When we want to attract Christians to
Islam, is it permissible to use religious songs accompanied by music? Is it permissible to
have a group called a religious group because they sing religious songs accompanied by
Praise be to Allaah.
In my opinion there is no need to attract people in this
manner; you should use permissible means such as listening to Qur’aan with proper
tajweed and tarteel (correct recitation) and listening to eloquent ahaadeeth which move
the listener, and beneficial, moving poems (qaseedahs) and nasheeds. You can also provide
clear proof of what is good about Islam and explain its teachings and noble aims which
will demonstrate that it is the religion that befits the natural inclinations of man (deen
al-fitrah) and encompasses all the interests of mankind. Whoever can only be attracted by
things that include forbidden elements such as singing, instruments and music is no good
and I do not think that he can be attracted to Islam at all. And Allaah knows best.
From al-Lu’lu’ al-Makeen min Fataawaa Ibn Jibreen, p. 28