Islamic Music

As a visitor, you will almost certainly encounter Islamic music in Doha and this brief introduction can help you understand and appreciate it more fully.

Islamic music is well known as a form of religious expression among Muslims. Deeply rooted in Islamic heritage, performances are usually played or sung at private devotions and public services. Held dear by the community, the music stands as a reminder of the religion's rich and diverse history. 

Cultural and traditional

A cultural aspect of Islam, Islamic music has played a vital role in the traditional acts and customs of the religion. Shaping it to what it is today, some forms of Islamic music include Quranic and Madh chanting. Perhaps its most central form of music, Quranic chanting involves singing the words of the Quran in a rhythmic manner.

Considered to be the best known method of memorising the Quran, Muslims carefully observe the pitches and rhythms of the chants, in accordance to the intricacies of the Arabic language. The same intonation is used for Madh chanting, which are essentially poems of praise of the Prophet Muhammad. It is most commonly observed during Mawlid-al-nabi, which is the celebration of the birth of the Prophet.

Strong and diverse

Another major genre of Islamic music is vocal dhikr, which is a form of music characterised by its repetitive chanting of the names of God. Most Muslims use drums, stringed and wind instrument, though traditional Islamic music has a strong practice of acapella singing. 

The most distinguishing feature of Islamic music is its diversity. In serving a religion that is multi-ethnic by nature, Islamic music has branched into different styles, based on geographical influences. These indigenous styles have become popular in contemporary times, taking the devotional music to another level. A few of the types of music are Qawwali, Nasheed and Sufi. 

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