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Brother what is your opinion on the 'zuben mehtas' musical concert in Kashmir, as he is a western musician?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

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. And there will be some people who will stay near the side of a mountain and in the evening their shepherd will come to them with their sheep and ask them for something, but they will say to him, 'Return to us tomorrow.' Allah will destroy them during the night and will let the mountain fall on them, and He will transform the rest of them into monkeys and pigs and they will remain so till the Day of Resurrection." SHAIH AL-BUKHARI [vol. 7: book 69: No. 494]

There are two types of music in Islam one is forbidden while other is permitted. The music that is forbidden in Islam is the impure and string music, which facilitates shirk, fahesha and indecency. Our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh) himself allowed pure music with instrument, 'duff' (an Arabic form of tabla).

Narrated 'Aisha: Allah's Apostle came to my house while two girls were singing beside me the songs of Bu'ath (a story about the war between the two tribes of the Ansar, i.e. Khazraj and Aus, before Islam.) The Prophet reclined on the bed and turned his face to the other side. Abu Bakr came and scolded me and said protestingly, "Instrument of Satan in the presence of Allah's Apostle?" Allah's Apostle turned his face towards him and said, "Leave them." When Abu Bakr became inattentive, I waved the two girls to go away and they left. It was the day of 'Id when negroes used to play with leather shields and spears. Either I requested Allah's Apostle or he himself asked me whether I would like to see the display. I replied in the affirmative. Then he let me stand behind him and my cheek was touching his cheek and he was saying, "Carry on, O Bani Arfida (i.e. negroes)!" When I got tired, he asked me if that was enough. I replied in the affirmative and he told me to leave. SHAIH AL-BUKHARI [vol. 4: book 52: No. 155]

Narrated Ar-Rabi': (the daughter of Muawwidh bin Afra) After the consummation of my marriage, the Prophet came and sat on my bed as far from me as you are sitting now, and our little girls started beating the tambourines (duff) and reciting elegiac 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, "Leave this (saying) and keep on saying the verses which you had been saying before." SHAIH AL-BUKHARI [vol. 7: book 62: No. 77]

Narrated 'Urwa on the authority of 'Aisha: On the days of Mina, (11th, 12th, and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah) Abu Bakr came to her while two young girls were beating the tambourine and the Prophet was lying covered with his clothes. Abu Bakr scolded them and the Prophet uncovered his face and said to Abu Bakr, "Leave them, for these days are the days of 'Id and the days of Mina." 'Aisha further said, "Once the Prophet was screening me and I was watching the display of black slaves in the Mosque and ('Umar) scolded them. The Prophet said, 'Leave them. O Bani Arfida! (carry on), you are safe (protected)'." SHAIH AL-BUKHARI [vol.2: book 15: No. 103]

Narrated byMuhammad ibn Hatib al-Jumahi The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "The distinction between what is lawful and what is unlawful is the song and the tambourine at a wedding." Ahmad, Nasa'i and Ibn Majah transmitted it. Al-Tirmidhi[3153]

Narrated byAbdullah ibn Abbas Aisha gave a woman relative of hers among the Ansar in marriage and Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) came and said, "Have you escorted the girl to her husband?" On being told that they had, he asked whether they had sent someone along with her to sing, and when she replied that they had not, he said, "The Ansar are a people who give a place to love songs. I wish you had sent with her someone to say, 'We have come to you, We have come to you; so may Allah preserve us and preserve you'." Ibn Majah transmitted it. Al-Tirmidhi[3155]

In today's world the music that is created, has everything that is not allowed in Islam, thus a believer should fear Allah and should abstain from listening to songs that contain string music . Today we see that Islamic poetry are sung with this string music, so listening to that is even prohibited.

In Islam if any thing is declared haram then all the roads leading to it are also haram.

Regarding the ZUBIN MEHTA'S musical concert:
On going through the above guidance of our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh), joining a concert where haram music is played is also prohibited, and all the believers should fear Allah and should strive to prevent themselves & their loved ones, friends, relatives, others... from joining any concert / any party which displays any thing (string music, non Islamic films etc.) that is prohibited in Islam. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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