Wall of Guitars

Even though many Muslims believe that music is forbidden by Islam, other interpretations on this issue disagree.  This is one of the confusing gray areas of Islam.  Here in Saudi Arabia, you don’t ever hear music piped in when you’re grocery shopping, like is commonplace in the states.   My teenage son was ecstatic when we stopped by a music shop and he discovered a pretty good selection of guitars and amps.  He’s saving up his money now!


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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44 Responses to Wall of Guitars

  1. cool blue says:

    where can I find this shop or address of the photo taken… please

  2. Daniel Roth says:

    I am from Switzerland, i it is possible to open a Music Intrument Shop in Jeddah

  3. marwa says:

    Want to buy gutir in jeddah can u help me where can I buy in jeddah

  4. SAMEEH says:

    hi everyone,, im a new guy here in jeddah im from philippines, im a former bassguitar player on a band…,,, but now im working here at some 5star hotel as a kitchen artist!!! i want to buy a 5strings bassguitar and and amp but i dont know where can i buy a good guitar like IBANEZ, FENDER, MUSICMAN, GIBSON etc,,,….

    • justsomemusiclovingchick says:

      You can most probably check that stuff out at the International mall, but I think you’re gonna have a limited supply of guitars. Well, not as many as you’d hope for, really. I’ve heard that most every Gibson here isn’t authentic, so crossing that off your list might help 😡

    • Kiko says:

      dude, still in jeddah? we’re looking for a bass player.. nu genre mo tol?

  5. Khaleef says:

    I lived in Jidda and was assigned to USMTM. I purchased two Roland keyboards from a music store that was located in a shopping mall there. I’ve forgotten the name of the store and the mall. Great keyboards, but remember, if your returning to the States, the difference in electricity and voltage. After, returning to the States, I sold both keyboards. Got tired of lugging around a transformer. So be sure if you purchase a guitar amplifier or keyboard that it is switchable between 220 and 110.

  6. PearlDrop says:

    Hi Susie;

    I just came across your post and comment on “Islam and Music” topic. I am afraid you’re mistaken. I do not know if you ever read Holy Quran, but this issue’s also written in it.
    Listening to/performing music is NOT haram in Islam. Only performing it to entertain drunk people or in the places with alcohol(like taverns) is prohibited. Or if the lyrics are provacative, so making the one who listens commit a sin, they are not acceptable, as well.

    During the first years of Islam, during the Jahiliyyah (ignorance) period, non-believer Meccans were practicing this type of actions and even singing songs in nude within Ka’ba in order to keep believers away from doing Ibadah(prayers) in there. Allah(SWT) banned this type of actions to the believers to rectify our way of life and to put a strong separation line between believers and non-believers to not get confused.
    On this topic, even there are sahih hadiths which were reported by Bukhari(RA) showing that our Prophet(SAW) himself listened to music, also.

    I understand that you are trying to learn the religion, but please do not share any knowledge unless you got them from the source. And the only source in Islam is Quran and Hadiths. There are many non-Muslim fellows following your blog, and we don’t want them get wrong-negative knowledge for no reason, right?

    By the way, nice blog. I like reading it.


    • Hi PearlDrop – Thansk for your comment. The source I am using is my own experience here with my husband’s family. My son was not allowed to have a guitar here. I once sang an Arabic song for my mother-in-law, and she hated it and made me stop saying that music is haram. A neice of mine refused to go to a wedding with me because there would be music and dancing, even though there would only be women present. I am speaking from my own experiences, so to me, here in KSA, music is seen as haram.

    • Islammeanspeace says:

      Unfortunately bro, you don’t know what you are talking about. I don’t think you have done your study properly on the subject. There are dozens of Ahadith (sayings of the last Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, Peace be upon him) forbidding music and musical instruments. There is no confusion amongst the muslim scholars on this subject. Majority of them have clearly stated that any form of music is Haram (forbidden) in Islam except for Duff, which is a drum type instrument, allowed only for entertaining people at specific occasions.
      “Narrated Abu ‘Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari: that he heard the Prophet saying, “From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful.” Sahih Bukhari (Book #69, Hadith #494v)

      Read this hadith from Sahih Muslim (Book #004, Hadith #1942). Clearly the Prophet never negated what Abu Bakr said about the musical instrument as being “satanic”.

      These two books, Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim are considered the most authentic Hadith books amongst the muslims. They clearly mention that musical instruments are satanic and haram (forbidden).

      As far as Quran is concerned, there is a verse in the Quran that also talks about this subject. It doesn’t directly mention the word music, but the companions of the Prophet who were the most knowledgeable and had the most understanding after the Prophet in the interpretation of Quran had explained this verse as the basis of the prohibition of the music.
      “And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allah, or the Verses of the Qur’an) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).” ( سورة لقمان , Luqman, Chapter #31, Verse #6)

      Scholars stated that the words lahw-al hadeeth in the sixth verse of Surat Luqman referred to music and musical instruments. Ibn Mas’ud swore that what was meant by lahw-al hadeeth was musical instruments and music. (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Tafsir-ul-Madarik) [What can be said to those people who do not believe such a great person as Ibn Mas’ud? He was one of the most closest to prophet and the most knowledgeable amongst the companions in the study of Quran.]

