Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sunday Sermon:Universal Religion

Armin van Buuren  is a world renowned DJ and music producer.

He recently presented a 3 hour special mix on BBC Essential Mix and was described as the "World's number 1 DJ"

Interestingly enough he has produced a series of 7 albums called Universal Religion.   What are the views on music from some mainstream religions?

To quote from the Buddhist tradition:
Music gives us the capacity to express the deepest feelings of the human soul. Whether through holy hymns or sincere chants of praise, it is capable of lifting our minds to an almost sublime state

To quote from an Islamic Explanatory Text
In conclusion, avoid all singing, music, gatherings of entertainment, except for gatherings of melodious remembrance of Allah and His Messenger. And, be cautious if singing and music which are of spiritually happiness (not material) and also leads one to remember Allah and only listen sparingly if one could not avoid it at all.

To quote from a Marcus Tradition

You can theorise till you are blue in the face.  But take a cross section of religious and non religious people to a [non alcoholic] rave and watch them all have an excellent time. People can then return to consider whether their internal conviction and experience can be wrong.

So  start with a YouTube Search  then get out there for a test drive

BBC Essential Mix Armin van Buuren
Amazon Armin van Buuren store
Universal Religion chapter 6
The Orb - Peel Session
The Orb - loving You
Leftfield - Dusted

Islam and Music