Thursday, January 25, 2018

If you still think Islam forbids music watch this


Last week I caught on Moroccan television one of the most extraordinary music performances I have seen for years. It was Mohammed Al Bakri and an orchestra from Bahrain - where Sharia law is a principal source for legislation - performing Bob Marley's No woman no cry as seen in the photo. Copyright owner Tunes Arabia has blocked embedding of the performance video. But it can be viewed on YouTube via this link; do watch it all the way through as it becomes progressively more extraordinary. As Ian Whiteman declared in a recent guest contribution: "No big bearded imam was going to tell me music was haram".

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1 comment:

Philip Amos said...

Boggling! I do not know how or why this performance came to be, but the rather widespread criticism of it as, in effect, hypocritical (e.g.,Arabic women aren't allowed to drive, therefore...) seems to me idiotic and suggestive of a double standard. If, say, a bevy of Hollywood men recorded this song in support of and to raise money for the MeToo movement, I doubt if they would be accused of hypocrisy. For my part, I found it delightful and encouraging.