Sunday, December 6, 2009

"It all began, at a show one weekend"

(The purpose of this post is not to debate on the permissibility of music; take whatever stance you wish on that issue)

Have any of you guys heard of the singer Yuna?

She's from Malaysia, and she's AMAZING!

I have like 5 of her songs and I've memorized a couple by heart.

Now I know some people would take one look at the hijab and go


She's a great singer, and none of her songs preach drinking, fornication, or anything deemed 'westernly' or 'haram'.

To immediately shut her down because of her outwardly appearance is assuming too much of who she really is (of that I assume the best).
I have no problem with others singing; I mean if what they're singing isn't harming anyone (and to play the advocate, they're only harming 'themselves') then who are we to interfere?

Sorry, I didn't mean to get all serious in this post- or maybe I did- but I like her songs; if you're okay with listening to 2 minutes of beautiful music, take a gander:

(I didn't post this so that we could 'dissect' her outfit, remember her business not ours)

(I remember posting about Female Nasheed Singers; I recant my earlier statements, I realize that I was trying to make myself believe in something that I
cannot. I'm all gung-ho for Female Nasheed singers with equal opportunities, or none (male or female) at all. Stop being hypocrites!)

*You may now return to your normal broadcast*


Anonymous said...

Ok , when wearing the veil , as a muslim , you've got to bear the responsibilities that come with it. WITH THAT BEING SAID , I am guilty of loving that '' after midnight'' song .... where can I download it xD ???

ModestJustice said...

Zimime: True, so she'll have to bear the criticisms; and yes I HEART that song!! If you promise to not cop me out to the Police, I just took the youtube link and used a youtube to mp3 converter (google youtube to mp3) you just insert the link and save it as a file for your listening pleasure. :D

Anonymous said...

ooooooooh :D thanks !! !

P.S : I really like blue sands too

Anonymous said...

Wait I take that back... my fav is deeper conversation xD

ModestJustice said...

Haha, wow you got into her songs fast :]
I love Deeper Conversation; just the way she sings is amazing!

Ghost Writer said...

I don't know how I feel about a muhajjibah singing... Allah knows best really... Who am I to judge?!

Hijabis On Ranting Tour. said...

@ MJ u knw im gng 2 listen to those songs as soon as i get a life and stop working and about a hijabi singing id rather watch a decent looking person sing then a semi naked crazi singing about sex so yh each to their own i guess
if u wud EVER come on msn i have something to tell you

Candice said...

I want to listen to the songs! But I'm at work... I'll make sure to check it out later!

ModestJustice said...

Ghost Writer: If you're okay with music, you should at least listen to one of her songs :D You don't have to love her or even like her, I'm just sharing an artist I enjoy ^_^

Naz: Agreement :D And it's like 10 pm over there lool I'm online but you're not! I wanna know now!

Candice: Don't wanna get you in trouble at work haha :D

11yroldMUSLIMAH said...

Assalamu Alaykum,
music is haram face it u kno subhanAllah dnt waste ur time when u could be listening to a much better Quran instead!!
and my evidence for this is

plz take ur time and read it!!
and a singer lyk this is a MAJOR fitnah even if her songs arent bad cuz ppl will start listening to her songs bcuz "well ooh shes muhajjabh and she doesnt sing bad stuff!!"
tell me does tht rlly make the singer any better..she just ends up wasting ur time doing something thts haram!! seriously and now ur even spreading the word about her and causing other ppl to lyk her too!! subhanAllah its lyk a computer virus..just goes on and on...
b crful what u post....

ModestJustice said...

Wa alaikum salam,
I kind of figured there'd be naysayers, but really Little Sister (Hopefully it's not VeiledKnight? If it isn't sorry Veiled for thinking it was you -just the age-)
I'm sure we're all intelligent and grown up here to make decisions for ourselves on whether to listen to music or not.
Now, I used to believe it was haram -for the most part- but here's a rebuttal link:
(This link didn't change my mind about it, it only reinforced it)

I'm not going to try and convince you that music isn't haram, you're a big girl. But I will not be careful about what I post. It's my blog, and I can post whatever I want.
If anyone has a problem with it, they can leave and find a blog more suitable for their tastes.
Have a nice day.

Safyiah said...

salamo aleikom. sorry sis, i know you won't like this but i'm not doing this because i want to annoy you or anything. Enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil is a duty on every Muslim. there's proof that music is haraam. i made some post about it on my blog some months ago. the Muslims that are "naysayers" are just doing their duty towards you and many other people that view your blog. is it not so much better to listen to Qur'an, lectures and nasheeds without musical intruments? wouldn't you feel better to be on the safe side even if you are in doubt or have some "reinforcing" information about music being permissible? anyway, inshaAllah, you'll consider. i still love you for the sake of Allah, of course.
hugs and salam

Veiled Knight said...

