Nasheeds are songs that help us remember Allah. Anytime is a good time to remember Allah. There are many questions that are frequently asked regarding Nasheeds. The four most common ones are mentioned here.
- Are Nasheeds that contain verses of promises and oaths considered valid and should be fulfilled?
When a man recites Nasheeds having words that contain promises and pledges as simply reciting them and pleading towards Allah he is not obliged to fulfill those. However, if he intends to take those oaths and vows he can fulfill them for their satisfaction. Even if words of Nasheeds contain lyrical description of Kufr or disbelief he won’t be sinned for it according to Islamic Shariah until and unless he means it and follows it to be labeled as a disbeliever. However, Allah knows the best.
- Are we allowed to listen Nasheeds that have someone who is clapping with their hands?
There are Nasheeds that have zero music however, in some cases they could be utilizing their hands to make clapping noises. Nasheeds that contain applauds and claps shouldn’t be listened. Some scholars and researchers conclude that applauding is incorporated into the ‘Tasdiyah (clapping of hands)’ that the polytheists used to do in older Islamic times to show their excitement and overwhelming feelings. Nasheeds have voices of males reciting them accompanied by applauds or using any instrument to pat against their thighs or with hand on any appliance to generate sound. Whoever does these types of entertainment methods for worship and to get near to Allah he is without any doubt considered confused and ignorant towards the religion itself. However, some scholars of Fiqh consider that clapping is permissible to improve the Nasheed but staying away from it is safer however we should never follow what Polytheists use to do in older Islamic era.
- Can a Nasheeds program be arranged at mosque for different people with no music?
Regarding the query raised above about delivery of Nasheeds in the mosque which basically focuses on the importance of religion and its spread amongst fellow Muslims. It is claimed that Nasheeds tend Muslims to get engaged in Jihad, great deeds in their lives or great niyyah and purpose towards Allah. Such nasheeds when recited in Qur’anic verses are in a poetic form with no music or sound. However, increasing voices and clamor during the congregational recitation of poetry in mosques is not appreciated and should be avoided especially if it is accompanied with melody. In any case, there is no harm in holding it in the yard outside the mosque by gathering fellow Muslim brothers.
- Is snapping one’s finger haram? Would we be able to do it while singing nasheeds?
Snapping fingers in the Arabic dialect is referred as Tafqee’- which means the sound of snapping or breaking the fingers. It is otherwise called Farqa’ah (popping).” The basic rule about snapping fingers is that it is permissible outside the prayer and there is no evidence prohibiting it, regardless of whether while singing Nasheeds or otherwise.
However, Allah knows best for whatever deeds we perform to pursue His admiration and show our affection towards Him and our religion Islam. Ahmed Bukhtir, an inspiring artist is proven to follow all the religious values that have been prescribed with recitation of Nasheeds and is extremely famous for this all over UAE. He has a soothing voice which shows how soulful his Nasheeds are.