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Are Musical Evenings Condemnable?

Question:
In an Alumni dinner at our university, the environment was Western and against Shari'ah. How should we address such issues? The function could have been good even without the musical evening. Please suggest what to do? Should we keep quiet and let it happen, or should we request the management to improve the environment?

Response:
I think what we should emphasize on these occasions is to have decent entertainment. If we ask for complete elimination of music, it wouldn't work. We should ask for obscenity-less music. And good, average Muslims would understand it.

Last year, we had a welcome party at our University for two evenings. In the first evening there were dances of ladies as well; a few of them were mixed dances. Some of us brought the matter to the notice of the administrator who took immediate action and the next evening the objectionable dances were removed from the program.

When the prophet, alaihissalaam, entered Madinah, he was welcomed by girls chanting a greeting song in the background of daff, a musical instrument. It wasn't condemned. In fact the song (tala'al badru 'alaina...) is still popular amongst Arab Muslims. What the prophet, alaihissalam, is reported to have criticized was obscenity-promoting music and not all music. Some music is a beautiful gift of God, like good food, good scenery etc and some is a tool of the devil. And the judgment is to be made by our good moral sense.

I would therefore suggest that you should ask your University to have obscenity-free Alumni programs and not entertainment-free one.

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