Adnan Sami throws a question at hardliners: Where does Quran say music is haram?
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Adnan Sami throws a question at hardliners: Where does Quran say music is haram?

Singer-composer Adnan Sami posts a video of Donald Trump, President of the United States, participating in an all-male musical ceremony in Saudi Arabia, and faces instant backlash from Twitterati.

music Updated: May 21, 2017 17:21 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Singer Adnan Sami released his version of Azaan on Twitter.

Singer Adnan Sami has stirred a debate on Twitter after throwing a question on why people think music is haram (forbidden) in Islam. He posted a photo of US President Donald Trump, who was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday, at the start of a nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe. In the video, Trump is seeing dancing with Saudi men in an all-male musical ceremony. It is a traditional sword dance, and along with the video, Adnan tweeted the question: “Dear Muslim Clerics, U all claim music is haram in Islam? This is Saudi Arabia. This is song n dance by its Royalty! Whr r ur fatwas now?!”

That opened the floodgates of criticism. One poster responded: “Kal koi chori krega saudi mai u say chori hram hai but saudi mai kr rhe hai tht dosnt mean Religion allowsit.Follow religion book nt follwr.”

Adnan didn’t take the comments lying down. When one poster wrote: “Dear Adnan Sami this is a simple musical instrument called “Daff” & it does not mean that music is hallal..I am in no way defending the KSA”, Adnan shot back: “Daff IS as much a musical instrument as a piano etc. Ur argument is like- This is a small pistol n not an Ak 47... Fact is both can kill!!”

Adnan seemed to be ready with a reply.

The singer maintained his stance and reiterated it in another tweet.

When a follower demanded that Adnan should prove how “Music is nutrient for soul”, the singer turned the question to her and tweeted.

Adnan had revealed earlier that he is often targeted by Pakistani social media users, specially after he received Indian citizenship. These posters allege that he is not Muslim enough any more.

“I get sarcastic comments from them saying that ‘if you have become an Indian, then change your religion, and become a swami or something like that’. If we go by their logic, then all Pakistanis who live in America should become Christians. Or those who live in England should become Protestants (followers of a Christian movement against the Roman Catholic Church),” he said.

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First Published: May 21, 2017 17:20 IST