Sheikh Adil Al-Kalbani was the first black man appointed as the imam of the Grand Mosque (the holy Kaaba) in Makkah. He was very popular for his unique recitation style and had millions of admirers round the world. However, after he declared that music is not “haraam” (forbidden), he was sacked by the government and his website was hacked.
Of course, the reaction was to be expected. Most Muslims have been told by illiterate mullahs that listening to music is a great sin, although there is nothing in the Holy Koran to prove it. Sheikh Adil Al-Kalbani merely said what is self-evident.
All modern research shows that music is beneficial for the human mind and is used to help people suffering from depression, Parkinson’s disease and other ailments. I hope that all Muslims will one day accept this fact.