That by which the Ummah has been put to trial in current times is the
emergence of a people who wear the gown of knowledge, abrogate the Shareeah in
the name of "revivalism" and facilitate all of the ways to corruption in the
name of "understanding the ease and lenience of Islaam". And so they opened up
evil and despicable avenues in the name of "ijtihaad". Then they belittled the
affairs of the Sunnah in the name of the "understanding of priorities" and they
also declared their loyalty for the Infidels in the name of "creating a good
picture of Islaam".
And at the head of them is the muftee known as Yusuf al-Qaradaawi who has
worked in order to spread this ideology by way of the Internet, lectures,
lessons, books and conferences and others ways.
This brief paper is only a summary of some of the ideas and thoughts of this
man. And this is by way of sincere advice to the Ummah and to be free of blame
and in order to warn from this man and his likes.
Detailed refutations of this man have already been written, such as "ar-Radd
alal-Qaradaawi (Refuting Qaradawi)" of Nasir bin Hamad al-Fahad and also "Iskaat
Kalb al-Aawi (Silencing the Hounding Dog)" of Shaikh Muqbil bin Haadee, and
other works, both large and small in volume.
AL-QARADAWIS POSITION TOWARDS ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Al-Qaradawi is one of well-known and most popular of the callers to singing
and entertainment and he affirms this matter from numerous angles:
ONE: He affirms in many of his books that singing is lawful the
cinema is lawful (halaal) and is a good thing. (This occurs in his books in
general such as "al-Halaal wal-Haraam", "al-Marjiiyyah al-Ulyaa", "Fataawaa
Muaasirah and others. As for his verdict on the cinema, then he mentions this
in "al-Halaal wal-Haraam").
TWO: He also mentions that he shows rejection towards those artists who
do avoid the arts (i.e. from performing). (In an open lesson, when answering
questions to bystanders in the programme ash-Shareeah wal-Hayaat, dated
THREE: He gives his blessings to those who wear the Christian cross and
who openly show it for the purpose of illustrating (i.e. acting out, tamtheel)
the military expeditions of the Crusaders, and declaring this act to be lawful
for them by saying "Traverse upon the blessing of Allaah (barakah) and Allaah is
with you, and never will He abandon your actions." (This is in a verdict of this
which is present on the Website, Islaam on the Internet, which is under his own
supervision and control. And this site contains many great calamities and
serious oppositions to Islaam.)
FOUR: He mentions how he himself likes to follow up the songs of Faayizah
Ahmad, Shaadiyah, Umm Kulthoom, Fairoz and other women. (In the Qatari magazine
called ar-Raayah, no. 5969, dated 19/Jumaadah al-Ulaa/1419).
FIVE: He mentions about himself that he follows up the various films and
soap series such as "al-Irhaab wal-Kabaab" of Aadil Imaam, and in this film
mockery is made of those who follow the religion and also "al-Layaali
al-Hilmiyyah (Sweet Nights)" and also "Rafat al-Hajaan" and also the films of
Ghawaar, Noor Shareef, Maaali Zaayid and others. (In the Qatari magazine called
ar-Raayah, no. 5969, dated 19/Jumaadah al-Oolaa/1419. Also in the Weekly News,
no. 401, dated 23/Ramadaan/1414H).
SIX: He makes it permissible to look at the women which appear on the
screens. (In a lesson in his ash-Shareeah wal-Hayaat programme dated
This is only a very small selection of the Qaradawite theorem concerning
music and singing. One may refer to the abovementioned books for more of his
calamities in this regard.
This then is the condition of this Wicked Muftee who opposes the Book, the
Sunnah, the Pious Taabieen and the Imaams after them, the Muftee who allows the
common-folk to persist upon their ignorance, time-wasting and indulgence in
vanities and novelties, which are but instruments of the Accursed One, and which
but cause them to forget the remembrance of Allaah.
This is the Muftee who has become the authority on current affairs for many
of the Qutubiyyah, biased partisans and other strayers.
Where is this Innovator and where are our Righteous Salaf?! Where are those
who defend this man, promote his doctrine and poison the sons of Ahl us-Sunnah
with his mental decrepitude, his evil verdicts and his annulment and replacement
(tabdeel) of the Shareeah rulings?
We conclude by quoting from the excellent work of Abu Bilaal Mustafa
al-Kanadis book on Music and Singing.
THE VIEW OF THE TABIEEN IMAMS AND SCHOLARS AFTER THEM