Worldly Fragments

Jumping on the Sami bandwagon

MJ and Bibi Aysha have both done excellent posts on the concert. I was commenting on Bibi Aysha’s post and found myself getting into a lengthy monologue so I decided to blog it instead. I enjoyed the concert but had some reservations much like Nooj, MJ and Bibi Aysha have aired. Principally it was a marketing campaign, a very expensive one. I’m not a marketing person, I did some introductory PR and advertising, so my knowledge on the subject is somewhat pedestrian. Armed with this pedestrian marketing knowledge, I think, the concerts, as a marketing exercise, were very well executed. I’m tempted to transfer my two cents worth to Oasis (WIP, your earnest entreaties are finally paying off). So kudos to Oasis on that score. However, I think the Oasis man came across rather strongly against the radio stations. My opinion, it was poor PR. He was just about inciting all out warfare. Oasis does provide the financial updates on those stations he merrily slated as not allowing open debate. Those radio stations do have a substantial following which Oasis would do well not to alienate.

I think the difficulties people had interpreting the concert were evident in some of the dress choices. Formal/Informal? Hijab/No hijab? There were some interesting choices. I sat there Saturday, watching the comings and goings, waiting for the thing to start, and I realised that it was due in some part to overt and covert identities. We’re not exactly the most closely knit community, there are some deep ridges between us in some places, but on the whole we’re able to live as a communal whole because our differences are not always overtly displayed. Whether you listen to Junaid Jamshed or Sami Yusuf, or both, or neither, it’s generally a private affair. Suddenly it’s catapulted into a public arena, and we’re scrambling to choose sides.





4 replies on “Jumping on the Sami bandwagon”

>Music is Haraam

References within the context of the Holy Qur`aan along with the Hadith of the Prophet Sallalahu alihi wa sallam (Peace be upon him) confirm that music is haraam.
Interpreters of the Qur`aan have defined the term `lahwal hadith` which is mentioned in the Qur`aan as:

1) Singing and listening to songs.
2) Purchasing of male and female singers.
3) Purchase of instruments of fun and amusement.

When Sayyidana Abdullah Ibne Mas`ood radiyallahu Anhu (Allah be pleased with him), a very close companion of our Prophet Sallalahu alihi wa sallam (Peace be upon him) was asked about the meaning of the term `lahwal hadith`, he replied
“I swear by Him besides whom there is no other God,that it refers to ghinaa (singing ).”

This statement, he repeated three times. This view is unanimously supported by the four Khalifas, the eminent Sahabaah, Tabi`een, the four Imaams and other reliable Islaamic scholars and authorities.

One hadith from the Bukhari Shareef, the most authentic Book of Hadith, further confirms unlawfulness of music and singing :
`There will be people of my Ummah who will seek to make lawful; fornication, wine-drinking and the use of ma`aazif ( musical instruments ).`

Detailed analysis of the arabic word `ma`aazif ` shows that it refers to musical instruments, the sounds of those musical instruments and singing with the accompaniment of instruments.

Closer analysis of the wordings of the Hadith establishes the prohibition of music. Firstly, the words `seek to make lawful ` shows that music is not permissible, as logically one can only seek to make lawful that which is not allowed. Secondly, if music was not prohibited, then it would not have been brought within the same context as fornication and wine-drinking.

>thanks for link-love 😀

i was also disappointed with the swipe at the radio stations. while I do believe that the radio stations were biased, I do not feel that Oasis should have hit back in that way. Also – what does that say about the audience who gave them a mightly applause for that bit?- the implications for advertising in the future?

(I’l elaborate on this at a later stage)

I like the juxtaposition of Junaid jamshed to Sami Yusuf because at its core it reveals the intellectual struggles between two fundementally similar yet different schools of thought.

i’m not going to spell it out suffice to say – poor Mohammed Yusuf is no more the spokesperson for the Tablighi Jamaat anymore.

Where is the love?
I noticed more hijabis at the Durban concert. The food options were better at the JHB concert

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