A comforter is a type of blanket. Comforters are intended to keep the user warm, especially during sleep, although they can also be used as mattress pads – Wikipedia
What’s about a comforter? Well, I did not mean the blanket, but the description below explains the title:
1- to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to: They tried to comfort her after her loss.
2- to make physically comfortable
Get what I mean? The ‘comforter’ here refers to something that is able to soothe, console and reassure myself. Just like the function of blanket during sleep or cold.
Back to the topic. What gives you comfort when you are confused or stressed out? Some would say music, advices or a hug from loved ones, and many more… Well, back in my school days, Maths exercise would absolutely relieve me from stress! Amazing! But that was waaaay before I get into medical school. And now I’m talking about the present time. (Hoho, i’m off topic again).
Nasyeed vs. Quran
Let’s ask ourselves, which one soothe our heart more, nasyeed or Qur’anic verses? Surely by default, most of us will give the latter as an answer. But how far do we really practice our answer? How much do we listen to the music (or nasyeed, whichever you like to call) in a day, compared to the Qur’an? When we came back from school or work, feeling distressed, frustrated, and heartbroken. We switched on the computer or laptop or radio, what did we usually choose to listen to? Do not think too long, but just answer it sincerely to our heart.
I remember when I was really stressed out one day, a friend listened to my cries and said;
“I don’t know which of the verses from Qur’an that would give you comfort and ease the ‘pain’ that you are having now, I’m sorry. How I wish I could.” She then shared her opinion regarding the problem I was facing. And later, I received an email from her, with a song written and dedicated to me.
I cried. I knew exactly which verse that would be a good reminder and ‘a comforter’ for me at that particular time. But somehow, I did not have it mind until what she had said to me. Yes, she had reminded me, that His Beautiful Words are the Greatest reliever of all.
I am pretty sure that most of us knows that too. We have heard and read through this word of Allah hundreds of times,
“Absolutely, by remembering GOD, the hearts rejoice.” [Qur’an 13: 28]
Yet, why do we seek relieve of our emotional disturbance or breakdown from other than Qur’an?
Oh, I would like to clarify that I am not talking about musics that are clearly forbidden in our religion, but I am writing in response to the evolution of the so-called contemporary islamic music or what people call nasyeed. And more importantly, I am not against any type of music as along as it follows the rules of islamic law.
People might say that we should be glad that there are loads of islamic songs (excluding the stupid love nasyeeds songs) we can choose nowadays as alternatives to the pop/rock/whatsoever songs. Yes, I agree. Many claims that these type of songs/musics make us closer to God, and give comfort to our disturbed heart. So, I am pretty sure, some of us might even feel that, the nasyeeds give us more comfort than the Quranic verses itself. (Why? because we fail to understand the Quranic verses, and it is easier to understand the message from the nasyeeds) We may deny it, but just try to look back and ask ourselves, how long do we actually spend our day listening to the music compared to Qur’an?
Well, some people may argue, the wording of the decent nasyeeds itself were taken from the translation of words of Allah and His Messenger. Hence, listening to nasyeed is an action to remember Allah and His messenger. So why am I making a big fuss here?
Because I am afraid that as time goes, people might forget the Qur’an and the purpose of revelation of Qur’an to the whole mankind; to offer Words of comfort, and to guide our paths in the worldly life. Because we already have the replacement: Nasyeeds.