Ahmed Adheeb is on the defensive about bringing in foreign musicians to perform in the Maldives because Islamic law forbids most forms of music. In the West, publishing this information brings one swift charges of “Islamophobia” and “bigotry,” but apparently many people in the Maldives have been reading “Islamophobic” literature, as they now believe that Adheeb is defying Islam by bringing in musicians.
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
“‘Intentions are to promote Maldives, not defy Islam’ says Minister,” by Shan Mohamed Anees, Haveeru Online, January 4, 2015:
Foreign artists and musicians are invited to perform in the Maldives as a means to promote tourism and has nothing to do with religion, said Tourism Ministry Ahmed Adheeb.
Minister Adheeb told Haveeru, in response to public discord over two Indian musicians playing in the Maldives on New Year’s Eve and American R&B artist Akon’s performance scheduled for Thursday, that they are simply a means to promote Maldives as a brand.
“These shows are for promoting Maldives’ tourism” the Minister said “While the entire world has started to see Malé City as a lair that harbours members of the Islamic State or extremist militants, foreign artists performing here will show the world what the situation here is truly like”.
“Maldives does not belong to the Islamic State” he added.
But it is increasingly a Sharia state in its own right.
…The government had originally arranged for Jamaican rapper Sean Paul to perform in Malé for New Year’s Eve. However, after an online death threat, supposedly from Maldivian jihadi factions, he bowed out.