All hands up on this powerful, soul-searching poem, maa shaa Allaah.
Title of Poem: Music
By *Kamal El-Mekki (also dubbed as the Black Belt of Da'wah)
O Muslim, lawful things have good attributes
Where is the good in singing, dancing and listening to flutes?
Can we compare the words of singers and sounds of Musicians
To the Glorious Quran, its lessons, wisdoms and admonitions?
How many singers do you know and give admiration,
And how many do you know of the companions and the following generation?
How much do you spend on singers from your dollars?
Compared to how many you know of Islamic Scholars.
Do you see how much is memorized of Music and songs?
While you ignore the book to which memorization belongs?
How much do you memorize of these incantations?
And swayed back and forth in intoxication?
Have you not seen those who follow the misguided?
And increase the loudness of the Music, when they should hide it?
And who writes their songs? Thinkers or men of academia?
Or maybe scholars, like Ahmad, Maalik or maybe ibn Taymiyah?
O you who listens to music.
Don’t you see that All the songs of the world
And all the lyrics you’ve seen
Wouldn’t compare in reward to Alif Laam Meem
*Kamal El-Mekki is an instructor at the Al Maghrib Institute.