Islamic Tolerance to Music Essay example
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Name Course Instructor May 10, 2012 Islamic Tolerance to Music Introduction Islamic tolerance to music has been the focus of many scholars and is a significant issue in Islamic culture. Modern technology and current trends place music in many settings where the individual is placed in a situation of acceptance without regard to choice or preference.


It is imperative to be aware of what our religion teaches us about music, acceptance and tolerance of music, and to what extent we are permitted to listen to music. For this we need to refer to the Quran, Hadith and sayings of the Rightly Guided Caliphs and Prophet’s companions. According to these sources, music has been termed as ‘haraam’ in our religion. Interpreters of the Holy Quran have identified the term “lahwal hadith’ as listening and singing songs, buying music and buying instruments for amusement. The Qu’ran Sayyidana Abdullah Ibne Mas`ood, a close companion of the Holy Prophet was inquired the meaning of the phrase “lahwal hadith’ and he answered, “I swear by Him besides whom there is no other God, that it refers to ghinaa (singing), (Inter-Islam, 2001).” It is believed that he repeated this statement thrice and his views have been seconded by the Four Caliphs, the prominent Sahaba and other reliable personalities in Islam. Music is forbidden and also regarded as a major sin in the Muslim religion. Playing of musical instruments is also a major sin hence it is haraam to play the guitar, piano, drums etc. ...
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