Music in Islam – By Nimira Dewji

Ismailimail highlighted Music in Islam Series, a compilation of researched articles presented by Nimira Dewji. Below please find a PDF link to download the complete article. The same is also available at Issuu Magazine.

In pre-Islamic times, poetry was recited orally and was the mark of artistic achievement. In Muslim regions, the voice was considered a reflection of the human soul’s mysteries and feelings. Instruments, then, were believed to have been created to enrich vocal music.

This colourful ensemble of musicians and entertainers illustrates the royal taste for music and dance in the Ottoman world, an interest shared with other Islamic and European courts.
This colourful ensemble of musicians and entertainers illustrates the royal taste for music and dance in the Ottoman world, an interest shared with other Islamic and European courts.
Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Download: Music_in_Islam [PDF]

Oh, music is the meat of all who love,
 Music uplifts the soul to realms above.
The ashes glow, the latent fires increase: 
  We listen and are fed with joy and peace.

– Rumi ‘Persian Poems’, an Anthology of verse translations
edited by A.J.Arberry, Everyman’s Library, 197

Music helps you from the outside to fall in tune with the inner ...

– Plato.

Artifact courtesy image Aga Khan Museum: https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/collection/artifact/musical-gathering

Listening to great music you suddenly become silent - with no effort.

-Osho

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