      You can think of him as having a double PHd in Quran, and his teacher was the Prophet himself.
      So who would you believe now what this verse means? A scholar coming thousands of years after the revelation of Quran or the one who was present at the time the Quran was being revealed and the one who was getting the revelation himself taught this man all the knowledge that he had?

      It’s like saying that someone today tries to interpret Newtons law of motion in a way different than what Newton had told. And you believe this novice rather than what Newton had stated.

      Only a minority of Scholars, who are also not considered amongst the most famous scholars of islam have allowed music based on their personal interpretation of the verses of Quran, Ahadith (sayings of Prophet) and historical references. But these were also known to the companions of Prophet and the ones after them. Never have any companion of the prophet played a musical instrument other than “Duff” which was also rarely played at that time.

      The conclusion is that music has no place in islam. And what are the reasons to have it this way are very obvious. Look at the people in the world today, especially look at the lives of the musicians. Can you idealize any one of them? Look what music has done to most of them. Need examples? Madonna, Britney Spears, Miley Cirus, Beyonce, Rihanna. They all started music as a harmless thing in their teens. They were all innocent when they started. But now look at them. They are the role models to millions of youngsters today. What other than vulgarity and sex do they preach and propagate? They are only selling their bodies for the sake of fame and money. They are a complete mess. Gangsters are becoming role models because they chose to become as musicians and brag about all their criminal activities in their songs such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Akon. Most rappers belittling and degrading women, calling them “bit**es, talking about their body parts and how they look so sexual to them, making love to them, that’s all the message they can give. That’s all what women are to them. Propagating criminal mindedness, intoxication, adultery, murder, aggression and the list goes on. Many musicians dying of extreme usage of drugs. Most of them are alcoholics and drug addicts. Have you ever heard a musician telling you to become a good human being, help others, be good to the people etc etc… and even if you have, what is the ratio of these good lyrical songs to the bad ones?

      So what use is such a high IQ when this is what they will ultimately become?

      A human being, who chose to submit to the Will of God and live the life according to the true religion set by God for all the human beings, which is Islam. Islam means “Peace”.
      We call God by His name, that He has chosen for Himself, “Allah”.

      • @ Islammeanspeace – There are many many normal people who have made careers in music who are not screwed up alcoholics or drug addicts. For example, one of my brothers is an opera singer and teaches voice at a university, and his wife is an elementary school music teacher. There are many decent hard-working people who support themselves and their families with music. Unfortunately the only ones you ever hear about are the immoral human wrecks like Miley Cyrus, but people like this are the minority and clearly not the majority of working musicians and artists. You can research for yourself about the benefits of music. Muslims are definitely missing out on a good thing by believing it is haram.

  7. StradaLunii says:

    err.. hmm.. guys, any problems with delivery to Makkah if purchase musical instruments online…?

    by the way…any good instrument shops anyone?

  8. Adnan says:

    hey there guys, im Adnan Dayya, i’m a guitarist, i lived in jeddah my whole life n’ i’ve been video tutored for almost a year, i have guitarist friends n’ all of that but im tryin’ to find ppl who can drum, im lookin’ forward to form a band just 4 fun…

  9. That’s such a pity!
    How can they live without music? How is the shop making any money?

    • Not all the Muslims believe that music is haram – in fact, there is quite a bit of controversy and confusion over it. And many of the foreign workers here are not Muslim, so the music shops do make money here. If they would only look at the facts – that studies have proven that children who are exposed to music and who are taught to play musical instruments have higher IQs and perform better in school – then you would think that music would be promoted here…

      • Islammeanspeace says:

        Kindly see my reply above to “Pearl Drop”. I have tried to reply to your comment also regarding having a higher IQ by listening to music.

  10. Luca says:

    Hello, please i really want to know where this shop is!? i need a new amp, or possibly some humbukcer pickups

    • I don’t recall the name of the music shop, but it was on Madinah Road (goes north-south) on the West side of the street in a large plaza called Al-Mosaedia Mall. There is a GNC there also and lots of fancy dress shops. The shop is located closer to the north end of the plaza. There is also a large white modernistic sculpture right there at this plaza. It is across the street from a large shopping center called Al-Sholla Commercial Center, and if you are heading south on Madinah and pass the Ministry of the Interior, you have gone too far!

  11. faizie says:

    where is this shop and does the guitars and stuff have any taxes??

    and the answer to those who want to buy guitars!
    if ur a beginner go for yamaha or kenok (for aqoustic)
    if ur a pro (or ur boyfriend is) then by a gibson or epiphone (they are really expensive)

    and music is not forbbiden in islam!

