When is Ramadan 2018

When Is Ramadan 2018?

When is Ramadan 2018?
When does Ramadan start?
Can I get a Ramadan Calendar or timetable?

It’s that time again. Ramadan 2018 is just around the corner and we’re all asking the same question.

When will it start?

Ramadan 2018 Start Date

Ramadan is set to begin on Wednesday May 16th 2018 (TBC), which means fasting begins on Thursday 17th May 2018.

Huh? Wednesday or Thursday?

In Islam, the new day actually begins at night, starting at the time of Maghreb. Sunset on Wednesday will mark the first night of Ramadan, Muslims will then begin fasting the following day.

But only once the moon is sighted

The Islamic months are based on the lunar calendar and therefore a new month is determined only when the new moon has been sighted.

Ramadan moon

Do we need to see the moon?

This is a common debate that pops up before Ramadan every year.

Many scholars claim that the moon must be searched for physically instead of relying on calculated methods.

According to Dr Zakir Naik, the ability to forecast the arrival of the new moon is nothing new. In fact the ancient Greeks had a way of doing this during the time of the prophet.

When the prophet was asked about calculation, he claimed that it was better to see the moon with your eyes as they were not a learned nation.

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “We are an illiterate nation; we neither write, nor know accounts. The month is like this and this, i.e. sometimes of 29 days and sometimes of thirty days.” (Book of Fasting, 1913)

Further evidence from Zakir Naik:

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf argues the same view but from a different angle. The moon is so phenomenal that we should seek to look for it, as a reminder of the magnificent creation of Allah.

Dr Yasir Qadri gives some points around how this debate developed, and goes into detail about the various factors at play:

Any arguments against the physical method?

In many countries it is almost impossible to see the moon due to cloud and pollution.

The issue of sighting can spike debate amongst Muslim communities, and some feel it’s better to stay united. Others say that we are now a learned nation and should therefore start using the calculated methods.

Middle Ground

If the precise day at which Ramadan begins was so important, we would have been given more detail about how to search for it’s start date.

Diving the religion is a no go zone, so we should respect all views.

“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided (Quran 3:103)

Mufti Menk takes this middle approach, he argues that we should allow people to start Ramdan / Eid according to their preferred method. As long as we do not fight!

Islamic Music Hub During Ramadan

As always, Islamic Music Hub will be bringing you new Islamic Music reviews.

We will also be streaming a live UK radio, playing the latest from the Islamic Music industry, lectures, Quran and more.

Join the hub’s social media channels to stay updated with the latest happenings.

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Shadowless By Sami Yusuf – The Meaning Behind The Song

Sami Yusuf: Shadowless Download | Lyrics

Sami Yusuf was one of the first Nasheed artists to enter the world of modern Islamic music.

Al-Mu’allim, Allah-Hu and Hasbi-Rabi are just some of his greatest hits. These were fantastic songs, but there’s one problem… they were released years ago.

What about new music?

It’s good news for Sami Yusuf fans. The artist has just released a new song, and it sounds like it’s going to be a huge hit!

Co-written by Will Knox, Shadowless is a deep track with powerful lyrics to keep you pondering.

What is Shadowless About?

The meaning is open to interpretation, and so understanding this track requires deep thinking.

Social media users have already put forward their theories:

“I dont quite understand the lyrics. Is it that God is talking and saying i shine bright but we cant see him because we dont have shadow to recognize his light?” Keshytube

“I think it means that people doubt the existence of god just cause they dont c hear or can feel him close to them” Lazy RN

“I think that lyrics especially in the beginning are not appropriate to be consedered a conversation with God …may be it’s between two lovers …that simple” Hatifdal

 

Top Theories

There are several theories on the track’s meaning, but some ideas seem more popular than others.

Let’s take a look at the top three:

  1. Allah talking to one who denies
  2. Someone talking to their spouse
  3. Someone talking to the public

 

Allah Talking to One Who Denies

The lyrics could be about Allah speaking to his servants.

This makes sense, especially when considering lines such as ‘you turned me away’ and ‘know that my love is Limitless’. These lyrics relate to the characteristics of Allah, who is always there for people who turn towards him:

” O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will remit from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow.” (Quran 66:8).

What is meant by shadowless?

Allah calls himself the light in the Quran, so the part of the chorus that says ‘I shine…’ seems to be a good fit.

‘I shine but you’re shadowless’

A shadow can only form if light touches something or someone, and Allah is shining. Therefore this may imply that the light of Allah is not reaching people who deny.

 

Someone Talking to Their Spouse

We’ve seen a huge change in marriage trends over the past 50 years.

Less people are getting married, and more couple are getting divorced.

With complicated relationships increasing, it’s no surprise that this topic would be incorporated into songs.

Shadowless could be about two lovers speaking.

‘Oh my love i’m calling’

It seems one partner is paying less attention to the relationship. The one singing is ready to forgive their love and make the relationship work.

There are strong Islamic values embedded in this, as we are taught to put effort into relationships:

Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: The best among you is the best towards his wife, and I am the best of you to my wives.” (Ibn Majah and authenticated by Al-Albani)

 

 

Someone Talking to The Public

The majority of the people on this earth will be led astray:

“And if you obey most of those on earth, they will mislead you far away from Allah’s Path. They follow nothing but conjectures, and they do nothing but lie.” (Quran 6:116)

Many people on this earth are chasing the wordly life i.e. the dunya, and therefore too busy to pray or reflect about why they are here.

‘Shadowless no you don’t see me’

The character singing this song could be a righteous person, who is calling people to Islam but finding they are too busy to pay attention.

 

Your Thoughts?

Do you agree with any of the theories above? or do you have another view?

Feel free to leave your comments in the comment box at the end of this review.

 

Shadowless Music Video

There is no music video at present, but an official lyrics video has been made.

Fun Observation: At 1:30 the chorus kicks in and we see a man in the ocean, on a boat. Shadows are usually difficult to see on water, he is therefore shadowless.

Video for ‘Shadowless’:

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Lyrics below.

Shadowless Lyrics

Lyrics to ‘Shadowless’ by Sami Yusuf, with analysis below.

What do you see?
Tell me what do you taste?
Tell me what do you hear
when I whisper your name?
You see through my eyes
and turned me away – 1
In madness, you’d spiral
if I did the same

Oh my love I’m waiting
Oh my love I’m calling
Oh my love I’m yearning
I shine but you’re

Shadowless, no you don’t see me
Shadowless, bright as I can be
Shadowless, no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re
Shadowless no you don’t see me
Shadowless bright as I can be
Shadowless no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re
Shadowless

Memories you took
like grapes off the vine
In citrus, in sweetness
with you all the time
You tasted my love
and turned me away
Your tears would make oceans
if I did the same

Shadowless, no you don’t see me
Shadowless, bright as I can be
Shadowless, no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re
Shadowless no you don’t see me
Shadowless bright as I can be
Shadowless no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re

Shadowless
Shadowless
Shadowless
I shine but you’re
Shadowless
Shadowless
Shadowless
I shine but you’re

(I know) you think you don’t see me
(I know) you think you don’t hear me,
(Tell me) If you ever need me
Know that my love is
Limitless, Boundless, Waiting there for you
(I know) you think you don’t see me
(I know) you think you don’t hear me,
(Tell me) If you ever need me
Know that my love is
Limitless, Boundless, Waiting there for you

Shadowless, no you don’t see me
Shadowless, bright as I can be
Shadowless, no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re
Shadowless no you don’t see me
Shadowless bright as I can be
Shadowless no you don’t see me
I shine but you’re

Shadowless
Shadowless
Shadowless
I shine but you’re
Shadowless
Shadowless
Shadowless
I shine but you’re
Shadowless



Shadowless Lyrics Analysis

Links to the Quran and hadith have been numbered (in purple) and presented below.

1 Why Turn Away?

and turned me away

This verse in the song could imply people are turning away from Allah.

It’s not the best idea, let’s try hard to keep remembering of Allah.

“And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” (Quran 20:124)



Final Thoughts

Songs that keep you thinking are my favourite kind – I just wish the meaning was a little clearer.

Please leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

Lyrics: 8/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 9/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
References & Reflection: 7/10

IMH Rating: 43/50 

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Rise Up by Ilyas Mao ft Muslim Belal & Boonaa Mohammed

Ilyas Mao: Rise Up Download | Lyrics

Rise Up is a powerful track from the album Maktoob by Ilyas Mao, and it features rapper Muslim Belal and spoken word poet Boonaa Mohammed.

Each artist has a unique style and thus the track spans three generes.

There are no musical instruments used yet the song has a mainstream feel. All sounds are done by human voice only, which is important because Muslims are divided on the permissibly of musical instruments in Nasheed.

Learn about the different opinions on Music in Islam.

A song like this can only be a recipe for success, helping reach a wide audience without taking risks with the faith.

 

The three artists bring their own unique style and character to the song, so let’s learn more about each one.

  • Ilyas Mao
  • Muslim Belal
  • Boonaa Mohammed

Ilyas Mao… and his natural sounds

Ilyas Mao is a Canadian singer, producer, writer and composer.

He started out doing instrumental music and singing about topics that had no relation to his life or character. Ilyas then entered the world of Nasheed and claims to have achieved more than ever before.

He has collaborated with famous Nasheed artists such as Maher Zain, and even has his own TV show on Eman Channel.

Ilyas not only sings but composes music for tracks and various TV shows. The music is instrument free, composed by layering multiple human voice sounds and playing them back in harmony.

Role In Rise Up?

Ilyas Mao composed and produced the song, and also sings the chorus.

 

Muslim Belal… the rapper

Muslim Belal is a rapper and actor from London, UK.

His real name is Ashley Chin, that’s right… he converted to Islam.

His conversion took place in 2001 at the age of 19. Since then he has given dawah to his Mother and Brother, who also embraced the faith.

In a similar fashion to Ilyas, Muslim quit conventional rapping, dropped the beats and switched the focus to Islamic lyrics.

With regards to his acting career, Muslim Belal has appeared in films such as Anuvahood, Victim, Starred Up and The Boxer. He even featured in episodes of the Bill, a well-known British TV show that ended in 2010.

Muslim Belal travels the world telling his story of how he came to Islam. He often describes how he discovered Islam before discovering Muslims.

In other words, he came to Islam because of it’s beauty rather than the actions of Muslim people in today’s society – and his part in the song is reflective of this.

Muslim Belal in Rise Up

Muslim raps about the reality of life, and how people are quick to judge others before looking at their own actions.

 

Boonaa Mohammed… and his powerful words

Boonaa Mohammed is a Canadian spoken word poet and writer.

He has performed in various countries, and even won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation poetry ‘Best New Artist’ award in 2007.

