The coastal town of Mombasa witnessed the final farewell of the late singer, Ali Khamisi Mwaliguli, famously known as Ally B, on November 2. Ally B, a veteran musician born and raised on the coast, was laid to rest in a peaceful Islamic ceremony, finding his eternal resting place at the Maziara ya Cobra cemetery in Mishomoroni, Mombasa County.
In attendance were a mix of celebrities, politicians, dedicated fans, as well as family, neighbors, and close friends who united to pay their last respects to the beloved artist.
During the ceremony, Ally B’s brother made a heartfelt request to radio stations and entertainers, asking them to refrain from playing the late singer’s songs posthumously.
“We kindly request news anchors, radio presenters, DJs, please, do not play Ally’s songs. I beg you,” Ally B’s brother implored.
He explained that their intention was to allow the departed musician’s soul to rest in peace, and for those who wished to commemorate him to offer their prayers instead.
“Do not play his music anymore. I ask that those who want to remember him say a prayer for him. But please, do not play his music. We implore you,” he stated.
On behalf of the family, Ally B’s brother urged the media to transmit this message to ensure their wishes are honored.
“His songs are enough. Pray for him, but do not play his music. As his brother, I have spoken,” he emphasized.
In accordance with Islamic teachings, especially secular music is considered haram (forbidden and sacred). When a musician passes away, there is a belief within the Muslim community that if their songs are played or used in a manner conflicting with Islamic morals and teachings, they may face consequences, even in the afterlife.
Islamic tradition advises that all secular works, especially music, be eliminated after a Muslim musician’s passing. This precaution is taken to prevent any potential punishment in the afterlife, as each time their music is played or enjoyed in a manner that goes against Islamic principles, it could lead to further suffering.
Ally B, known for his hit songs such as ‘Maria,’ ‘Bembea,’ and ‘Mkufu Wangu,’ embarked on his music career in the early 2000s, leaving a lasting legacy that his family now wishes to safeguard by asking for the silence of his music in his memory.