Opinion: MUSLIM SINGERS OR FUJICIANS? By: Sanni Kay Yusuf

I entered the big hall in search of a bigwig who had fixed me up for an important appointment. It was a ceremony where two souls were to be glued in a blissful matrimony – a nikaah ground outlandishly decorated and lit up with a teeming crowd of ecstatic attendees present. I didn’t know where to locate the one I sought, as the deafening sound of the giant speakers disallowed free flow of telephone communication. In no time, I heard: ” Eyin mama e sempe.” That was Wasiu Ayinde’s lyric, but the voice and the style of the musician weren’t his.

I curiously looked up to see who the copycat was. Oh! No! He had been rounded up by dancers – men and women extremely mingled up. I went out to a serene corner where I could possibly hear the one I sought on phone to know where he was seated. Thank God! I finally broke through.


I entered for the second time, only to hear: “Yaaaaa Seeeen, wal Qur’aanil Hakeem innaka laminal mursaleeeen…” with a tone typical of someone who must have passed through the four walls of a madrasah. My ears grew wide and large, and I got lost. That was unfathomable. I became more curious to see and know who the daring musician was. “Fuji with Qur’aaaan!” I marveled.


The recitation continued for minutes, lamentably amidst drumming, dancing and gender intermingling. What effrontery! Subhaanallaah! “Who is this shaytan?” I soliloquized. 


While the dancers had dispersed for another set to rock the stage, the identity of the “fujician” became unveiled. Lo and behold! It was Alhaji Qamarudeen Ayeloyun. Innaa liLlaahi wa innaa ileihi raaji’uun! Wasn’t he a muslim singer as they sanctimoniously claim?


Was I surprised? No! I only pitied him and those who keep falling for his deceit and his ilk believing that they are muslim singers. “Eyin mama e sempe” was sung by Wasiu Ayinde – a fuji musician. Suuratul Yaa Seeeen was authored by Allah. So what correlation has the two? Any equilibrium between light and darkness?


I have always said it that there is no scintilla or soupcon of difference between the so called muslim singers and the fuji and juju musicians. They are all fujicians, jujucians alike. The above ugly scenario is an attestation to my donkey-year stance. Distinguishing one from the other is just like differentiating between urine and stool because the former is liquid while the latter is solid. Aren’t they waste products?


Ayeloyun – a couple of years ago – had a collaborative album with Saheed Osupa who once filthily sang: “Mo le se sina ferefe.” Wasiu Sadeeq had a special release with Alabi Pasuma almost at the same time. What more? Any difference? No! 


Ayeloyun recites verses of the Qur’an to deceitfully Islamise his music. Osupa does same, too. He once did a verse in Suuratul Baqarah, remember? “Qoola Robbuka lil Malaaikati inni jaa’ilun fil ardi khaleefah…,” he sang. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister did: “Alam nashrah laka sodrok…” Wasiu Sadiq gives untraceable tales falsely attached to Islam in his music. Wasiu Alabi Pasuma does same, too. So, any difference?


The “muslicians” (alternative tag for muslim singers) use female dancers like the fuji musicians. Donning the hijab (with the buttocks and the chests centred towards the camera) to distinguish them from those of the fuji musicians is just a mere deceit. The man called Ere Asalatu who claimed to have taken after Ayefele (a jujucian) practically demonstrated this omen. His dancers were clad in white pair of tiny trousers with small suits to the waist level and skimpy hijabs tucked in the suits. Like Pasuma’s dancers would do; like Wizkid’s, Obesere’s dancers would do, they rolled their buttocks before the cameras dancing as though they were deranged. Could that be Islamic? Even those without Islam know that such isn’t Islamic.


The lady-fujicians parading themselves as muslim singers worsen the omen. The ones with dark complexion have turned their colour into white artificiality. They claim to be representing Islam without being Islamic in their dressing. They wear “ijarun” instead of hijab. They dress up advertising their jewelry which are meant to be covered up under the hijab. They are errors!


Music, Qur’anically and sunnatically speaking, is haraam. The Prophet says: “ليكونن من امتي يستحلون الحر والحرير والخمر والمعازف” (There will be some (people) in my ummah that will (illegally) legalise fornication (and/or adultery), silk, alcohol and music). Singing is Islamically OK, provided the conditions laid down by scholars are fulfilled. Below are some:


1. That it is devoid of drumming

2. That it carries good message(s) etc.


May Allah guide the strayed and never stray the guided.

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