<pre>Believers, Sing!


I was surprised when I accidentally met the book: The Song of Songs and Poetry Al-Faraj al-Isfahani . 25 volumes in the modern version, containing thousands of poems and songs collected in about 50 years by the author. The book was written by writers and historians and language experts, also a plamboyant from Isfahan who later lived in Baghdad during the heyday of Islam, around 900 AD (2nd / 3rd Century H). The book is called Kitab Al-Aghānī (Book of Song and Song). The plamboyant writer who wrote the book was named Abu Al-Faraj Al-Isfahani.

The book was extraordinary because it at least showed one thing: songs and songs, as well as poetry and poetry, as well as drama, were inseparable parts of the life of Muslims at that time. Imagine: 25 volumes! If collected in one book, the book numbered 6689 pages containing recordings of poems and songs or songs that were usually sung or recited during the author's life.

So why does someone say music and singing are haram? For those who allow singing, there are still many who think that musical instruments are allowed only tambourines, as is usually heard in nasid. Hi, friend, why were the songs just accompanied by tambourines? Yes, because only musical instruments are available. There is no guitar, drum, piano or saxophone. Maybe if at that time the musical instruments were there, Hakul was sure they would also use them!


Returning to the story of the book, in terms of the narrative the book was not much different from the model of classical Islamic books. The book begins with an interesting chapter: 100 selected songs and poems by Harun Al-Rashid. Harun then selected 10 and 3 of his favorite songs.

In his style of speech, Abu Faraj Al-Isfahani always began by telling reference to narration. This model is nothing more than a footnote model and scientific references in the modern academic world. Al-Isfahani then revealed a little background (the socio-political context) of a song (saut) and poetry before he wrote poetry and his song directly.

Besides containing poetry and songs, this book also contains historical notes and anecdotes that sometimes it's very surprising because it's very erotic and vulgar. I refer to one of the stories by scholars more often referred to as anecdotes, so that you can taste vulgarity. Please don't be surprised.

On page 226 of volume 2 of the book, Al-Isfahani said (I translate freely):

“Al-Walid Ibn Yazid, (the caliph at the time) drunk heavily and” extracted “listening to songs sung by Ibn Aisha (Ibn Aisha is the name of the singer). The Caliph asked again for the waiter to pour wine into his glass and because of that he was increasingly 'fly' or drunk. He asked the singer to repeat the song many times. Suddenly the Caliph jumped near the singer and kissed the entire body of the singer, except for the part of his genitals. The Caliph tried to kiss the part but Ibn Aisha pressed her thighs together, avoiding the pursuit of the Caliph who had lost consciousness. But the Caliph did not surrender. He continued to chase the pubic's pubic section and said: “You don't let me go before I kiss your cock!” Finally Ibn Aisha, the Singer, gave up and opened his genitals to kiss the Caliph. Al-Walid the Caliph took off all his clothes and was naked until the servants came to bring him clothes. Ibn Aisha, the singer, was then given a thousand dinars before leaving. “

Shocked? Maybe this seems very vulgar. But believe in thousands of pages there are many far more vulgar parts than I have just released freely. In the book, poetry and songs contain many themes: heroism, sacrifice, love and betrayal, beauty, humor, sadness, sexual banality and even homosexuality.

I just had time to taste the table of contents and a few pages in it. It took decades to read it in detail, I guess. Besides the language is difficult because it's very literary, the book is also very thick! I hope there are scholars in Indonesia who seriously read this book for their dissertation. Music, songs and poetry and banality are something that is still taboo in Islam. Music research and songs in Islam still stretch!

Are you interested in exploring the book? Please download it yourself here.

This Article Was Published On : ISLAMI.CO

Translated by Google Translate


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