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Vain Words

You can Name That Tune in just one note, but it was too much of a hassle to get out and vote. You can sing all the lyrics to 20 albums by heart, but to learn a new ayah of Qur’an you’ll never start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That music is a drug
You’re addicted to that ear bud
It makes you lazy and distracted 
You’ve been thoughtless in your actions

Show you what to wear and how to speak 
You think you’re cool but you’re really weak
Easily controlled and manipulated 
Practically uneducated because you’re fixated

You sit in class, but can’t listen to the teacher 
Gotta get your fix, gotta rattle that speaker
You disrespect the sources of wisdom 
“Entertain me, or I’ll die of boredom!”

Don’t want to concentrate or learn how to focus
You think that your future will come by hocus-pocus
No room in your brain to ponder the sad state of affairs
Idols on TV, who’s gone next – a replacement for your cares

You can Name That Tune in just one note
but it was too much of a hassle to get out and vote
You can sing all the lyrics to 20 albums by heart
But to learn a new ayah of Qur’an you’ll never start

Silence makes you suffer because you gotta face the fact
That you don’t know how to think or even how to act
Are you so gone, so horribly addicted
that you don’t even know that you’ve been afflicted?

Turn off that noise and face the world without a crutch
Let a little thing control you and what you lose is much
Have some self-respect and live up to your potential
Become a human being instead of something bestial

You’ll never change the world with that wire in your ear
You’re a slave and no free thinker while they dictate what you hear
A believer is better than the mind-numbed masses
But vain entertainments help keep people in their classes

You’re hyperconnected, but to all the wrong things
Turn off and tune out and instead build your dream
The Right Path is the ultimate connection, the singular message
But you’ve been drowning it out with meaningless verbiage

Can you go for a week without a multimedia hook?
Examine your soul, give it a deep, hard look
Your soul will not perish if you miss an episode
But if you died today, what will you have sowed?

If you want to be liberated, if you want to be strong,
You can find your new beginning by admitting you were wrong
Sit in the silence and learn to think for yourself
Take the dusty Qur’an down from the top bookshelf

Think and ponder so hard that you get very tired
Know yourself and the Universe and you will have conspired
Against Satan and his allies who have easily beguiled you
By making evil so fair-seeming that you always failed to argue

Stay away from whatever makes you mindless of God, the Sublime
That which makes you careless about morality and wasteful of time
Do not idolize or imitate the Materialists or the Capitalists
If being friends of the Ahlulbayt (as) is really what you wish

Peace of mind and purity of heart are not unattainable
If you will remove from your deeds whatever is blameful
Replace them with a pleasant demeanor and a gentle disposition
Soon to that vain talk you’ll no longer desire to listen

A sad substitute for profound and beautiful words
Written by great thinkers as opposed to famous drunkards
Or to your own reflections and concentrations
That inspire you to love your God and to always be thanking.

That music is a drug
You’re addicted to that ear bud
It is time to set yourself free
Undistracted, who knows, you could be someone mighty

About Arsalan Rizvi

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7 comments

  1. Brilliantly written, it is indeed hard to go a week without a “multimedia hook”.
    Keep them coming!

  2. Thank you so much sibling in Islam
    this very poem has made me quit listening to music!
    May Allah (SWT) Bless you!

  3. If you are listening to some na’at composed with music, then it’s ok? You need to provide references from Quran and Hadith where it states that music is a sinful or vain act. I do respect your opinion and for everyone else, “you should wear it if it fits”..

    regards,

  4. This poem is not a fatwa – those have been given in depth in countless other articles including several on this site. This author leaves it to the reader to use his/her judgment and knowledge to decide if his/her own actions are problematic for his/her well-being or not.

  5. Excellently written, you have incredible talent! very well done

  6. Allahu Akbar. That is absolutely beautiful.
    Thank You for sharing. Hits hard.

    Take care.
    Keep up the good work.
    Asalam Alaikum.

  7. Well Music specifically isn’t wrong since a nasheed etc is still a form of musical art, i suppose. But yah the music being referred to covers basically the instruments & lyrics that are haram.

    Oh and @ Chaos Theory: if a musical instrument is haram and its in a na’at then obviously its not legitimitely correct to listen to..

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