The Ruling on Using Musical Entertainment to Gather People for the Purpose of Daʿwah
Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah (d. AH 728)
An enlightening piece authored by the tremendous Scholar of the middle-ages of Islām, Shaykh al-Islām Ibn Taymīyyah. A scholarly approach to the topic is made, establishing the basis of the argument from the book and the Sunnah. The Shaykh then exposes the faults and corruption in the proposed practise of using music to gather the people towards Allāh.
…the fact that those who understand these innovated musical gatherings to be a valid means unto Allāh, give precedence to these gatherings over gatherings in which the Qurʾān is recited, pondered and thus reflected upon. It is also possible that these individuals intentionally gave precedence to music over the Qurʾān, to the extent that they would only listen to the Qurʾān with heedless hearts, mimicking tongues, wavering actions, voices deemed unacceptable to the hearts, and dispositions that are not comforted by its recitation.Thus, it is mandatory to expose falsehood and defend the daʿwah whilst you are busy propagating the call –and all praise belongs to Allāh. However, we do not want ourselves to become preoccupied with refuting this person and that person as this is what they desire for us to do. We occupy ourselves with calling to Allāh and in the course of the sermons (khuṭab) or talks we refute those who are intent on hindering people from good.
Allāh the Exalted said,
“Say O Muḥammad: "This is my way; I invite unto Allāh (i.e. to the Oneness of Allāh - Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me.” (Sūrah Yūsuf: 108)
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