This Globe & Mail story may illustrate a trend towards sharia compliance in Canadian culture.
When music class begins this week at Toronto’s Donwood Park elementary school, Mohammad Nouman Dasu will send a family member to collect his three young children. They will go home for an hour rather than sing and play instruments – a mandatory part of the Ontario curriculum he believes violates his Muslim faith.
The Scarborough school and the Toronto District School Board originally had offered an accommodation – suggesting students could just clap their hands in place of playing instruments or listen to acapella versions of O Canada – but not a full exemption from the class.
After a bitter three-year fight, however, Mr. Dasu felt he had no other opton but to bring his kids home.
The Globe article refers to the Toronto Muslim parent's belief that music lessons violate their Islamic faith. But do they?
This imam explains the Islamic view on music to school children in France:
So one begins to see a pattern here.
But what about Islamic scripture itself?
In a way it doesn't matter. What Muslims believe scripture says it what ultimately matters in practical terms.
It is still useful to know if the Islamic prohibition on music is scripturally supported.
Here is a fascinating collection of Islamic scriptures concerning music and sharia interpretations of those scriptures.
The Religion of Islaam has made clear the prohibition of Music, as is clear from the Qur'aan, ahaadeeth of the Messenger and the understanding of the Companions radhiyallahu'anhum, when all three are taken together.
From the Qur'aan:
1) Surah An-Najm, Verse 59 to 62
Allaah says, what means:
"Do you marvel at this statement, and laugh and do not weep, while you amuse yourselves [proudly] in vanities ? Rather, prostrate before Allaah and worship Him [alone]."
According to Ibn Abbaas radhiyallahu'anhuma, the word 'saamidoon' in this verse refers to the mushrikeen's habit of singing and playing music noisily whenever they heard the Qur'aan being recited, in order to drown out the reciters voice so that others wouldn't hear it.
(Mushrikeen is a Muslim pejorative for non-believer.)
It is interesting that in the past, people may have tried to peacefully play music during Islamic preaching as an alternative to listening to the constant scorn heaped on non-Muslims.
Below, a video of Tatjana Festerling demonstrating to a German politician what his proposed law allowing Muslim calls to prayer would result in:
This is a picture of a poster that was seen in 2014 in UK public schools asking children not to listen to music and to explain to their friends that music is evil.