Is This Haram?

Some of the comments about this video by Sami Yusuf were that music is haram (forbidden) in Islam. Some  people condemned the guitar music, others conceded that his voice alone would be acceptable. I say what’s the difference? Music is music.

To be fair, the vast majority of the comments (there are over a hundred) loved the song. Personally I think that music is a gift from Allah and one of the signs of His beauty. As usual, I am writing out of ignorance, but one thing I’ve noticed about Islam is that there is a wide range of opinion about many things and that it is better not to judge others when they follow a ruling that is different from the one you follow.

The lyrics themselves are beautiful, but I have a question: Is Yusuf singing about Allah or Muhammad? Because I prefer to think that He is addressing his words to Allah. Because if he is singing to Muhammad, that just strikes me as too close to the way Christians talk about Jesus.

As a former Christian, that makes me uncomfortable. The Qur’an makes it very clear that Muhammad is not divine. It is all right to praise him, I suppose, but it is Allah alone who deserves the credit for all that Muhammad did and taught.

Is it wrong to say to Allah: “You filled my heart with love/showed me the light above/Now all I want is to be with you./You are my One True love”? Isn’t Allah supposed to be our One True Love?

I’m not saying that it’s wrong to love, honor, and respect Muhammad. All I’m saying is “Allahu Akbar.”

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Ellen

Editor and chief writer at I, Muslimah and Femagination. Ellen also contributes regularly to Elevate Difference. She is a freelance writer, essayist and copy editor, living with two cats and a husband in Columbus, OH.