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2 shot dead in Karachi by terrorists
By: Special Reporter
KARACHI, Pakistan: Two people have been shot dead by unidentified terrorists, who were on motorcycles, on Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred in Qasba Colony area of the port city of Karachi at such a time when the date of Presidential Referendum is coming nearer and Musharraf is due to address in Karachi.
The dead were identified as Nasir Ali and Aal Raza. One person was injured in the firing who was identified as Fahad Hussain.
By: Abu Thar
"Do not force your children to behave like you, for surely they have been created for a time which is different to your time." - The commander of the faithful (a.s.)
Question: What is the ruling on Islamic nasheeds that are free of music?
Answer: Praise be to Allaah.
The clear saheeh texts indicate in a number of ways that it is permissible to recite poetry and listen to it. It was narrated in saheeh reports that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him and his pure progeny) and his noble Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) listened to verse, recited it (as nasheed) and asked others to recite it, both when they were traveling and when they stayed at home, in their gatherings and whilst they were working, individually, as in the case of Hassaan ibn Thaabit, 'Aamir ibn al-Akwa' and Anjashah (may Allaah be pleased with them), and in unison, as in the hadeeth of Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) which describes the digging of the ditch (al-khandaq). Anas said:
When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him and his pure progeny) saw how exhausted and hungry we were, he said (in verse):
"O Allaah, there is no life except the life of the Hereafter, so forgive the Ansaar and the Muhaajireen."
And they said in response:
"We are the ones who have pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to make jihaad for as long as we live." (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3/1043)
And in gatherings too: Ibn Abi Shaybah narrated with a hasan isnaad that Abu Salamah ibn 'Abd al-Rahmaan said: "The Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him and his pure progeny) did not speak in devious tones or in a soft manner. They used to recite verses in their gatherings, denouncing the affairs of their jaahiliyyah, but if it was the matter of their religion, they would become very serious and cautious (8/711).
This evidence indicates that nasheeds are permissible, whether recited individually or in unison. The word nasheed in Arabic means raising the voice when reciting verse and making the voice sound beautiful and gentle.
There are conditions to which attention must be paid with regard to this matter:
Not using forbidden musical instruments in nasheed.
Not doing it too much or making it the focus of the Muslim's mind, occupying all his time, or neglecting obligatory duties because of it.
Nasheed should not be recited by women, or include haraam or obscene speech.
They should not resemble the tunes of the people of immorality and promiscuity.
They should be free of vocal effects that produce sounds like those of musical instruments.
They should not have moving tunes which make the listener feel "high" as happens to those who listen to songs. This is the case with many of the nasheeds which appear nowadays, so that the listeners no longer pay any attention to the good meaning of the words, because they are so entranced by the tunes. And Allaah is the Source of strength.
Fath al-Baari, 10/553-554-562-563 Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 8/711
Al-Qaamoos al-Muheet, 411
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