Mus 200 music of the worlds people- lecture 2 the islamic world. Music and religion: music plays a role in all religions, particularly as a way of articulating religious ritual. In most religions, music is unequivocally a means of celebrating god. In islam, music is viewed by some particularly the orthodox as a mundane, sensual distraction from the spiritual path. Music in islam: for most muslims, any music associated with. Islamic religious ritual is not called music, even if it has musical qualities: azan (adhan): the call to prayer by a muezzin. Reading : the qur an (or koran) is the holy book of islam: the word of god as revealed to his messenger, the prophet muhammad (570 632 ce) It is not sung but read (qira ah, but also mujawwad in egypt) by a reader (qari) Qira ah: pronunciation, and the supremacy of the text, segmentation, mode, melodic contour, range (ambitus, tempo, rhythm, metre, volume and timbre.