Power of Music

It is easy to say that don’t listen to music when you never really listened to it or liked it. What about someone who comes from a background where music had always been a part of his life? It isn’t easy for such a person to completely give up on music. Then, is it okay for them to only sometimes listen to it?

Some people, because they like music, they like to listen to those who say it is permissible and not those who say it is not. That shouldn’t be our criterion.

Some people may think that I am old and don’t listen to music because I don’t really know. But as some of you may know, I used to be a lead guitarist in a rock band. This was before I accepted Islam. Alhamdulillah, I found Islam. My base player and later, my drummer also found Islam. None of us played music after that. So, I do know the allure and the power of music. After accepting Islam, I was still playing in night clubs, but I divorced myself from the culture of the other members of the group in which I played. So I didn’t participate with them in the intoxicants and things people were doing and taking. Because of this, I used to be the only sober one. People would be dancing away and just looking at them, I could tell that this was so devilish. Allah tells us in the Quran how Satan prods the people:

“Do you not see that We have sent the devils upon the disbelievers, inciting them to [evil] with [constant] incitement?” [1]

That is exactly what was going on. I could see it and it was clear. Music has this power over people where they end up loving it more than they love the Quran and this is what Allah describes as:

“They love them as they [should] love Allah.” [2]


[1] [Noble Qur’an 19:83]

[2] [Noble Qur’an 2:165]

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