Boonaa in Rise Up

His words are firm, strong and powerful; bringing to mind names such as Nelson Mandella and Malcom X.

He encourages people to go against any system that teaches wrong and make a positive change.

 

Rise Up Music Video

It’s a unique video with an interesting style.

The setting, colour-grading and outfits are similar to what you would find in a rap video, only this one is different.

Rap videos often feature people dancing, pacing and moving quickly… however most of the ‘Rise Up’ characters are stood perfectly still.

Why don’t they move?

The opening lyrics might give us a clue as to why they are acting in this way:

‘I’m looking back on my old life’

The singers were previously part of non-Islamic music and lifestyles. It could be that the characters in this video are thinking back to what they used to do, in a state of deep reflection.

They are no longer keen to dance around or rap about negative things, as they have made a change – they have risen up!

Boonaa’s Scene

Boonaa’s part is particularly interesting.

Photos of protests are presented during his entire segment. We see snaps from protests about black lives, racism and education. These pictures highly correlate to his powerful words.

Take a look.

Video for ‘Rise Up’:

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Lyrics below with analysis.

Rise Up Lyrics

Lyrics to ‘Rise Up’ by Ilyas Mao, Muslim Belal and Boonaa.

[Verse 1: Ilyas Mao]
I’m looking back on my old life
I Give thanks to the Most High – 1
Cuz I could’ve been anything dead or in jail or addicted to heroin
Cuz this world is a scary place
Where they teach us how to hate – 2
The people that we don’t know
What they don’t know that we all came from one soul – 3
Ok, I’m not what they show, we’re terrorists nor am I a criminal – 4
You can blame a scapegoat but I pray for peace and not war

[Chorus: Ilyas Mao]
Rise up, I’m gonna make a difference, rise up, take back what’s mine
Rise up, give power to the people, some dreams never die
Can I get a witness? You know that it’s right
Cuz we gotta rise up, and teach the world to unite – 5

[Verse 2: Muslim Belal]
Yo, you see this life’s enough to get you down
Take a look around, step out
Smile on your face, return home with a frown
This world’s full of imperfections, hatred and corruption – 6
Everybody’s suffering from anxiety, now everybody’s got depression
That this life got the better of them, and it’s all meant to be lessons
All your high expectations set you up for disappointment
Quick to look outside the box and complain about those problems
But we still ain’t took a minute to solve the problems that’s within them – 7
We hate on each other more than the people hate on us
We need rehabilitation, we need more than this to rise up
Sending a broadcast to our women, telling them they need to be careful
While your brother’s in his house beating his wife up till she’s tearful
Then we stand in the mosque, close together, waiting for the prayer to start
Looking like a united team but our hearts are far apart – 8
See before we complain about the world we need to fix the problems within
We can’t even see past the colour of each other’s skin
It’s mad I joined this religion for a change
I read about kindness, humility and saw paradise within range – 9
Tell me what happened to that, how can we let the focus be swerved
We need to get back on track, show this religion to the world and rise up

[Chorus: Ilyas Mao]
Rise up, I’m gonna make a difference, rise up, take back what’s mine
Rise up, give power to the people, some dreams never die
Can I get a witness? You know that it’s right
Cuz we gotta rise up, and teach the world to unite

[Verse 3: Ilyas Mao]
This is for the haters and the dictators and the, debaters cuz the
Love’s greater than the bomb, keep calm
Got the world in my palm, fans from Somalia to Vietnam
Cuz it’s blood that flows through my veins, it’s the same so I can’t look the other way
So put down the guns, cuz to save one life is to save everyone – 10
Everyone, every son, every mum, feeling your pain cuz this ummah is one
They’re taking our lives but they’re wrong
Cuz to the Lord of the Worlds we belong
So we gotta wake up and sound the alarm
All my people, get up, before we are gone
Cuz we ain’t gotta fight, if we just unite, and tell the world to rise up

[Chorus: Ilyas Mao]
Rise up, I’m gonna make a difference, rise up, take back what’s mine
Rise up, give power to the people, some dreams never die
Can I get a witness? You know that it’s right
Cuz we gotta rise up, and teach the world to unite

[Bridge: Boonaa Mohammed]
The time is now
History is written by those who take a stance
We can no longer be quiet, We will no longer be silent
Those who seek to oppress us, will be faced with resistance – 11
I will not be a victim, I will not be a statistic
The system is sick, and we are its cure
Doesn’t matter your religion, your race or gender
We will rise up together, we will be remembered

[Chorus: Ilyas Mao]
Rise up, I’m gonna make a difference, rise up, take back what’s mine
Rise up, give power to the people, some dreams never die
Can I get a witness? You know that it’s right
Cuz we gotta rise up, and teach the world to unite



Lyrics Analysis

Links to the Quran and hadith have been numbered (in purple) and presented below.

1 Give Thanks To Allah

I Give thanks to the Most High

It’s an easy thing to say, but also an easy one to forgot. So let’s give thanks to Allah in our daily life, perhaps after every prayer. There is great benefit in doing so:

“And when your Lord proclaimed, “If you are thankful, surely I will increase you, but if you are thankless My chastisement is surely terrible.” (Quran 14:7)

 

2 Should We Follow The Majoirty?

Where they teach us how to hate

There are hadith indicating that we should not sway from the view of the majority of Muslims, but what about the majority of people on earth?

The Quran gives a clear verse on following the majority of people in the world, explaining that the majority will follow their desires rather than correct guidance. So let’s rise up to do good, even if the world teaches otherwise.

And if you obey most of those in the earth, they will mislead you from the way of God. They follow but assumption / conjecture (Zana) and they only guess / lie (Yakhrasun)” (Quran 6:116)

 

3 We All Came From Adam

What they don’t know that we all came from one soul

Similar to the belief of other monotheistic religions, God created Adam, followed by Eve.

We are Adam and Eve’s descendants, and therefore all part of one wider race. This line in the song helps setup for the coming verses about uniting and seeing past the colour of our skin.

“O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer.” (Quran 4:1)

 

4 Not In Our Name

Ok, I’m not what they show, we’re terrorists nor am I a criminal

The media often portrays Islam as a violent religion, however the Quran and Hadith are against the idea of killing innocent people.

Nasheed artist Safe Adam recently wrote a song against terrorism titled Not In My Namehave a listen (contains Music).

Whoever kills a mu’ahid [non-combatant, innocent non-Muslim] will not smell the scent of paradise …” (Bukhari)

 

5 There’s only One Sect

Cuz we gotta rise up, and teach the world to unite

Teaching the world to unite is not an easy task, it starts at home and within our communities and religion.

There are many sects in Islam, but did you know that the Quran actually warns against diving the religion?

“Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects), you (O Muhammad SAW) have no concern in them in the least. Their affair is only with Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do” (Quran 6:159)

 

6 This World Is Not Worth It

This world’s full of imperfections, hatred and corruption

The Quran constantly reminds us that the next life is much better than the one we are in. This world is not perfect by any measure.

“Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion.” (Quran 3:185)

 

7 Start With The Man In The Mirror

But we still ain’t took a minute to solve the problems that’s within them

Micheal Jackson made a great point with his track “Man In The Mirror“, a point that is in-line with the Quran.

We need to change ourselves before we can expect change from others.

“For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah . Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” (Quran 13:11)

 



 8 Prayer United

Then we stand in the mosque, close together, waiting for the prayer to start. Looking like a united team but our hearts are far apart

Everyone knows that we shouldn’t leave gaps in our rows during prayer, and that the row should be straight.

But Why?

If we create ragged rows, Allah fills our hearts with emnity towards each other. Sometimes we hear that the devil will join the Salah, and to this some scholars believe that the prophet was not talking about the actual devil but a metaphoric devil of hatred between each other.

Whatever the case, it’s best to close the gaps and keep our lines straight.

It was narrated that Al-Bara ibn `Azib said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to go between the rows from one side to another, patting our shoulders and chests and saying: ‘Do not make your rows ragged or your hearts will be filled with enmity toward one another.’ And he used to say: ‘Allah and His angels send Salah upon the front rows.”‘ (An-Nasa’i)

 

9 Let’s Be Kind Again

It’s mad I joined this religion for a change
I read about kindness, humility and saw paradise within range

Muslim Belal connects his personal life to the song in this verse.

When reading about the prophets of God, we find they were kind, humble and sincere people. Over 1400 years on and we are starting to deviate from their ways.

Maybe this was bound to happen. It has been 1400 years after all… but we can try to bring things back to how they once were, by starting with ourselves.

“Indeed, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished you that you may take heed”. (Quran 16:91)

 

10 Save A Life Bargin

So put down the guns, cuz to save one life is to save everyone

“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.” (Quran 5:32)

 

11 Should We Protest?

We can no longer be quiet, We will no longer be silent
Those who seek to oppress us, will be faced with resistance

It’s a tough question that scholars debate.

We are taught to obey those in authority and give them their rights, but if that authority goes against Islam we should stand up and side with Allah and his Messenger, while still giving them their rights.

“O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.” (Quran 4:59)

“The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: In the near future there will be Amirs (rulers) and you will like their good deeds and dislike their bad deeds. One who sees through their bad deeds (and tries to prevent their repetition by his hand or through his speech), is absolved from blame, but one who hates their bad deeds (in the heart of his heart, being unable to prevent their recurrence by his hand or his tongue), is (also) safe (so far as God”s wrath is concerned). But one who approves of their bad deeds and imitates them is spiritually ruined. People asked (the Prophet): Shouldn’t we fight against them? He replied: No, as long as they say their prayers.” (Muslim 4569)

 

Final Thoughts

Clearly lots of hard work has gone into this track and it’s refreshing to see such a well-produced track with no music.

The sound, message and video have been thought through in great detail, even though they are from different parts of the globe.

I’m going to give this track a high rating, do you agree? Feel free to leave yours using the star system below.

Lyrics: 10/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
References & Reflection: 10/10

IMH Rating: 49/50 

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Might not be right

Might Not Be Right by Waqas ft Safe Adam & Lenny

Waqas: Might Not Be Right Download

Outlandish were a band you could catch on both Islam Channel and MTV – an odd combination that was unheard of back when they formed in 1997.

The group were best known for tracks such as ‘Aisha’, ‘Walou’ and ‘Callin’ You’. ‘Kom Igen’ was used in a Fifa video game, and ‘Guantanamo’ made a strong impression in the EU charts.

Furthermore, they collaborated with well-known Nasheed artists such as Sami Yusuf and Native Deen.

The group disbanded in 2017, however that doesn’t mean they left the music world…

Download the new track: ‘Might Not Be Right‘.

About The Song

Might Not Be Right’ is an independent release from former Outlandish member Waqas.

