Listening to music: sinful. Beating up someone who listens to music: pleasing to Allah.
Hadith Qudsi 19:5: “The Prophet said that Allah commanded him to destroy all the musical instruments, idols, crosses and all the trappings of ignorance.” (The Hadith Qudsi, or holy Hadith, are those in which Muhammad transmits the words of Allah, although those words are not in the Qur’an.)
Muhammad also said:
(1) “Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”
(2) “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”
(3) “Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.”
(4) “This community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones.” Someone asked, “When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?” and he said, “When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful.”
(5) “There will be peoples of my Community who will hold fornication, silk, wine, and musical instruments to be lawful ….” — ‘Umdat al-Salik r40.0
Islamabad: An editor of one of Pakistan’s leading English dailies was beaten up by four men outside his home in the port city of Karachi for watching TV and listening to music.
Though the incident occurred on August 27 and Zainul Abedin, op-ed editor of The News daily, reported the matter to police, no action has been taken by authorities so far, journalists in Karachi said.
The men who attacked the journalist are members of a proselytising group. According to Abedin, four men kicked open the gate of his house in the in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area at 11 pm (local time) on August 27 and began to abuse him.
When Abedin went to the gate to talk to the men, he was surrounded and grabbed.
One of the men objected to Abedin watching TV and listening to qawwalis. When he asked them who they were and why objected to whatever a person did in the privacy of his home, one of the men reportedly said: “We do have a problem with these things but we will solve your problem today.”
The men beat Abedin and one of them punched him on the face and broke his glasses. As they kicked and slapped Abedin, the men warned they would not let him go unless he repented and said he would not watch TV or listen to music.
The men attempted to follow Abedin into his house, where he lives with his sister, but he closed the gate. They went away but threatened him as they left.
The men warned Abedin not to turn on his TV or listen to songs and qawwalis.
The men reportedly live behind Abedin’s home and were known in the neighbourhood for their “puritanical ways and their disdain” towards anyone who watches TV and listens to music, The News reported.
They were also known to go from house to house in the name of the Tableeghi Jamaat, a proselytising group, and urge people to give up their “sinful” ways.…