It has been reported that Islamic groups will at times forbid the population from listening to music. They will also destroy musical instruments. Many ask if these actions represent the the TRUE Islam. We first learn from a lecture given by Imam Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips that was uploaded in September 2011.
Music as we know it today, produced by wind and stringed instruments, is haram (forbidden). When we look at the tradition of the early scholars of Islam they made all kinds of statements against it. Some scholars refer to music – they refer to it as Quran of Shatan, Satan’s Quran. So when Prophet Mohammad PBUH warned us about it, something which was dangerous for our souls. That’s what Islam is there to do – to protect our souls. So we need to stop and to turn back to Allah and to love him and worship him through our love of him by obeying the messenger of Allah. We need to do that in order for this ummah to succeed. It is the only way. We can chase the dunya – replicate the West their lifestyles. But where does it lead? What is it the end of it all? Wretchedness. We have something which the rest of the world does not have. We need to preserve it. We need to take care of it. We need to live it as a deserves to lived.
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Destruction. This means the destruction of evil items, such as breaking and burning idols, breaking musical instruments, smashing wine vessels, burning down taverns in which wine is sold, destroying books of heresy and atheism and promiscuous movies and three-dimensional pictures, and so on.
Among the items for which there is no obligation to pay compensation if they are destroyed are: musical instruments; crosses; vessels for wine; books of misguidance.
Imam Abdool Hamid
Muslims do not want to take over for the sake of taking over. But to improve the lives of people that is why Islam came. To do that changes will have to be made. So it may seem from one perspective that Islam took over so to speak.