Waqas created an early version of this track with well-known singer Safe Adam. Once complete he showed it to Lenny (former Outlandish member), who was so impressed he asked if he could feature on it.

It’s fantastic to see these three working together, each adding their own flavour to the song. The trio have toured together on many occasions, even before collaborating.

The track is upbeat, full of energy and well-produced. I wouldn’t be surprised if it got air time on non-Muslim radio and TV stations.

But how does this track relate to Islam?

Islamic music varies greatly. Some songs emphasis a particular Quranic quote or hadith, while others focus on Dhikr.

One common theme in modern day Nasheeds is to give out a positive faith-inspired message. ‘Might Not Be Right’ does just that by giving out a positive message of encouragement.

What’s the message?

It’s about taking on new tasks, ideas or challenges.

Sometimes we get the feeling that the ideas we take on in life might not be right. This can apply to big long-term objectives or small self-changes.

Why do we get this feeling?

Society can make us feel like we need to behave and act in a certain way. We often conform to these rules and feel uncomfortable when we sway.

Do You Conform?

Asch conducted a psychological experiment on conformity in 1951, the results of which are shocking and a little humorous.

He presented participants with drawings of three lines, and asked them which ones matched.

Asch_experiment

The answer was clearly C however 75% of participants answered incorrectly.

Surprised?

The setup of the experiment may have influenced the responses.

Asch had asked a number of other people to give answers before the participant, only these people were actually in on the experiment (confederates) and gave the wrong answer on purpose.

The participants were clearly influenced by the others, showing the power of conformity. See the Asch experiment in action.

Many of the participants said that they knew the answer was incorrect, but didn’t want to face the awkwardness of going against the crowd.

Further studies have found that this idea of fitting in appears to be far more common in Eastern cultures, but applies to the West too.

So let’s take a look at some Islamic examples of decisions that might not seem right, due to the pressures of society.

Good Actions That Might Not Feel Right

Some examples of positive actions we might feel pressure to go against include:

  • Giving Up Swearing
  • Avoid Drinking
  • Giving to Charity
  • Not Skipping A Prayer
  • Telling Truth Without Exaggeration

 

Never Swearing Again

Imagine if someone claimed they had never said a swear word in their life – likely responses would be “Really!?”. “Why!”, “Not even once!”.

The idea of swearing has become so common in society that it is hard to believe anyone who claims they have never said a bad word.

Someone who decides to give up swearing for the sake of Allah might feel like they are doing wrong if questioned like this over and over.

But bad language is highly discouraged in Islam, and a goal of this nature should be followed through.

“O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers” (Quran 49:11)

 

Avoiding The Drink

I’d love to say this only applies to Muslims living in the West, however the pressure to drink can be sky high in rich societies of Muslim countries too.

Someone who decides to avoid drinking alcohol should continue to do so. Did you know that the Muslims at the time of the prophet were heavy drinkers? They were able to overcome their habits and quit drinking altogether.

The first verse to be revealed in the Quran discouraged praying while in a drunken state. The Muslims significantly reduced their alcohol intake as a result of the verse.

“O you who believe, do not approach the Salat while intoxicated, until you know what you are saying.” (Quran 4:43)

Another verse was then revealed that banned alcohol altogether.

“O you who believe, intoxicants, gambling, altars and arrows of chance are afflictions that are the work of the devil; you shall ‘ijtanibuhu’ (stay away from him) so that you may succeed.” (Quran 5:90)

 

Give To Charity… If You Can

Almost everyone would agree that giving to charity is a fantastic idea, but ask the same people to give a portion of their monthly wage and it’s a different story.

Safe Adam has recently been working closely with the charity Penny Appeal, helping improve lives in Gambia.

Who are Penny Appeal?

Penny Appeal are a UK based charity known for putting on large events featuring Nasheed artists, comedians and other Muslim talent. There is always a charity appeal half way through their shows.

During these appeals, the fundraiser will start by asking for a large sum of money and gradually get lower. In UK events this might involve asking for £10,000 – and sure enough someone will put their hand up.

The thought of giving so much might not feel right for that individual.

But we say go for it!

When committing to such a large figure Allah will make it work out.

We often hold back from charity giving by convincing ourselves that we cannot afford it. We give old clothes that we no longer wear instead of new ones. We worry that we will loose all our wealth… however this is from Shaytan.

Satan threatens you with poverty and he commands you to immorality. But God promises you His forgiveness and bounty” (Quran 2:268).

 

Never Skip A Prayer

It’s 13:00 on a Friday and your meeting is over running. What do you do?

The awkwardness of being excused for prayer can be so off putting that people feel more comfortable skipping a prayer or two.

Rescheduling a meeting for prayer might feel uncomfortable, especially if you live in a non-Muslim country, however it’s the best way.

“And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow [in worship and obedience].” (Quran 2:43)

If you forget to pray, it’s best to offer it as soon as possible:

It was narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever forgets a prayer, let him offer it as soon as he remembers, for there is no expiation for it other than that.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (572) and Muslim (684); Muslim narrated an additional phrase: “or sleeps and misses it”.

 

Trying Not To Exaggerate

Chinese whispers was a fun game to play while young, however it should never mix with real life.

We seem to exaggerate stories to make them more interesting, eventful, believable or funny.

Telling the hard truth might seem abit boring at times (not right perhaps), but it’s important to keep facts from fiction. The Quran mentions this in a verse:

“And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it].” (Quran 2:42)

 

Might Not Be Right Music Video

The best thing about this video is that the singers produced and edited it themselves, along with the track.

The video is shot in three locations: Pakistan, Bahrain and UK.

Pakistani Waqas

Waqas brought a desi flavour to Outlandish, it seems he is proud to be Pakistani.

He started filming while out on vacation in Pakistan, and decided to include the footage as part of the ‘Might not be right’ video.

We see children playing cricket on the streets, teens hanging out a car boot and a few traditional Pakistani streets. On the last day Waqas found a train track, which features in a number of scenes.

Lenny’s Trip To Bahrain

Lenny happened to be heading over to Bahrain, and decided to do some filming over there.

We only catch a few glimpses of Bahrain, of tall buildings in particular. Perhaps this signifies ambition and achievement of dreams?

Safe At Home

Safe Adam’s part is filmed in his home country, the UK. The team meet up here to shoot some final scenes.

They appear to find a castle on a hill with an amazing backdrop as far as the eye can see. A perfect location for reflection.

Take a look at the video below.

Video for ‘Might Not Be Right’:

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Lyrics below.

Might Not Be Right Lyrics

Lyrics to ‘Might Not Be Right’ by Waqas, Safe and Lenny below.

HOOK
Might not be right
Got one chance in life – 1
So I will take my chance tonight

WAQAS
Living life like i’m in limbo
Gotta make a change, get to another level – 2
Dark and silence in here, Hello!
Got to light it up, Zippo!
I dont know what they done told ya
but you’re a soldier, dont let them control ya
Sip a lie, tell a lie, hear a lie enough times then you believe it yourself – 3
Push aside all the lies in disguise then you rise and you´ll see for yourself
That you dont know what you possess unless you seek it out for yourself

HOOK
Might not be right
I dont know why
Might not be right
but I got to let it go, let it it fly
Got one chance in life
How will I know if I dont try – 4
So I will take my chance tonight

SAFE ADAM
Cross this heart
But I don’t hope to die
When we clash two cultures
Sparks will fly – 5
Little did I know when i was growing up
That life really is no lullaby
Ring a ring a roses
This world is full of posers – 6
This life is full vultures
That will swoop down and steal your
Hovis bread
How many followers
How many likes
How many views – 7
till we say the songs nice
It doesn’t matter
So sets your sights high
We take on the world
As we roll the dice

HOOK
Might not be right
I dont know why
Might not be right
but I got to let it go, let it it fly
Got one chance in life
How will I know if I dont try
So I will take my chance tonight

LENNYGM
Yo vivo la vida / Estoy bien donde estoy
(I live my life / I’m fine where I am)
Vivo / Yo Creo / Yo soy el que soy
(I live / I believe / I am what I am)
Dejo llevarme / No se donde voy
(I let it take me / I do not know where I’m going)
Si me equivoco te pido perdon
(And If Im wrong, I apologise)

BRIDGE
It might not be right hey
But I’m searching for light
In a world full of darkeness
We don’t have the answers
To all of your questions
Tonight so I

HOOK
Might not be right
I dont know why
Might not be right
but I got to let it go, let it it fly
Got one chance in life
How will I know if I dont try
So I will take my chance tonight



Lyrics Analysis

Links to the Quran and hadith have been numbered (in purple) and presented below.

1 YOLO or YOLOT

Got one chance in life

The term YOLO doesn’t really apply to us Muslims, we tend to use YOLOT instead (you only live twice)

However this verse in the song specifically states that we only have one chance in life, possibly referring to life on earth.

That’s true.

Our life is a test, and we only get one chance at it. Those who do good will have a reward, and those who do bad will be punished. So let’s try to pass with an A+

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient” (Quran 2:155)

 

2 Three Levels To Complete

Gotta make a change, get to another level

There are three levels of faith: Islam, Eiman and I’hsan. Reaching the next level should be our goal.

A man asked the Messenger of Allah five questions: the meaning of Islam, Eiman, I’hsan, the Hour, and the Hour signs. Each time the prophet replied the man said ‘You have told the truth’. Once the man left the prophet informed his companions that this was actually the Angel Jibril. (Muslim)

 

3 Lies Become Truth

Sip a lie, tell a lie, hear a lie enough times then you believe it yourself

Hear a lie so many times and you might think it’s the truth. There is actually Psychological research to back this up known as the illusory truth effect.

“Surely Allah does not guide him aright who is a liar, ungrateful.” (Quran 39:3)

 

4 Keep Trying, It Will Pay

How will I know if I dont try

No matter how difficult or challenging things get, Allah will help.

“…After a difficulty, Allah will soon grant relief.” (Quran 65:7)

 

5 Clashing Cultures

When we clash two cultures Sparks will fly

A culture clash can cause issues at times, especially when marriage is involved.

However Allah created different cultures in order for us to understand one another, and learn from each other. We should seize the opportunity rather than focus on differences.

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Quran 49:13)

 

6 “Let Me Take Another One For My Insta”

This world is full of posers

You may have found this review through an Instagram or Facebook post, which is great. Social media can be a good way to share information.

However many people are using the tools to fill their ego, posting posing photos and monitoring the likes.

The idea of showing off is discouraged in Islam, so much that we hold back from wearing trousers below the ankles.

Why?

