.

    And trust me, the music at the GPU is inescapable simply due to the layout of the exhibition centre, and the volume of the concert – you can’t ignore the music, even if you wanted to.

    If they stuck to voice-only acts (and there were a few), everyone could relax and enjoy the day, insha’Allah, and perhaps more Muslims would come and support the event; and yes, there would be more “unity”.

    Besides, even if you follow the opinion that music is permissible; “permissible” is really the operative word. I seriously doubt it is recommended by any of the ‘ulema who have stamped it: “halal, ya’ani!”.

    So if it causes that much trouble – which it does – and it is not an integral part of the event – which it isn’t – and if the scholars of Islam don’t recommend it as a part of the da’wah – which they don’t – then it should be dumped for the sake of harmony and the greater good.

    You don’t need a hadith to tell you that that’s the right thing to do… Allahu ‘alam.

  4. iMuslim says:

    Amad… {groan from the audience}


  5. Qas says:

    (quote) I seriously doubt it is recommended by any of the ‘ulema who have stamped it: “halal, ya’ani!”. (/quote)


  6. Sumera says:

    The music was quite lame anyway – most of the artists couldnt sing :-/ Reason enough to not invite them next yr!

  7. Media Guy says:

    “If music be the food of love, play on;
    Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
    The appetite may sicken, and so die.”
    – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    “He [Allah] honored him [Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم)], with the miraculous Qur’an which endures the passing of time. With it He challenges mankind and jinn in their entirety; and with it He silences the misguiders and transgressors. He made it a comfort for the hearts of the insightful and perceptive. It does not wear out with frequent repetition and the changing of time. He made it easy to remember so that even young children may memorize it.”
    – Imam Al-Nawawi, Etiquette with the Qur’an.

    I’m an economist. Opportunity cost is inextricably present in every decision we make. The life we have been loaned is (infinitely) short (relative to the eternal Hereafter). So let us make our decisions wisely, in every thought and action. God willing, InshāAllah.

  8. Abdul. says:

    opportunity cost media guy lol? I remember that from A level Economics!

    Good way to look at it!

  9. gess says:

    As’salamu Aleikum iMuslim

    Sorry, but I don’t understand your post.
    Do you mean the music or the comments that bother you?

  10. Yusuf Smith says:

    As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

    As far as I am concerned, the name “Global Peace and Unity” is ridiculous anyway. The event is a community fair for the Muslims of London and the surrounding area, and should be called something that reflects that, not an apologetic name which is, in any case, an opportunity for people to pick it apart – which they will, given who’s on the speakers’ list. No other religious group would choose such a name for a community fair, why should we?

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