A seeker wrote,
How do we understand the role of music in the tasawuf of Maulana Room ( Allah have mercy on him)
specifically the Ney(flute)
It (ney) is to be ignored. Hazrat Maulana (Allah have mercy on him) is in overwhelming state (magloub al haal).
Even his mathnawi is not for everyone.
the present day melvis and their musical assemblies are a much later development.
After reading Haqq us sama you will see the difference between real sama: audition and the present day musical qawwali: where everything goes.
In Urdu there is book Islam aur musiqi by Hazrat Mufti Mohammaed Shafi (Allah have mercy on him). It has been incoperated in the english book the slippery stone by brother Khalid Beg http://www.albalagh.net/bookstore/?action=view&item=1355
Both of them include the stance of sufiya on this topic.
Do not suppose that a delay in judgment is a blessing while you persist in sin.
It is the harshest reckoning, as God the Exalted has said, ‘We give them a respite that they may increase in sin.’
Though my sins grow great and oppressive,
Your forgiveness of sins is greater still.
Yet as Your mercy holds me here,
I will need it more at the Resurrection!
The Principles of Tasawwuf, p33
حضرت علامہ سید سلیمان ندوی رحمہ اللہ علیہ
ھدیہ جناب مولانا علی منیر صاحب
علامہ سید سلیمان ندوی رحمہ اللہ