There are people who find God and spiritual bliss from Music. Some call the eternal “hum”.. the celestial music as THE only manifestation of the Universal Consciousness.
But then there are some who are willing to wear bombs around them and kill anyone who even listens to any music! If you have to look at how religion makes people take their lunacy to a level where spiritual oneness – despite their constant chorus – is thrown out of the window can be witnessed in many strict Sharia based Islamic societies.
Taliban has threatened in Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan that suicide attacks will be launched in buses going in that area with music and/or videos being run. Music and Movies, they say, is unIslamic. They, and their supporters even among the moderate Muslims have the verses in the Hadiths (see at the end of the post) to blame or take support from.
Taliban Islamic regime is the same one which was responsible for destroying the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan… with a pride!
If some verses in millenia-old-God-knows-who-wrote scriptures are what create and perpetuate such completely insensitive and proudly inhuman people, then is it inappropriate to ask someone to please press a “delete” button and throw such nonsense out of the books?
Why isn’t it ever thought to be important to trim stuff from scriptures that are clearly nonsensical to ultimately at least create something that is reasonable!?
Isn’t it sad that world of today has to pay for someone who expressed his or her views centuries ago.. just because we appropriate “divinity” on that person!? Why couldn’t the world learn to live on its own? Just on its own intelligence instead being constantly dependent on some old baggage!
Narrated Abu Malik Al-Ashari: “The Messenger (pbuh) of Allah (SWT) said, “Some people of my Ummah will drink wine, calling it by other than its real name, merriment will be made for them through the playing of musical instruments and the singing of lady singers. Allah will cleave the earth under them and turn others into monkeys and swines. [Ibn Ma’jah Vol.5 Hadith No.4020]
Narrated Abu Amir or Abu Malik Al Ashari that he heard the Prophet saying, “From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful. And there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd will come to them with their sheep and ask them for something, but they will say to him, ‘Return to us tomorrow.’ Allah will destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them, and He will transform the rest of them into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so till the Day of Resurrection.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.7 Hadith No.5590]