Date: 31st July 2015; 14th/15th Shawwal 1436;
ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP (http://aljumaareminder.com/) reminds the power of Music before explaining how the evil jinns use that power:
THE IMPACT OF JINNS ON MANKIND – 6 – VIA MUSIC – 2
POWERFUL EFFECTS OF MUSIC:
A brisk and lively musical programme, particularly if it is accompanied by musical instruments, disturbs this equilibrium of the various systems; digestion is badly affected; palpitation of the heart is increased; blood pressure goes high and abnormal secretion of hormones leaves a lasting bad effect upon general health. Music stimulates mostly the sympathetic nervous system; and it may create insomnia (lack of sleep); it may cause tempers to flare-up; sudden laughter or nonsensical talks are amongst its possible effects. It may even lead to mania (a kind of madness). Such people may be seen to move their hands and feet in dancing pattern even when not listening to music.
Dr. Vollf Adler, who was a professor in the Columbia University, found out that a best melodious record of music can badly harm the nerves of a human body; and the warmer the weather the more the harm. He proved that music upsets the nervous systems unnaturally, and causes considerable fatigue. This research of Dr. Adler had a widespread effect on many Americans; many stopped listening to music altogether. The belief that music was harmful for a progressive nation like U.S.A., reached a stage when a member of the Senate proposed a resolution to ban the music in the country. Relevant proofs and arguments were put before the Senate. But in a nation steeped in lust and materialism, not many senators could be found to vote for that resolution.
According to the philosophy of Islam, man has been endowed with two main faculties: (i) Intellect; and (ii) Emotions. Emotions may be divided into two categories: Positive and Negative. We may call them ‘Attraction’ and ‘Repulsion’, or ‘Love’ and ‘Hate'; or ‘Desire’ and ‘Anger’ respectively. Let us call them here ‘Desire’ and ‘Anger’. Thus, we have three faculties in all:
1) Intellect: Its function is to think and understand;
2) Desire: Through it man tries to attain things which are beneficial to him or which give him satisfaction and enjoyment;
3) Anger: By this facility man defends himself against, and repulses the things which he considers harmful to himself.
Of the above three faculties, the first one, i.e., Intellect, has been designed by Allah to guide and control the remaining two, i.e., Desire and Anger. If a man wants to remain on right path, he must ensure that the two perform their functions under the guidance of Intellect. For example, the ambition to get rich is the result of Desire. But it is the Intellect which guides the man that the wealth should be obtained by honest labor, hard work and not by robbery or fraud. Likewise, the Anger inspires the man to resist pain. But it is the Intellect that tells him, for example, to submit to the surgical operation, so that he may avoid greater pain in future.
When the Faculty of Intellect is sufficiently developed and dominates over the other two faculties, the man advances spiritually and ethically; and surpasses the angels, because angels have got only the Intellect and do not have to contend with desire and anger. Uncontrolled desire and anger are dominating factors of animals. If these faculties were to be nourished by the man beyond the ethical limit, and freed from the control and guidance of Intellect, he would sink to the abysmal depth of depravity, and would become worse than animals. After understanding this principle, it is easy to appreciate the reasons behind laws of Islam forbidding various actions.
It has been already described that the music is among those things which boost the emotions and arouse the sensual powers beyond their natural limit; music gives desire or anger an upper hand, and makes them dominant over the Intellect. As has been shown with a few examples, this state could reach a stage where Intellect ceases to function altogether; man becomes the slave of his emotions – desire and anger. A time comes that he forgets his Creator and does not remember the real aim of his life (which is to know and obey his Creator).
The Love and Fear of Allah promotes virtues and good deeds, and restrain the man from sins and evils. Islam aims at producing best of the characters in its followers; and therefore, it has forbidden those things which tend to divert attention from Allah and from man’s divine duties. Music is one of those things which have toxic effect on human mind. Therefore, Islam has forbidden not only the playing of music, but also listening to it; also forbidden is participation in musical programmes whether it be in places like theaters, night clubs and cinemas or in one’s own home. Incidentally, the same is the reason behind the law forbidding liquor and gambling.
