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ISLAM Q&A – RULING ON USING THE VOICE TO MAKE MUSICAL SOUNDS AND BEATS

People who make sounds and beats with their voice have somehow convinced themselves and others it is permissible because no instrument was actually involved ignoring the result of their action being the same as music.

They remind me of the Jewish women in north London, covering their hair with a wig, often made from real hair and thinking this is going to fulfill Allaah’s commands on behaving modestly.

– Gingerbeardman

 

https://islamqa.info/en/193426

I would like to find out the ruling on “beatboxing”, which is sounds resembling music that a person makes with his mouth, without the use of any musical instruments of any kind. What is the ruling on listening to it or learning it?

Published Date: 2014-11-27
Praise be to Allah. Firstly: Beatboxing is an art which involves producing the sounds of drums, percussion and other musical sounds by using the mouth, nasal passages and throat; sometimes these artists also use their hands or other parts of their bodies to expand their repertoire of vocal effects and percussion. This has been widespread in the West for decades and has begun to appear and become widespread in Arab countries in recent years. Secondly: These human sounds that are produced in a way that resembles the sounds of musical instruments are haraam sounds. It is haraam to produce them in this manner and it is also haraam to listen to them. This is indicated in a number of ways: 1.     Musical instruments, as mentioned in the texts which forbid them, are not limited to specific instruments; rather the prohibition applies to everything that may come under this general heading. The linguists did not limit it to any particular type; rather they included under this heading everything that may be called entertainment. The word ma‘aazif (musical instruments) is a name that covers flutes, drums, and the like, as it says in Jamharat al-Lughah by Ibn Durayd (1/425). As the prohibition of musical instruments is not limited only to one type and not another, the prohibition is not because of what it is, rather it is because of what it produces of haraam types of entertainment. If this haraam type of entertainment was produced by something else, it would also come under the same ruling as these instruments. If it did not have these features, then this prohibition would not apply to it. Ibn ‘Aabideen (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The musical instrument is not haram because of what it is; rather it is because it is intended for (haraam) entertainment, either for the one who listens to it or for the one who plays it. End quote from Haashiyat Ibn ‘Aabideen (6/350). 2.     Islam does not differentiate between things of a similar nature, so it is not appropriate to suggest that the wise Lawgiver would prohibit one sound then permit another, similar sound. As Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Islam does not differentiate between things that are similar at all, and it does not regard as equal things that are different. It does not forbid one thing because of its harmful effects then permit another thing that is equally harmful, or permit one thing because it serves a useful purpose and forbid another thing that could serve an equal purpose. There is no suggestion that the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did any such thing at all. End quote from Baada’i‘ al-Fawaa’id (3/663). These sounds are so similar to musical sounds that even sound engineers themselves may sometimes find it difficult to distinguish between these sounds and actual music. 3.     What matters is the consequences or results of things. If the human voice is changed and turns into a musical sound, then what matters is what it turns into, not what it was originally, such as if a man’s voice is turned into the voice of a teenage girl or adult woman. Although these sounds are basically permissible, after this change they come under a different ruling. If rulings were to be based on what things originally were in the past, then we would say that alcohol is permissible, because it originally comes from grapes or raisins which are known to be permissible. Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) noted how the Shaytaan misleads people with regard to matters of this nature, as he said: When the Shaytaan despaired of devoted worshippers ever listening to haram sounds such as flutes and drums, he looked at what results from these instruments, then he tried to make singing (without musical accompaniment) produce the same effect, and he made it attractive to those who lack understanding and have little knowledge. His aim is to mislead people step-by-step. But the one who has knowledge would look at what things may lead to and their likely results; he would look at the ultimate purpose behind things. End quote from Kalaam ‘ala Mas’alat as-Samaa‘ (p. 167). There is a similar discussion in Talbees Iblees by Ibn al-Jawzi (p. 274). 4.     The kind of pleasure that comes from these sounds is similar to that which comes from musical instruments, so they should be included under the same heading. The scholars have stated that some things are haraam because of the kind of pleasure they lead to. Ibn Hajar al-Haytami (may Allah have mercy on him) said that it is possible to determine that reed flutes are haraam by analogy with other haraam musical instruments, because they produce the same kind of pleasure. End quote from Kaff ar-Ru‘aa‘ (p. 160). Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Jibreen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: What is the ruling on producing sounds from the mouth that are similar to the sounds of musical instruments? He said: In our opinion it is haraam because it sounds like, and could be taking the place of, musical instruments, which are forbidden and which distract people from remembering Allah. So whatever takes their place is also haraam. We quoted this from him previously in the answer to question no. 1867. Thirdly: With regard to human sounds that do not resemble the sound of musical instruments, they are permissible, just as the sound of flowing water or the sound of the wind or the sounds of animals – such as horse’s neighing or birds’ tweeting – or the human voice – whether it is crying or laughing – or the sounds of guns and shells, or the sounds of cars, falling objects and breaking glass etc. are also permissible. And Allah knows best.
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FATALITY – POEM BY SISTER CANDYAPPLE

There is no sound more dear to me
When facing distress and agony
Than that of sweet silence; the peace it brings
Like the thud of hitting the earth as if it’s clipped off the wings
That very moment, materialistic values is irrelevant
Everything you’ve ever strove to achieve was only to your own detriment
It’s when you realise nothing matters except for what’s beckoning you
By then you’re too out of it to rewind, as a feeble attempt to undo
Cause you’re at the brink of your death and the veil has come off
While the devil has grasped on to your weak soul hard enough
Whispering words of pleasure that you indulged in
Finalising your deeds of shameless sin
Oh, you’re too weak to utter any good
The shahada’s not coming to your lips as it should
You hear yourself stutter the songs you blasted through your earphones
As fatality takes over, your sinful soul dreadfully moans…

EWW, PLEASE – POEM BY SISTER CANDYAPPLE

Don’t look at me, git. I aint gunna do that
Go realise her worth first u selfish prat
U ain’t the victim here please stop whining
While she’s at home busting her guts here u are pining
checking Wutt, like four different chicks at once?
All Married, might I add that u playing ur chance
What kind of a weasel preys on those spoken for
Ur gross, u know that? A predator for sure
Their partners don’t deserve this ur a low life scum
How do u go to sleep at night ur conscience must be numb!

