Category Archives: Hajj

Saudi Arabia’s Religio-Hypocritial Love-Hate Relationship with Music.


img_20190710_171953_322It’s Patheitically-Ironic, that in a Nation-State whose Religious-Elite are so Hardline against Musical-Entertainment: Saudi Arabia not only has Music-Concerts within KSA, but also is Home to some of the Most-Popular Music-Artists in the History of the Muslim-World as well as the Arab-World, like Muhammad `Abduh for example (not to be confused with the Founder of Salafism in the 1860’s, C.E. of the Same-Name). However, within the Same-Breath: there’s Fatāwā/Religio-Rulings after Fatāwā as per the Islāmic-Prohibitions regarding Musical-Instruments, Musical-Lyrics, Musical-Genres, etc. & ironically the same Musical-Artists within the Realm of the Saudi-Kingdom pontificate/promote the exact Same-Kinds/Types of Music which is condemned via the Saudi Religio-Elite.

Some very important Facts to note, by the Way:

a. Music, via its Entirety, inherently isn’t Mahrūm/Islāmically-Prohibited.

b. The Term which are used via at-Tanzīl/Revelation (The Qur’ān & the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition) to describe the Prohibited-Elements of Music: al-Ma`āzif itself is too often mistranslated as “Music-Holistically/Musical-Instruments Holistically”.

c. The Correct-Meaning/Translation of al-Maāzif is “Instruments of Evil” & more specifically, via at-Tanzīl is “Woodwind/Stringed-Instruments”.(al-Bukhārī, Abū-Dāwud)

d. There’s a Known-Instrument know as ad-Daff: an Arab-Drum…ironically, ad-Daff is Mahlūl/Islāmically-Allowed & by definition it’s literally a Musical-Instrument. So, obviously, Islāmically: there’s absolutely no Way that all Music/Musical-Elements are Mahrūm.(al-Bukhārī, Muslim, Lisān-ul-Arab: Lexicon of the Arabic-Language, ibn-Manzhūr)

Saudi Arabia, just on the Issue of Music itself, is 💯%-Guilty of spreading Cultural-Colonization. Basically, their Premise is to indoctrinate the Entire Muslim-World to conform to their own valid Individual-Urfiyyah. And, of course: the Best-Way to pull this off is to disguise Arabism with the Cloak of al-Islām. In spite of the Fact that al-Islām is a Dīn/Religio-Spiritual Lifestyle & not an Urf/Culture, KSA readily attempts to lay Claim to al-Islām, as though it’s their Personal-Property, which clearly it’s not. And, because of the Fact that Salafism particularly, unique to any/all other Ahzāb (Sectarian/Deviant-Groups) amongst Muslims, the Religio-Puritanical Postures which is pontificated/promoted via Salafism pushes a very Ugly-Precedent/Agenda that if it comes out of/from Saudi, that if Saudi allows it, if Saudi co-signs/supports it, then it’s All-Good.

This includes:

a. Squandering the Wealth of the Muslims (Petroleum which is the Only-Reason as to how/why KSA & the other Gulf-States even matter to the World at all).

b. Collusion with Non-Muslim/Western Powers against Muslim-Countries/Governments, Muslim-Leaders, etc. (in spite of their Hypocritical-Kalām/Rhetoric concerning “Patience&Obedience in regards to Muslim-Leadership/Rulership).(Nawāqidh-ul-Islām/Nullifications of al-Islām, Muhammad ibn-`Abd-il-Wahhāb)

Gareth Bryant

1440, A.H./2019, C.E.

The 10-Days of Dhil-Hijjah: the best days of the year!!!


Mount of Mercy pic

The 10-Days of Dhil-Hijjah/the Month of Hajj (the 12th-month on the Islamic [Lunar] Calendar) are finally upon us:

These days, are like a bonus/extra Last-3rd/Last-Days of Ramadhan, where we can capitalize upon Allah making it so ridiculously easy for us to get blessings & rewards from Him, by doing the simplest things, like: picking up trash on the streets/in the Subway, greeting other people, being kind & courteous to other people, fasting, asking for Forgiveness (of sins)/seeking Repentance (of sins), etc. We, as Muslims, have so many options, to collect good-deeds. Who are we to pass-up an opportunity, such as this: to right wrongs & get bonus-blessings during the best days of the year, the days most beloved to Allah?!!!(al-Bukhari)

During these 10-days, any/all positive actions, for Allah, the Creator/Lord o the Universe, are encouraged to do, based upon one’s ability, and this definitely includes making Hajj/Pilgrimage. However, if one isn’t able to make Hajj, they can most-definitely still do good works. Among the celebrated, encouraged, and most-highlighted good works, during these days, are Fasting. Now, unlike during the month of Ramadhan, Fasting is optional, unless there are days which must be made-up, for Ramadhan, or fasting because of a broken-oath, etc. One can easily use any/all of these days, from the 1st to the 9th of Dhil-Hijjah, to do make-up fasting.

There are some pretty-important things to note concerning fasting during the 1st 10-days of Dhil-Hijjah:

1. We have the option of fasting either all-10, or just the 9th of Dhil-Hijjah

2. However, the best day, among these 10-days are, obviously, the 9th of Dhil-Hijjah, which correlates/coincides with the 14th of October, 2013, this year. And, the reason why this day, the 9th of Dhil-Hijjah is such an important day to fast is because:

a. The 9th of Dhil-Hijjah is (typically) the day in which the Hujjaj/Pilgrims descend upon the plain of `Arafah, as one of the Manasik-il-Hajj/the Rituals (Rites) of Hajj.(Bulugh-ul-Maram)

b. Fasting on this day is the compensation for not being able to make Hajj/Pilgrimage.

c. Fasting on this day guarantees (for the one whose fasting is accepted by Allah of course) the respective Sa’im/Fasting-Person forgiveness of (Minor/Major) Sins, from the previous & following year.(Muslim)

So, with all of this being said: if you’re already on route, or in al-Makkah, al-Madinah, al-Jiddah, at-Ta’if, ready t perform Hajj, may Allah reward you for your efforts & accept for Hajj. And, for those of us, not performing Hajj, may Allah reward us, anyway, based upon the good that we have committed ourselves to doing…Amen

Gareth Bryant/2013