Is it alright for Muslims to sing songs of love to Allah? Is it halal?
I know that singing is not a traditional part of Islamic worship. Last weekend, I had the privilege of going with a group of Christians to sing Christmas carols in a predominately Muslim neighborhood. Almost all the families were very friendly and welcoming to us as we sang outside their homes and businesses (some would invite us in – I love Arab hospitality!). But I remember the response of one Muslim man quite clearly. He said while smoking his hookah, “You can’t sing here. Singing like that is against my religion.”
Singing songs of adoration, affection, and worship to God has always been part of most Judeo-Christian worship traditions. It goes back all the way to the time of the prophet Musa (Moses in the Tawrat, Exodus 15:1-2):
“Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
‘I will sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider
he has hurled into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.’”
King Dawud (David) loved to sing to God:
Zabur, Psalm 51:14 –
“my tongue will sing of your righteousness.”
Zabur, Psalm 59:16,17 –
“But I will sing of your strength,
in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.
O my Strength, I sing praise to you;
you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.”
Finally, in the first century, Jesus and his followers sang to the Lord and encouraged us to do the same:
Injeel, Matthew 26:30 – “When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
Ephesians 5:19,20 – “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God. . .”
Colossians 3:16 – “. . .sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. “
Below are examples of songs I like to sing to God and to Jesus for all they have done for me. I cannot thank them enough for rescuing me and singing songs of love is one way to express that appreciation, affection, and adoration:
Is it halal for Muslims to sing songs of love to Allah?
For me as a follower of Jesus, it is not only permissible, it is glorious.