Published: 2017-09-26 12:57
Last Updated: 2017-09-26 13:36
Many Muslims believe that singing and listening to music are “haram” is Islam, so imagine their fury when one Saudi musician sang verses from the Quran in celebration of Saudi National Day on Saturday.
A clip showing singer Talal Salama singing the words of Surat Al Falaq went viral over the weekend, along with the trending hashtags “Talal Salama sings a verse of the Quran” and “the Quran to music with the agreement of [the General Authority for] Entertainment”.
In May 2016, liberal Saudis rejoiced when their government set up The General Authority for Entertainment as part of the country’s reformist Vision 2030 economic plan.
While there is no proof that music is prohibited in Islam, many Saudis in the ultraconservative Kingdom are vehemently opposed to concerts and non-religious celebrations.
Dozens of social media users attacked Salama for his little stunt, including lawyer and legal advisor Musleh al-’Udayani.
The lawyer described the singer’s actions as “an insult to the Holy Quran,” adding that he could be punished for up to five years in prison and receive a fine of $800,000.
An official statement is yet to made about the incident and a potential punishment.