Friday, November 4, 2011
Do you find contentment in Music??
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi t3ala Wabarakatuhu,
I was just listening to a bayan by this wonderful shaykh barakALLAHU fih, and mashaALLAH t3ala found it very inspiring, so I thought I'd quickly post my emotions before they start to fade away...
The shaikh was saying how people think music is a way to relax and find peace, so that the heart can feel content, but that is a very big misunderstanding, and one of the wicked plans of Shaytaan to make a muslim go astray. He was saying that when we start listening to music, the words, lyrics, the beat, we forget all of our worries, and just listen, sometimes songs can be about love, so you feel the emotions, and start dreaming about love, or it can be about how some one took revenge from an enemy, and if your angry about something similar, you get all excited and start to day dream about how you will also take revenge, or tell so and so off, so basically you just feel the emotions of the singer, and you forget your own pain and worries. Then the lyrics and the beat are stored in your memory, and you will notice that later even though you maybe busy doing something totally different, or not even thinking about the song, the words will come back to you, and your mind and sometimes tongue will start to sing along...Thats shaytaans way of getting you to sin. Its like once you listen to a song, you are just helping him save that in your memory, so whenever he needs to distract you from Islam, and your priorities, he can go back on the song and play it in your brain. After that you will never get rid of that memory in your life, it will come back and back as time passes by.
Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Masoud radhiyALLAHU t3ala anhu said: "Al-gina yunbitu an-nifaaqa fil qalb" Music created hypocrisy in the hearts, because when music is in your memory, brain and heart, and you try to bring the quran in your heart, you cant, because these two don't ever come together at once or mix. Think when you listen to the Quran Karim, you listen peacefully without moving at all, and when you listen to music, your body starts moving like crazy, according to the beat, and that is because music has a huge affect on your body, but when you listen to the Quran Karim, you feel yourself at content, and when you listen to music, you see a whole different side of you, full of emotions, in a different world, if its love your thinking about love, if its rock your moving like crazy, if its someones anger, your feeling the anger, It has an affect no matter what, because the sounds are melodious and they have an affect on the body.
Ibn Ul-Qayyim Al-Jawzi rahimahullah t3laa said: Music only make one move away from ALLAH t3ala and his rehmah, and The Tilawah only makes one come closer to ALLAH t3ala and his rehmah.
There are some people who become further and further from ALLAH t3ala, and some get nearer to him, while some do both, come closer, go back, come, go...etc.
These days a new bid'ah has been invented which is Islamic nasheeds/songs with Music! La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah. You hear such beautiful words, the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam or ALLAH t3ala being praised, but then the background is filled with haram instruments. In the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallams time, He used to order a sahabi to recite some anasheed, most of the time he would order Hassan bin Sabit, and then he would recite beautiful anasheed praising the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam or ALLAH t3ala, and all the sahabah would sit their still most of them with tears bursting out of their eyes, because of their love for their beloved prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, because the main reason and focus of the anasheed then was the words that are being said, and who they are about, but now do to all the music, we forget the words, the message being passed to us, and just shake our bodies, and enjoy, and start to feel attracted to the person reciting, or his voice astaghfirullah t3ala...which is definitely not the purpose.
So if your looking for contentment and peace, listen/read the Quran Karim, and if you dont enjoy, or feel content, that means your heart is filled with other things, or its sinful with black dots, so the only cure is to continue reading it, every single day, and inshaALLAH t3ala there will come a day when your mind will keep on replaying some ayah, and you will start to feel at contentment, and when that time comes, Congratulate yourself, as it means your heart is pure and clean.
May ALLAH t3ala give the tawfeeq to act upon this, fill our heart with the love of the Quran Karim, and save us from the evilness of the shayateen, aameen thumma aameen,