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Ruling on Working in Islamic Art Production

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I work at an Islamic art production company, and we sometimes use percussion instruments with the chants we write. What is the ruling in this regard?

There is nothing wrong with this, Insha’ Allah, as it is reported in a hadith that the people of Abyssinia danced at the Mosque of the Prophet (PBUH), and he assented to this, and when `Umar Ibn Al-Khattab wanted to throw them with pebbles as a means of rebuking them, the Prophet said to him, “They are Banu Arfadah”. We understand from this that they were permitted to carry out their traditions and customs, and since this matter does not involve a Shar`i misdeed, then there is no harm in doing it. For this reason, it is deemed permissible to beat drums in festivals and other events, based on the ruling that detestation, in some cases, does not utterly negate permissibility of the action. Hereupon, if this is a tradition and it is aimed to promote and benefit people, then the matter is flexible, Insha’ Allah, and there is no problem with it.

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