Friday, November 25, 2005

I like music; I like different kinds of music. I like melancholy in music. But the worse music is Al-Qa`idah music. Al-Qa`idah in Iraq has a new video about the bombing in Palestine Hotel in Baghdad, and the background music, typical of the music in such videos, is most depressing and most repulsive. It always sounds like chants of death and injury. Is that the music that they listen to in private? In fact, I have been surprised that they even use music at all. I would have thought that given their fanaticism and strictness, no manner of music would have been allowed. But they probably justify that by references to Sunnah: that Muhammad at his time allowed religious chants.