Back in the days of the prophet, people would boast their wealth by wearing long garments that dragged along the floor. The idea was that they were so rich, they could afford to ruin their garments. The prophet discouraged this by forbidding people to allow the lower garment below the ankle.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are three whom Allaah will not look at or praise on the Day of Judgement and theirs will be a painful punishment: the one who wears his garment below his ankles, the one who reminds others of his favours, and the one who sells his product by means of making false oaths” (reported by Muslim, no. 106)

We should be careful not to show off in all forms of life, from our clothing to social media snaps.

 

7 “OMG, That Insta Pic Got 30 Likes!”

How many followers, How many likes, How many views

Sometimes we obsess over stats so much that our lives start to revolve around them.

This can lead one away from the bigger picture in life. We should try and keep away from anything that distracts us from the remembrance of Allah.

You might think of it as a simple picture, but anything that takes someone away from Islam not good.

“Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return.” (Quran 3:14)



Final Thoughts

Waqas, Safe and Lenny have produced a fantastic track! I hope to see them working together again in the near future.

Many western Muslims have been brought up listening to mainstream songs by artists like such as Beyonce, Justin Beiber and Snoop Dogg. The idea of Nasheeds is a little boring for them. I feel a track like this can really bridge the gap between mainstream and religious music, helping bring those people closer to Islam.

Overall it’s great track!

Please leave your comments on the song below.

Lyrics: 10/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 8/10
References & Reflection: 5/10

IMH Rating: 43/50 

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Might Not Be Right MP3

Humood be curious lyrics

Be Curious (كن فضولياً) by Humood – Super Arabic Track

Humood (حمود الخضر): Be Curious (كن فضولياً) Download

‘Be Curious’ reached over 700,000 YouTube views within 4 days of going live. That’s huge!

Humood has seen success like this before. His previous track Kun Anta was the most popular track by Awakening Records after Ya Nabi Salam Alayka by Maher Zain.

The song is in Arabic but contains a two-word English hook: ‘Be Curious’.

What is this song about?

This track emphasis the importance of seeking knowledge, the starting point of which is… being curious.

There are several verses in the Quran and Hadith strongly emphasising the importance of seeking knowledge.

The benefits of seeking knowledge are vast, and entire nations can do wonderful things by increasing their knowledge. Many Muslim nations used their knowledge to invent and these inventions are used by the modern world today. You’ll be surprised to learn about them.

Muslim Inventions

Here are some examples of inventions by Muslims:

  1. Algebra
  2. Clocks
  3. Coffee
  4. Camera
  5. Cleanliness
  6. Flying Machine
  7. Maps
  8. Music



1. Algebra – Muslims Invented Mobile Phones

Algebra is the basis for programming, which powers the modern technology we use today (including your phone!).

Al-Khwarizmi wrote a book titled “Kitab al-Jabr Wa l-Mugabala”, which introduces the beginnings of Algebra.

2. Clocks – The Elephant Clock

Our world takes the telling of time for granted, but who invented clocks?

Sun dials were the first clocks, but these only worked during the day. Al-Jazari took the first steps to introducing a continuous automated solution.

He was a pious man and understood the importance of needing to know the time in order to prepare for religious acts, such as salah. This resulted in the invention of the Elephant clock.

The Elephant clock was a large statue of an elephant, inside which was a bucket. The bucket was filled with water and contained a small hole. Water would slowly trickle out of the bucket until it reached a point where it was too light against the counter weight, causing it to drop on the hour, every hour. This resulted in a ‘dong’ sound.

Elephant clock muslim invention

3. Coffee – Discovered By A Muslim & His Sheep

A man named Khalid was grazing his goats one day, and noticed they became very lively after eating a particular berry.

The berries were boiled and called  “al-qahwa”, now known as coffee.

4. Camera – The Room With The Hole

Ibn al-Haitham developed a theory of light that was against the popular belief at the time. The theory was that light bounces off an object and enters the eye.

He proved his theory by creating a dark room with a pinhole, which projected objects from outside onto a white sheet. He called it the “qamara”.

Muslims invented cameras

5. Cleanliness – Not As Common Back Then

The idea of keeping clean is something we all learned at a young age. As a result, it’s hard to think of it as an invention and we usually dismiss the idea as common sense.

However when Islam was being introduced into the world, keeping clean was not a common practise. This was a time of Vikings, who were known for their lack of hygiene.

The Muslims would purify themselves through wudu and created soap (by mixing oil and salt), as they understood the importance of keeping clean for Salah and entering Masajid.

6. Flying Machine

Planes help us get from one place to the other, and may even help Humood travel around the world to perform his new track! But did you know a Muslim invented the first form of flying machine?

Abbas ibn Firnas designed a suit which resembled a bird outfit. He made an attempt to fly, travelled upwards for a few seconds but then crash landed and broke his back.

His attempt may not have been successful, however the design of this machine has influenced later attempts to create a successful machine.

Muslim flying machine Abbas ibn Firnas

7. Maps – It Wasn’t Google

The early Muslims were eager to travel, for both trade and religious reasons. One of the 5 pillars of Islam is Hajj and therefore it was vital for them to navigate to the Kaba. They started recording their routes and transmitting the knowledge through word of mouth. The invention of the paper was a huge step in map building, and the first maps were produced in Baghdad in the 8th century.

8. Music – And Thus The Islamic Music Hub

This one might be surprising.

Music is a debated area amongst Muslims as some hold a firm belief that Musical instruments are haram, while others disagree. Many take a middle path by allowing the duff.

In any case, the 9th century Muslims invented the idea of musical notes. Take a look at this scale comparison:

Western:  doh, ray, me, far, so, la, tee
Arabic: Dal, Ra, Mim, Fa, Sad, Lam, Sin

In addition to this, the Muslims created a number of musical instruments. Nasheeed Artist Yusuf Islam / Cat Stevens has picked up the guitar again after finding out that it’s roots may lay with the Muslims.

Full article on Music in Islam: Is Muslim Halal or Haram?

Be Curious Music Video

Awakening Records clearly put a lot of hard work into their videos, and this one is no exception. The video is well-produced, colourful and directly relates to the song.

It starts with Humood opening a door with excitement yet caution. He then enters different rooms, each containing a theme. There are four rooms in total:

  1. Room of Books
  2. Science Room
  3. Food Room
  4. Kids Room.

1. Room of Books

First Humood walks through a room full of books. Learning through books is of great importance, and helps increase knowledge.

The Islamic Music Hub was set up to strengthen the bridge between Islamic music and Quran/hadith. Therefore all points made about religion on this site have a reference to back them up, and nothing  is said without citation from a book.

2. The Science Room

Glasses are often associated with increased intelligence, and Awakening make use of this in both the video and cover art.

Humood is presented with glasses, and wears them while leaning about the wonders of the universe.

Learning about science and space can help increase our understanding of Quranic verses related to the topic. For example, the Quran teaches that the universe is expanding. Did you know this fact has been confirmed by modern science today?

“And the heaven We constructed with strength, and indeed, We are [its] expander.” (Quran 51: 47)

Before this scientific fact was known, some translators would translate the word ‘Expanding’ as ‘made it vast’ (or ‘expanded’) as that made more sense to their understanding of the world. However the term (Mousi’oona) refers to the process of expanding, which makes more sense in light of new knowledge.

3. The Food Room

We all love food. In this room Humood learns how to make a healthy looking meal.

It’s important to eat healthy not just for the many benefits to our body, but also because Allah teaches us to eat well.

Eat of the good things which We have provided for you.” (Quran 2:172)

“O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.” (Quran 2:168)

One might ask what defines ‘good’. This information can be obtained by seeking knowledge. We can also gather a deeper understanding by looking at the life of the prophet.

Watch this video – it gives a great explanation of how the prophet lived, and the kind of food he would eat.

4. The Kids Room

The message of this song is excellent for young children. It’s through curiosity that they interact with their surroundings and are able to learn, and make sense of what is around them.

In the background we see an abacus, an old instrument used for counting before the invention of the calculator. This was used in the west before adoption of the Arabic numeral system. It was the Arab Muslims who invented algebra and took the world of mathematics to a new level as previously discussed.

Take a look at the video for Be Curious below:

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Now onto the lyrics.

Be Curious Lyrics

Lyrics to ‘Be Curious’ by Humood below. The translation and Arabic text have been included.

Be Curious, and ask a lot of questions – 1
Be Curious, and give free reign to your imagination

كن فضولياً .. وأكثر السؤال
كن فضولياً .. وأطلق الخيال

Ask and you will open new doors
Ask and you will find the answers
You will learn the secrets of the universe – 2

اسأل تفتح أبوابا
اسأل وستجد جوابا
أسرار الكون ستعرفها

Discuss and find out the reasons
You will discover many strange and wondrous things
You can set yourself free by acquiring knowledge

ناقش واعرف أسبابا
تلقى عجباً وعجابا
نفسك بالعلمِ تُحرّرها

Why, How and What?
Explain this and that to me
Say it to people, and repeat it often

لماذا وكيف وماذا
اشرح لي ذاك وهذا
قُلها للناس وكررها

Be Curious, and ask a lot of questions
Be Curious, and give free reign to your imagination

كن فضولياً .. وأكثر السؤال
كن فضولياً .. وأطلق الخيال

A Generation that seeks, explains and asks questions
Is a happier and more wonderful generation
That understands the world and builds it

جيلٌ يستفسر يسأل
هو جيلّ أسعدُ أجمل
يفهم دنياه يعمّرها

Observe, search and ponder
Question, listen and look closely
Take things apart, and put them back together

لاحظ وابحث وتفكر
وتساءل واسمع وانظر
فكّك أشياء وركبها

Why, How and What?
Explain this and that to me
Say it to people, and repeat it often

لماذا وكيف وماذا؟
اشرح لي ذاك وهذا
قلها للناس وكررهـا

Be Curious, and ask a lot of questions
Be Curious, and give free reign to your imagination

كن فضولياً .. وأكثر السؤال
كن فضولياً .. وأطلق الخيال


Lyrics Analysis

Links to the Quran and hadith have been numbered (in purple) and presented below.

1 Seek knowledge though questions and research

Be Curious, and ask a lot of questions

The song starts by emphasising the importance of knowledge seeking. Here are some interesting facts about seeking knowledge in Islam:

  • Seeking Knowledge is a requirement
  • You should pray for knowledge
  • We can travel for knowledge
  • Hiding knowledge is bad
  • Spreading knowledge is good

Seeking Knowledge is a Requirement

The prophet Muhammed said the following in a hadith:

Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

This ruling applies to all Muslims regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.

Knowledge topics could include: Knowledge about Allah, Knowledge on how to pray, Knowledge on the world and how to purify the heart.

