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About ICTunes

ICTunes aims to share with the world an understanding of Islamic arts and culture through Islamically inspired multimedia audio/video content.  Our aim is to help artists and professionals share their deep understanding of Islamic values and provide a legal multimedia download platform so they can communicate their voices/images of peace, justice and harmony to all.

ICTunes shares all proceeds with the artists and professionals.  The proceeds are also used to further enhance our overall educational and cultural bridge-building objectives.

The ICTunes website is launched by IslamiCity, operated by Human Assistance & Development International, a California non-profit organization.  IslamiCity was launched in 1995 and it is among the most popular Islamic websites in the world.

A Brief Background

Islamic or  Muslim religious music, is sung or played in public services or private devotions. The classic heartland of Islam is Arabia and the Middle East, North Africa and Egypt, Iran, Central Asia, and northern India and Pakistan. Because Islam is a multicultural religion, the musical expression of its adherents is diverse. The indigenous musical styles of these areas have shaped the devotional music enjoyed by contemporary Muslims.

The Seljuk Turks, a nomadic tribe that converted to Islam, conquered Anatolia (now Turkey), and held the Caliphate as the Ottoman Empire, also had a strong influence on Islamic music.  Sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, and southern Philippines also have large Muslim populations, but these areas have had less influence than the heartland on the various traditions of Islamic music.

In America and Western Europe, Muslims are starting to take the culture they listen to and creating their own culture. Islamic music in the West is young in its development process, and will go through various challenges.

The modern guitar is a direct descendant of the oud, an Arabic lute that was introduced to Europe during Spain's Muslim reign. In fact, there's a connection between Renaissance music and Arab-Islamic culture, a connection that academics have studied with more precision than the connection between black Muslim slaves in America and this country's blues music.

It should be noted that Music has traditionally been one of the more controversial issues in the Muslim world. While all Muslim scholars have always accepted and even encouraged chanting the call to prayer (adh'an) and the Qur'an, the permissibility of other forms of music, especially instrumental music, has been problematic. In Arabic, the word musiqa, which is translated as "music," even has a more narrow sense than does the English word "music." Musiqa in Arabic refers mainly to popular and instrumental music.  (Please click here to read opinions by scholars).