India: Tamil poets explains how music is permitted in Islam

17 February 2014

“Islam is not against music,” said Tamil poet Abdul Rahman on 14 February 2014, and that statement was quickly quoted and republished on dozens of Indian news-sites and blogs.


Abdul Rahman is the director of the Islamic Literary Organisation, Islamiya Ilakkiya Kazhagam – a pioneer literary organisation in the Indian state Tamil Nadu.

“Islam is not against music though there has been a controversy whether Islam permitted music or not,” said Abdul Rahman as he addressed attendees of a three-day World Islamic Tamil Literary Conference held in the city of Kumbakonam.

The Hindu wrote: “He said music was permitted in Islam while there were others who said that Islam had not permitted music. But there were instances to show that music was permitted in Islam and in fact singing and happiness was part and parcel during festival days.

Citing examples from the lives of Islamic saints and scholars, Mr. Rahman explained how music was permitted in Islam and children and old people were allowed to sing. Koran itself was made of musical verses.

“If we hear the rendering of Koran by persons who have musical voice, we can understand that the holy book is made of musical verses. One has to have the mind and ear to understand this. Many people became ecstatic on hearing Koran,” Mr. Rahman said. “That Koran itself is made musical verses was enough proof to show that Islam did not prevent music,” Mr. Rahman said.”

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