Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Charedi law or Shariah law?

A guest post by JS

My dad sent me an article today about a new charedi ban that is in the works that will explicitly lay out which types of music are OK and which are not.

So, I figured, let's play a game. Identify which of the following statements regarding music were made by a Charedi Rabbi and which statements were made by an Imam practicing Shariah. Fun!

1) "It was found that listening to moderate type of music increased one’s normal heart beat, whilst listening to rock music the heart beat increased even further, yet people claim that music has no effect."

2) "The influence of music has a very profound effect on people in general. It has been proven that rock music has a very negative effect on people and on animals and plants"

3) "We see that the same people who are involved in the pop scene are also the ones in the unapproved news media, in the so-called religious radio stations, in film and in advertising"

4) "One of the main causes for the decline of [our people] is their involvement in useless entertainment. Today we see that [our people] are involved, and at the forefront perhaps, of many immoralities and evils. The spiritual power which once was the trait of a [religious person] is nowhere to be seen. One of the main reasons for this is music and useless entertainment."

5) "Songs generate hypocrisy in the heart and make it sick; they do not guide to any good or forbid any evil, on the contrary these songs promote love and [immodest gatherings], and even if these [songs] are not accompanied by words, they still make the heart sick and do it no good"

6) "The whole idea is that there are types of music that have no place with respectable people. Respectable people listen to decent music and immoral people list to indecent music, and it does not make sense that a community that has high moral standards should be listening to this type of music"

7) "Singing words from holy sources in a disrespectful, frivolous manner [is banned]"

8) "With regard to religious songs, if [the verses] are accompanied by music or if they are sung by a woman to men, then they are [forbidden], and calling them religious songs in this case is calling something by a name other than its real name in order to confuse and deceive people so that they will accept it."

EDIT: Answers are now posted in the comments.

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