December 1, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 4327

Lebanese Shi'ite Cleric Sheik Hassan Ghandour: Singing Is Prohibited in Islam

December 1, 2011
Lebanon | Special Dispatch No. 4327

Following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese Shi'ite cleric Sheik Hassan Ghandour, which aired on Al-Jadid/New TV, on November 13, 2011:

Hassan Ghandour: "In general, singing is completely prohibited. Islamic law prohibits singing because it constitutes falsehood. Singing includes all kinds of lyrics that attribute false things to the other…"

Interviewer: "Singing is forbidden?!"

Hassan Ghandour: "Yes. The kind of singing prevalent in our Arab region and even in Europe…"

Interviewer: "Even among men?"

Hassan Ghandour: "Yes, even among men. Singing is categorically prohibited." […]

Interviewer: "Any Muslim who sings is violating a prohibition?"

Hassan Ghandour: "Yes, undoubtedly. All the kinds of singing that we encounter on the streets are specifically prohibited." […]

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