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Good day, brothers and sisters. I've recently been struck with a piece of knowledge: music is haram in Islam. I've checked a couple websites and they all seemed to support the music is haram. Now, I don't quite understand this. There are articles about how music drives a person's mind away from the Creator, and that music causes inappropriate feelings to arise, such as arousal and such. I don't quite understand this because neither to I feel distant from God while listening to music, nor do I get aroused. If anything, music calms my mind when I feel inappropriate feelings. And when I listen to music, I KNOW that it was God who give musicians the ability to make music. Can someone pleas clarify this for me? Listening to music is the only thing I find joyful in life. Finding out that the one thing I love the most in life is a sin is devastating. It's like being best friends with someone, only to find out years later that that person was plotting your downfall all along.

asked 13113 EnesNadir's gravatar image

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Ok, in short you just want to take what you want from Sunnah and you neglect which is against your Nafs. Let me quote you what Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 53 Surah Najm verses 2-6:

2 Your Companion (Mohamed (saws)) is neither astray nor being misled

3 Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) desire.

4 It is no less than 'wahi' (inspiration) sent down to him:

5 He was taught by one mighty in power

6 endued with wisdom.

So you can not neglect the sunnah as Holy Qur'an says itself that Holy Prophet (S.A.W) doesn't say a word from his own desire. And you try to make lawful things which are prohibited.

Sunan Abu-Dawud Book 41, Hadith # 4909 Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas'ud(raa) : Salam ibn Miskin(raa), quoting an old man who witnessed AbuWa'il in a wedding feast, said: They began to play, amuse and sing. He united the support of his hand round his knees that were drawn up, and said: I heard Abdullah (ibn Mas'ud) say: I heard the apostle of Allah (SAW) say: Singing produces hypocrisy in the heart.

Sahih Al-Bukhari and agreed upon by At-Tabari. Sa'id ibn Jubayr(raa) reported that Ibn 'Abbas(raa) said about the verse: "And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks" (31:6), that, "ldle talks means singing and the like."

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said : "A people of my Ummah will drink wine, calling it by other than its real name. Merriment will be made for them through the playing of musical instruments and the singing of female singers. Allah (SWT) will cleave the earth under them and turn others into apes and swine." (Narration of Ibn Maajah ) note : This hadeeth has also been narrated by al-Bayhaaqi and ibn Asaakir, and has been authenticated by the renowned scholar of hadeeth Ibn al-Qayyim.



Statements of the Early Muslim scholars

When ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdil ‘Aziz, may Allah be pleased with him, sent his son to his teacher, Suhayl, he wrote: “The first lesson to be taught to him is hatred of musical instruments, which begins from shaytan and ends with the wrath of Allah. I have heard from reliable scholars that to be present in gatherings of music and to listen to it causes hypocrisy to grow in the heart like water causes grass to grow. By my soul, it is easier for an intelligent person to save himself from the evil of such places than to allow hypocrisy nourishing in the heart.

Ibn al-Qayyim said: “Listening to the music of a strange women and a beardless youth is one of the greatest prohibited acts. Imam Shafi said regarding the owner of a female slave that if he gathers the people to listen to her then he is a foolish person whose testimony will not be accepted and above this he is regarded as a ‘Dayyoos’ (cuckold, i.e. one who is married to an unfaithful wife!).

Ibn Taymiyah said: “Whoever plays these instruments as a form of worship is undoubtedly misguided and ignorant. However, if he does it as a form of entertainment, then the view of the four imams is that all musical instruments are haram. It is proven in Sahih al-Bukhari and elsewhere that the Prophet sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said that there would be among his ummah those who regarded zina, silk, alcohol and musical instruments as lawful, and he said that they would be transformed into monkeys and pigs.

Al-Albani said that: “the four imams are united that all musical instruments are haram

Are you a bigger scholar then all the above? Or you will deny them as well?

answered 1.2k16 believer's gravatar image

You just copy-pasted a bunch of hadiths related to music. That isn't discussion, you're just mindlessly repeating traditional texts. The problem is what to do with this information, as I was getting at, but instead of having a thoughtful discussion your knee-jerk response is just to frantically quote texts. Now what?

answered 20116 tursun's gravatar image

I have not copy paste random text. They were all sayings of the Scholars supported by Qur'an and Hadeeths (S.A.W). And thus you can not deny so this reaction of your is expected.

(Mar 12 '13 at 08:49) believer ♦ believer's gravatar image

The thing is, there are different views in Islam. You can't deny it, scholars' opinions tend to differ. Various scholars say music is haram no matter what, other scholars say it is only haram if it leads the listener to commit a sin.

I've been reading on this matter in other websites. According to a Turkish article that I've found, İmam Gazzâlî wrote in his book İhyâ that:

Listening to music in any form isn't subject to just one provision, but rather it can be Haram, makrooh, lawful, and even Mustahab.

  1. Only music that invokes worldly desires and similar feelings on teenagers is haram.
  2. For those who waste their time on nothing but music, it is makrooh.
  3. For those who just appreciate music and are not overcome with inappropriate feelings, music is lawful.
  4. For those who are overflowing with love for God, and who get religiously enlightened when they listen to (certain types of) music, music is mustahab.

As Gazzali furthered his examination, he found that according to the situation, music can be lawful or unlawful. What makes music haram is made up of external reasons, which are:

  1. If the singing person is a woman, and the listener thinks that the woman's voice will invoke lust in him, then it is haram for him. As a result, what makes this situation haram is not the music itself, but rather the woman's voice. A woman's voice isn't haram itself either, but if it invokes lust, even listening to a woman reading Quran is haram.
  2. If the musical instrument being played is one that is usually symbolic for alcohol centers such as pubs, then it is haram to listen to or play that instrument.
  3. If the lyrics are corrupt and are against Islamic beliefs, then it is haram to listen to this song.
  4. If a youth falls victim to his/her extreme emotions, and if music only strengthens this youth's sexual desires, then such a person should stay away from music.
  5. If an ordinary person who is not affected by music in any negative way, but wastes all his/her time on it, then again it is haram.

(Sorry if there are any mistakes, the above is a rough translation from Turkish)

answered 13113 EnesNadir's gravatar image
edited Mar 11 '13 at 18:45

Thank you for your thoughtful research. I am glad to have the interpretation of the great Imam al-Ghazzali.

(Mar 11 '13 at 18:50) tursun tursun's gravatar image

I've answered how I've felt I should have answered, to you your practices and to me mine.

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