UK school leaflet: ‘Music is act of the devil’

UK school leaflet: ‘Music is act of the devil’


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2016

From an Ofsted report on Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham:

Leaders and staff have had training in preventing extremism and radicalisation, and been given the latest Government safeguarding guidance.

However, the impact of this work has not rectified safeguarding weaknesses.

A large number of copies of a leaflet containing highly concerning and extremist views, such as ‘Music, dancing and singing are acts of devil and prohibited’, were discovered during the inspection.

The leaflets were found in areas shared by the school and adjoining mosque which are used by leaders and in areas used by the pupils from the school.

Remember this?  Viral French Imam video: ‘Music is a creature of the Devil’

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More details here.


  • Holly Golightly says:

    Well, who’d have thought……!!!

  • Chris Walsh says:

    He does have all the best tunes.

  • Gerard Le Feuvre says:

    Is this a mainstream or extremist Islamic view?

    • John Borstlap says:

      Of course it is a extremist, quite un-Islamic view. When orthodox groups took over in the Middle East a couple of centuries ago, it was done with the florishing Islamic culture which bequathed to the world not only advanced science but also the bulk of the writings of Antiquity, thereby inspiring the Italian Renaissance and European modern times. All orthodox and extremist views of Islam were and are signs of desastrous erosion.

      • Una Barry says:

        Very unIslamic … either today or equally in the 12th century. Look at history … so much given Plenty of frightening versions of Christianity too but some of us try, as Christians, to simply ‘love your neighbour ad yourself!’

        • John Borstlap says:

          Christianity developed, due to pressures from society, especially since the Enlightenment, but the Islamic world never had either a Reformation or an Enlightenment. The leap seems to be too big for many Muslems…. but where they live in the West, it goes more smoothly – apart from some cranks.

          When Christian troups reconquered Spain on the Muslems, they destroyed a rather multicultural society where Christians, Muslems and Jews could live peacefully together. After the reconquista the Jews were driven into the sea and Muslems ‘converted’ on sable point.

          Soon after, America was discovered (detected?) where the Christian destruction joyfully continued.

          • Holly Golightly says:

            So, you’re going to conveniently airbrush out the known fact that mosques today preach that homosexuality and infidelity are sins and punishable by death. This is the current belief being preached by Imams around the western world. Check it out before the denialism begins.

            Nice try with the relativist bagging of the Christian church but to my certain knowledge they haven’t killed innocent victims who make criticisms of it. I guess Christianity is a much easier target and certainly not a victim minority group in the western world. You may one day rue your choice for victim partisanship.

          • John Borstlap says:

            PS to Holly: the inquisition killed quite some innocent ‘heretics’, and not so long ago anybody who disagreed with the church’s teaching and had the temerity to express a different opinion in public space, was burned on the stake, not to mention early scientists who dared to proclaim factual proof about the position of the sun and earth in the universe. Also Darwin’s discoveries ruffled quite some feathers. And so on. Christianity has evolved into a very different belief system if compared with its history.

          • Gerhard says:

            Spot on. And while Christianity in general more grudgingly than voluntarily, but nevertheless has evolved into a more liberal and humanistic direction (some examples also on this blog nonwithstanding), the mainstream of Islam seems to have sadly regressed very much from what it already has been. I sure hope that this development might get reversed again, but I can hardly see any signs pointing into this direction right now.

          • kevin o connell says:

            Ahem, the Reformation in Europe saw the mass vandalising of the visual heritage that the Catholic Church built up over centuries. In the Netherlands in particular they have never been able to calculate the amount that was destroyed.

  • Doug says:

    Now do you finally understand why the British and the French following WWI and the ultimate smashing of the Ottoman Empire imposed arbitrary borders and cultivated leaders who would enforce a Western sense of law and order?

    If you disagree with with this approach then by all means, enjoy your alternative. They’ll be slicing your throat long before mine.

    • Holly Golightly says:

      Bravo, from somebody obviously in touch with the real world.

    • John Borstlap says:

      It was exactly this arbitrary cutting of the cake which sowed deep resentment towards the West, because the intrusions seriously damaged existing coherence of society and culture. In such societies, civilianship had not as yet developed, neither had a state structure neutral towards existing tribal loyalties. This schism stimulated the feeding ground for inferiority complexes, orthodoxy, extremism and the paranoia we see today.

  • Una says:

    Oh, well, whilst we’re on about the past, the present is going past us …

  • harold braun says:

    Nazis of today…treat them like Nazi Germany in WW2.!