Music by Sufis, the flute is the most
Music In Islam Music is a very controversial topic in Islam. For Sufis, music is welcomed and incorporated into worship of Allah. With other sects of Islam, music is forbidden or “haram.” Sufis are the mystical denomination of Islam and are knows as the Whirling Dervishes. They are usually the most tolerant and peace-loving. Usually, they show their love to Allah through music and art. In some forms of worship and ritual, they perform vicar, which is the remembrance of God. This ceremony is ceded by chanting, praying, and playing instrumental music. Their rememberance consists of saying Allah’s name repeatedly. The music is very calming and sooting, often leading the people to ecstasy, and the dancing that accompanies the ceremonies is trance-like. Music is very important to the Sufis, and plays a vital role in showing their love to the Divine. Compared to all the musical instruments used by Sufis, the flute is the most powerful. The flute symbolizes the breath of life. Sufis are one of the biggest sects of Islam that allow and accept music as a legitimate form of worship. The traditional Islam religion does not typically accept music. Prophet Muhammad, the last prophet, taught the spiritual guidance that only the voice and the drum were acceptable forms of music. The call to prayer and the recitation of the Quran are the only acceptable art forms of the Muslim culture. Therefore, the recitation has been developed to be such an exclusive, unique sound such that it is different from any other. “In fact, Islamic tradition considers secular music spiritually suspect; hence, Quranic recitation, even if it sounds musical, is not conceived of as music” (Qureshi). Music is not accepted in Islam. It often carries the ideas of individualism, sexuality, and sin, especially popular music. The call to prayer and the recitation of the Quran sound musical, they fall under the category of chant, which separates the sound into a category with the sole purpose of religious prayer. However, musical recitations of the Quran and the call to prayer are accepted and plays a big role in Islam.