    • A few comments back I have directions on where the shop is. In Saudi Arabia, there are NO taxes at all. It’s funny how several people have commented that music is not forbidden in Islam, but so many Muslims I know have told me the opposite.

      • Islammeanspeace says:

        It is due to lack of knowledge and not willing to find out what the reality is on their own and also due to the highly influenced media that continuously tries to seed the music into people.

  12. Shaan Iqbal.jed says:

    Hey really nice site im also looking for a Acoustic Guitar but i don’t have any Idea which brand is best im not a professional but still learning because interest in Music so much wana be a guitarist:)

  13. Dian Bua says:

    That’s awesome!!! I look for acoustic guitars for my boyfriend.And how to choose it.Which brands is the best ?I saw many web about this but your web is the best for me.Thank you.

  14. RaiulBaztepo says:

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  15. Cobank says:

    Music is NOT forbidden in Islam, it is a highly popular misconception amongst Muslims, like many others. Music is a universal language, and a true blessing from God. I am Muslim, the only difference is that I’ve taken the time to find things out on my own, not succumb to the undying hearsay of old and evil.

    • Scade says:

      Cobank? As in ‘the’ Holden Cobank?

    • Islammeanspeace says:

      You should refer to my comments then. Further information can be furnished to support my comments and on the prohibition of music if you like. I don’t know what kind of evidences you have been pursuing that lead you to believe that music is NOT forbidden in Islam.

  16. hussain says:

    Здравствуйте. Как дела? Как Вас зовут?:p im so much into everything russian..i cnt help u with finding u a nice instrument..y dont u buy one thru ebay or amazon??:S neways..sup?

  17. RussianInSaudi says:

    I recently moved to saudi because of my dads work.
    back at home i was pursuing a future in musical arts , but unfortunately i couldn’t bring my piano with me, so i was hoping if there was anyone out there that can help me find a decent musical instrument shop here in jeddah?

    it would be sooooooo helpful if u would give me the address and the phone number! thanks in advance!

    Spasiba! Das-Vedanya 😀

  18. Hi Jill – Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

    Hi A.V.Koshy – I don’t recall the name of the music shop, but it was on Madinah Road (goes north-south) on the West side of the street in a large plaza called Al-Mosaedia Mall. There is a GNC there also and lots of fancy dress shops. The shop is located closer to the north end of the plaza. There is also a large white modernistic sculpture right there at this plaza (it’s almost shaped like some sort of phallic symbol!) and the shop is having a sale going on now until Dec. 31. It is across the street from a large shopping center called Al-Sholla Commercial Center, and if you are heading south on Madinah and pass the Ministry of the Interior, you have gone too far!

  19. a.v.koshy says:

    do you remeber where the shop was in which mall?

    • Kwasco says:

      I know of a musical instrument shop called “Adawliah Est”. It’s the biggest distributor of Yamaha, Roland, Alto & Mackie musical instruments in the Kingdom with branches in Jeddah, Dammam, Al Khobar and Riyadh.
      They have two showrooms at the biggest Shopping Mall in Jeddah Corniche opposite the Saptco Bus terminal. You can find Yamaha, Fender / Squier Guitars (acoustic & electric) and amps. They also have mixers, microphones, drums (acoustic and electric drums), speakers amongst many others.

      Just after the open car park of this corniche mall is Abu Moamer Est. the distributors of Peavey & Lexicon etc. musical instruments. Abu Moammer Est. is near the main dual carriage road.

  20. jill says:

    Music can be so soothing. It can also be something else. Glad they come with headphones!

  21. Hi Marahm – We are still working on it. My son doesn’t give up very easily on things he really wants!

  22. Marahm says:

    Oh, sorry to hear that! Maybe you can work out a compromise.

  23. Hi Elaine and Marahm!
    My son Adam had an acoustic guitar and 2 electric guitars (with earphones!) in Florida, but so far, Dad won’t let him have one here yet because his grandma thinks music is haram.

  24. Marahm says:

    Elaine said it best.

  25. Elaine says:

    I’m surprised Muslims believe music is forbidden. I always assumed it was one of those universal languages of the mind, related to mathematics.

    I think I would prefer a teenager to be playing an acoustic guitar, rather than electric, in my home, but the sound of joy is the sound of joy. 6^)

  26. Hi Marahm! I have been surprised though that sometimes cars driven by young men have their stereos cranked up just as loud as in the states – you know, so loud that you can feel the beat in your stomach!

    Hi Ab! My son is Muslim, but not yet by his choice.

  27. Ab says:

    Is your son Christian or Muslim or neither (or undecided)?

    If I had to guess, I’d say something moderate (whether christian or muslim, I dont know).

  28. Marahm says:

    One of the blessings of living in the Kingdom is that one does not have to endure all the noise that passes for music here in the States.

    American music notwithstanding, I do believe that music is a good way to enhance one’s life, and I’m pleased to know that your son can find something that will make him happier there.

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