The evil ones attend un-Islamic acts, such as whistling, clapping, and instrumental music. They move people and cause them to whirl around in ecstasy, dance, shout, rend their clothes, and engage in many more satanic acts.
Those who say that angels and prophets attend whistling and clapping sessions and love them are certainly wrong and mistaken. In fact, it is the evil ones who attend these sessions, and it is they who descend upon those who participate in them and make them shout. At-Tabarani has recorded a hadith reported by Ibn `Abbas that the Prophet said, “Satan asked God for a house, and God said, `Your house is the bathroom (of the people).’ He then asked for a book to recite. God said, You shall recite poetry.’ He said `Lord, give me something to issue calls.’ God said the thing that will issue calls for you is the musical instrument (mizmdr).”’685 He has also told Satan in His Book, “Lead to destruction those whomsoever you can from among them with your (seductive) voice” (17:64). Commenting on this verse, a number of Elders have said that voice here means music. To me it means music as well as all other sounds which lead people away from God. In another hadith, the Prophet said, “I have been forbidden two evil and foolish sounds of seductive entertainments and musical instruments that are produced by Satan, and sounds of beating one’s face, rending clothes and saying, how unfortunate! how sad! how helpless.”686
Many people that have mystical revelations (kashf) have seen the evil ones attending unlawful sessions where people engage in whistling and clapping. They come upon them and lead them into rapture and satanic frenzy, till they indulge in dance under the very nose of the audience. Some mystics have also seen that the evil ones join people in their dancing and whistling but when they call them for help they just leave them and let them fall to the floor.
The truth about these experiences is known only to him who has faith and conviction. However, one who follows the Shari’ah and refrains from unjustified ventures (bid `ah) will be on the right path and attain the good of this world and the next, even though he may not know the truth about these experiences. He will be like one who takes a proper guide to Makkah and reaches there along with his water, food and other goods he has taken with him. But one who takes a guide who does not know the road or misleads him will either perish on the way or return to the place whence he started after experiencing a lot of suffering. The right guide is the Prophet, whom God sent as one who gives good tidings, issues warnings, acts as a lamp shedding light, guides people to the straight path of God, the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and leads them to His grace by His leave.
Satan is active in un-Islamic poetry sessions. He causes people to foam and froth at the mouth, bray and scream and make fearful sounds. They come to feel within themselves an urge to shout, to do things that are wrong, such as bursting into anger, tearing clothes, beating one’s face, heaving and sighing and many other devilish acts as drunken and mad people do. The frenzy and intoxication which music generates is like the intoxication which people get by drinking wine. Both turn them from remembering God, offering prayers, reading the Quran, reflecting on its verses, and following its instructions. They act like those who spend money on frivolous songs and music which divert them from God and excite anger and enmity among them, setting one against the throat of another. You can see that when a sorcerer kills a man with his magic.
To the same category belong the champions of unbelief (kufr), heresy and evil, even though they may not be lacking in austerity, devotion and miracles, as you have among the pagans and the People of the Book. You may also have them among the Muslims, among the Khawarij for example, about whom the Prophet has said, You will find your prayers far inferior to their prayers, your fasting and reading the Quran far inferior to their fasting and reading. But they will read the Quran and it will hardly go down their throats; they will go out of Islam as an arrow goes out of the bow. Kill them wherever you find them; you will be rewarded for it on the Day of Judgment.”687
Author: Ibn Taymiyyah
Islamic Topic: RANKS OF THE BELIEVERS
Source: Book: [Fatawa 11:64104] / Also mentioned in “Ibn Taymiyyah Expounds on Islam”