REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, TORONTO – First, Bilal Philips once dubbed the “Guitar Gods” in his country, Canada. Now, he actually called for the Muslims as little as possible to listen to guitar, because “too much music will close the hearts of God’s call.”
Philips said the ban was not just for the guitar, but all styles of music. “The heart is filled with music will not have the space to the words of God,” he wrote in his book, Contemporary Issues. This book discusses actual problems of the Islamic ummah, ranging from children under the age of marriage, wife beating, polygamy, and the killing of apostates, to homosexuality.
Philips argues, Islam does not ban all music. However, the recommended music is sung by the male and female children are minors. His songs also contains general acceptable content. “Stringed instruments should be avoided,” he continued.
Philips is a Jamaican immigrant. Going to Canada at age 11, he took guitar education. He played at nightclubs while studying at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. His name is increasingly terdongkrak after that.
At the peak of his popularity, his soul restless. He decided to isolate themselves from the hustle and bustle of country music and followed his father who is also expert in the Canadian Colombo Plan moved to Malaysia, became adviser to the minister of education. In the neighboring country, he was known as “the Jimi Hendrix of Sabah”.
But after embracing Islam in 1972, he put down his guitar for good. In a biography on his website says, “when I became a Muslim, I feel uncomfortable doing this and gave up both professionally and personally.” For many people, music became a source of entertainment and hope from God. Music brought them for a while, like a drug. “Quran, Allah’s words filled with guidance, can also play a role.”
In his book, he also said that adult women forbidden to sing. “Men are more easily aroused than women as has been fully documented by Masters and Johnson’s clinical studies.”
But the Islamic Institute of Toronto said on its website that many scholars do not agree with that interpretation, and consider the music is allowed provided it does not contain a “sensual, double the Lord, or unethical themes and messages subliminal.
“So to say that all music is forbidden in Islam does not seem right. Islam puts life in a balanced world and the hereafter,” wrote the site.
Sohail Raza, a spokesman for the Muslim Canadian Congress, said the claim that Islam does not allow the music is “totally baseless” and is really an attempt to prevent Muslims from integrating immigrants into Canadian society.
“These are people who have an aversion to joy,” said Raza. “We have a very sad situation where people like Philips are bringing the things in Islam which is really not true, and menumbuhsuburkan Islamophobia.”
Philips, who has a degree from the Islamic University of Medina and Riyadh University, and founded the Islamic University Online, live in Qatar but it remains a popular conference speaker in Canada. He gave a lecture on “Music and date” at a Toronto mosque last April.
In his online videos, a former musician music call evil addiction. “The bottom line is that if music is beneficial, then the musicians will show benefits in their lives,” he said in a YouTube video.
“What you see instead is that some of the most corrupt elements of society are found among the musicians. Medicaments, deviation and homosexuality, this type and all the corruption that was there, people commit suicide,” he said. “The reality is that it really does not take sides, which produce the dark evil of corruption among their own kind and, eventually, ends up destroying elements of the community.”