We Should Pray For Knowledge

The Quran provides a supplication on knowledge seeking:

“O my Lord! Increase me in knowledge (Quran 20:114)

We Can Travel To Seek Knowledge

We all love to travel for fun. Knowledge of different cultures and ways of life are usually the by-product of travelling. The Quran encourages us to travel for the purpose of seeking knowledge too.

“Do they then not travel through the Earth, so that their minds gain wisdom and their ears thus learn to hear” (Quran 22:46)

Knowledge vacation anyone?

We Should Not Hide Knowledge

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet SAW said: There is no man who memorizes knowledge then conceals it, but he will be brought forth on the day of Resurrection bridled with chains of fire,” (Sunan Ibn e Majah)

It seems knowledge does not mix with hide and seek. So why not spread it?

We Should Spread Knowledge

The Quran actually teaches that spreading knowledge is a requirement for being successful on that day. knowledge about the truth in particular.

“By time, mankind is in loss, except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience” (Quran, 103-1:3)

Another Hadith places emphasis on knowledge sharing:

Muhammad bin Jubair bin Mut’im narrated that his father said: “The Messenger of Allah stood up at Khaif in Mina and said: ‘May Allah cause his face to shine, the man who hears what I say and conveys it. (Sunan Ibn e Majah)

2 The universe is explained in the Quran

You will learn the secrets of the universe

Modern science has developed over the years, allowing us to learn more about the amazing universe we live in.

Allah calls out many facts about the universe before we came to know them. Here are a few examples:

Moon has reflected light

“Blessed is He who has placed in the sky great stars and placed therein a [burning] lamp and luminous moon.” (Qur’an 25:61)

The Arabic word for sun is ‘Shams’ meaning tourch or lamp. i.e the source of light.
The Arabic word used for moonlight is ‘Muneer’ or ‘Noor’ which means body of light, or reflected light.

The moon actually reflects sunlight, and therefore it is accurate for Allah to use this terminology.

The big bang theory

“Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, then We separated them, and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?” (Quran 21:30)

Science teaches that the universe was once joined at a single point, and then expanded. The Quran confirms this 1400 years ago. It also provides the source of life in the same verse as water.

Iron from space

“We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice. And We sent down iron, wherein is great military might and benefits for the people, and so that Allah may make evident those who support Him and His messengers unseen. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.” (Quran 57:25)

Modern science has found that Iron is not native to Earth, but came down in the form of meteoroids. The fact that the Quran mentions that Iron was ‘Sent down’ is highly accurate.



Final Thoughts

In summary, there are clearly many benefits of seeking knowledge. Knowledge helps to invent, reflect and learn.

By producing a song that encourages knowledge seeking, Humood may have given a motivational boost to the Arab Muslim world, preparing the younger generation to invent once again.

I’d love to see more songs like this in the future, and looking forward to seeing if it breaks a record.

Lyrics: 10/10
Vocals: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
References & Reflection: 9/10

IMH Rating: 48/50 

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Talk Islam Meaning Of Life

Meaning Of Life By Talk Islam – Proof That The Quran Was Not Man-Made

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I’ve always wanted to create a short video summarizing Islam.

Something that shows evidence for Islam, leaving viewers stunned and keen to learn more.

However that is no longer an aim of mine…

Why?

Because Talk Islam have produced something far superior than I could have ever achieved. Their poem, ‘The Meaning Of Life’, provides a 7 minute summary of the religion and gives proof for Islam.

It’s had over 3 million Youtube views and many are claiming that people have converted to Islam as a result. While we cannot verify this, it’s certainly possible – it is that good!

What makes this poem so fantastic?

Here are a few reasons:

  • Relatable to everyone
  • Rational arguments
  • Word genius
  • Well-produced video

Relatable To Everyone

The poem starts with a common question:

“What are we doing here?”

It’s a question that every person in every country of the world is likely to have asked at one point in their lives. Nobody knows how we got here for sure, however there are two main theories:

  • God created us
  • We evolved from simple forms of life

The video favours the former, and provides evidence to back the claim.

The video features clips from movies such as ‘The Truman Show’ and music videos by Drake and Limp Bizkit are shown. By creating such a relatable product, it’s no surprise this poem has done well.

Not only are Muslims sharing it all over the web, but many non-Muslims are creating their own reaction videos too.



Rational Arguments

Logic and rational thinking are of high importance when presenting a view point.

Talk Islam use logical arguments in their poem, and back their comments with Quran and science.

There are many scientific signs in the Quran including verses related to embryology, space, sea, bees, ants, anatomy and more.

The poem only touches upon a few of these. For examples it includes comments by professor of embryology Dr Keith Moore, who states that the embryological verses in the Quran cannot be based on scientific knowledge in the 7th century.

We will go into more detail about the scientific miracles of the Quran in the ‘Lyrics Analysis’ section later in this review.

Word Genius

Some argue art should not be restricted to paintings – I agree.

Not only does the poet use a consistent rhyming technique, but conveys deep meaning at the same time. Furthermore the words are beautifully combined with video and images.



Well-Produced Video

You could listen to an audio-only version of this poem, but would only get half the picture.

Most of this video is formed as a montage of clips from various sources. Each clip has been carefully selected to link with the content of the poem.

The video takes the viewer on a journey:

  1. We see a man appear from nothing
  2. He enters the glamorised pop-culture form of the world
  3. We’re then shown a grave reminding of death
  4. And explore an option as to how and why we were put on this earth

Meaning Of Life Video

Let’s now take a look at the big Meaning Of Life / Muslim Spoken Word video.

Meaning Of Life Lyrics

The lyrics to this poem have been presented below. Key lines have been numbered (in purple) and discussed below.

What Are We Doing Here, And Where Are We Gonna Go – 1
It’s like we Just Woke Up One Morning, And Then It’s Welcome To The Show
Don’t Ask Any Questions Just Go With The Flow – 2
Make As Much Money As You Can, And Try Your Best Not To Get Broke – 3
Copy Everything You See On A T. V., From A Hairstyles To The Clothes – 4
And don’t Think To Often, Just Do Exactly As You’re Told
And If You Ever Get Confused, Then Just Turn Towards The Alcohol – 5
You Still Here Thoughts? Then Just Turn Up The Radi-o
As You Learn To Live A Lifestyle Of Drugs, sex, And Rock-n-roll

But In All Honesty, I Just Need To Know
Is There More To The Cycle Than Growing And Getting Old
Living And Dying Just To Leave Behind A Happy Home
And A Whole Lot of Property That Somebody Else Is Gonna Own – 6
I Just Really Need To Know Before The Caste Gets Closed
Because I’m Not Willing To Gamble With My Soul, Nor Am I Ready To Take Any Chances
These Are Just Simple Life Questions And Im Just Searching For Some Answers
Like What Are We Doing Here? What Is Our Purpose?
How Did We Get Here And Who Made Us So Perfect? – 7
Or What Happens Once We Go, For Is This World Really Worth It?
Questions We don’t Answer, B’coz Apparently We don’t Really Have To
There’s No Purpose To This Life And Our Existence Its Merely Natural – 8

Then In That Case Please Let Me Ask You
Did You Create Yourself? Or Was It Somebody Else Who Had Fashioned You?
Coz You’re A Being That’s Impecable, For Less Than Unparalleled
You’re A Product Of Supreme Intelligence, And Are Merely Being rational
For There isn’t A Camera On This Earth That Has Come Close To The Human Eye – 9
Nor A Computer That Can Compete Alongside A Human Mind – 10
And If The Whole World Was To Come Together, We Wouldn’t Be Able To Create A Single Fly – 11
So Many Signs Yet We Still Deny

Science Tries To Justify That All This Could Come From None
When It’s A Simple Sum, Zero Plus Zero Plus Zero Cannot Possibly Ever Give You One
So From Where Did All This Order Come?
For Everything Has It’s Origins, A Maker, A Creator Of Its Own
I Mean The Only Reason You’re Watching This Video Because Somebody Had To Press Upload
So We Can Believe In The Big Bang But I Would Rather Believe In He Who Caused It To Explode – 12
Allah! The Creator Of Everything Along With Every Single Soul – 13
The Ever Living, The Master, The Only One Who Is In Control
Unlike His Creation Beyond Our Imagination – 14
And No! He’s Not A Man Nor Does He Has Any Partners In Association, He’s On His Own
And No He Did Not Ever Leave Us Alone
Just Like Every Manufacturer, He Left Us With An Instruction Manual
The Qur’aan And Islam And M Sorry To Jump To Conclusion But Its The Only One Possible

The Only Definition Of God Is The One And Only, Supreme Being. It’s Logical!
A Book With Zero Contradictions, With Miracles That Are Both Scientific And Historical – 15
All Revealed Over 1400 Years Ago
Like The Detailed Description Of The Human Embryo – 16
“the Descriptions Of The Human Embryo In The Quran Cannot Be Based On Scientific Knowledge In The 7th Century” – (a Scientist In The Video)
To The Mountains As Pegs Holding Firm The Earth Below – 17
And The Two Seas That don’t Mix In A Complete Separate Flow – 18
To The Planets In Orbit, Alternating Night And Day As They Stay In Flow – 19
The Expansion Of The Universe And The Creation Of Everything From H2o – 20
To The Stories Of The Past And The Preservation Of Pharaoh – 21
To Identifying The Lowest Point In Land Where The Persia Defeated Rome – 22
The Gushing Fluid That Created Man In The Glands Between Ribs And The Backbone – 23

And Not A Word Has Changed, Its Still The Same. So Please Explain How All This Was Known?
Over 1400 Years Ago, To A Man Who Couldn’t Read Or Write, As He Would Recite Whatever The Angels Spoke
And If You Still don’t Believe, Please Try To Come Up With Something That’s Even Close
But You Can’t. So We Took God As A Mockery And His Messenger As A Joke
Dismiss These Scriptures And Legends And The Tails Of The Ancient Folk, As We Live Life According To Our Whims, Desires And Hopes
Saying This Life Is The Only Home We Would Ever Know. We Will Live And Die And Simply Turn To Bones
Yo-lo. Correction. After The Grass Dies, The Rain Arrives And It Re-grows – 24
And Allah Promises To Do This Same Thing To Your Very Soul – 25
And Bring You Back From Your Very Fingertips To Your Toes
As The All-seeing Supreme Being Watches Us So Close. And We Are Surely Being Tested
In Our Wealth, Our Health, In Our Self And Everything That We’ve Been Blessed With – 26
So Believe For We Will Surely Be Ressurected And Be Brought Back To Our Lord
And Account For Every Single Deed As He Hands Us Our Books (of Our Deeds In This World) And Orders Us To Read
From The Bad To The Good And Everything In Between
You Yourself Was Sufficient For Your Own Accountability
So don’t Be Mad At Me, You Were The One Who Thought Who Wouldn’t Come Back To Me
I Gave You A Whole Life Long To Search After Me, But You Were Busy In All That Which Was Temporary
So Read! And Glad Tidings To All Those Who Believe. Then If You Disbelive, Read!
And don’t Let That Day Be The First Day You Find Out What Your Life Really Means. Read! – 27



Links to Quran & Hadith

Links to the Quran and hadith have been numbered above (in purple) and presented below.

