The Honesty Policy released a music video this morning of Muslim men, women and children dancing to Pharrell’s recent hit single – Happy. It features likes of Abdul-Hakim Murad, Myriam Francois-Cerrah, Salma Yaqoob and many more familiar faces.
I’m not sharing the video on this post as I truly believe in the saying of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him):
“Whoever guides [another] to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it.” Sahih Muslim
And I believe whoever guides someone to an bad deed will get the reward similar to it, also hadith regarding revealing ones sin:
“All of my ummah may be forgiven except for those who commit sin openly.” (Bukhari)
Here’s a compilation of best comments on social media:
Good points supporting the video
I love the creativity as well and do believe that there is a lot of good in doing this and its impact on non Muslims, trying to understand what Islam and Muslims are about. It humanises us and makes us that much more approachable, and one hopes curious enough to ask – Why This ? why not a cover of Rianna? and so begins a conversation about what we care about and why we believe what we do. At the same time we are guided by some amazing scholars who have made it their life long work to help and guide anyone who wishes to live and practice in the best way and importantly in accordance to the context that we are presented. It is a personal choice and if we have doubt (spiritually, theologically) then we are free to stand aside and NOT clap along, but also recognise that others have that same choice, and may want to sing along. For the coming generations, I too share your concerns, but would say that pervious generations did their best for us and we need to build on that and make the adjustments that didn’t work. Listen to my man Pharells intentions in writing this – he is crying thinking about his grandmother, and she taught him to be joyful – we can feel the sincerity and love that he is expressing, and so the whole world is singing with him – how can we ask little Aisha and Ahmed in East London to cover their ears. Does every song and all Music , corrupt us , mis guide us, take us away from Allah ? Life is not black and white and they will learn its okay to clap along, but not to everything, or every song. ……… May Allah fill us all with ease, happiness and clarity …..we seek forgiveness for our lack of understanding and pray that we are enlightened. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and please forgive me for anything that offends as the intention is only to think openly, discuss politely and not in any way instruct. – Navid Akhtar
“Nice once one but you know you’ll get bashed by other extremist commenters. Hey but am happy!!!!” – Fatima Maya
More orthodox Islamic points
“If these brothers and sisters wouldn’t feel comfortable dancing like this in front of the likes of Umar (ra) or even the Messenger of Allah (saw) then they probably shouldn’t be doing it.” – Muhammad Rafiq
“Pharrell today, lady gaga next?” – unknown
“If you want to dance in public then go for it, why get rest of us into it? This is embarrassing for those of us who give Dawah to non-Muslims.” – Caller to Islam
“I thought hijab was for modesty and that its purpose was to NOT attract attention from the opposite gender. This video suggests mixed disco parties are just fine. Ironically a lot of Muslims will be made unhappy by this video for more than one reason, and rightly so.” – Saira Waraich
“Music with instruments are haram and i don’t understand why do you need to make dancing videos where brothers and sisters are like they are in dancing club to show Muslims are happy?….. That’s so not Islamic way! I’m sure saytan will be very pleased!” – Shadman Chowdhury
“I was quite shocked to see certain people in that video, too many flowery liberals.” – Mahmudur Rahman
“I’ve just come to the realisation how the Muslim youth of today follow a liberal and modernist interpretation of Islam when it suits their desires. For that reason I’m extremely disappointed and feeling a little disheartened by what I’ve seen today and most people’s reaction to it.
There is a clear consensus that music is haraam in Islam. So for people to try and state a video, being passed around via social media today, with Muslim brothers and sisters dancing together with music is permissible and good for Dawah is absurd and down right ludicrous.
Just when you thought British Muslims were more grounded by the principles that Islam propagates, compared to our brothers and sisters in America, they turn around and show you that they are no better in their understanding of the religion than them.
At least you can make excuses for the Americans due to the pressure being put on them by their government. What excuse do we have? The damage to your ego or your confidence is not a good enough excuse. I can foresee this video being popular with ISocs and their airhead members.
I don’t mean to sound pessimistic but we seriously need help if this is a sign of things to come.” – Aamar Alam
“I’m sad.” – Umar Sheikh
“Damn. All this time I didn’t even realise I was so happy. Good thing this video was made. Now I don’t have to make such an effort with my non-Muslim neighbours, colleagues and friends. Because they can just refer to this video to know that we are approachable and… well happy.” – Arman Ali
“If your happy and a Muslim clap your hands (clap, clap)” – Moshin Sheikh
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi wrote on the producers Facebook wall which was either removed by himself or the admin:
“I am sure the intention was good but is intention alone enough? Let us ask the great Scholar and Sahabi Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (radyallahu ‘anh).
He said, “Count up your evil deeds. I assure you that none of your good deeds will be lost. Woe to you, O Ummah of Muhammad! How quickly you go to destruction! These are the Companions of your Prophet and who are widespread. There are his clothes which have not yet decayed and his bowl which is unbroken. By Him in Whose Hand is my soul! Either you are upon a Religion better guided than the Religion of Muhammad or that you are opening the door of misguidance.” They said, “O Abu ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan! By Allah, we only intended good.” He said, “How many there are who intend good but do not achieve it. Indeed Allah’s Messenger said to us ‘A people will recite the Quran but it will not pass beyond their throats.’ By Allah! I do not know, perhaps most of them are from you.” [Sunan Ad-Daarimee (1/79)]
Ya ikhwan! Are we counting our sins by likes today? This incident was about doing dhikr differently than the Sahaba, while Music is much more severe and forbidden in all four madhahib and with clear hadith.
Those who have no knowledge of Islamic Law and what is permissible or not permissible cause more harm than good. I will share a precise answer to this issue from my friend Sheikh Assim Al Hakeem here: http://youtu.be/snIJKvLNHUM”
Also see: Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah’s Response To Happy British Muslims Music Video
What would Jesus do?
There’s a common saying by the Christians to remind themselves of following Jesus (Peace be upon him): What would Jesus do? I think we should start questioning our own acts as: What would Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) or What would the Sahabas do? After all the Prophet left us with the following message:
“I am leaving you two things and you will never go astray as long as you cling to them — they are the Book of Allah and my Sunnah.”
“The best of people is my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them (i.e. the first three generations of Muslims).”
I won’t say whether the video made was wrong, creatively I love it but Islamically with my orthodox viewpoint I disagree with the approach but I sincerely hope something good comes out of it.
Would like to end this with Imam Ahmad’s statement that defined the foundation of the religion is upon these three ahaadeeth:
1. “Verily actions are by intention”.
2. “Whosoever introduces into this affair of ours that which is not part of it then it is rejected”.
3. “The halal is clear and the haraam is clear”.
Why is music haram?
The Hadeeth of Intention : Imaam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali