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.
It used the art of translation to disseminate its teaching.
And now the effective form of music is at hand.
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.
Categories: Islamic Perspective