Black Metal Haram Disisi Islam
The inaccuracies of this report pissed me off so much, I just had to cut and paste it here.
Bulletin Utama TV3 | 23rd January 2006
Black Metal Haram Disisi Islam
(Isnin, January 23, 2006 – Buletin Utama TV3)
Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan hari ini memutuskan black metal yang suatu ketika mencuri tumpuan negara pada malam tahun baru lalu – haram di sisi Islam. Malah ketaksuban seseorang itu terhadap black metal boleh membawa kepada murtad.
31 Disember lalu – satu sambutan tahun baru membabitkan kumpulan black metal diserbu polis. Ramai yang ditahan atas kehadiran mereka pada satu majlis yang permit penganjuran. Dan tidak kurang pula yang mempertikaikan serbuan dari sudut hiburan sambil menafikan terjebak dalam amalan tidak betul.
Semua itu mendapat perhatian majlis fatwa kebangsaan yang bermuzakarah kali ke 72, siang tadi. Rumusan muzakarah – black metal ajaran yang diasaskan oleh kumpulan Metallica di Amerika Syarikat pada tahun 70-an menggunakan simbol salib. Malah ada pengikutnya melakukan pemujaan, memijak Al-Quran, meminum arak, seks bebas, dan anti-tuhan.
Berikutan keputusan Majlis Fatwa itu, semua kerajaan negeri diminta segera mewartakan undang-undang bagi mengharamkan ajaran kumpulan berkenaan.
Let me just express my disgust with the tone that the TV3 news team has decided to take with this report. I will not argue with the issuance of the fatwa (more on this later) but what really pisses me off is how TV3 continually labels the gig at Paul’s Place as a Black Metal event and the people attending the show as part of a “kumpulan Black Metal“. It was not a Black Metal show.
I spoke to a customer of mine, who happens to be a cop, a few days after the raid at Paul’s and he was saying the “SB had been staking out the black metal gang for a while”. I didn’t want to talk too much about my involvement because I don’t know him too well. Anyway, I bumped into him again last night and he asked me if David was my friend. I said yes (and I told him that the gig wasn’t a Black Metal gig), and he told me (David and Amer actually) to just fight it out in court. One thing he said did rankle me though. He said the gig was was “ke arah Black Metal“. Again with the Black Metal.
Dan tidak kurang pula yang mempertikaikan serbuan dari sudut hiburan sambil menafikan terjebak dalam amalan tidak betul.
Are you suprised by this? Of course the innocent would proclaim their innocence. To be wrongly accused would naturally make a person want to fight back.
Rumusan muzakarah – black metal ajaran yang diasaskan oleh kumpulan Metallica di Amerika Syarikat pada tahun 70-an menggunakan simbol salib.
Please tell me that TV3 has misquoted the learned scholars on the National Fatwa Council. Metallica? Black Metal? Metallica? Salib? A crucifix, used as a symbol for the Black Metal “movement”?
Please tell me that TV3 misquoted the National Fatwa Council, because I know that for any fatwa to be issued, there must be sufficient research done by learned men and scholars who must use reason and intelligence when approaching the issue in question. Reason and intelligence, in tandem with Quranic guidelines. The following is a commentary on the approach Imam Malik took in issuing fatwas.
Imam Malik held the hadith of the Prophet in such reverence that he never narrated anything nor gave a fatwa unless in a state of ritual purity.
Isma`il ibn Abi Uways said: “I asked my uncle û Malik û about something. He made me sit, made ablution, sat on the couch, and said: la hawla wa la quwwata illa billah. He did not give a fatwa except he said it first.”
Al-Haytham said: “I heard Malik being asked forty eight questions, to thirty-two of which he replied: ‘I do not know.”
Abu Mus`ab reported that Malik said: “I did not give fatwas before seventy scholars first witnessed to my competence to do it.”
Some scholars need to follow the example of these two great scholars before issuing fatwas. Today it has become a fashion to issue a fatwa, when you issue a fatwa, you are speaking on behalf of Allah Tala..
May Allah tala guide people to the right path..
Don’t tell me no one did any kind of research other than reading back issues of Harian Metro and Mastika?
Malah ada pengikutnya melakukan pemujaan, memijak Al-Quran, meminum arak, seks bebas, dan anti-tuhan.
Does anyone have any photographic evidence? All this while whenever Harian Metro or some other lame tabloid breaks a “story”, they would splash a huge picture on their front page as “evidence”, i.e. the Wan Norazlin case, Squatgate. With regards to the Black Metal issue, does anyone have pictures of the Black Metal activities? I mean; besides pictures of kids in black at random events, pictures of supposedly reformed teenaged black metal followers taken from the back and poor scans of flyers; does anyone have any pictures of pemujaan and memijak Al-Quran specifically? If you’re talking about meminum arak and seks bebas, I can get those from (almost any) music video on MTV/Hollywood blockbuster movie/local pub/club and any 0.5/1/2/3/4/5 star hotel in town, and I wouldn’t really have to try hard, except maybe for the sex part, heh.
I have no problems with the issuance of any fatwa from the National Fatwa Council, for going against a fatwa would be commiting a major sin. I’m not a fan of any black metal band nor do I profess to follow the beliefs of any black metal religion (sic). I do listen to Opeth and 2 Foot Candle though. Do they count? I would think Opeth is death metal, and I know 2 Foot Candle is death metal, so it doesn’t fall under the fatwa, does it?
What I do have a problem with, is the legislation of such a fatwa and the problems it would bring up. Who defines what is Black Metal? Which bands? Which song? How many studs on my belt/wrist/nose/tongue/ear? Why use the term Black Metal anyway? Going by the TV3 news report, obviously no one knows what black metal is; at least no one on the I’m-Better-Than-You-High-Horse does.
And lets not get started on the fatwas that have already been issued but are being ignored by the authorities. Drinking alchohol, gambling, all major sins people. And lets not forget smoking. Yes, s m o k i n g.
“In view of the harm caused by tobacco, growing, trading in and smoking of tobacco are judged to be haram.”
‘Islamic Ruling on Smoking‘ – WHO (Emro) publication
So money makes it ok, eh Big Boys of Industry and Moral Guardians of Society At Large?
I am still of the opinion that if They could make money off Black Metal, there wouldn’t be such a fuss. And to drag the religious authorities into it! But at least any black metal heads out there can take comfort in the fact that some fatwas are never enforced. And non muslim blackmetal heads don’t have to worry, do you?
Joe Kidd has some interesting comments here.