Assalamu Alaikum Modest Justice,
The person who typed the comment you kindly referred to was not me, but it was definitely someone I agree with!
And I felt kind of uneasy when you mentioned "naysayers". Like sister Safyiah mentioned, the young girl (well I can't say 'young girl' because I'm technically just a bit older than her.. :p) was just enjoining good and forbidding evil. So I would say 'naysayers' is too harsh a label and too Westernized to be used for other Muslims. Allahu A'lam.

LFTSOA, (Love for the sake of Allah)

PS. I'm 12 now since like 2 months.. but I don't really want to put my EXACT birthday on my blog..:D

ModestJustice said...

Safiyah: Wa alaikum salam sister,
no need to apologize, I was just irritated in the way the sister approached the naseeha i.e "why would you waste your time?!!" Yes, I think one should be studying the Qur'an and listening to recitations more than music but the point of the post was just to show a singer I liked, not necessarily start a debate on the permissibility of music. And I'm sorry if 'naysayer' was a bit harsh; overreaction on my part. Thank you for your kind advice :]

VeiledKnight: Wa alaikum salam, again I AM SO SORRY! I assumed which was totally wrong of me.
And I hope you can forgive me. Again, the use of 'naysayers' was an overreaction on my part. But I dislike labels of 'westernized'; to each her own :]
Oh and another year older for you masha'Allah!

May Allah swt guide us all on the right path :)

Ghost Writer said...

WOW! What planet am I living on? How come I never realised that 12 year-olds are so articulate these days?! Dubai must be dumbing me down....

Safyiah said...

@Ghost Writer: "Dubai must be dumbing me down..." LOL. actually i come from Portugal (i'm in Egypt for 3 months now) and i'm still a bit surprised as well. xD

Slave of God said...

Assalamu alaikum sisters (brothers?)

I am about 14 right now and I have realized that the hardest part of being a teen is to refrain from music. Some people might say it's the boys or the peer pressure or something, but none of those are as big a fitnah as music. Everyone listens, supports, loves, downloads music. school. home. (work?) in the middle. and now, alhamdulillah, even on the Muslim blogs! May Allah reward you sisters for enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil. May Allah forgive us all..:(

Anonymous said...

This makes my life.
Yay for singing muhajabahs! I wear hijab (I have been for the last 4 months) and I'm involved in choir and theatre at my high school. Haram police can kiss my arse a thousand times over. I strongly believe that as long as the music does not promote immorality, it is perfectly fine. (and even in that regard, I am not perfect when it comes to keeping my songs apropro--I'm addicted to RENT, and it's not the most squeaky-clean musical in history.) That's me on that stage in a few years' time! (:

ModestJustice said...

Slave of God: Wa alaikum salam (think we're all sisters here) sister, thank you for your opinion regarding this issue, even if the point of the post had nothing to do with the never-ending debate on music. To each her own.

ArtfreakAmalia: I was squirmy about Rent, but now that I've gotten over my apprehensions (we're all people!) I want to watch it :D I saw The Laramie Project today -tear-. And yes power to the Hijabis. Muslims need to be represented in all areas of professions.

Maryam said...


I've been looking for this girl Yuna for the longest time. I heard about her last year, and I forgot her name and was worrying trying to remember it.

Thanks! You read my mind :D

Wrestling With Religion said...

Wow, she has a great voice. Very talented! Very brave as well to be singing in hijab.

When I was in Algeria a year ago there was a singing talent competition on TV (at least I think that's what it was... I don't speak the language so I can't be entirely sure but it *looked* like a local version of American Idol or something like that! It could have been nasheeds, I don't know.) Anyway, and there was a hijabi in that.

And why shouldn't there be? It doesn't have to compromise modesty.

The music-being-haram concept really has nothing to do with hijab, except that people seem to have much more rigid (and strict) expectations for women wearing hijab than for anyone else. In reality women who wear hijab are all different, with different views.

ModestJustice said...

Maryam: No problem, I still enjoy her songs :D

Wrestling with Religion: Thank you for commenting ^_^ I honestly don't think music is haram or that it compromises hijab/modesty in any way. And I agree, people who have stricter expectations usually impose their views on all women, regardless of the difference :\ Again, thank you for commenting!

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