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Mobile ring tones. Big business. After polyphonic tunes, music, all variety of the strangest possible sounds could Islamic tunes (Azaan, Nasheeds....) be far behind. But wait there are some people who did not take this lightly. Especially when Quran recitation was used as ring tones...
Here is the news item

Clerics oppose use of Quran verses as ringtones (AP)
Lucknow: Muslim clerics at a leading seminary in India have asked people not to use verses from the Quran as ringtones for their mobile phones, saying the practice was un-Islamic.
Clerics at the Dar-ul Uloom seminary in the northern Indian town of Deoband issued an edict banning the use of Quran verses or Muslim call to prayers as ringtones, saying doing so violates Islamic law. Quran verses "are not meant for entertainment", seminary official Mohammad Asumin Qazmi said yesterday. "Anyone who persists in using these should be ostracised from society," Qazmi said over telephone from Saharanpur, a city 450km northwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. Mufti Badru-Hasan, a leading cleric in Lucknow, said he supported a ban on such ringtones. "One should hear the complete verse of the Quran with a pious mind and in silence. If it is used as a ringtone, a person is bound to switch on the mobile, thus truncating the verse halfway," he said. "This is an un-Islamic act." Ringtones with Quran verses or the call to prayers are popular among Muslims in Uttar Pradesh. They are most commonly used by people in their mid-40s and 50s, said Mukesh Sinha, a mobile phone company executive. Many users consider the religious tunes a reminder of their faith.
Bank manager Faiz Siddaqui uses Quran verses as a ringtone. "Whenever my phone rings, I hear these verses that stress the values of hard work and honesty, and I feel closer to my religion," Siddaqui said.

Posted by Arshad on Sunday, November 19, 2006.

5 Responses to “Mobile Ring Tones”

  1. # Blogger Julaybib

    "Anyone who persists in using these should be ostracised from society."

    That's a bit harsh! When my PC starts up, it plays fatihah, and new email is greeted with Bismillah. That endears me to my faith. Making Islam/Qur'an seem like something one should only engage with funereal-style is likely to achieve the opposite, IMHO.  

  2. # Blogger Arshad

    This news item was for information only, I agree with what you say, also little ambivalent regards using Quran recitation as ring tone...."Innamal Aamaalu BinNiyaa" best sums up this issue....Action depends upon intentions...and Allah knows best !!  

  3. # Blogger Javed

    I find ring tones very irritating in the Masjid, especially when the imam requests ppl to switch off their mobile phones before starting the prayer. However I think the problem can be solved by putting some kind of signal blockers inside the prayer area. As far as people shutting off the ringtone before it completes, I think it's best to leave the onus upto the person himself, but I still think it's better than listening to some 'filmi' tune.  

  4. # Blogger ~*Sabrun Jamil*~

    Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

    Altho I did not agree with all of the article I think it is an interesting and very important point, it pretty unmannered because you are listening to the words of Allah bt you are also quickly trying to pick up your phone and if you stop in the middle of a verse you may stop at a place where the meaning could end abrubtly, the Quran is meant to be listened to in a good manner, not used as ringtones in my humble opionion. I know actions are by intentions alhamdulillah, and it is nice and good to have Quran playing, but just remember the Quran is meant to be listend to respectfully :)

    Fi Amanillah  

  5. # Blogger ~*Sabrun Jamil*~

    By the way instead of Quran or 'Flimy tunes' you can put some nice nasheeds on.  

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