One of the strongest weapons of Shaytan is music. And its foremost proponents in the modern world are popular musicians well-known among youngsters. Many of these famous purveyors of poison were recently invited to Saudi Arabia in order to perform in an out-of-control rave:
The four-day food and music festival called MDL Beast Soundstorm, was endorsed by the government and included performances by global DJs like Tiesto and Armin van Buuren. Organizers say more than 180,000 people attended the opening night, pushing boundaries as the kingdom transforms.
And while these 180,000 Muslims paid for and attended this Satanic event, only 60,000 “vaccinated” Muslims were allowed to perform Hajj this year.
180,000. Let that number sink in for a moment. Imagine hundreds of thousands of Muslims, both men and women, dancing and partying to the sounds of Satan so close to the city where they are supposed to perform pilgrimage. So close to where the Prophet ﷺ was born. So close to where the Qur’an was revealed. So close to where the Prophet ﷺ and his Companions suffered day in and day out in order to fight against the evil lifestyle set by Shaytan.
“Allow us progress, allow us to represent ourselves in the way that we feel fit,” said Prince Fahad Al Saud, a royal family member and entrepreneur who attended in a psychedelic-patterned jacket and sparkling eyeliner.
But hey, at least they stopped the music for the adhan, right? Did guilt or remorse penetrate the hearts of these Muslim youth upon hearing it? If so, they just went back to business as usual the moment it ended.
The status of music in Islam is clear. Take just this Hadith as an example:
Narrated Abu ‘Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari:
that he heard the Prophet (ﷺ) 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.” (Sahih-Al-Bukhari: 5590)
In the above Hadith, music is very rightly put beside haram activities such as alcohol consumption and zina. Both of these share a common link with how music affects people. They all induce a loss of self-control.
Consider this research on music:
Many physicians, psychologists and critics have wondered whether its effects can go beyond the powerful group dynamics and behavioural changes related to music in the context of religious ritual and warfare and actually ‘hypnotise’ or ‘brainwash’ an audience.1 Although most observers now follow French anthropologist Gilbert Rouget’s view that the relationship between music and hypnosis and trance is psycho-social rather than physiologically deterministic, over the past 200 years the idea of musical hypnosis has been the basis of a variety of discourses about music leading to involuntary hypnosis, robbing listeners of autonomy and making them sexually vulnerable.
Meerloo wrote more about music in his later book Dance Craze and Sacred Dance, where he displayed a very ambivalent attitude to rock music. He explicitly stated that ‘the contagious rhythm of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is ‘a form of rhythmic mass hypnosis’.
Larson was part of a long tradition when he wrote that, ‘heavier rock groups’ can make listeners surrender their ‘volitional authority’ (i.e. their will), and that, ‘live performances can rhythmically manipulate an audience until they reach a zombie-like state’.
Music causing mass hypnosis and a “zombie-like state” sounds incredibly damaging.
You just have to take a single look at these concerts to see the effect they have on people. Just like alcohol and drugs, these sounds induce a state of ‘losing oneself’. And when that part of yourself that can think and analyze a situation critically and intuitively is switched off, then you are much more prone to forgo the rest of Allah’s commandments as well.