by Jane Bate and Bryan Hermansdorfer, ©2020

(Nov. 14, 2020) — [Editor’s Note: Previous installments in this series can be fond here.]

Music is a constant part of life in western countries, but if Islam is allowed to dominate, that will no longer be the case. Sharia, in fact, stipulates that only male voices and untuned percussion – drums with no perceptible pitch, tambourine, etc. – are allowed. In other words, we would lose the pleasure of female voices, strings, woodwinds, brass and tuned percussion; no more Broadway, big band, Puccini or Pink Floyd.

So where do these restrictions come from? They stem from section r40.0 of the Reliance of the Traveller. Here are two quotes:

r40.1: As for the condemnation of musical instruments, flutes, strings, and the like by the Truthful and Trustworthy (Allah bless him and give him peace), who “does not speak from personal caprice: it is nothing besides a revelation inspired” (Koran 53:3-4)…

r40.1(2): On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.

Some may argue that Cat Stevens, who converted to Islam and took the name Yusuf Islam, still plays and sings music; however, there are a couple of points to bear in mind: First, early in his conversion, Yusuf abstained from making music; second, after he resumed performing, he admitted in an interview that some of the money he had earned from his music might have funded jihadis. Hmm. Could he have been convinced to use his music to benefit the cause of Islam? That would also serve as a nice bit of taqiyya to hide the fact that music is verboten in Islam.

If you need evidence of the music rule, check out parts of Britain, where signs with five icons abound: no alcohol, no gambling, no porn or prostitution, no drugs or smoking, and … music or concerts.

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