Indonesian academic discusses using music to glorify beauty of Islam in Brunei’s UBD

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Nabilah Haris

MUSIC can be used as a tool to further glorify Islam as a religion, however, it must fulfil certain criteria to preserve the sanctity of the religion, said an academic.

Drs Arly Budiono

Drs Arly Budiono

“The music has to be of three criteria. Firstly, it has to encompass the notion of knowledge and it has to be more than just sounds. It is to contain knowledge. Secondly, it has to be of high quality and integrity and not of a dangdut-nature — I disagree with some who say dangdut is Islamic. Lastly, it has to be universal,” said Drs Arly Budiono from Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ).

He was presenting his working paper on “Musik dan Islam” (Music and Islam) during a recent seminar hosted by the the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, in collaboration with the Faculty of Language and Arts, UNJ, Indonesia.

The seminar was themed, “Strengthening Ties Via Culture and Language”.

music clasWhile there are those who disagree with the notion of incorporating music and religion, Drs Arly believed that there was a respectful way to incorporate religion into the artform.

The Quran should be made as a source of inspiration in creating music as the Quran itself is a literary form of the highest order, he said.

music islMusic “is of one breath with Islam”, said Drs Budiono, adding that if produced with knowledge, integrity and of universal appeal, it “can heighten the status of Islam”.

“Ultimately, the intention in creating music must be for Allah SWT. It cannot simply be made brashly, and it has to be carefully thought out as its main goal is to glorify Islam,” he said.

The Brunei Times
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens

Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens





Sami Yusuf

Sami Yusuf

“Ketika Tangan dan Kaki Berkata”
Vocal: Chrisye
Lyric: Taufiq Ismail

Akan datang hari… Mulut dikunci
Kata…tak ada lagi
Akan tiba masa… tak ada suara
Dari… mulut kita

Berkata tangan kita..
Tentang apa yang dilakukannya
Berkata kaki kita..
Kemana saja dia melangkahnya

Tanggung jawab tiba… robbana
Tangan kami.. Kaki kami..
Mulut kami.. Mata hati kami

Luruskanlah.. Kukuhkanlah..
Di jalan cahaya.. Sempurna
Mohon karunia.. Kepada kami
Hambamu yang hina


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