MUSIC IN SERVICE TO ISLAM


Music like any other form of expression is a language through which a particular person or community communicates.

The reason why Islam spread far and wide in the shortest spell of its history is that in the initial days of its mission, the message of Islam was combined well with all existing forms of communications available that time.

Islam used trade as a communication to propagate its message when multi-media system was non-existent.

It used the art of translation to disseminate its teaching.

And now the effective form of music is at hand.

Already Sufi-music has played its role immensely in the spread of Islamic message across the globe. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan stands prominent among various names.

Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), an enthralling and ‎leading U.K. singer of the yesteryear, in ‎an interview to the Rolling Stone Magazine said about his mystifying encounter with ‎Islam:‎ “I had found the spiritual home I’d been seeking for most of my life. And if you listen ‎to my music and lyrics like ‘Peace Train‘ and ‘On The Road To Find Out’, it clearly ‎shows my yearning for direction and the spiritual path I was travelling’ (Dansby ‎Andrew, 14 June 2000, Cat Stevens Breaks His Silence).‎

As for the extremists, they should update their view that ‘music’ is a form of communication in the way any other language is…

One is free to choose a medium to serve the purpose whether religious or otherwise.

As are books written differently in language so is music.

Have people left reading books or stopped learning a particular language? Nay, and they won’t. So will be the music.

It is time we debate about the efficacy of music in service to Islam.



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