Q: We have a young Molvi here, graduated from a Deobandi Darul Uloom, who is invited around the country to Masjids to perform nasheed programmes. He encourages others to join in and recite loudly with him. To me, it seems all rather like an entertainment package rather than instilling the fear and love of Allah and Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. The question I ask myself is how much Amal or the desire for Amal comes in to the life of the individual after attending these naat and nasheed programmes, for which we are now seeing such posters that one wonders, what is the difference between these posters and that of pop stars? Would I be correct in assuming that these programmes have no islahi benefit whatsoever? Secondly, is the Masjid to be used to recite nasheeds loudly in chorus and in unison? Thirdly, does such a young man, even though he is a Molvi, not get affected by the attention he is receiving? Surely pride enters his heart or should we believe that his Hazrat’s company has purified him of the disease of pride? Please do enlighten us regarding these nasheed and naat programmes initiated by our newly qualified young Deobandi Molvis?
A: Generally these programs are not beneficial. Their harms outweigh the good.
The musjid is not for these types of activities.
I suggest that you don’t put your mind to these types of things.
What has been written above is enough.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)