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." […]