1 Why are we on this earth?

What Are We Doing Here, And Where Are We Gonna Go

Questions like this can be difficult to answer no matter what creed or view point you follow. Each answer will always be followed up with one question: “but why”?

Study of the Quran can help us to answer the following:

  • Reasons why we are NOT here
  • Reasons why we are here
  • Where we are going next

Why are we NOT here?

“Did you think that We had created you in play (without any purpose), and that you would not be brought back to Us?” (Quran 3:115)

“And We created not the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, for mere play (Quran 44:38)

We were not created for fun or as a pass-time, and therefore should not waste time on meaningless tasks. Allah has created us for a purpose.

Why are we here?

“Who has created death and life that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the AllMighty, the OftForgiving” (Quran 67:2)

Allah mentions that we have been put on this earth as a test, to see which of us do the good deeds. We have been given free-will and therefore (unlike Angels) have the ability to choose between good or bad.

We can choose to help someone cross the road, or walk the opposite way. We can choose whether we want to attend a charity event, or sit at home playing Playstation. We even have the ability to choose whether we forgive people for wrong actions or hold a grudge.

Free-will gives us choice, although Allah knows the outcome.

One might still ask why Allah made us for this purpose…

Why has Allah put us on this earth if he already knows the outcome? Why are we created without being asked?

Zakir Naik attempts an answer to these challenging questions in the video below:

2 Question Everything

Don’t Ask Any Questions Just Go With The Flow

The Quran was sent down to those who reflect. Asking questions is part of being Muslim and we should never follow people blindly.

“And it is He Who spread out the earth, and placed therein firm mountains and rivers and of every kind of fruits He made Zawjain Ithnain (two in pairs – may mean two kinds or it may mean: of two sorts, e.g. black and white, sweet and sour, small and big, etc.) He brings the night as a cover over the day. Verily, in these things, there are Ayat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.) for people who reflect.” (Quran 10:24)

“…Then do they not give thought? There is in their companion [Muhammad] no madness. He is not but a clear warner.” (Quran 7:184)

3 Money Isn’t Everything

Make As Much Money As You Can, And Try Your Best Not To Get Broke

Money, Money, Money…

Most people live to make more money, but what does Islam say about the idea of chasing money?

The Quran speaks about money and other treasures in a negative light as being enjoyments of the worldly life.

While it’s absolutely fine to make money, it should not be the reason for our existence. Those who prefer the worldly life over the next are considered unsuccessful – which is funny as most people would define success in monetary terms.

“Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return.” (Quran 3:14)

4 Only Copy If It’s Good

Copy Everything You See On The TV, From The Hairstyles To The Clothes

Following on from point 2, we are required to think before we act. We should not simply copy everything we see in order to ‘Fit In’.

This idea of fitting in is actually more common in collectivist societies in the Eastern world (Pakistan, China, Bangladesh). People in the west are more likely to attempt to stand out from a crowd. That may be a good thing… depending on the crowd.

“And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying”. (Quran 6:116)

The prophet taught that people will copy those before them, and it should be avoided:

“It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: You will certainly follow the ways of those who came before you hand span by hand span, cubit by cubit, to the extent that if they entered the hole of a lizard, you will enter it too.” We said: “O Messenger of Allaah, (do you mean) the Jews and the Christians?” He said: “Who else?”” (al-Bukhaari, 1397; Muslim, 4822)

5 The Danger Of Alcohol

And If You Ever Get Confused, Then Just Turn Towards The Alcohol

Alcohol is forbidden in Islam – that’s no secret.

But did you know the Arabs used to be heavy drinkers? Allah did not ban Alcohol in one go, he took a step by step approach.

The first verse was revealed  in order to reduce Alcohol intake:

“O you who believe! do not go near prayer when you are Intoxicated until you know (well) what you say” (Quran 4:43)

Another verse was then revealed prohibiting Alcohol altogether:

“O you who believe! intoxicants and games of chance and (sacrificing to) stones set up and (dividing by)arrows are only an uncleanness, the Shaitan’s work; shun it therefore that you may be successful. The Shaitan only desires to cause enmity and hatred to spring in your midst by means of intoxicants and games of chance, and to keep you off from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. Will you then desist?” (Quran 5:90-91)

It was said that the streets of Medina were flowing with rivers of wine after the above verse.

“Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, addressing the people in Medina, saying, “O people, Allah is alluding to a command for wine. Perhaps Allah will soon reveal an order regarding it. So whoever has some of it should sell it and benefit from it.” We waited for some time until the Prophet said, “Verily, Allah the Exalted has forbidden wine. Whoever knows this verse and has some of it should neither drink it nor sell it.” The people then brought whatever they had with them into the streets of Medina and poured it out.” (Muslim 1578)

6 Buying A Property

And A Whole Lot of Property That Somebody Else Is Gonna Own

Buying a house is a huge life ambition for many people in the world, Muslim and non-Muslim.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to own a property, it makes sense. However many people feel it is impossible to buy without getting a mortgage and engaging in interest.

Everything is allowed in Islam, unless it has been specifically forbidden in the literature. Though it may not feel like it, there are actually very few major sins in the religion of Islam. Many scholars argue that there are 7 major sins, while some extend to 70.

Interest is classed as one of the major sins, if a person commits this they are strong candidates for the hell fire. Of course it is possible to repent, as long as the sin is abandoned and not returned to.

Those who consume interest cannot stand [on the Day of Resurrection] except as one stands who is being beaten by Satan into insanity. That is because they say, “Trade is [just] like interest.” But Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest. So whoever has received an admonition from his Lord and desists may have what is past, and his affair rests with Allah . But whoever returns to [dealing in interest or usury] – those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.” (Quran 2:275)

7 We’re Too Perfect

How Did We Get Here And Who Made Us So Perfect?

Some argue that the design and order of our world is too perfect not to have a creator. Even the process of natural selection must have had a beginning.

The video gives some good visual examples of how we have been created with detailed design and measure.

“…[It is] the work of Allah, who perfected all things. Indeed, He is Acquainted with that which you do.” (Quran 27:88)

“If there were other gods in either [Heaven or Earth] besides God [Alone], they would both dissolve in chaos. Glory be to God, Lord of the Throne, beyond what they describe!” (Quran 21:22)

8 Can We Really Come From Nothing?

There’s No Purpose To This Life And Our Existence Its Merely Natural

If the universe had a beginning, there must have been a cause. That cause must have been from outside of the laws of physics and time, otherwise that thing would require a cause too. Religious people call this cause ‘God’ or in our case ‘Allah’.

Another theory is that the universe has always existed. However we run into a flaw with this theory known as infinite regression. If there was never a start, how can there be a present?

Let’s say I wanted to throw a ball, however before throwing I needed permission from person 1.

  1. Person 1 needs to check with person 2
  2. Person 2 needs to check with person 3
  3. Person 3 needs to check with person 4
  4. And so on

If this went on forever, will I ever throw the ball?

In the same way the universe cannot come into existence with this theory.

A great speak on this topic is Hamza Tzortzis:

9 Sight Is A Gift

For There isn’t A Camera On This Earth That Can Come Close To The Human Eye

Sight is a gift to us, as Allah mentions in various places of the Quran.

“Indeed, We had established them in a way We have not established you ˹Meccans˺. And We gave them hearing, sight, and intellect. But neither their hearing, sight, nor intellect were of any benefit to them whatsoever, since they persisted in denying Allah’s signs. And ˹so˺ they were overwhelmed by what they used to ridicule.” (Quran 46:26)

10 The Forelock Miracle

Nor A Computer That Can Compete Alongside A Human Mind

This poem gives many signs that the Quran is from God. Here is another:

The part of the human mind that is responsible for decision is known as the forelock, this is located in the front part of the head.

Allah speaks about those who lie and says that he will grab them by their forelock, and also describes the forelock as lying and sinful. It is interesting that Allah described the forelock as lying rather than the person. This may not have been understood at the time, however today we are aware due to modern advances in Science.

““Nay! If he (Abu Jahl) ceases not, We will catch him by the forelock, A lying, sinful forelock!”” (Quran 96:15-16)

11 The Fly Miracle

And If The Whole World Was To Come Together, We Wouldn’t Be Able To Create A Single Fly

One Hadith talks about flies.

“The Prophet said “If a house fly falls in the drink of anyone of you, he should dip it (in the drink),  for one of its wings has a disease and the other has the cure for the disease (Bukhari)

If a fly lands in our drink the prophet encouraged us to dip it fully before removing it.

What is meant by the above?

Science has found that the wing of a fly contains antibodies (Kingsley, 2002). Flies also contain harmful bacteria. By dipping both wings into the drink the prophet has recommended a solution that ensures the anti-bodies are mixed into the drink, increases the chances that it would be safe to drink.

In modern times many would throw away the drink, however we should remember that water was not as easily obtainable back then.

12 The Big Bang Theory

So We Can Believe In The Big Bang But I Would Rather Believe In He Who Caused It To Explode

“Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, then We separated them, and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?” (Quran 21:30)

In this verse the Quran states that the heavens and earth were joined together. Heavens (Sama in Arabic) covers everything we can see when we look into the sky i.e. stars, sun, moon etc.

Science teaches that everything in the universe was once joined together.

How do they know this?

The universe is expanding as we travel through time. Therefore is we were to go back in time, we would find everything in the universe drawing closer together. Eventually there will come a time where everything connects at a single point.

The fact that the Quran mentioned the joined universe should help provide evidence that the Quran is really from Allah.

If that wasn’t enough. Here is another verse on the topic:

“And the heaven We created with might, and indeed We are (its) expander. (Quran 51:47)

13 He Created Everything

Allah! The Creator Of Everything Along With Every Single Soul

He created everything and mentioned it in various scriptures, including the Quran.

“That is Allah your Lord! There is no god but He! The Creator of all things: then worship ye Him: and He hath power to dispose of all affairs”. (Quran 6:102)



14 We Cannot Imagine Allah

Unlike His Creation Beyond Our Imagination

This is an important point.

Allah describes himself as being like nothing in this world today.

Think about it like this. If you wanted to imagine what Allah looks like, whatever you come up with is NOT anywhere near. We are incapable of this task due to the limitations given to humans.

Those who do good  may be allowed to see Allah in Paradise, let’s all hope we make it.

“Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent. (Quran 6:102)

15 Quranic Miracles

A Book With Zero Contradictions, With Miracles That Are Both Scientific And Historical

There are many Scientific miracles in Islam, the poem just covers some of them.

One miracle not covered includes the language of the Quran.

Language of Quran

There are signs in the way Allah revealed the Quran and it’s language. When the Quran was revealed, the Arabs were proud of their language, many people became Muslim due to the poetry of the Quran alone.

Examples of linguistic miracles include palindromes – paragraphs that mean the same when read forwards and backwards. One example is the following sentence

رب ب ك ف ك ب ب ر (Quran 74:3)

Another example is seen in the meaning of Ayat-ul-kursi, with the middle line having two meanings:

kursi forwards backwards

 

In fact the Quran challenges people to create one word, line or chapter like it.

“Say: “If the mankind and the jinns were together to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they helped one another.” (Quran 17:88)

16 Embryology in the Quran

Like The Detailed Description Of The Human Embryo

Keith Moore (professor of Embryology) was shown the following verses of the Quran by his students:

“We created man from an extract of clay. Then We made him as a drop in a place of settlement, firmly fixed. Then We made the drop into an alaqah (leech, suspended thing, and blood clot), then We made the alaqah into a mudghah (chewed substance)…” (Quran 23:12-14).

He was amazed at how accurately the Quran described the embryo process. Upon further examination under a microscope he found that the Quranic description was more accurate than the way they were describing it.

His full speech can be seen here:




17 The Mountain Miracle

To The Mountains As Pegs Holding Firm The Earth Below

The roots of the mountains beneath the earth’s surface are deeper than the height above the Earth.

“And the mountains as pegs?” (Quran 78:7)

Mountain pegs quran

18 The Two Seas Miracle

And The Two Seas That don’t Mix In A Complete Separate Flow

Scientific signs of Islam

Allah speaks about the two seas not mixing.

Science has now found that in places where two seas meet, there is a barrier between them. Each sea has it’s own temperature, salinity, and density. (Principles of Oceanography, Davis, pp. 92-93). This fact could not have been known at the time of the Quran.

“He has set free the two seas meeting together. There is a barrier between them. They do not transgress.” (Quran 55:19-20)

19 Orbits

To The Planets In Orbit, Alternating Night And Day As They Stay In Flow

“And it is He who created the night and the day and the sun and the moon; all [heavenly bodies] in an orbit are swimming.” (Quran 31:21)

The above verse states that the sun and moon are in orbit.

The beautiful thing about this verse is that it has a multi-layered meaning.

To a 7th century Arab this verse might mean that the sun and moon orbit around the earth (as was the old understanding) and this causes them to reflect on the greatness of Allah

To a 21st century person this verse can be viewed as talking about the sun and moon being in orbit within the galaxy. Science has confirmed that the moon is in orbit around the Earth, and the sun is in a wider orbit around the galaxy. In fact it takes the sun 250 million years to complete one orbit (more).

The arabic word used to refer to movement in the above verse is ‘yasbahuna’, which means to move with it’s own motion. If the movement was in water then ‘yasbahuna’ refers to kicking legs (swimming), if on land then it refers to the movement of running or walking. In space this could refer to the movement made by the floating body itself, i.e. rotation.

Both the sun and moon rotate on their own axis. It takes the sun 25 days while the moon takes approx 27. The moon rotation is synchronous with the earth and therefore we always see the same side.




20 Two Miracles In One Verse (Space & Water)

The Expansion Of The Universe And The Creation Of Everything From H2o

We have already discussed the following verse:

“Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, then We separated them, and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?” (Quran 21:30)

However we only discussed the miracle related to space, this verse also contains another!

Allah states that he created every living thing from water.

Science has now discovered that the cytoplasm (majority of a cell) is about 80% water (Shepherd, 2006), and therefore living things are mostly made from water. Furthermore all living things require water in order to survive.

21 Preservation Of Pharaoh

To The Stories Of The Past And The Preservation Of Pharaoh

The Quran reveals a number of events, before they actually happen. One example is the preservation of Pharaoh, the Egyptian king who was drowned after chasing Moses through the sea.

A mummified body was discovered in Egypt and given to Christian scientist Maurice Bucaille.

After examination he found that the person had died as a result of drowning, and that this could be the same Pharaoh as the one in the Quran and Bible. Read More

While in the process of drowning, Pharaoh called out saying that he believed in the God of Moses, however his repentance was not accepted as he was in his final moments on earth.

And We took the Children of Israel across the sea, and Pharaoh and his soldiers pursued them in tyranny and enmity until, when drowning overtook him, he said, “I believe that there is no deity except that in whom the Children of Israel believe, and I am of the Muslims.

Now? And you had disobeyed [Him] before and were of the corrupters?

This day shall We save thee in the body, that thou mayest be a sign to those who come after thee! but verily, many among mankind are heedless of Our Signs!” (Quran 10:92)

Dr Maurice Bucaille went on to write the book The Bible, the Qu’ran and Science

22 Lowest Point In The Land

To Identifying The Lowest Point In Land Where The Persia Defeated Rome

The lowest point in the land is known as the Dead Sea Depression, which lies between moden day Isreal, Jordan and Syria (Lynch).

“The Romans have been defeated in the lowest land, but after their defeat they will soon be victorious. Within three to nine years. The decision of the matter, before and after, is with God.” (Quran 30:2-4)

The battles took place in areas such as Damascus and Jerusalem, which lay in the dead sea depression discussed above.

Furthermore this verse describes the result of an event in a different location to where it was revealed. Back then there was no TV or radio, the only way to deliver messages was to physically make the journey, which could take months or years.

In addition to this, the Quran predicted when the defeated would be victorious (in 3-9 years). This was a surprising statement as the Romans had been defeated so brutally that nobody expected them to recover. Sure enough they were victorious 7 years later.

23 Between The Ribs And Backbone

The Gushing Fluid That Created Man In The Glands Between Ribs And The Backbone

It’s easy to think of semen as coming from the testicles, however Allah states that the gushing fluid comes from a place between the ribs and backbone.

“(Man is) created from gushing water (which) comes out from between the backbone and the ribs (Quran 86:6-7)

Science has now discovered that the fluid is created near the prostate. It is issued from the lumbar and sacral segments of the spinal cord, between the ribs and backbone (Kader, 2010)



24 Reasons For Seasons

Yo-lo. Correction. After The Grass Dies, The Rain Arrives And It Re-grows

Ever wonder why plants die only to re-grow? Why do trees loose their leaves in winter only to start gaining them back in spring?

There is great meaning behind this.

“And GOD sends down water from the skies, giving life thereby to the earth after it had been lifeless: in this, behold, there is a message indeed for people who [are willing to] listen.” (Quran 16:65)

The resurrection of dead land is to remind us that Allah can and does put life back into what appears dead. If Allah can put life back into plants then he can do the same to us.

25 He will bring you back

And Allah Promises To Do This Same Thing To Your Very Soul

There are many verses where Allah states he will resurrect us on the day of judgement.

“How can you disbelieve in Allah when you were lifeless and He brought you to life; then He will cause you to die, then He will bring you [back] to life, and then to Him you will be returned.” (Quran 2:28)

26 This Life Is A Test

In Our Wealth, Our Health, In Our Self And Everything That We’ve Been Blessed With

The purpose of our existence is to try to pass this test (known as life). Those who say they believe will be tested in multiple ways.

Will you loose hope and abandon Islam? or continue to strive through the hardships?

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient. Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.”Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided. [He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed – and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving” (Quran 67:2)




27 He will bring you back

And don’t Let That Day Be The First Day You Find Out What Your Life Really Means. Read!

There will be happy people on the day of judgement, and many not so happy.

Allah states that the disbelievers will be in such a state of panic that they will wish they were dust.

“Indeed, We have warned you of a near punishment on the Day when a man will observe what his hands have put forth and the disbeliever will say, “Oh, I wish that I were dust!” (Quran 78:40)




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Is Music Haram or Halal In Islam? – Quotes From Quran & Hadith

Is Music Haram?
Are instruments allowed in Islam?
Please give me Quranic quotes on music…

These are common questions asked by those growing up in today’s world. Whether you live in the UK, US, Pakistan, Indonesia or anywhere in-between, music plays a huge role in society.

Many Muslims hold a strong view that music is Haram in Islam, but there are those who believe it is permissible. What do the books say?

This article will explore both sides of the argument, providing both evidence for and against music in Islam, with reference to Quran, hadith and key scholars.

What Type Of Music?

Before jumping in, it might be worth defining the type of music we are going to explore.

Let’s break music into two categories for the purpose of this review:

  • Mainstream pop songs
  • Musical instruments

Define Mainstream Music

Mainstream music refers to the popular hit songs commonly played on radio, TV and YouTube.

Examples of artists: Jason Derulo, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Snoop Dog.

It can be argued that most mainstream songs do not promote a positive life-style, and rather encourage unislamic activities such as drugs, clubbing, sex and violence.

On the other hand, some mainstream music may contain positive or meaningful lyrics, such as ‘happy’ by Pharrell Williams or ‘Feed The World’ by Micheal Jackson.

We will explore whether any of these are permissible in Islam.

…and Musical Instruments?

The popularity of individual musical instruments vary around the world.

The piano is one of the most popular instruments in the UK while the Guitar ranks high in Spain. In India we find unique instruments such as the Tabla and Sitar while the Daf has huge significance in the Arab world.

Musical instruments can be split into different families, they are as follows:

Stringed: Violin, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harp
Woodwind: Flute, Recorder, Harmonica
Percussion: Drums, Daf, Dhol
Brass:  Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn
Keyboard:  Piano (also considered stringed and percussion)

Let’s take a look at the Quranic view on the two types of music listed above.



Music In The Quran

The Quran ranks number one – if any Islamic resource states something in contrast to the Quran it must be rejected.

There is actually no verse in the Quran where music is directly forbidden, nor is there a verse where it is allowed.

We do however have one verse closely related to the topic.

The Verse On Idle Tales

“But there are among men those who purchase idle tales without knowledge (or meaning) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah and throw ridicule (on the Path): for such there will be a humiliating Penalty” (Quran 31:6)

At the time of the Prophet, it was common practice to purchase singing slave girls – who would sing about past wars.

People would purchase them with the evil intention of distracting others from Allah, sometimes playing loudly while the Muslims prayed.

The prophet elaborated on the Quranic verse by saying that the purchase of idle tales refers to the purchase of these singing girls.

Elaboration on the verse

Al-Tirmizi reported from Abi Umamah from the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) who said: “Do not sell slave songstresses and do not buy them as there is no good in any trade with them. Their price is Haram. This verse addresses them: {And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path…} ” .