INFLUENCE OF MUSIC:
Often people are heard to say: “But music has so much influence upon our feelings; so why such a thing should be forbidden?” But it is precisely because of its great influence upon heart and mind that it is forbidden. There would have been no need to ban it if it were without any effect. The thing which is to be decided is whether its influence is good or bad. and it has been shown in the previous pages that music and dance have harmful effects physiologically, spiritually and ethically upon human beings. Music is like intoxicants in that it makes one forget one’s surroundings; and one does not know what is happening to him or her. The following episodes are good examples of the effect of music:
Frank King is reported in ‘Reader’s Digest (Vol. E No. 481; May 1962) as saying:- “I returned home one evening and noticed a large red mark that looked like a burn on my wife’s right cheek. When I asked her what had happened she sheepishly told me the story. She set up the iron-board in the living room so that she could watch a favorite television programme while doing the ironing the telephone table was also near at hand. As she was intently watching TV, the phone rang, and she reached out automatically and answered the iron.”
The Amazing New Painkiller – MUSIC; By Gay Gaer; Newspaper (Lakeland Ledger – May 22, 1960; Pg 43):- Dr. Wallace Gardner drills painlessly on patient listening to music as Dr. Licklider observes. A five year old boy in Boston, who usually cried at the dentist’s sat quietly while having two cavities filled recently. He did this without receiving Novocain or gas. Instead, he wore earphones. Hopping out of the chair afterward, he had only one comment, “Gee, Mom, that diesel sure can blow its whistle!” A recording of diesel sounds had helped to kill his pain!
Another interesting story was published in the Tanganyika Standard (Dar-es-Salaam) some 23 years ago. A pregnant woman attended a musical programme in a local cinema. She became so much engrossed in it that she gave birth to a baby on the spot without realizing what was happening to her. ‘Was it a cinema hall or maternity home?’, asked the paper.
Realizing the importance of this engrossing quality of music, the scientists are trying to use it as an aid in surgery. Reader’s Digest (Vol. 80, No. 477; January, 1962) writes:- “Audio-analgesia, or painkilling by sound, is one of modern science’s newest discoveries. The combination of music and other sounds has alleviated pain in dentistry, surgery and childbirth. Nobody can predict how widely the technique will be used, but those who have^ experienced it entertained high hopes -like the new mother who wheeled from the delivery room exclaiming, `What a wonderful experience! I’ll always remember South pacific.
Dec. 27, 2011 — Losing yourself in music really may help take the sting out of a root canal or other painful medical procedure — especially if you are feeling anxious about it. In a new study, 143 people listened to music while they received a painful shock in their fingertip. Participants were asked to follow the melodies, and identify unusual tones in an effort to take their mind off the pain. It seemed to do the trick. Participants’ pain decreased as they became more and more absorbed in the tunes. Those who were the most anxious reaped the most pain-relieving benefits when they became engaged in the music. “Our results suggest that engaging activities like music listening may be most effective for reducing pain in high-anxiety persons who can easily become absorbed in activities,” conclude researchers led by David H. Bradshaw, PhD, from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The study did not look at different types of music and whether soothing music worked best. Bradshaw says the type of music isn’t as important as how well it holds the patient’s interest.
All this goes a long way to prove that the music has the same effect on nerves and mind as the anesthesia. Nobody, in his right mind, would suggest that chloroform should be daily used by the general public, because it is such a good thing in the operation theatre. If music is a good anesthetic, let it be used in surgery and deliveries of children. But can that use ever justify its common use in every home at all times and in all circumstances?
And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing, etc) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allah, the Verses of the Quran) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire). And when Our Verses (of the Qur’an) are recited to such a one, he turns away in pride, as if he heard them not, as if there were deafness in his ear. So announce to him a painful torment. (Qur’an 31:6-7)75 - IARLG - THE IMPACT OF JINNS ON MANKIND – 6 – VIA MUSIC – 2; Date: 31st July 2015; 14th or 15th Shawwal 1436 (102 downloads)
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