Now u lookin at me as if I’d cave in
Ur sweet words were stretched a bit too thin
I sussed u out the moment u bragged
U thought I’d find u charming but ur words had me gagged
Now a few questions running through my mind
Like what the hell are u doing what u hoping to find?
You have a fine wife at home go take a look
She’s all naturally beautiful down to every cranny n nook

But u fishing out for girls that have filtered selfies?
Perve on their body while they bat at u with their falsies?
Their beauty so deceptive, yup I do imply
Their whole makeup is fake man it takes hours to apply
Your mrs is gorgeous and she’s ur baby’s mother
No comparison to be had u wont find another
Stop looking for her faults it’s a ugly trait
Look at all she does for u, u wreckless ingrate

In fact I dunno what she sees in u, ur a two timing git
U know ur doing wrong, but u refuse to admit it
It ain’t like ur guaranteed years to live
And when u die have u thought what’s gunna give?
Work things out with ur wife it’s the least owe
Drop ur nastiness its gotta go
Ul be held accountabile
Suit urself or be responsible
Don’t look in others what u can find in ur wife
Cause of ur selfish desires you’ve ruined her life
She could have had it better but she’s stuck with u
I guess that’s her challenge she has to live through.

I WAS – POEM BY SISTER CANDYAPPLE

They told me to keep it hush hush
But i cant cause it’s been waiting in ambush
Now I know what I need to do to end this
Locked inside my car im ready to dismiss

Look at my mother and sister crying hysterically
Banging on the doors and windows frantically
Their eyes wild with fear, the kind I too well recognise
Begging me to stop, watching them agonise

I cannot live it’s not the guilt alone
I sought great pleasure in battlefield and war zone
Western hero, the great soldier I was
Seeking great pleasure getting a kick and a buzz

While watching the life suck out of my victim’s eyes
Their family pleading me to stop as each one dies
They were all innocent that we knew so well
But were they humans? We couldn’t tell
They weren’t civilised like we are- so we were told
They didn’t deserve their property; natural resources like oil and gold

Many war crimes committed we proudly boast
We tortured them terribly more than most
It was only after we came back to our lives
We realised with us our victim survives

The blood on my hands I could never shake off
Never felt at peace always uneasy and rough
The docs pescribed some ineffective med
Only sent me over the edge cause now I see the dead

My soldier buddies all committed suicide
I was the only one of them left that hadn’t died
But now I’m sat here in my car as reality blurs
My own mother and sister look like one of the victim’s girls’
Who cried out for their father as I sniggered at them verminously
And shot their father dead in cold blood, mercilessly

Now as I’m about to pull the trigger to my head
I look around me as all my victims are lying dead
And all of their families crying out in agonising pain
As I did to others now fell upon me as I blew out my own brain

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB…

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Mary had a little lamb
And Mary’s Pakistani
Today it’s Eid, she’s with her fam
Now the lamb is biryani!

Eid Mubarak from the Gingerbeardman and family, Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum, may Allaah accept from us and from you.

(original credit goes Omar Haider Bhatti for the rhyme taken from his facebook page)

 

 

 

 

 

CASE CLOSED – ABU TAYMIYYAH ON ‘I AM KHALED’ AND OTHER WESTERN NASHEED ARTISTS

Assalaamu Alaykum,

This is an extremely well balanced advise and gentle refutation of the misguidance given in some recent talks of the popular youtube vlogger and nasheed singer ‘I am Khaled’ regarding music, whether  it is halal or haram, whether the deen is clear cut about this matter of music or whether the deen is clear cut in general.

May Allaah reward Ustadh Abu Taymiyyah for his beautiful summing up many of the points put by other brothers in their articles and videos in response to many of the western nasheed singers / musicians, ameen.

Brothers who though they seem in some cases to be sincere in their love of the deen, are using musical instruments or sound effects which are almost identical to musical instruments and at the same time justifying their deeds according to the aql (reason / intellect) rather than referring to the clear texts on these matters.

Fans of I am Khaled or other nasheed artists should not take this as a personal attack, it is not, I know Ustadh Abu Taymiyyah and Khaled both, they are both beautiful brothers in their own way and the Ustadh is just advising Khaled to stick to clear evidences, correct himself in his actions and stay away from talking about matters on which he has no authority to speak which is good advise for many of the youtube / social media public figures who have come to prominence in the past few years.

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Gingerbeardman

BEARD IS BEAUTIFUL – SEASON 1 EPISODE 9

In which BIB meets musician turned Muslim, Thomas “Aimen” Evans. We discuss the transition from stubble to lamb chops to flourishing follicles, receiving the red card for facial hair at Notting Hill Gate tube station and never leaving home without a comb!