Ibn Masood and Ibn Abbaas also commented the verse, stating that it refers to music.

Does this verse mean music is haram?

This does not indicate that music itself is Haram, but clearly states that using song to mislead and distract people from Islam is wrong.

Therefore if music (mainstream or instrumental) distracts us from Allah, then we should not continue to listen.

Songs Contradicting Quran

Those songs which promote something against the Quran are clearly forbidden. Let’s take a look at some examples.

Songs Promoting Alcohol

Any song which promotes Alcohol should be avoided, as the consumption of Alcohol is considered a major sin in Islam:

“O ye who believe ! Strong drinks and games of chance and idols and divining of arrows are only an infamy of Satan’s handiwork. Leave it aside in order that ye may succeed (Quran 5:90)

Songs That Encourage Looking At Women

There are a huge number of songs that encourage looking at the opposite sex with desire. The Quran asks men to do the opposite, and lower their gaze when passing a women.

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity” (Quran 24:30)

Songs With Swear Words

There is a clear verse in the Quran against swearing, but modern day music has plenty of bad language.

“O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers” (Quran 49:11)

And Many More

Other common forbidden themes in modern day music include:

  • Promotion of drugs – Quran 5:90
  • Putting money first – Quran 18:46 & 3:14
  • Encouraging Homosexuality – Quran 7:81

Conclusions From The Quran

We should avoid any song that encourages wrong or distracts us from remembering Allah.

This would cover the majority of mainstream music that people listen to these days.

But what about good music?

Let’s now look at positive music, with a focus on music that actively promotes Islam.

Islamic Music (Nasheeds)

There are a growing number of artists who produce Islamic music – encouraging people to obey Allah, read Quran and do lots of dhikr.

Examples of Islamic music artists include Maher Zain, Safe Adam, Zain Bhikha and Harris J.

The intention behind their music is certainly not to take people away from Allah, so the Quranic verses above cannot apply. Their songs are free from promoting forbidden things such as alcohol, drugs, clubbing and offensive talk.

But are musical instruments allowed?

Scholars are divided regarding the ruling on using musical instruments to accompany these songs.

Let’s take a look at reasons for and against musical instruments in Islamic songs.

Arguments Against Instruments

There is a key hadith that suggests musical instruments are forbidden

A Direct Hadith

Narrated Abu ‘Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari: 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… (Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 69, Number 494v)

Musical instruments have been placed alongside huge sins in this hadith, suggesting their use is also a sin.

Those who believe musical instruments are not allowed in Islam use this hadith for key support, however those who disagree argue that the hadith applies within the context of using musical instruments as part of worship – which is what they used to do in those days.

The Four Madhabs

Islam spread through chains of learning. For example:

  • The prophet taught person 1
  • Person 1 taught person 2
  • Person 2 moved abroad and taught person 3
  • Person 3 taught person 4 and so on…

From this came four key schools of thought: Hanafi, Maliki, Shaafi’i & Hanbali.

These four chains of learning are named after prominent people in those chains. For example, Imam Abu Hanifa was a key scholar in the Hanafi chain, and therefore it was named after him.

Take a look at the diagram below, showing how Islam spread around the world:

madhabs schools music islam

The Hanafi teachings cover Asia (including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and Turkey)

The Maliki teachings cover North Africa (including Libya and Morocco)

The Shaafi’i teachings reach East Africa and the Far East (including Sudan, Somalia and Indonesia)

The Hanbali teachings remain around the Saudi Area.

As a result, we find people vary slightly in the way they practice Islam around the world.

What Did The Four Imams Say About Music?

The four key Imams differ on their opinion of musical instruments in Islam, but on the whole believed that it was haram.

  1. Imam Abu Hanifa took a strict view on the topic. He believed that music of any form is not allowed, including the drum and even tapping a stick.
  2. Imam Malik took a similar approach however his school believe it is ok to sing innocent songs, the type people sing to pass time while travelling, during hard labour or on joyful occasions such as Eid and weddings. He allows singing to be accompanied by the beating of a daf.
  3. Imam Shaafi’i believed singing was disliked, and should not be done on a regular basis.
  4. Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal Claimed that musical instruments were haram, apart from playing the daf on happy occasions.

On the whole, the four key Imams discourage music in Islam.

We must remember that the hadiths were still being compiled while they were alive. Therefore new hadiths may have come into light, altering the earlier decisions.

Take a look at what Zakir Naik says on this topic:

For this reason, we find other key scholars disagree with the views of the four Imams, despite being in the same chains.

Arguments For Instruments

Imam Al-Ghazali was a huge scholar in Islam, so big that some historians referred to him as the most influential Muslim after the prophet Muhammed (pbuh) (learn more).

Ghazali reported several hadiths from Bhukari that supported the argument that instruments are allowed in Islam.

Hadiths Allowing Music

There are hadiths where the prophet (PBUH) allowed the playing of instruments in his presence.

Eid Celebrations

Narated By ‘Aisha : That once Abu Bakr came to her on the day of ‘Id-ul-Fitr or ‘Id ul Adha while the Prophet was with her and there were two girl singers with her, singing songs of the Ansar about the day of Buath. Abu Bakr said twice. “Musical instrument of Satan!” But the Prophet said, “Leave them Abu Bakr, for every nation has an ‘Id (i.e. festival) and this day is our ‘Id.” (Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 268)

A similar narration in Muslim suggests it was a wind instrument, however others argue that their voice is being compared to a flute:

‘A’isha reported: Abu Bakr came to see me and I had two girls with me from among the girls of the Ansar and they were singing what the Ansar recited to one another at the Battle of Bu’ath. They were not, however, singing girls. Upon this Abu Bakr said: What I (the playing of) this wind instrument of Satan in the house of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) and this too on ‘Id day? Upon this the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Abu Bakr, every people have a festival and it is our festival (so let them play on).(Muslim, Book 004, Number 1938)

The above hadiths suggest musical instruments are allowed on joyful occasions, such as Eid. This might have been the reason why scholars of the Maliki & Hanbali school allowed instruments on festivals.

Music After Marriage

It was narrated that al-Rubayyi’ bint Mu’awwidh ibn ‘Afra’ said: “After the consummation of my marriage, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came and sat on my bed as far from me as you are sitting now, and our little girls started beating the daff and reciting verses mourning my father, who had been killed in the battle of Badr. One of them said, ‘Among us is a Prophet who knows what will happen tomorrow.’ On that the Prophet said, ‘Omit this (saying) and keep on saying the verses which you had been saying before.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4852).

Here we find another example of the prophet allowing music and singing, in this case the duff was the instrument.

Music During A Parade

It was the day of ‘Id, and the Black people were playing with shields and spears; so either I requested the Prophet (p.b.u.h) or he asked me whether I would like to see the display. I replied in the affirmative. Then the Prophet (p.b.u.h) made me stand behind him and my cheek was touching his cheek and he was saying, “Carry on! O Bani Arfida,” till I got tired. The Prophet (p.b.u.h) asked me, “Are you satisfied (Is that sufficient for you)?” I replied in the affirmative and he told me to leave. (Buhkari Volume 2, Book 15, Number 70)

Commentators of hadith suggest that the people were also dancing and playing instruments. Again we find the prophet allowed this to continue, and even let his wife Aisha watch.

Here is a summary of the hadith mentioned above, by Dr Tahir ul-Qadri:

Prominent Scholars Who Allowed Music

Imam Al-Ghazali

“Whoever says that all music is prohibited, let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.” (Imam Al-Ghazali)

We already discussed the popularity of Imam Al-Ghazali, so it’s worth exploring his ideas further.

Imam Al-Ghazali took the Shaafi’i jurisprudence, however his views on music are somewhat different.

This article goes into detail about Imam Al-Ghazali’s view on music. He did not approve of music associated with haram activities, such as alcohol and lustful entertainment. He did however permit singing of religious, heroic and modest songs.

Not only did Imam al-Ghazali permit music, but he also felt dancing was allowed:

“dancing is a cause of joy and liveliness. And the moving of every allowable joy is permissible; if it were unlawful Ā‘ishah
would not have looked on at the Abyssinians with the Messenger of God while they were yazfinūn” (Imam al-Ghazali)

Other Scholars

Other scholars who allowed music include: Abu Bakr ibn al-Arabi, Ibn al-Qaisarani, Ibn Sina, Rumi, Ibn Rushd, and Ibn Hazm

The Zubur / Psalms

The Zubur was the holy book given to the prophet David (Dawud in Arabic). Many scholars equate the Zubur with the biblical Psalms, which means ‘Instrumental Music’ in Greek (learn more). Some people suggest that music cannot be forbidden as a prophet of Allah was given music.

“We have sent thee inspiration, as We sent it to Noah and the Messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and solomon, and to David We gave the Psalms (Quran 4:163)

In the following hadith, the prophet speaks positively about the flute:

“the Prophet said to him’ ‘O Abu Musa! You have been given one of the musical wind-instruments of the family of David” (Bukhari  Volume 6, Book 61, Number 568)

Although others argue that the phrasing is wrong. The prophet was not speaking about the instrument itself but saying that his voice was like a flute (learn more).

Final Thoughts

From the evidence above, it is clear that unislamic songs and the majority of mainstream songs should be avoided.

However a number of very different conclusions can be made with regards to using instruments:

Conclusion 1: Instruments Are Haram

Some people view the above evidence and decide it’s best to play it safe due to the Hadith against instruments and views of the four imams. They conclude instruments are Haram.

Conclusion 2: Instruments Are Halal

Some people view the evidence and observe that the prophet allowed music on occasions, suggesting it cannot be haram. They conclude all instruments are Halal, and that the daf was simply the most common instrument at the time, in their area.

Conclusion 3: Only The Daf Is Halal

Others look at the above and note that the daff (drum) was usually the instrument used, they assume that this must mean the daf is allowed, but other instruments Haram.

A Debated Subject

The issue of musical instruments is a debated issue.

Issues like this have been debated by high scholars, and therefore we as regular people have no right to say whether it is halal or haram.

We can do research and follow the best views according to our findings. We can certainly put opinions across, but should respect all views.

If we don’t the danger is that we end up dividing the religion, and there is a clear verse in the Quran against that:

“As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah: He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did” (Quran 6:159)

Hub Reviews

At Islamic Music Hub we review various forms of music promoting Islam. We cover voice only, instrumental and daf only songs.

No matter what your view, we have something for you. Have a read:

No Music

Festival – Khaled Siddique

Daf Only

Allah Made Everything – Zain Bhikha

Mountains Of Makkah – Zain Bhikha

Instrumental

Save Me From Myself – Harris J

By My Side – Safe Adam

I’m Alive – Maher Zain ft Atif Aslam