How many times have you been to church and noticed the conspicuous absence of a choir? Not too many? Me either…it seems that the choir is always there and they’re singing songs of praise and worship to God (of the Bible). But did you know that the god of Islam forbids music for his followers? Now why would he do that? What’s the harm in a little music? And be sure, we’re not just talking about music in the mosque, but music in general – forbidden!
Here’s a quote from the Quran:
“And of mankind is he who payeth for mere pastime of discourse, that he may mislead from Allah’s way without knowledge, and maketh it the butt of mockery. For such there is a shameful doom.”
If you’re anything like me, when you read that you don’t get much from it. I had seen it in times past and needed to look up some “commentary” on it to help me understand it, so let’s see what’s out there to help us understand the Muslim way of thinking and see if we can better understand this mash of garbled language.
“And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. Music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allah, the Verses of the Qur’an) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-Fire).”
Does that make it easier to see it? The Quran, like the Bible, has many English translations and it can be difficult sometimes to understand exactly what is being said. So what you have to do a lot of times is to get a Muslim to help you understand it, as in the case with the sura above.
Another way to put the Muslim’s thoughts on music come from the Quran in chapter 53:
“The Day of Resurrection draws near, None besides Allah can avert it, (or advance it, or delay it). Do you then wonder at this recital (the Qur’an)? And you laugh at it and weep not, Wasting your (precious) lifetime in pastime and amusements. So fall you down in prostration to Allah, and worship Him (Alone).”
References from the Quran are not alone as references within the Hadith of the prophet also confirm that music is haraam (forbidden).
Interpreters of the Quran have defined the term `lahwal hadith` which is mentioned in the Quran as:
1) Singing and listening to songs
2) Purchasing of male and female singers
3) Purchase of instruments of fun and amusement
When Sayyidana Abdullah Ibne Mas`ood, a very close companion of Muhammad, was asked about the meaning of the term `lahwal hadith`, he replied
“I swear by His besides whom there is not other God, that it refers to ghinna (singing).”
(Obvioulsy, this author disagrees with the capitalization of the word god as used in the quote, but to remain true to the quote, the capitalization remains as well – this is referring to the false moon god of Islam and not God of the Bible)
This view is unanimously supported today among Islamic scholars and authorities.
One of the most authentic books of Hadith further confirms unlawfulness of music and singing:
“There will be people of my Ummah (the Muslim population as a whole) who will seek to make lawful; fornication, wine-drinking and the use of ma ‘aazif (musical instruments).”
(Non-italicized words are this authors, not originally in the quote)
Detailed analysis of the arabic word `ma`aazif ` shows that it refers to musical instruments, the sounds of those musical instruments and singing with the accompaniment of instruments. Can you imagine how the choir director must feel right about now? “What, no choir if we suggest that the God of the Bible is the same as the god of Islam? Oh my!”
Closer analysis of the wordings of the Hadith establishes the prohibition of music. First, the words `seek to make lawful ` show that music is not permissible, as logically one can only seek to make lawful that which is not allowed. Second, if music was not prohibited, then it would not have been brought within the same context as fornication and wine-drinking. There is no way the Muslim, nor the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” pastor, can state that these two religions are even remotely closely related.
Now let’s flip the table and talk about music in the Bible…rather, music as supported by the God of the Bible. The music of religious ritual was first used by King David, and, according to the Larousse Encyclopedia of Music, he is credited with confirming the men of the Tribe of Levi as the “custodians of the music of the divine service.” Speaking of King David, he is credited with writing most of the Psalms in the Bible. Historian Irene Hesk notes that the book of Psalms has served as “the bedrock of Judeo-Christian hymnology,” concluding that “no other poetry has been set to music more often in Western civilization.” Paul tells us that
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
2nd Timothy 3:16-17
Therefore, if the Psalms are canonized as part of Scripture, and were written and used as such when Paul made this statement, it must be true that God (of the Bible), writing through man (King David in this case), intended for His Words and melodies to be used as music, and to be used in worship of Him (as we indeed see with Biblical men such as King David in 2nd Samuel 6:14).
Muslims will disagree with this Talking Point. They will use taqiyya to squirm their way out of admitting that their god does not like music (face it: music is good for the soul and there is going to be the most beautiful music in Heaven when we arrive…anything this good for man is going to be hated and trashed by Satan, the god of Islam). The Muslim will tell you that music is good and they’ll even attend events with music and partake of the dance, but the truth is that they know they are only allowed to do so under scrutiny and in cases in which they are in the minority and must go along with what is happening around them. If they had their way, they would see the music stop; the music would die right along with the Jew and Christian.
Where else in the Bible can we find information about music? In Heaven there used to be an angel that had musical talent. We read of him in the book of Ezekiel:
“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
How in the world could the King of Tyre have been in the garden of God? Was the king a created being? No…this is well known to be speaking of the spiritual influence behind the king of Tyre, none other than Satan himself. This is speaking of him in a day before he fell and before he became Satan, back when his name was Lucifer and he was a very beautiful creature made my God (of the Bible) Himself, but also note that he was made such that his tabrets and pipes were prepared in him from the beginning. These are musical terms. In other words, when God (of the Bible) created Lucifer, He gave him musical ability beyond any that had been given to other created beings. Lucifer was, if I may, number 1 on the Heavenly Billboard countdown each week. He was the best musician, along with having the best of many other qualities. Like Richard Attenborough’s character in “Jurassic Park”, when asked how he created the park, he replied “We spared no expense”. No expense was spared with the creation of Lucifer and you have never heard the likes of the beautiful music he was capable of producing. And you won’t for a very long time, if ever at all. And because he lost this, he wants you to lose it as well. He’s a very selfish person and wants you to not have anything that is good. Believe me, when God creates something (such as musical ability in an angel), what is created is good! And Satan knows no good and wants the same for you.
We don’t need to say much more about the idea of music and the Muslim. His false god disapproves and you now know why. His pedophile prophet disapproves as well and the only Muslims listening to music are those who don’t read their Qurans and those who do read the Quran but listen to music anyway against their directions (and, therefore, choose to hide in secret places to listen to music).
I could continue teaching about this topic for quite some time, but the idea is to post short Talking Points with nuggets of information to make you want to go out and do further study. Please remember that we suggest using acts 17:11 as a guideline – do not take our word for anything written here but go out and study for yourselves. Prove this to yourself. Then, the next time you hear a Christian Pastor talk about “Chrislam”, bring this up. It’s one of the less offensive topics of difference between the God of the Bible and the god of Islam, but one that, yet again, proves that they are not the same and that…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!