Q: I really love reading your lectures and I am a recent convert. Allah has made me and gave me various talents and I thank him for his gifts. Few of the talents are painting, singing and writing. In short, I love arts. Why will Allah give me such talents and then tell me not to exercise them since all the three things I mentioned above is Haram. By music, I mean classical music and not the modern music. Please clear my doubt.
A: The world has been designed such that man has a free choice and will. He is not going to be coerced and forced into anything. Unfortunately, some individuals are attracted towards wrong. They cannot say that Allah Ta`ala had forced them into this wrong, otherwise there are those who murder, steal and rob, cheat and oppress and they are quite talented in what they do. They will also say the same as you are saying.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)